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Posted on: Aug 16, 2013 06:02PM

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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Jul 21, 2021 03:33PM Sheilaleximama- wrote:

Thank you for that AlabamaDee. I need all the hope I can get. I have had Mets to the bone for 2.5 years but the liver discovery is new and frightening, but I’m doing my best to stay strong for my 4 year old who has autism. Also for me, I’m 38 and haven’t done much living yet. I never imagined anything like this could be a factor for my life. So anyway I really appreciate everyone’s kind words.
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Jul 21, 2021 03:39PM Anotherone wrote:

you go , moth !

Very nice

Primary in 2006, metastasis 2019. Sorry can lot log in diagnosis and treatment info properly - it gets jumbled. On Kadcyla now as had progression on H&P Dx 10/10/2006, IDC, Left, Stage IIIC, metastasized to lungs, Grade 3, 4/9 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2+ Dx 7/1/2019, IDC, Stage IV, metastasized to lungs Chemotherapy 9/16/2019 Abraxane (albumin-bound or nab-paclitaxel) Surgery Lymph node removal: Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement Radiation Therapy External: Chest wall Targeted Therapy Herceptin (trastuzumab)
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Jul 21, 2021 04:38PM B-A-P wrote:

no real answers yet sadly. Just more anxiousness.

My MO finally got back to me and agreed to move my CT up from Aug 11. We well keep the mri there to try and keep somewhat of a schedule. The AST she felt was the only thing really standing out and the rest of the enzymes are considered stable. She said it could be the tamoxifen and the only way to know is to discontinue for a few weeks and see if there’s improvement — that of course is unless the scan shows progression already (in 8 weeks) then, and even though she didn’t say it , the tamoxifen isn’t working anyway. Not good . She said it could literally be anything . I’m really hoping we can get the scan soon as the waiting is so hard. And physically , I feel full, I feel epigastric discomfort constantly .. which is serves a reminder that something isn’t right

I also have a naturopathic oncologist And he was supportive of the decision of taking a break but asked “well if there’s more shrinkage and stability , and it’s the tamoxifen , then what do we do ?”

He also mentioned the AST could be the pseudocirrhosis progressing but never got into it. So that’s just making me a mess. And he actually did bring up “if there’s a tumour growing already , and causing discomfort, this could be trouble bc hormonal therapy isn’t working “

So I’m a bag of anxiety. And to top it all off , my house is being eaten by carpenter ants so it’s just one more thing on my to do list of things that are pushing me further into debt. I could cry.

Dx 8/17/2018, IDC, Left, Stage IV, metastasized to liver, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH) Chemotherapy 9/17/2018 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Ellence (epirubicin), Fluorouracil (5-fluorouracil, 5-FU, Adrucil) Surgery 2/26/2019 Mastectomy: Left, Right Radiation Therapy 4/28/2019 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes, Chest wall Targeted Therapy 10/7/2021 Ibrance (palbociclib) Dx IDC, Stage IV, metastasized to liver, ER+/PR-, HER2- (FISH) Hormonal Therapy Femara (letrozole) Hormonal Therapy Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Surgery Prophylactic ovary removal Chemotherapy Abraxane (albumin-bound or nab-paclitaxel) Hormonal Therapy Faslodex (fulvestrant)
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Jul 21, 2021 06:49PM moth wrote:

Nicole, I hope your liver biopsy today went ok! I'm thinking of you.

B-A-P - glad you got the scan moved up but poooh, I don't like the rest of it. All that uncertainly is exhausting. & stupid carpenter ants is the last thing you need. I hope you catch a break soon.

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: Never Tell Me the Odds

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 2/14/2018 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 3/19/2020 Tecentriq (atezolizumab) Chemotherapy 11/26/2020 Abraxane (albumin-bound or nab-paclitaxel) Dx 12/9/2020, IDC, Right, Stage IV, metastasized to lungs, Grade 3, PR-, HER2- (IHC) Radiation Therapy 12/9/2020 External: Chest wall Dx 1/28/2021, IDC, Left, Stage IV, metastasized to bone Radiation Therapy 3/3/2021 External: Bone
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Jul 21, 2021 07:06PM B-A-P wrote:

very much so. I’m just hoping it’s all tamoxifen related OR an actual GI issue that can be fixed. It’s all very overwhelming. I’m 33 and truly felt like with my good response to chemo both times, I could get decent longevity. But it’s just a set back. Can’t dig my grave yet. Though it’s hard not to focus on anything else.

