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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.

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 07:46AM Moderators wrote:

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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- Chemotherapy 6/3/2010 AC + T (Taxol) Surgery 10/27/2010 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Sentinel, Right Radiation Therapy 12/11/2010 Breast, Lymph nodes Surgery 3/15/2011 Prophylactic ovary removal Hormonal Therapy 3/17/2011 Dx 12/30/2012, IDC, Stage IV, mets, ER+/PR-, HER2- Radiation Therapy 3/2/2013 Bone Hormonal Therapy 3/10/2013 Femara (letrozole) Chemotherapy 5/13/2013 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxol (paclitaxel)
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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- Chemotherapy 9/30/2002 AC Chemotherapy 12/31/2002 Taxol (paclitaxel) Hormonal Therapy 4/30/2003 Dx 4/2/2007, IDC, 1cm, Stage II, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 5/31/2007 CMF Targeted Therapy 8/31/2009 Avastin (bevacizumab) Chemotherapy 8/31/2009 Abraxane (albumin-bound or nab-paclitaxel) Dx 9/1/2009, IDC, Stage IV, mets, ER+/PR+, HER2- Hormonal Therapy 5/31/2010 Femara (letrozole) Chemotherapy 8/31/2011 Xeloda (capecitabine) Hormonal Therapy 12/31/2011 Faslodex (fulvestrant) Chemotherapy 5/31/2012 Navelbine (vinorelbine) Chemotherapy 4/30/2013 Gemzar (gemcitabine) Hormonal Therapy 5/31/2013 Aromasin (exemestane) Targeted Therapy 7/31/2013 Afinitor (everolimus) Chemotherapy 10/27/2013 Halaven (eribulin) Chemotherapy 11/11/2014 Taxotere (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 Radiation Therapy 3/5/2010 Breast, Lymph nodes Surgery 9/1/2010 Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Nipple reconstruction, Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Nipple reconstruction, Tissue expander placement Chemotherapy 9/26/2010 AC + T (Taxol) Hormonal Therapy 2/19/2012 Arimidex (anastrozole) Dx 2/20/2012, IDC, 2cm, Stage IV, Grade 2, 4/16 nodes, mets, ER+/PR-, HER2+ Chemotherapy 2/26/2012 Navelbine (vinorelbine) Targeted Therapy 2/26/2012 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Radiation Therapy 3/16/2012 Bone Chemotherapy 4/5/2012 Halaven (eribulin) Targeted Therapy 11/4/2012 Perjeta (pertuzumab) Chemotherapy 11/4/2012 Taxotere (docetaxel) Targeted Therapy 11/4/2012 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Hormonal Therapy 11/4/2012 Faslodex (fulvestrant) Chemotherapy 3/31/2013 Adriamycin (doxorubicin) Chemotherapy 6/16/2013 Xeloda (capecitabine) Targeted Therapy 6/23/2013 Tykerb (lapatinib)
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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 7/24/2011
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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!


Dx 2/1/2010, IDC, 3cm, Stage IV, Grade 3, mets, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 7/12/2010 Mastectomy: Left, Right; Lymph node removal: Sentinel, Underarm/Axillary, Right