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Posted on: Aug 16, 2013 07:02PM

blondie1 wrote:

I continue to be very scared once I found my liver mets progressed after having to go off doxil. I am hoping to find some support in alleviating my deep seated fears by hearing other stories of people living and dealing with liver mets. My onc says I have such a petite frame (105) that an enlarged liver will definitely cause me some pain until chemo takes care of it.

How are others doing and getting through this with a positive attitude?

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Apr 23, 2021 08:52AM NicoleRod wrote:

Hope I am so glad you are doing so well...I wonder why I didn't get that coil thing?? Maybe I wouldn't have had the stomach issues?? hrmmmm... I believe my treatment was in the same sections...I am still on the "HIGH" from what the IR said :)

Bliss so happy your pain and bloating has subsided :)

Bev still looking out for you...hope you are healing up

Dx 12/14 Stage 0, Grade 3, ER+/PR, HER2- (FISH),Dx 04/19, Stage IV mets to bone/liver, Hormonal Therapy 04/19 - 10/19 Ibrance/let/faslodex 10/19 Cryoblation on 2 of 4 tumors in liver. Dec 2019-May 2020 Xeloda Failed May-July 2020 - Doxil Failed Dx 12/19/2014, DCIS, Right, Stage 0, Grade 3, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH) Dx 2/5/2019, IDC, Right, Stage IIA, Grade 3, ER+/PR-, HER2- Dx 3/2019, Stage IV, metastasized to bone/liver, Grade 3, ER+/PR-, HER2- Hormonal Therapy 4/28/2019 Surgery Chemotherapy Doxil (doxorubicin) Chemotherapy Xeloda (capecitabine) Radiation Therapy Surgery Mastectomy: Left, Right
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Apr 23, 2021 01:39PM moth wrote:

HopeandGratitude, thanks for reporting in & glad everything well & you're doing ok! Fingers crossed for super smooth recovery.

I take weekends off

Initial dx at 50. Seriously???? “Sometimes the future changes quickly and completely and we’re left with only the choice of what to do next." blog: https://nevertellmetheodds2017.tumblr.com/

Dx 12/2017, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 3, 0/5 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2- (IHC) Surgery 12/12/2017 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Chemotherapy 2/13/2018 AC + T (Taxol) Radiation Therapy 8/13/2018 Whole-breast: Breast Dx 2/2020, IDC, Stage IV, metastasized to liver/lungs, Grade 3, ER-/PR-, HER2- Chemotherapy 3/18/2020 Taxol (paclitaxel) Immunotherapy 3/18/2020 Tecentriq (atezolizumab) Chemotherapy 11/25/2020 Abraxane (albumin-bound or nab-paclitaxel) Radiation Therapy 12/8/2020 External Dx 12/9/2020, IDC, Right, Stage IV, metastasized to lungs, Grade 3, ER+/PR-, HER2- (IHC) Hormonal Therapy 12/15/2020 Femara (letrozole) Dx 1/28/2021, IDC, Left, Stage IV, metastasized to bone Radiation Therapy 3/2/2021 External: Bone
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Apr 23, 2021 01:47PM candy-678 wrote:

Well I had the liver ultrasound today. The IR said he is going to aim for the one closest to the surface of my liver--- measured 1.5cm-- for the biopsy.

This IR is not at the same location as my normal cancer center. My normal center is a satellite site. And I had to go to the main campus for the ultrasound and for the biopsy procedure. Before I could even get home (2 hour drive) my normal center called me and had a date set for the biopsy. So the biopsy is next Wednesday the 28th. Boy, they move fast. Discussed the option of a biopsy with MO on April 19, had ultrasound on the 23rd to verify they could get to the lesion, and biopsy scheduled for the 28th. But, then the Tempus testing takes 3-4 weeks, per my MO.

Found mets on CT for unrelated issue. I only had 2 treatments with IV chemo for the Stage II, then found Stage 4 and switched to hormone therapy/targeted therapy. I consider myself de novo. Also using Xgeva injections for bone mets Dx 6/2017, ILC/IDC, Left, 3cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 9/2017, ILC/IDC, Stage IV, metastasized to bone/liver, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Targeted Therapy Ibrance (palbociclib) Hormonal Therapy Femara (letrozole), Zoladex (goserelin) Chemotherapy AC Surgery Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left
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Apr 23, 2021 02:12PM NicoleRod wrote:

Candy glad they are getting that biopsy quick hope you get some answers with Tempus. In your pocket for next week :)

