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Topic: How was your bone mets detected?

Forum: Stage IV/Metastatic Breast Cancer, Open to All To Contribute —

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Posted on: Oct 20, 2020 05:49PM

Ms_Anthrope wrote:

I had triple positive IDC with LVI and micromets in sentinel node. Mastectomy, reconstruction, paclitaxol, and I finished my Herceptin Nov 2019.

I recently had an MRI for an injured hip (need hip replacement - not surprised). What did surprise me was the MRI revealed 2 indeterminate lesions in my L4 vertebrae. Today my oncologist showed them to me on the scan - very distinct, very bright, about 1 cm each. He has ordered an MRI with contrast of my lumbar spine to determine if these are benign or Mets.

Anyone have similar experience? I would have been less concerned if it were just one, but two...

Thank you in advance.

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Jun 21, 2021 11:59PM NanaJan wrote:

I agree…I either have bone Mets or this treatment has unbearable long term wffect

Dx 2/2012, IDC, Right, 5cm, Stage IIIA, Grade 1, 4/11 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+
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Jun 22, 2021 12:45AM moth wrote:

gailmary, not sure if you're asking why we treat stage 1 aggressively or stage 4 aggressively? Stage 1 is because it's essentially the only chance we have to try to get rid of any possible tiny metastases or single cells that have broken off from the tumor and are just floating around; it's one chance to try to prevent a recurrence (well, plus hormonals if your cancer is hormone +) . In Stage 4, we need aggressive treatment because otherwise we die. From earlier in June "Metastatic breast cancer truth bombs from #asco2021 for de novo dx DISMAL "The median unadjusted OS in the untreated subgroup was 2.5mo vs 36.4mo in the treated subgroup" but if you survive the 1st 3 mos OS goes up to 18.6mo and 40.3mo https://meetinglibrary.asco.org/record/198206/abst...

(where OS = overall survival)


I take weekends off

Initial dx at 50. Seriously?? “Sometimes the future changes quickly and completely and we’re left with only the choice of what to do next." blog: Never Tell Me the Odds

Dx 12/2017, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 3, 0/5 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2- (IHC) Surgery 12/12/2017 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Chemotherapy 2/14/2018 AC + T (Taxol) Radiation Therapy 8/13/2018 Whole-breast: Breast Dx 2/2020, IDC, Stage IV, metastasized to liver/lungs, Grade 3, ER-/PR-, HER2- Chemotherapy 3/18/2020 Taxol (paclitaxel) Immunotherapy 3/19/2020 Tecentriq (atezolizumab) Chemotherapy 11/26/2020 Abraxane (albumin-bound or nab-paclitaxel) Dx 12/9/2020, IDC, Right, Stage IV, metastasized to lungs, Grade 3, ER+/PR-, HER2- (IHC) Radiation Therapy 12/9/2020 External Hormonal Therapy 12/16/2020 Femara (letrozole) Dx 1/28/2021, IDC, Left, Stage IV, metastasized to bone Radiation Therapy 3/3/2021 External: Bone
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Jun 23, 2021 09:07PM star2017 wrote:

how frustrating, gailmary.

Dx@37, pregnant, BRCA2+ Dx 9/2017, DCIS/IDC, Right, 6cm+, Stage IIIA, Grade 3, 4/8 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 10/16/2017 Mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Chemotherapy 11/28/2017 AC + T (Taxol) Surgery 4/17/2018 Prophylactic mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant Radiation Therapy 5/21/2018 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes Surgery 10/24/2018 Prophylactic ovary removal; Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant Hormonal Therapy 6/18/2019 Arimidex (anastrozole) Dx 5/2021, IDC, Right, 6cm+, Stage IV, metastasized to bone, ER+/PR+, HER2- Radiation Therapy External: Bone Hormonal Therapy Faslodex (fulvestrant) Targeted Therapy Verzenio

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