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Posted on: May 12, 2013 07:35AM

kayrnic wrote:

Is bruising easily a side effect of any drugs or mets? It seems like just leaning against something gives me these horrible bruises. I have so many, I don't even know where most of them come from. They are sore like most typical bruises but seem to take longer to go away. I am on tamoxifen, pamidronate, effexor, levothroid, simvastatin and take several supplements....calcium, magnesium, zinc, vitamins D, C, coq10. Thanks in advance for any thoughts.

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May 12, 2013 07:46AM Moderators wrote:

Take a look at this article. I think it could be helpful:

http://www.breastcancer.org/treatment/side_effects/bleed_bruise

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May 12, 2013 08:23AM Latte wrote:

Bruising is often a sign for me that my platelets are low. Could this be the case for you?

30 Dec 2012: It's back! Stage IV, bone mets to spine, hip, femur, rads, Zometa, Letrozole. May 2013: further spread to ribs, skull, iliac, plus suspicious spots in lung and liver. Clinical trial with taxol and carbo plus velaparib/placebo. Dx 5/3/2010, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIIC, 1/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 12/30/2012, IDC, Stage IV, mets, ER+/PR-, HER2- Hormonal Therapy 03/17/2011 Hormonal Therapy 03/10/2013 Femara (chemical name: letrozole, class: aromatase inhibitor) Surgery 03/15/2011 Prophylactic (also called preventive) removal of the ovaries Surgery 10/27/2010 Lumpectomy in one or both breasts: Lumpectomy in my right breast; Lymph node removal (also called dissection): Sentinel lymph node removal (also called dissection) , Lymph node removal (also called dissection) on my right side Radiation Therapy 12/11/2010 Radiation Therapy 03/02/2013 Chemotherapy 05/13/2013 Carboplatin (brand name: Paraplatin), Taxol (chemical name: paclitaxel) Chemotherapy 06/03/2010 AC + T (Taxol): Adriamycin and Cytoxan, plus Taxol
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May 12, 2013 08:39AM nancyh wrote:

I bruise easily and the bruises take forever to go away.  Not sure if it's the cancer, the treatments, or just how I'm wired.  For example, I have a bruise on my thigh from bumping into a table over 9 months ago, I'm beginning to think it will never go away.

Stage 4 in 2009, mets to liver, lungs, bones, and brain. Dx 8/12/2002, IDC, 1cm, Stage IIB, 3/12 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 4/2/2007, IDC, 1cm, Stage II, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 9/1/2009, IDC, Stage IV, mets, ER+/PR+, HER2- Hormonal Therapy 04/30/2003 Hormonal Therapy 05/31/2010 Femara (chemical name: letrozole, class: aromatase inhibitor) Hormonal Therapy 05/31/2013 Aromasin (chemical name: exemestane, class: aromatase inhibitor) Hormonal Therapy 12/31/2011 Faslodex (chemical name: fulvestrant, class: estrogen receptor downregulator (ERD)) Targeted Therapy 08/31/2009 Avastin (chemical name: bevacizumab) Targeted Therapy 07/31/2013 Afinitor (chemical name: everolimus) Chemotherapy 09/30/2002 AC: Adriamycin and Cytoxan Chemotherapy 05/31/2012 Navelbine (chemical name: vinorelbine) Chemotherapy 04/30/2013 Gemzar (chemical name: gemcitabine) Chemotherapy 12/31/2002 Taxol (chemical name: paclitaxel) Chemotherapy 05/31/2007 CMF: Cytoxan, methotrexate, and fluorouracil Chemotherapy 08/31/2009 Abraxane (chemical name: albumin-bound or nab-paclitaxel) Chemotherapy 08/31/2011 Xeloda (chemical name: capecitabine) Chemotherapy 10/27/2013 Halaven (chemical name: eribulin) Chemotherapy 11/11/2014 Taxotere (chemical name: docetaxel)
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May 12, 2013 08:54AM LuAnnH wrote:

I always bruised easily as a child and so did my mother so I am sure it is something hereditary.  I never worried about it.  I'm on blood thinners now and it is even worse.  I don't think it is much to worry about but I would mention it at my next dr appt to be wure it isn't someting else going on.

LuAnn -- Dx 7/2/2006, IDC, 2cm, Stage IV, mets, ER+/PR+, HER2+
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May 12, 2013 11:52AM kayrnic wrote:

I don't think anything I am on causes low platelets and my bloodwork has always come back good. I guess it could just be hereditary. I will check with my doctor. Normally, it isn't a big deal......but with summer coming, and clothes getting less concealing, I worry that people will think I am being abused, which is not the case. Maybe I will try some of the natural treatments suggested in the article the mods posted.

Kay ---bone mets Dx 11/14/2001, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 0/9 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 3/9/2012, IDC, Stage IV, mets, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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May 12, 2013 01:41PM SPAMgirl wrote:

I know my parents always joked when i was in grade school that they were going to get turned into child services with all of the bruises on my legs.

mets to liver, bone and brain Dx 2/20/2012, IDC, 2cm, Stage IV, Grade 2, 4/16 nodes, mets, ER+/PR-, HER2+ Hormonal Therapy 02/19/2012 Arimidex (chemical name: anastrozole, class: aromatase inhibitor) Hormonal Therapy 11/04/2012 Faslodex (chemical name: fulvestrant, class: estrogen receptor downregulator (ERD)) Surgery 09/01/2010 Mastectomy of one or both breasts: Mastectomy of my left breast, Mastectomy of my right breast; Reconstruction of my left breast: Nipple reconstruction, Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction of my right breast: Nipple reconstruction, Tissue expander placement Targeted Therapy 02/26/2012 Herceptin (chemical name: trastuzumab) Targeted Therapy 11/04/2012 Herceptin (chemical name: trastuzumab) Targeted Therapy 06/23/2013 Tykerb (chemical name: lapatinib) Targeted Therapy 11/04/2012 Perjeta (chemical name: pertuzumab; also known as Omnitarg) Radiation Therapy 03/16/2012 Radiation Therapy 03/05/2010 Chemotherapy 04/05/2012 Halaven (chemical name: eribulin) Chemotherapy 02/26/2012 Navelbine (chemical name: vinorelbine) Chemotherapy 09/26/2010 AC + T (Taxol): Adriamycin and Cytoxan, plus Taxol Chemotherapy 11/04/2012 Taxotere (chemical name: docetaxel) Chemotherapy 03/31/2013 Adriamycin (chemical name: doxorubicin) Chemotherapy 06/16/2013 Xeloda (chemical name: capecitabine)
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May 12, 2013 06:16PM barsco1963 wrote:

Kay - I believe that a SE of tamoxifen is being "bruised easily"  It is however, a good idea to mention to dr. next time you are in.

It isn't knowing the worst, the worst is not knowing. Dx 5/30/2011, IDC, 4cm, Stage IV, Grade 2, 21/29 nodes, mets, ER+/PR+, HER2- Hormonal Therapy 07/24/2011
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May 13, 2013 02:29AM myangels wrote:

Kay, So many meds can cause side effects such as easy bruising. I know for me, I had low platelet count as a side effect of Gemzar that I'm on. I agree, get it checked out...I ended up with having to get a platelet transfusion.

Feel better soon!

Rose

Dx 2/1/2010, IDC, 3cm, Stage IV, Grade 3, mets, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 07/12/2010 Mastectomy of one or both breasts: Mastectomy of my left breast, Mastectomy of my right breast; Lymph node removal (also called dissection): Underarm (axillary) lymph node removal (also called dissection) , Sentinel lymph node removal (also called dissection) , Lymph node removal (also called dissection) on my right side