Dx 8/17/2018, IDC, Left, Stage IV, metastasized to liver, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH) Chemotherapy 9/17/2018 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Ellence (epirubicin), Fluorouracil (5-fluorouracil, 5-FU, Adrucil) Surgery 2/26/2019 Mastectomy: Left, Right Radiation Therapy 4/28/2019 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes, Chest wall Targeted Therapy 10/7/2021 Ibrance (palbociclib) Dx IDC, Stage IV, metastasized to liver, ER+/PR-, HER2- (FISH) Hormonal Therapy Femara (letrozole) Hormonal Therapy Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Surgery Prophylactic ovary removal Chemotherapy Abraxane (albumin-bound or nab-paclitaxel) Hormonal Therapy Faslodex (fulvestrant)
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Jul 21, 2021 09:42PM leftfootforward wrote:

just back from a day at the hodpital. Turns out when your hemoglobin is 6 and your vitals are 92/57 with a heart rate of 118 you get to stay and get a blood transfusion. I am do thankful to my nursing staff who hounded the blood bank yo locate not just 1 bag of blood but 2 that match my very special blood type. They saved me an additional trip to the hospital on Friday and are it so I can watch my daughter play in her soccer game on Friday.

I’m tired, have a laundry list of medical appointments to make ( (ent, OBGYN, GI,) to name a few. Grateful to be well enough to go home.

As always you are all in my thoughts.

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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Jul 22, 2021 07:01AM Kattysmith wrote:

Hello all I don't post very often but I try to keep up with everyone as best I can My heart goes out to everyone who is experiencing problems and fear especially you younger women. It just isn't fair for you. I turn 69 next month and I've had a pretty good run, six years with MBC/ 3 with liver progression but I had The Talk with my doctor last week. My poor husband was with me for the first time in a year-and-a-half and it was also the day his wonderful mother was failing and in fact she passed away later that same day at 96. Her funeral is the day after tomorrow.

Since I progressed on Taxol, I took a three-week break, then started Doxil this week to see if that might slow things down and buy me some more time.

Although for the most part I've felt well over the past 6 years, this last year has been difficult and the last four months have been pretty bad because neuropathy has crippled me in my hands and feet very severely, so I'm basically disabled at this point... just shy of needing a wheelchair. I'm not in any pain, however so I remain grateful for that. I'm grateful to have family here to help, I just worry so much about my husband's psychological well-being. I'm the tough old bird in the family and he's always relied on me and I feel so useless in helping him lately. Just trying to keep my head on straight for both of our sakes.

So after Doxil, whenever that will be, I guess it will be on to palliative care. I'm just not up for a clinical trial anymore.

I sailed through AC in 2015-16 so I'm hoping I will do okay on Doxil, since it is a form of good old Red Devil.I did take some Compazine for a couple of days but it turned me into a zombie, I couldn't keep my eyes open! I stopped taking it and I'm not having any nausea, just the usual extreme fatigue, so I'm hoping I'll be able to make it through the funeral tomorrow.

Thanks for listening everyone. I'm keeping my hopes up for each and everyone of you. My priority is spending as much time with family as possible and make some more memories with our six and a half year old grandson!

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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Jul 22, 2021 07:58AM candy-678 wrote:

Hi Kattysmith. I am sorry to read of your troubles. I pray Doxil is kind to you and gives you more time- quality time.

Nicole- Hope you are recovering ok. Post when you can.

LFF- Wow, you did need blood with those numbers. Hope you are more "perky" now.

I am reading along. So many with issues--serious issues. I am still waiting on insurance paperwork to go thru so I can do my consults. Then, I will need to make some decisions on what route to go. I know I don't have it so bad right now, but I know, in time, it will come. It comes to all of us.

