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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:

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- Chemotherapy 06/03/2010 AC + T (Taxol): Adriamycin and Cytoxan, plus Taxol 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 Surgery 03/15/2011 Prophylactic (also called preventive) removal of the ovaries Hormonal Therapy 03/17/2011 Dx 12/30/2012, IDC, Stage IV, mets, ER+/PR-, HER2- Radiation Therapy 03/02/2013 Hormonal Therapy 03/10/2013 Femara (chemical name: letrozole, class: aromatase inhibitor) Chemotherapy 05/13/2013 Carboplatin (brand name: Paraplatin), Taxol (chemical name: 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 09/30/2002 AC: Adriamycin and Cytoxan Chemotherapy 12/31/2002 Taxol (chemical name: paclitaxel) Hormonal Therapy 04/30/2003 Dx 4/2/2007, IDC, 1cm, Stage II, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 05/31/2007 CMF: Cytoxan, methotrexate, and fluorouracil Chemotherapy 08/31/2009 Abraxane (chemical name: albumin-bound or nab-paclitaxel) Targeted Therapy 08/31/2009 Avastin (chemical name: bevacizumab) Dx 9/1/2009, IDC, Stage IV, mets, ER+/PR+, HER2- Hormonal Therapy 05/31/2010 Femara (chemical name: letrozole, class: aromatase inhibitor) Chemotherapy 08/31/2011 Xeloda (chemical name: capecitabine) Hormonal Therapy 12/31/2011 Faslodex (chemical name: fulvestrant, class: estrogen receptor downregulator (ERD)) Chemotherapy 05/31/2012 Navelbine (chemical name: vinorelbine) Chemotherapy 04/30/2013 Gemzar (chemical name: gemcitabine) Hormonal Therapy 05/31/2013 Aromasin (chemical name: exemestane, class: aromatase inhibitor) Targeted Therapy 07/31/2013 Afinitor (chemical name: everolimus) 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 Radiation Therapy 03/05/2010 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 Chemotherapy 09/26/2010 AC + T (Taxol): Adriamycin and Cytoxan, plus Taxol Hormonal Therapy 02/19/2012 Arimidex (chemical name: anastrozole, class: aromatase inhibitor) Dx 2/20/2012, IDC, 2cm, Stage IV, Grade 2, 4/16 nodes, mets, ER+/PR-, HER2+ Chemotherapy 02/26/2012 Navelbine (chemical name: vinorelbine) Targeted Therapy 02/26/2012 Herceptin (chemical name: trastuzumab) Radiation Therapy 03/16/2012 Chemotherapy 04/05/2012 Halaven (chemical name: eribulin) Targeted Therapy 11/04/2012 Perjeta (chemical name: pertuzumab; also known as Omnitarg) Chemotherapy 11/04/2012 Taxotere (chemical name: docetaxel) Targeted Therapy 11/04/2012 Herceptin (chemical name: trastuzumab) Hormonal Therapy 11/04/2012 Faslodex (chemical name: fulvestrant, class: estrogen receptor downregulator (ERD)) Chemotherapy 03/31/2013 Adriamycin (chemical name: doxorubicin) Chemotherapy 06/16/2013 Xeloda (chemical name: capecitabine) Targeted Therapy 06/23/2013 Tykerb (chemical name: 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 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