My mom was diagnosed with Right Breast cancer in 2004 for the first time (Hormone receptor positive) after which she underwent Mastectomy,chemotherapy and radiation and was on Tamoxifen for 5 Years i.e until 2009. Her ovaries function was nullified in 2007. She was diagnosed with Left breast cancer in 2009 and then she underwent Mastectomy yet again but she refused to undergo chemotherapy. So she was prescribed with Femara for 3 years i.e until 2011. She used to undergo check ups every 6 months and everything seem to be fine.In October 2016 she complained of SOB and chest pain. So i thought its something related to heart as she is hypertensive and diabetic. So got all the tests done but everything was normal. In January X-ray was done and she was diagnosed with Pneumonia and also she developed Lymphoedema in the left hand so the doctors thought its due to double mastectomy. So the doctor had prescribed few anitbiotics. But i could sense there is something wrong in the X-ray so i had consulted our family doctor and he advised for a PET scan. She underwent PET scan and she was diagnosed with Metastatic Breast cancer with mets in her Lungs,Bones (post parietal bone), and also lymph node involvement.It was very heart breaking as this was the third time she getting diagnosed with cancer and this time its the final stage.But then she dint give up and was like i am ready for the treatment.So the chemo is started and she has completed 10 cycles as of now.More 2 to go.After this she is not willing to go for any more chemotherapy as she is suffering a lot with pain in bones, numbness of limbs, pain in her lower jaw and lower back, mental confusion, stammering problem and she has also developed atopic dermatitis during this chemotherapy. Statistics say she would be alive for 6months-18months. One thing is clear i dont want her to suffer the pain which she is facing now and she is not willing to undergo any treatment after completion of this chemotherapy cycle.
Metastatic Breast Cancer Characteristics-
Mets in the both the lungs, bones ( post parietal bone).
MRI done but no evidence of tumor invading to brain parenchyma
ER+, PR+, HER2 +
Paclitaxel weekly (12 doses)
Herceptin once every 3 weeks (4 doses)
Zoledronic acid once every month (3 doses)
Complications she is facing-
Terrible lot with pain in bones
Numbness of limbs
Pain in her lower jaw and lower back
Mental confusion, stammering problem
Episodes of bleeding from nose
Atopic dermatitis during this chemotherapy.
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