Dx 12/14 Stage 0, Grade 3, ER+/PR, HER2- (FISH),Dx 04/19, Stage IV mets to bone/liver, Hormonal Therapy 04/19 - 10/19 Ibrance/let/faslodex 10/19 Cryoblation on 2 of 4 tumors in liver. Dec 2019-May 2020 Xeloda Failed May-July 2020 - Doxil Failed Dx 12/19/2014, DCIS, Right, Stage 0, Grade 3, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH) Dx 2/5/2019, IDC, Right, Stage IIA, Grade 3, ER+/PR-, HER2- Dx 3/2019, Stage IV, metastasized to bone/liver, Grade 3, ER+/PR-, HER2- Hormonal Therapy 4/28/2019 Surgery Chemotherapy Doxil (doxorubicin) Chemotherapy Xeloda (capecitabine) Radiation Therapy Surgery Mastectomy: Left, Right
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Apr 23, 2021 02:39PM candy-678 wrote:

Forgot to add---

I asked the IR today a little about the pending biopsy. I had a liver biopsy at diagnosis in 2017. I had it locally and I know each facility may be different. He said that they use a local and would have sedation on "standby", but doesn't usually use it. The first time I had Fentanyl and Versed combo. They will keep me a "couple of hours" to monitor. The first time I was monitored for 4 hours (but had the meds).

Did you guys have meds with a biopsy??

Found mets on CT for unrelated issue. I only had 2 treatments with IV chemo for the Stage II, then found Stage 4 and switched to hormone therapy/targeted therapy. I consider myself de novo. Also using Xgeva injections for bone mets Dx 6/2017, ILC/IDC, Left, 3cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 9/2017, ILC/IDC, Stage IV, metastasized to bone/liver, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Targeted Therapy Ibrance (palbociclib) Hormonal Therapy Femara (letrozole), Zoladex (goserelin) Chemotherapy AC Surgery Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left
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Apr 23, 2021 03:23PM HopeandGratitude wrote:

Candy - SEDATION yes. Why would they not use it? What's their logic? Did you have issues with sedation? Local yes, but that's usually for insertion site etc. Sedation for you is what keeps you out of pain, keeps you still, and prevents any issues that could occur from you feeling pain and moving etc. I would not have a liver biopsy without one and I would question the facility that does not use sedation routinely.

Anyone else have something different???

Dx 3/1/2002, ILC, Left, 6cm+, Stage IIIB, Grade 3, 0/14 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH) Chemotherapy 3/27/2002 CEF Chemotherapy 6/5/2002 AT Surgery 8/29/2002 Mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): Free TRAM flap, Nipple reconstruction, Nipple tattoo Radiation Therapy 10/15/2002 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes, Chest wall Hormonal Therapy 1/5/2003 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Dx 1/12/2018, IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IIIB, Grade 3, 1/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH) Surgery 2/15/2018 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Left Chemotherapy 4/3/2018 CMF Chemotherapy 8/6/2018 Taxol (paclitaxel) Radiation Therapy 10/10/2018 External: Breast, Lymph nodes, Chest wall Dx 3/13/2019, IDC, 1cm, Stage IV, metastasized to liver, Grade 3, ER+/PR-, HER2- (FISH) Hormonal Therapy 3/14/2019 Femara (letrozole) Targeted Therapy 3/24/2019 Ibrance (palbociclib) Targeted Therapy 10/24/2019 Verzenio Dx 3/18/2020, IDC, 1cm, Stage IV, metastasized to bone, ER+/PR-, HER2- (FISH) Hormonal Therapy 3/20/2020 Aromasin (exemestane) Hormonal Therapy 4/7/2020 Faslodex (fulvestrant)
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Apr 23, 2021 07:51PM - edited Apr 23, 2021 07:53PM by EymiG

I am so happy for you, Nicole! God is good all the time. I'm still waiting to hear back from my onco and IR if there is an earlier ultrasound guided liver biopsy available instead of waiting until 5/19. Until then I don't know what my treatment plan would be for multiple liver metastases (stage 4). God bless all of us.

Dx 2/27/2017, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 3, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 3/8/2017 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Right Surgery 9/25/2017 Prophylactic ovary removal Surgery 10/25/2017 Mastectomy; Reconstruction (left): DIEP flap, Nipple reconstruction; Reconstruction (right): DIEP flap, Nipple reconstruction Dx 4/15/2021, IDC, 3cm, Stage IV, metastasized to liver
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Apr 23, 2021 08:00PM EymiG wrote:

Hello everyone, I just joined today and thank you Moth for sending me the thread. Your posts and updates are really encouraging and makes me stay positive. I am still waiting to hear back from my oncologist if there is an earlier available liver biopsy schedule instead of waiting until 5/19.

