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Topic: can i get mets ?

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Posted on: Jul 4, 2007 02:52PM

treeb wrote:

this may seem like a dumb question...but can i get mets after being dx with DCIS...some microinvasion...had lumpectomy then lymph involvement...ER+...
What kind of follow up should i be getting now that i am 6 months post mastectomy surgery?
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Jul 4, 2007 04:19PM debstitchestoo wrote:

Hi Treeb

We aren't sure who can or will get mets. I had your diagnosis and had a small chance of recurrence, let alone mets. Just make sure to follow up with your doctors and perhaps a yearly ultrasound to make sure you stay clear. And if you get any funny symptoms....don't write them off...get them checked right away. Good luck to you!

Dx 2/28/2007, IDC, 1cm, Stage IV, Grade 1, 0/8 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Jul 4, 2007 04:37PM LuAnnH wrote:

I would be doing the regular follow up with my onc. If your onc did not recommend any then I would find another onc. They don't know why anyone has a metastisis, you risk is lower but it is not impossible. All you can do is your follow up care and hope for the best.

LuAnn -- Dx 7/2/2006, IDC, 2cm, Stage IV, mets, ER+/PR+, HER2+
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Jul 4, 2007 04:54PM KariLynn wrote:

People with no history of BC present with mets - no one should be less than vigilant especaially if you've been there. Chances are you won't, but no harm in having regular (annual?) follow-up.

If you can solve your problem, then what is the need of worrying? If you cannot solve it, then what is the use of worrying? Dx 6/2/2005, IDC, 2cm, Stage IV, 14/25 nodes, mets, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Jul 4, 2007 08:10PM Member_of_the_Club wrote:

The chances of it happening in your case are very, very remote. Still, you should be on a hormonal med and you should be monitorde by an oncologist. The biggest risk for you, if you didn't have a bilateral mastectomy, would be another primary cancer in the other breast. We all have an elevated risk of a new cancer having had the first one. You shouldn't worry because you were very fortunate to be diagnosed at such an early stage, but you do need good medical follow-up.

Dx 9/30/2004, IDC, 3cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 1/17 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-

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