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Topic: Will treatment help my pain?

Forum: Just Diagnosed With a Recurrence or Metastasis —

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Posted on: Mar 9, 2020 02:41PM

PNWBookLover wrote:

Hi all,

I'll skip the ups and downs of the last few months to say that I have, at minimum, bone mets to my hips and pelvis area. My question: is there any possibility that treatment will help with pain? This stupid disease has taken so much from me, but up until recently, I have been able to enjoy my long strolls and easy hikes. I feel devastated to think that I won't ever be able to walk more than a few blocks without pain. Of all the despair I feel right now, for some reason this just aspect just about makes me think treatment isn't worth it.

Advice? Encouragement?

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Mar 9, 2020 03:16PM GG27 wrote:

Talk to your oncologist about your pain. I've had bone mets for close to 6 years and have no pain. I've had radiation for pain in my upper arm, hip, rib, lower spine & sacrum. Depending on what treatment you're on, it could be pain from that as well & changing brands or drug could help.

Dx 10/2008, IDC, Both breasts, 3cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 3/9 nodes, mets, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 1/8/2009 Lymph node removal; Mastectomy: Left, Right Chemotherapy 2/1/2009 Other Radiation Therapy 7/5/2009 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes Dx 5/14/2014, IDC, Both breasts, Stage IV, metastasized to bone, 9/20 nodes, mets, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy Doxil (doxorubicin)
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Mar 19, 2020 03:39PM KBeee wrote:

I have 2 friends that have bone mets. Radiation reduced, but did not eliminate their pain; I am sure everyone is different though. I am sorry you are having to endure this.

Karen. Dx 8/5/2013, IDC, Right, 1cm, Grade 2, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC) Surgery 8/26/2013 Mastectomy: Left, Right Chemotherapy 9/20/2013 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Hormonal Therapy 12/12/2013 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Surgery 1/23/2014 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Surgery 1/29/2015 Lumpectomy: Right Dx 2/2/2015, IDC, Right, 1cm, Grade 2, 0/0 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- (FISH) Dx 2/25/2015, IDC, Right, 1cm, Grade 3, 0/13 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- (IHC) Surgery 2/25/2015 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel, Underarm/Axillary; Prophylactic ovary removal Chemotherapy 3/31/2015 AC + T (Taxol) Radiation Therapy 8/25/2015 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes, Chest wall Hormonal Therapy Femara (letrozole)

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