Dx 2/27/2017, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 3, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 3/8/2017 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Right Surgery 9/25/2017 Prophylactic ovary removal Surgery 10/25/2017 Mastectomy; Reconstruction (left): DIEP flap, Nipple reconstruction; Reconstruction (right): DIEP flap, Nipple reconstruction Dx 4/15/2021, IDC, 3cm, Stage IV, metastasized to liver
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Apr 23, 2021 08:42PM HopeandGratitude wrote:

welcome EymiG to the group. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have. Many compassionate, smart, experienced people here and I rely on them a lot and often. I would push on the biopsy sooner rather than later. If it were me, i wouldn’t wait but would be making calls. Usually these can be scheduled quite quickly if you have a large enough hospital or facility. A month seems a long time to wait for a biopsy when you need a treatment plan

Dx 3/1/2002, ILC, Left, 6cm+, Stage IIIB, Grade 3, 0/14 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH) Chemotherapy 3/27/2002 CEF Chemotherapy 6/5/2002 AT Surgery 8/29/2002 Mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): Free TRAM flap, Nipple reconstruction, Nipple tattoo Radiation Therapy 10/15/2002 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes, Chest wall Hormonal Therapy 1/5/2003 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Dx 1/12/2018, IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IIIB, Grade 3, 1/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH) Surgery 2/15/2018 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Left Chemotherapy 4/3/2018 CMF Chemotherapy 8/6/2018 Taxol (paclitaxel) Radiation Therapy 10/10/2018 External: Breast, Lymph nodes, Chest wall Dx 3/13/2019, IDC, 1cm, Stage IV, metastasized to liver, Grade 3, ER+/PR-, HER2- (FISH) Hormonal Therapy 3/14/2019 Femara (letrozole) Targeted Therapy 3/24/2019 Ibrance (palbociclib) Targeted Therapy 10/24/2019 Verzenio Dx 3/18/2020, IDC, 1cm, Stage IV, metastasized to bone, ER+/PR-, HER2- (FISH) Hormonal Therapy 3/20/2020 Aromasin (exemestane) Hormonal Therapy 4/7/2020 Faslodex (fulvestrant)
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Apr 23, 2021 08:51PM - edited Apr 23, 2021 08:52PM by EymiG

Thank you. I just got a call from my oncologist's office and I was informed that the radiologist was able to move the biopsy to an earlier schedule than 5/19. The hospital staff will call me with the new schedule.

Dx 2/27/2017, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 3, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 3/8/2017 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Right Surgery 9/25/2017 Prophylactic ovary removal Surgery 10/25/2017 Mastectomy; Reconstruction (left): DIEP flap, Nipple reconstruction; Reconstruction (right): DIEP flap, Nipple reconstruction Dx 4/15/2021, IDC, 3cm, Stage IV, metastasized to liver
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Apr 23, 2021 09:56PM - edited Apr 23, 2021 09:57PM by Bliss58

Candy, I had the Versed + Fentynal combo for my liver bx. I was concerned and questioned it, but all went well and I didn't feel a thing. Ask for anti-nausea meds. I had this same drug combo with my bone bx, but got no anti-nausea. I felt queasy and groggy afterwards. The gastro nurse told me she was glad I told her and ordered the meds. They only kept me in recovery a couple hours, too, but afterwards I felt alert and so so much better.

Dx at 56 06/2015, IDC left, 4cm, de novo mets to bone; dx 04/2020 progression to liver. Dx 6/1/2015, IDC, Left, 4cm, Stage IIIA, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2+ (FISH) Dx 6/30/2015, Stage IV, metastasized to bone Radiation Therapy 12/16/2015 External: Bone Surgery 2/16/2016 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left Radiation Therapy 5/8/2016 External: Lymph nodes, Chest wall Hormonal Therapy 2/1/2018 Aromasin (exemestane) Dx 4/2020, IDC, Stage IV, metastasized to liver, Grade 3, ER+/PR+, HER2+ (IHC)
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Apr 23, 2021 10:02PM Bliss58 wrote:

Had my first Gemzar tx. So far, so good. I usually got sicker on the 3rd or 4th days with infused chemo, so we shall see. I do 3 wks. on and one off. Fingers crossed for kicking my cancer's butt!