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. Xgeva use for bone mets. Liver bx Apr 2021 shows ER- now. Dx 6/2017, ILC/IDC, Left, 3cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 7/11/2017 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left Chemotherapy 7/31/2017 AC Dx 9/2017, ILC/IDC, Stage IV, metastasized to bone/liver, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Targeted Therapy 11/1/2017 Ibrance (palbociclib) Hormonal Therapy 11/1/2017 Femara (letrozole), Zoladex (goserelin) Dx 4/2021, ILC/IDC, Stage IV, metastasized to bone/liver, ER-/PR+, HER2- (FISH) Targeted Therapy 9/3/2021 Lynparza Hormonal Therapy 9/4/2021 Zoladex (goserelin)
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Jul 22, 2021 08:08AM - edited Jul 22, 2021 08:12AM by NicoleRod

MOTH...thank you for remembering me. Well it was rough. First..they were running 2 hours behind..so my poor husband had to wait in the car with our puppy for 6 hours!! If you are wondering why he didn't just go home and go back..its because the place is in DC and the traffic from where we live in VA to there is a NIGHTMARE..yes it really is THAT bad..it is rated the #1 highest traffic are in the country even higher than CA...yup.. lol

Anyway...last night I had a fever...pretty high too 102.5??? We called the service and decided to take 2 motrin and wait and see...it broke around 1-2am...and I feel much better today just worn out and the area between my neck and shoulder hurts...but other than that...I am ok. We are scheduling Y90 mapping for Aug 5th.

Candy sorry for the added stress I can say I completely understand went through that with getting the afinitor. I felt like I had to do everyones job for them!!!

LFF..I am glad you got to go home!!


PS: SAULIUS...I am beginning to think you were right when you said ( A LONG TIME AGO) that we should have hit this hard in the beginning as a first treatment line...like....doing a TAXANE chemo first...then went to IBRANCE...I am so mad now...going though Ibrance/Let/Faslodex...then xeloda, doxil...eribulin...afinitor....all a waste..I bet I should have done Abraxane first....

We will see what biopsy has to say....

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 **TNBC AUG 2021 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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Jul 22, 2021 08:41AM - edited Jul 22, 2021 08:54AM by NicoleRod

Dee please take the probiotic called Fem Dopholius....its specifically for UTI and Vaginal Tract only has 2 strains in it. I have been taking it for 3 years. I had a recurrent UTI for 2 years ...that cured it!!! It took 3 months to build up in my bladder and never had another UTI since. Get the refrigerated version ONLY not the shelf stable.

Has anyone heard about JFL????

Also HOPE...how are you I have not seen you!!!!

I wanted to say something else here.... Do you all remember that I was off all cancer meds for 4 months after my Y90? Then the afinitor failed (3 months) so essentially I was off all meds for 7 months...its literally amazing that I am even still alive with a grade 3 cancer...seriously...that is all PRAYERS from so many people that have been praying for me...I truly believe that.

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 **TNBC AUG 2021 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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Jul 22, 2021 09:48AM candy-678 wrote:

Nicole- Dang girl, you do have rough times. I have had 2 liver biopsies and no fever with either one. And the last biopsy was 3 hours long due to multiple attempts from different angles to get enough sample (fibrous tumor per IR). Take care. And praying for good results for you that will give you more info to work with.

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. Xgeva use for bone mets. Liver bx Apr 2021 shows ER- now. Dx 6/2017, ILC/IDC, Left, 3cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 7/11/2017 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left Chemotherapy 7/31/2017 AC Dx 9/2017, ILC/IDC, Stage IV, metastasized to bone/liver, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Targeted Therapy 11/1/2017 Ibrance (palbociclib) Hormonal Therapy 11/1/2017 Femara (letrozole), Zoladex (goserelin) Dx 4/2021, ILC/IDC, Stage IV, metastasized to bone/liver, ER-/PR+, HER2- (FISH) Targeted Therapy 9/3/2021 Lynparza Hormonal Therapy 9/4/2021 Zoladex (goserelin)
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Jul 22, 2021 12:25PM Mermaid007 wrote:

Just a quick question, has anybody had success with Letrezole as a mono therapy for Liver Mets?

Thank you

Debs
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Jul 22, 2021 03:52PM NicoleRod wrote:

So ya'll wanna hear something strange.......

I stopped the Afinitor a week ago and my "bites"...went a way.!!!! I think it was actually fueling my cancer to grow!

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 **TNBC AUG 2021 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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Jul 22, 2021 03:54PM - edited Jul 22, 2021 04:00PM by lafsunshine

AlabamaDee - so sorry to hear about your UTI, (hoping the antibiotics will work), and that your family has been attacked by this vicious disease. Man -sometimes it seems that it just never stops! I had my port placed yesterday -sore today, but not so bad. 50% of immune cells stain for PDL1, and my tumor mutational burden is in the 90th percentile. My MO says that's unusual for breast cancer. I will be starting keytruda with Taxol either Tuesday or Wednesday.

