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Topic: Bone scan booked to check for primary bone cancer after b/c

Forum: Bone Health and Bone Loss —

Talk with others about bone density, osteopenia and osteoporosis, and ways to keep your bones strong

Posted on: May 29, 2016 10:16PM

miss_sunshine wrote:

Hi,

I was diagnosed in 2009 with invasive stage 2a breast cancer which was ER+ HER2+. I had a lumpectomy, chemo, radiation, Herceptin and also Tamoxifen. In 2014, I had a local recurrence of DCIS. I had another lumpectomy followed by a mastectomy. No further treatments other than discontinuing the Tamoxifen and starting on Letrozole.

Last Thursday I was at my family doctor's for a physical and told my doctor about a lump on my skull at the back of my head. She sent me for an x-ray. The results were questionable. I am now booked for a bone scan to check for primary bone cancer, not mets. How can this be happening? What are the chances that I'd get a second type of cancer? Lightning can strike the same person twice even multiple times but come on wtf?!

I am trying hard to believe that my doctor is just being overly cautious but I am on the inside freaking out. I am not sure how much more I can handle.

Cristina

a.k.a. miss_sunshine (feeling kind like a storm cloud is taking away my sunshine)

Dx 2009, IDC, Stage IIA, Grade 3, ER+/PR-, HER2+ Surgery 2/24/2009 Lumpectomy: Left Chemotherapy 4/16/2009 AC + T (Taxol) Hormonal Therapy 8/17/2009 Targeted Therapy 8/17/2009 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Radiation Therapy 8/17/2009
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May 29, 2016 10:33PM miss_sunshine wrote:

Not sure if this was the right forum to post in.

Dx 2009, IDC, Stage IIA, Grade 3, ER+/PR-, HER2+ Surgery 2/24/2009 Lumpectomy: Left Chemotherapy 4/16/2009 AC + T (Taxol) Hormonal Therapy 8/17/2009 Targeted Therapy 8/17/2009 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Radiation Therapy 8/17/2009
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May 30, 2016 02:06AM dlb823 wrote:

Cristina, it's very difficult to tell anything from an x-ray, and it does sound like your family doctor is simply being overly cautious, as are all docs when we have a hx of bc. But I am curious, what makes her think it might be a totally new cancer? Have you had any blood work that would cause concern?

I'm so sorry you're going through this scare, but please let us know when your bone scan is scheduled and what you find out. (((Hugs))) Deanna

Deanna "The soul would have no rainbow if the eyes had no tears" Native American proverb Dx 2/1/2008, 1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 1/16 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 1/3/2014, Stage IV
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May 30, 2016 07:57AM miss_sunshine wrote:

Deanna, she had reviewed with me the results of bone scans, CT scans and MRIs that I had in the past which all looked normal. I am not sure why she thinks it might be a primary cancer -- I had started to cry when she said that so I could barely think straight to ask her. I have to pick up a requisition for bloodwork today. The bone scan is tomorrow.

Dx 2009, IDC, Stage IIA, Grade 3, ER+/PR-, HER2+ Surgery 2/24/2009 Lumpectomy: Left Chemotherapy 4/16/2009 AC + T (Taxol) Hormonal Therapy 8/17/2009 Targeted Therapy 8/17/2009 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Radiation Therapy 8/17/2009

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