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Jan 13, 2021 10:48PM
I am writing with hopes to get some input/information on progression of mets in the first few months after original dx.
Breast Cancer in 2018- chemo, surgery and radiation, hormonal therapy.
This October ( late) found bone met to sacrum. Follow up scans negative for metastases elsewhere.
Scans in December found bone mets to skull, then CT found met to liver (one small) met to lung ( 2 small ones) and adrenal gland. A bone scan this past week found more mets to femur and ribs and in around the original sacral tumor.
I guess my question is- does this seem fast or maybe the tumors weren't quite big enough to see on staging scans in October ?
Taxol was started later in December as we were waiting for biopsy results - which actually proved to have changed since 2018 , and now HER 2 +. How long until we see benefit of TAXOL or should we be considering chamging again so soon ? only one complete cycle,
Herceptin and Perjeta as well.
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Jan 14, 2021 02:25AM
Candm, I’m sorry I don’t have a clear answer for you. At first I thought, yeah, mets were probably too small to be seen but if you finished treatment in 2018 and these new spots are HER2+, they could be new since HER2 grows fast. Either way Herceptin and perjeta work very well for many of us and should keep things under control for some time. If the time comes when they don’t, there are several other options down the line. Good luck.
Diagnosed at 41 Stage IV De Novo
11/16/2016, IDC, Left, 5cm, Stage IV, metastasized to bone, Grade 3, 3/13 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2+ (IHC)
1/2/2017 Abraxane (albumin-bound or nab-paclitaxel)
1/2/2017 Herceptin (trastuzumab)
1/2/2017 Perjeta (pertuzumab)
6/26/2017 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Underarm/Axillary
8/10/2017 Breast, Lymph nodes
10/5/2017, IDC, Left, 5cm, Stage IV, metastasized to brain, Grade 3, 3/13 nodes, ER+, HER2+ (IHC)
10/20/2017 External: Brain
4/18/2018 External: Brain
5/23/2019 External: Brain
2/17/2020 External: Brain
7/20/2020 External: Bone
12/4/2020 External: Brain
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