Dx at 56 06/2015, IDC left, 4cm, de novo mets to bone; dx 04/2020 progression to liver. Dx 6/1/2015, IDC, Left, 4cm, Stage IIIA, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2+ (FISH) Dx 6/30/2015, Stage IV, metastasized to bone Radiation Therapy 12/16/2015 External: Bone Surgery 2/16/2016 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left Radiation Therapy 5/8/2016 External: Lymph nodes, Chest wall Hormonal Therapy 2/1/2018 Aromasin (exemestane) Dx 4/2020, IDC, Stage IV, metastasized to liver, Grade 3, ER+/PR+, HER2+ (IHC)
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Apr 23, 2021 10:03PM - edited Apr 23, 2021 10:34PM by Rosie24

Welcome, EymiG. Sorry you're dealing with liver mets like the rest of us, but hopefully you find support here.

Candy, I had the same light or “twilight" sedation and meds you had for my biopsy. I know there were some points where they asked me to take a breath and hold it during the biopsy. I never felt pain and actually felt very calm and relaxed from the meds. I hope all goes well for you and you get some useful info.

Hope, I'm glad your Y90 is done and you're feeling ok.

Bev, Hope you're doing ok and can check in here to let us know how you're doing. Thinking of you. 🌻

Dx 1/23/2019, DCIS/IDC, Left, 3cm, Stage IV, metastasized to liver, Grade 2, ER+/PR-, HER2- (FISH) Hormonal Therapy 1/24/2019 Femara (letrozole) Targeted Therapy 1/24/2019 Ibrance (palbociclib) Surgery 12/4/2019 Lumpectomy: Left Surgery 12/4/2019 Lymph node removal: Sentinel Radiation Therapy Whole-breast
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Apr 24, 2021 12:51AM ShetlandPony wrote:

I also had versed + fentanyl for my two liver biopsies. I was not all the way out, but enough that I did not have pain or worry. Why would they not use this combo as a matter of course?

2011 Stage I ILC 1.5cm grade1 ITCs sn Lumpectomy,radiation,tamoxifen. 2014 Stage IV ILC mets breast,liver. TaxolNEAD. Ibrance+letrozole 2yrs. Fas+afinitor nope. XelodaNEAD 2yrs. Eribulin,Doxil nope. SUMMIT FaslodexHerceptinNeratinib for Her2mut NEAD
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Apr 24, 2021 12:52AM ShetlandPony wrote:

Bev, if you are reading, you are in my thoughts. So many people here rooting for you.

2011 Stage I ILC 1.5cm grade1 ITCs sn Lumpectomy,radiation,tamoxifen. 2014 Stage IV ILC mets breast,liver. TaxolNEAD. Ibrance+letrozole 2yrs. Fas+afinitor nope. XelodaNEAD 2yrs. Eribulin,Doxil nope. SUMMIT FaslodexHerceptinNeratinib for Her2mut NEAD
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Apr 24, 2021 08:15AM Kattysmith wrote:

Candy, I have had 3 liver biopsies and each time they used Twilight sleep. I was kept for 4 hours for observation.

First diagnosed borderline Stage 2 IDC, left breast in 2003. No problems until a surprise (!) Stage IV recurrence in 2015! In addition to treatments listed below, I started monthly injections of Xgeva for bone support in July 2016. Dx 10/23/2015, Left, Stage IV, metastasized to other, Grade 3, 0/3 nodes, ER+, HER2- Chemotherapy 11/3/2015 AC Hormonal Therapy 2/4/2016 Femara (letrozole) Targeted Therapy 2/4/2016 Ibrance (palbociclib) Immunotherapy 12/22/2018 Hormonal Therapy Faslodex (fulvestrant)
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Apr 24, 2021 09:02AM candy-678 wrote:

Thanks for your responses about twilight sedation with your liver biopsies. I had my first, and only, one done at my local rural hospital procedure area. They gave the Versed + Fentanyl. This cancer center is larger, and in the "big city". But, the rad said they have the meds (did not mention them by name) on standby, but give local and I would just feel some pressure. IDK maybe I will end up with the meds. We will see.

Also, here is another hum moment. I have a friend that had to have a procedure locally (our rural hospital) with putting a stent in his kidney. He had to have a Covid test 3 days before the procedure. Then, 6 weeks later, he had the stent removed--- another Covid test. Now, he is having an epidural steroid injection in his back (another situation), and, yet again, another Covid test in preparation. They said nothing about getting a Covid test in prep for my biopsy. Hum.... different facility, maybe that is it. Seems our local, small hospital does more than the "big city".