All you lovely ladies and gentlemen are in my thoughts and prayers. You all exhibit so much strength. Strength that I have drawn upon to help me through my journey, I thank you all!

7/2021- Keytruda + Abraxane Dx 1/2018, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IB, Grade 2, 0/2 nodes, ER+, HER2- Dx 7/2020, IDC, Stage IV, metastasized to bone/liver/other, ER+/PR-, HER2- Radiation Therapy Whole-breast: Breast Targeted Therapy Ibrance (palbociclib) Hormonal Therapy Arimidex (anastrozole) Surgery Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Sentinel, Underarm/Axillary Hormonal Therapy Faslodex (fulvestrant)
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Jul 22, 2021 04:54PM buttonsmachine wrote:

Kattysmith, thank you for telling us about how you're doing. I'm sorry to hear that you got "the Talk." It comes across through your words how much you love your family, and how you are facing this and holding your own under the gaze of this terrible disease. Your words are moving to me, truly.

I'm in the hospital again with some stupid problem that has yet to be determined. My previously stable and mild lymphedema arm has blown up into something huge. I lost the use of my right arm and hand in the last couple of days. No clot I'm told, but it might be the result of disease progression.

Nicole, Candy, and Dee, I'm hoping that things improve for you too. It feels like it's always something with this disease. We need better treatments!


Diagnosed at 32. Local recurrences one year later, probably due to needle seeding at inital biopsy. Now dealing with MBC. Dx 8/2016, IDC, Right, Stage IA, Grade 3, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 10/1/2016 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Chemotherapy 11/1/2016 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Radiation Therapy 2/1/2017 Whole-breast Hormonal Therapy 4/1/2017 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Dx 10/2017, IDC, Right, Grade 3, 2/12 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 11/1/2017 Lymph node removal; Mastectomy: Right Chemotherapy 11/30/2017 AC Surgery 3/31/2018 Lymph node removal; Mastectomy: Right Radiation Therapy 4/30/2018 External: Lymph nodes, Chest wall Chemotherapy 6/30/2018 Xeloda (capecitabine) Hormonal Therapy 7/30/2018 Zoladex (goserelin) Hormonal Therapy 2/1/2019 Aromasin (exemestane) Hormonal Therapy 9/30/2019 Faslodex (fulvestrant) Dx 8/2020, IDC, Stage IV, metastasized to bone/other, Grade 3, ER+/PR+, HER2- Targeted Therapy 8/30/2020 Ibrance (palbociclib) Dx 1/2021, IDC, Stage IV, metastasized to liver/lungs Chemotherapy 1/15/2021 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Gemzar (gemcitabine)
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Jul 22, 2021 09:50PM Sheilaleximama- wrote:

leftfootforward you are in my thoughts and prayers too. Big hugs. I hope to handle my situations with as much grace as you do.

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Jul 22, 2021 10:04PM Sheilaleximama- wrote:

You all actually amaze me with how positive you all are. I am so thankful to have found this group. I already have a much better outlook on everything. I really thought this 2 weeks was going to drag on waiting to hear what’s next but I’ve been doing well. Each day gets a little better. My daughter makes me smile bigger, I’m finding little things my husband does to be really thoughtful and sweet (instead of nitpicking what he doesn’t do) and being extra thankful to my mom, who is 58 with her own medical problems, and still helping me with anything I need. Idk today was good.

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Jul 22, 2021 10:34PM moth wrote:

sheilaleximama, just remembered I was supposed to PM you the article. Going to do that now!

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: Never Tell Me the Odds

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 2/14/2018 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 3/19/2020 Tecentriq (atezolizumab) Chemotherapy 11/26/2020 Abraxane (albumin-bound or nab-paclitaxel) Dx 12/9/2020, IDC, Right, Stage IV, metastasized to lungs, Grade 3, PR-, HER2- (IHC) Radiation Therapy 12/9/2020 External: Chest wall Dx 1/28/2021, IDC, Left, Stage IV, metastasized to bone Radiation Therapy 3/3/2021 External: Bone
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Jul 23, 2021 01:54AM Lili75 wrote:

AlabamaDee: thank you for your reply, I hope to stay on Ibrance as long as possible and testimonies from others give me comfort.

moth: NCCN patients guidelines and especially Bestbird were exactly what I was looking for! These are precious information for me and I am grateful for your reply!

