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Topic: Fractured rib post radiation?

Forum: Radiation Therapy - Before, During and After — What to expect from treatment and ways to cope with side effects.

Posted on: Aug 1, 2011 08:45PM

chaparrita1 wrote:

I was just told that the swelling and severe pain behind my breast is because I have a fractured rib.  This is about 2 years after treatment.  Anyone else have deterioration or brittleness of ribs after radiation?  Onc. says this is common.  I had never heard of this.  It usually happens 1 to 2 years after rads.  It will take a while to heal on its own.  No treatment, just pain.

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Aug 5, 2011 07:57PM shortlady wrote:

Are you on any of the hormone blockers?  I am on femara and so they are watching my bones closely.  I also had radiation.  My oncologist is having me do an infusion of zometa twice a year to help with bone problems.  I have a curved spine so I alread have some minor back issues.  My oncologist says that besides helping to keep my bones strong zometa has been provide to help with bone mets.  which I do not have, but will help to keep me from getting. 

shortlady Dx 7/2009, IDC, 5cm, Stage IIa, Grade 2, 0/6 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+
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Aug 5, 2011 08:04PM karen4u wrote:

Oh yeah, I had 3 broken ribs last year and 2 so far this year.  Takes a long time for them to heal also.  Like shortlady said the AIs also wreak havoc on our bones.  You may need to start having yearly bone density test done also. 

For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. 2 Tim 1:7 12/2007 Stage IV: Mets to Liver Dx 6/2004, IDC, 5cm, Stage IIb, Grade 3, 1/9 nodes, mets, ER+/PR+, HER2+