Found mets on CT for unrelated issue. I only had 2 treatments with IV chemo for the Stage II, then found Stage 4 and switched to hormone therapy/targeted therapy. I consider myself de novo. Also using Xgeva injections for bone mets Dx 6/2017, ILC/IDC, Left, 3cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 9/2017, ILC/IDC, Stage IV, metastasized to bone/liver, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Targeted Therapy Ibrance (palbociclib) Hormonal Therapy Femara (letrozole), Zoladex (goserelin) Chemotherapy AC Surgery Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left
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Apr 24, 2021 02:20PM leftfootforward wrote:

I am catching up after week 2 of in person learning and RO consult and then mapping the next day. so glad to read the good news.

I hope everyone’s testing went ok and they are resting and recovering well.

After my RO consult and the doctors consulting with IR it was decided that my chest lesion is not able to be biopsies due to location ( too close yo heart, spine, lung). So I will have to take a pass as the possible consequences of biopsy were collapsed lung and catastrophic bleeding.

I will do radiation to my chest for 10 days starting Thursday. I already went in for the planning CT snd mapping and hot 4 more tattoos.

I am not looking forward to this but I have been told the dose will kill whatever cancer is there without harming all the vital tissues around. I most likely will have some esophagus issues during and after but i is something I have to accept yo get to the cancer. I am ok with the plan and really hope to be done with this issue forever ( cancer in chest ) it is not clear where the cancer is but it appears to be in the soft tissue abutted to my spine and near the right atrium. Not a good location.

I am sure it will be fine but I am scared. I have no way of knowing if it is BC, if it’s the same type of abC, or if it is a secondary cancer. due to treatment over 10 years. My mom passed away from cancer located in a similar site after 15 years. I am praying to not be in the same boat.

I will think of all of you as I go through the next 10 days of radiation. I am so blessed to have you in my pocket.


Dx 12/13/2010, IDC, 3cm, Stage IIIA, Grade 2, 1/16 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2+ Dx 12/4/2012, IDC, Stage IV, 0/0 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2+
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Apr 24, 2021 02:40PM NicoleRod wrote:

LFF....I know what you mean about esphogus issues..that is my fear with SBRT to my C7 and T3... :(. That is the thng that has been holding me back..but I am afraid I may have to risk it as my pain is getting worse and mobility with my head/neck

Dx 12/14 Stage 0, Grade 3, ER+/PR, HER2- (FISH),Dx 04/19, Stage IV mets to bone/liver, Hormonal Therapy 04/19 - 10/19 Ibrance/let/faslodex 10/19 Cryoblation on 2 of 4 tumors in liver. Dec 2019-May 2020 Xeloda Failed May-July 2020 - Doxil Failed Dx 12/19/2014, DCIS, Right, Stage 0, Grade 3, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH) Dx 2/5/2019, IDC, Right, Stage IIA, Grade 3, ER+/PR-, HER2- Dx 3/2019, Stage IV, metastasized to bone/liver, Grade 3, ER+/PR-, HER2- Hormonal Therapy 4/28/2019 Surgery Chemotherapy Doxil (doxorubicin) Chemotherapy Xeloda (capecitabine) Radiation Therapy Surgery Mastectomy: Left, Right
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Apr 24, 2021 02:56PM Chicagoan wrote:

Candy-With the twilight sedation, I would think that you will need someone to drive you home or to plan on staying overnight at a nearby hotel. Did they say anything about that? I had it for a spinal biopsy-I was able to go out for lunch with a friend when it was over but she did the driving. I wouldn't have felt comfortable driving on a busy road.

Dx 9/21/2016, IDC, Left, Stage IV, metastasized to bone, Grade 1, ER+/PR+, HER2- Radiation Therapy 9/27/2016 Hormonal Therapy 10/5/2016 Femara (letrozole) Targeted Therapy 10/27/2016 Ibrance (palbociclib)
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Apr 24, 2021 03:54PM candy-678 wrote:

Chicagoan- I do have a driver--- a friend from church. The hospital told me that when they were going thru the prep stuff that I had to have a driver. No eating for 6 hours before, what time to be there, had to have a driver. So, I guess, if they have to give the "standby" twilight meds, then we are ready with a driver.

Found mets on CT for unrelated issue. I only had 2 treatments with IV chemo for the Stage II, then found Stage 4 and switched to hormone therapy/targeted therapy. I consider myself de novo. Also using Xgeva injections for bone mets Dx 6/2017, ILC/IDC, Left, 3cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 9/2017, ILC/IDC, Stage IV, metastasized to bone/liver, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Targeted Therapy Ibrance (palbociclib) Hormonal Therapy Femara (letrozole), Zoladex (goserelin) Chemotherapy AC Surgery Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left
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Apr 24, 2021 04:16PM candy-678 wrote:

I think this is a good Thread to ask this---

My sister asked me about how long treatments last, on average, after first line therapy. I mean, I have had 3 1/2 years on first line therapy. I will probably be going to 2nd line soon. So how long can the next therapy last? So how do I find that info? Do you look up the specific drug being used to see PFS stats on that drug? Or is there a rule of thumb that the first line therapy is the longest line, on average?

I know everyone is different. But, just wondered how to answer my sister. And also to think about it myself. I got 3 1/2 years on Ibrance/Letrozole, will the next treatment not last that long, on average??

Thoughts....

Found mets on CT for unrelated issue. I only had 2 treatments with IV chemo for the Stage II, then found Stage 4 and switched to hormone therapy/targeted therapy. I consider myself de novo. Also using Xgeva injections for bone mets Dx 6/2017, ILC/IDC, Left, 3cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 9/2017, ILC/IDC, Stage IV, metastasized to bone/liver, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Targeted Therapy Ibrance (palbociclib) Hormonal Therapy Femara (letrozole), Zoladex (goserelin) Chemotherapy AC Surgery Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left
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Apr 24, 2021 05:29PM Chicagoan wrote:

Candy-Good to know you have a driver lined up. One time I had a procedure and they didn't tell me I needed a driver. I was able to take a Medi-Car home after a lot of arguing-it was no better than a taxi but I guess it met the doctor's requirements.

Dx 9/21/2016, IDC, Left, Stage IV, metastasized to bone, Grade 1, ER+/PR+, HER2- Radiation Therapy 9/27/2016 Hormonal Therapy 10/5/2016 Femara (letrozole) Targeted Therapy 10/27/2016 Ibrance (palbociclib)
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Apr 24, 2021 06:08PM Bliss58 wrote:

LLF, will be in your pocket for all RT treatment. Wrapping my virtual arms around you with fingers crossed for little to no SEs.

Dx at 56 06/2015, IDC left, 4cm, de novo mets to bone; dx 04/2020 progression to liver. Dx 6/1/2015, IDC, Left, 4cm, Stage IIIA, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2+ (FISH) Dx 6/30/2015, Stage IV, metastasized to bone Radiation Therapy 12/16/2015 External: Bone Surgery 2/16/2016 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left Radiation Therapy 5/8/2016 External: Lymph nodes, Chest wall Hormonal Therapy 2/1/2018 Aromasin (exemestane) Dx 4/2020, IDC, Stage IV, metastasized to liver, Grade 3, ER+/PR+, HER2+ (IHC)
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Apr 24, 2021 07:33PM Sadiesservant wrote:

Candy, to answer your question, there really is no hard and fast rule in terms of time to progression that I have been able to discern. It really is up to the individual and the cancer. In your case, you have ILC which seems to be slower growing although it's also sneaky so it's not always easy to figure out where it is going. In my case, my cancer appears to also be somewhat slower growing as evidenced by the long period from initial diagnosis to stage IV.

You can look at the stats for each drug in terms of PFS but that won’t tell you where you fit in the spectrum of responses. As an example, PFS for Faslodex is about 8 months. I got three years out of it, adding Verzenio into the mix after about 22 months as I anticipated I might be reaching the limit of that drug. I can’t remember the PFS for Xeloda but it is less than a year (I believe by a significant margin) and yet there are folks on this site who have been on it for years.

The only generality I am aware of is that typically we get less time on each subsequent treatment, particularly as things start to progress but again, that is not always the case. I have seen recent examples of ladies running out of options who landed on a treatment with a durable response of over a year.

I’m sure wiser folks will chime in but essentially, in my opinion, this disease is a crap shoot from beginning to end

Dx 4/2001, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 1/10 nodes, ER+ Surgery 5/11/2001 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel, Underarm/Axillary Chemotherapy 6/7/2001 CEF Radiation Therapy 12/17/2001 Whole-breast: Breast Hormonal Therapy 12/20/2001 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Hormonal Therapy 1/2/2007 Femara (letrozole) Hormonal Therapy 10/22/2007 Arimidex (anastrozole) Dx 1/3/2017, IDC, Right, Stage IV, metastasized to bone/lungs, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 1/27/2017 Taxol (paclitaxel) Hormonal Therapy 3/29/2017 Arimidex (anastrozole) Targeted Therapy 4/20/2017 Ibrance (palbociclib) Dx 10/12/2017, IDC, Right, Stage IV, metastasized to other Chemotherapy 10/21/2017 Xeloda (capecitabine) Radiation Therapy 11/15/2017 External: Bone Hormonal Therapy 1/19/2018 Faslodex (fulvestrant) Radiation Therapy 8/2/2018 External: Bone Radiation Therapy 11/5/2018 External: Bone Targeted Therapy 10/10/2019 Verzenio Radiation Therapy 11/3/2020 External: Bone Dx 1/22/2021, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IV, metastasized to liver, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 2/4/2021 Xeloda (capecitabine)
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Apr 24, 2021 09:00PM HopeandGratitude wrote:

LFF - thanks for the update. In your pocket for upcoming RT treatments and praying they do what they need to do. You have been at this a very long time and have such strength, hope and perseverance. You will get through this too. You are not alone. I think we are all scared...at least I can say I am. Trying to learn from you and others in this thread, to take it one day at a time, one scan at a time, one treatment/procedure at a time and not look too far down the road. Trying to stay present and live in gratitude for what I have been blessed with and not let this disease take that away. Sending prayers and hugs and always hope

Dx 3/1/2002, ILC, Left, 6cm+, Stage IIIB, Grade 3, 0/14 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH) Chemotherapy 3/27/2002 CEF Chemotherapy 6/5/2002 AT Surgery 8/29/2002 Mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): Free TRAM flap, Nipple reconstruction, Nipple tattoo Radiation Therapy 10/15/2002 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes, Chest wall Hormonal Therapy 1/5/2003 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Dx 1/12/2018, IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IIIB, Grade 3, 1/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH) Surgery 2/15/2018 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Left Chemotherapy 4/3/2018 CMF Chemotherapy 8/6/2018 Taxol (paclitaxel) Radiation Therapy 10/10/2018 External: Breast, Lymph nodes, Chest wall Dx 3/13/2019, IDC, 1cm, Stage IV, metastasized to liver, Grade 3, ER+/PR-, HER2- (FISH) Hormonal Therapy 3/14/2019 Femara (letrozole) Targeted Therapy 3/24/2019 Ibrance (palbociclib) Targeted Therapy 10/24/2019 Verzenio Dx 3/18/2020, IDC, 1cm, Stage IV, metastasized to bone, ER+/PR-, HER2- (FISH) Hormonal Therapy 3/20/2020 Aromasin (exemestane) Hormonal Therapy 4/7/2020 Faslodex (fulvestrant)
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Apr 26, 2021 01:26PM moth wrote:

candy, generally speaking, I've heard oncologists say that each line gives a shorter pfs than then previous lines. There is a largeish study saying mean first line tx duration was 163 days and mean 4th line was 130 days Ray S, Bonthapally V, McMorrow D, et al: Patterns of treatment, healthcare utilization and costs by lines of therapy in metastatic breast cancer in a large insured US population. J Comp Eff Res 2:195-206, 2013

tumors develop both resistance to hormone therapy & to chemo.

BUT as sadiesservant says, the thing is, some of those studies will have people who lasted a very short time on the treatment, and others who had a considerably longer response. And it's hard to predict still who will or won't respond - I think this might be one of those things that becomes clearer with the genomic testing & drug sensitivity testing being developed but right now it seems like nobody knows till you try it.

& in mTNBC we now have a game changer with Trodelvy for pre-treated pts. They're getting a substantial improvement in mean tx time - I think it might be longer than 1st line for many people which is pretty astounding.

I think we just can't know for sure. Hope for the best, prepare for the worst seems to be the only reasonable thing with this stupid disese

LFF - good luck with the rads. I hope whatever it is, they zap the hell out of it & you have no residual damage. I'll be counting down your 10 days with you!


Not much new here. I feel I've barely recovered from the last abraxane - it just slammed me so hard - & it's chemo week again (this thurs). blood work tomorrow so already the low level anxiety & hoping the liver blood tests are fine. I've been off immuotherapy for 1 cycle again while sorting out my lung issues so always worried that it's letting my liver mets run wild. CT on May 1 & bone scan May 5.

I'll be posting in the other liver treatments thread a new study about surgical resection of mets in MBC pts in case anyone is interested.

hugs everyone


I take weekends off

Initial dx at 50. Seriously???? “Sometimes the future changes quickly and completely and we’re left with only the choice of what to do next." blog: https://nevertellmetheodds2017.tumblr.com/

Dx 12/2017, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 3, 0/5 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2- (IHC) Surgery 12/12/2017 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Chemotherapy 2/13/2018 AC + T (Taxol) Radiation Therapy 8/13/2018 Whole-breast: Breast Dx 2/2020, IDC, Stage IV, metastasized to liver/lungs, Grade 3, ER-/PR-, HER2- Chemotherapy 3/18/2020 Taxol (paclitaxel) Immunotherapy 3/18/2020 Tecentriq (atezolizumab) Chemotherapy 11/25/2020 Abraxane (albumin-bound or nab-paclitaxel) Radiation Therapy 12/8/2020 External Dx 12/9/2020, IDC, Right, Stage IV, metastasized to lungs, Grade 3, ER+/PR-, HER2- (IHC) Hormonal Therapy 12/15/2020 Femara (letrozole) Dx 1/28/2021, IDC, Left, Stage IV, metastasized to bone Radiation Therapy 3/2/2021 External: Bone
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Apr 26, 2021 02:13PM NicoleRod wrote:

MOTH I hope those lung issues resolve and your blood work is all good. Also hoping you don't get as slammed this round with the chemo.

Dx 12/14 Stage 0, Grade 3, ER+/PR, HER2- (FISH),Dx 04/19, Stage IV mets to bone/liver, Hormonal Therapy 04/19 - 10/19 Ibrance/let/faslodex 10/19 Cryoblation on 2 of 4 tumors in liver. Dec 2019-May 2020 Xeloda Failed May-July 2020 - Doxil Failed Dx 12/19/2014, DCIS, Right, Stage 0, Grade 3, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH) Dx 2/5/2019, IDC, Right, Stage IIA, Grade 3, ER+/PR-, HER2- Dx 3/2019, Stage IV, metastasized to bone/liver, Grade 3, ER+/PR-, HER2- Hormonal Therapy 4/28/2019 Surgery Chemotherapy Doxil (doxorubicin) Chemotherapy Xeloda (capecitabine) Radiation Therapy Surgery Mastectomy: Left, Right
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Apr 26, 2021 02:48PM moth wrote:

Thank you Nicole :)

I'm worried about Bev. Has anyone heard anything?

I take weekends off

Initial dx at 50. Seriously???? “Sometimes the future changes quickly and completely and we’re left with only the choice of what to do next." blog: https://nevertellmetheodds2017.tumblr.com/

Dx 12/2017, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 3, 0/5 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2- (IHC) Surgery 12/12/2017 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Chemotherapy 2/13/2018 AC + T (Taxol) Radiation Therapy 8/13/2018 Whole-breast: Breast Dx 2/2020, IDC, Stage IV, metastasized to liver/lungs, Grade 3, ER-/PR-, HER2- Chemotherapy 3/18/2020 Taxol (paclitaxel) Immunotherapy 3/18/2020 Tecentriq (atezolizumab) Chemotherapy 11/25/2020 Abraxane (albumin-bound or nab-paclitaxel) Radiation Therapy 12/8/2020 External Dx 12/9/2020, IDC, Right, Stage IV, metastasized to lungs, Grade 3, ER+/PR-, HER2- (IHC) Hormonal Therapy 12/15/2020 Femara (letrozole) Dx 1/28/2021, IDC, Left, Stage IV, metastasized to bone Radiation Therapy 3/2/2021 External: Bone
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Apr 26, 2021 02:52PM - edited Apr 26, 2021 02:52PM by NicoleRod

Moth...I have PM'd her here about 3 times last week..and then I texted her this morning and nothing...... I am thinking she may be doped up and just sleeping a lot?? I did tell her in the text I was worried and that all the ladies have also been asking about her....

Dx 12/14 Stage 0, Grade 3, ER+/PR, HER2- (FISH),Dx 04/19, Stage IV mets to bone/liver, Hormonal Therapy 04/19 - 10/19 Ibrance/let/faslodex 10/19 Cryoblation on 2 of 4 tumors in liver. Dec 2019-May 2020 Xeloda Failed May-July 2020 - Doxil Failed Dx 12/19/2014, DCIS, Right, Stage 0, Grade 3, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH) Dx 2/5/2019, IDC, Right, Stage IIA, Grade 3, ER+/PR-, HER2- Dx 3/2019, Stage IV, metastasized to bone/liver, Grade 3, ER+/PR-, HER2- Hormonal Therapy 4/28/2019 Surgery Chemotherapy Doxil (doxorubicin) Chemotherapy Xeloda (capecitabine) Radiation Therapy Surgery Mastectomy: Left, Right

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