Surgery 11/11/2017 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left Dx 11/12/2017, LCIS, Left, 1cm, Grade 1, 0/2 nodes Hormonal Therapy 12/8/2019 Arimidex (anastrozole), Zoladex (goserelin) Dx 12/9/2019, 1cm, Stage IV, metastasized to bone/liver/lungs, ER+/PR+, HER2- Targeted Therapy Ibrance (palbociclib) Radiation Therapy External: Bone
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Jul 23, 2021 02:55AM leftfootforward wrote:

do reflecting on this week I learned to listen to myself.

I had my son purchase a blood pressure cup gor me at home because I was dizzy every time got up from standing or laying.

I took my daughter raspberry picking but had to sit down half way down a toe. I tied getting back up but found I was too busy to do so. I sat long enough for my daughter to finish picking that row snd felt like I could drive home. I had to skip the blueberry picking.

I had my sons drive me to the store if I needed anything.

All of these things nagged at me, telling me I wasn’t feeling well. I kept saying in a fe days I will see my oncologist and I’ll talk to her about how I had been feeling.

I knew something wasn’t right but I kept fighting and saying it can wait until Wednesday next week at my appointment.

I was lucky. I learned that I need to listen to that quiet voice that is telling me I know something is wrong.

All this is a long way of saying trust yourself. Listen to your body. Don’t be afraid to say anything.

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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Jul 23, 2021 03:15AM BSandra wrote:

Uh, dear Nicole, crazy about Everolimus:/ With your strength (7 months without treatment, whoaaaa....), you could have easily done Abraxane (sort of a "friendly" taxane) first, but it is what it is, and it can work well even now, after you get another Y90. I am just worried about you remembering how difficult Y90 was the last time. Prayers your way all the time!

Dear Kattysmith, no, nothing is over yet, I am sure. You are one tough lady, and we all need you so much. Big condolences for your mother in law, your family and your husband. Please hug your grandson tightly for all of us.

Dear LFF, your positivity is so inspiring...

Our latest news - ultrasound yesterday: all clear except for 3 small lymph nodes under the collar bone - seems surgery did not find them and they are left, crap! All 3 are only 2.5-3 mm, soft (that is good) and did not change in size in over 7 months. Ultrasound guy thinks they are dead or "sleeping", he urged us to relax, continue treatment and come back for regular check'up in 3 months. Sandra feels amazingly well and absolutely healthy (I will post a photo of us in one wedding last weekend), her Ca15.3 was at 9.9, CEA < 0.5, all blood counts, sugars and liver numbers are better than when she was healthy... Maybe these LN are really dead, as previously CT did not see any of them? I mean in full body CT Sandra is absolutely NED, inner organ MRI (with liver) is absolutely clean... so are we NED? Ahh... I know our problems seem like a joke compared to others'... sorry, for this rant but I had to write to someone who understand us.

Saulius

Since May'21:NED. Mar'21:axilla LN surgery. Sep'19-Mar'21:NED. Feb'19:recurrence, left breast,IBC. May'18-Feb'19:NED. Jun'18:DC/CIK. Aug'17:stage IV de novo at age 33. Dx 8/4/2017, IDC, Left, 6cm+, Stage IV, metastasized to liver, Grade 2, ER-/PR-, HER2+ (IHC) Chemotherapy 8/27/2017 Taxotere (docetaxel) Targeted Therapy 8/28/2017 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Targeted Therapy 8/28/2017 Perjeta (pertuzumab) Chemotherapy 3/12/2019 Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 7/22/2019 Mastectomy: Left Radiation Therapy 9/9/2019 Whole-breast: Lymph nodes, Chest wall Surgery 4/15/2021 Lymph node removal: Underarm/Axillary Radiation Therapy 12/13/2021 3DCRT: Lymph nodes
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Jul 23, 2021 05:54AM - edited Jul 23, 2021 05:55AM by Kattysmith

Saulius, what a wonderful picture of you and lovely Sandra! And it sounds like your news is indeed all good so I am cheering from Texas!

And thank you for your kind words and reassurances.

As Yogi Berra, a baseball legend, once said, "It ain't over till it's over."

Peace and comfort to one and all.

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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Jul 23, 2021 05:59AM Kattysmith wrote:

Buttons machine, thank you for your kind words about my predicament and I am keeping my fingers crossed that your lymphedema issues will be quickly cleared up in the hospital!

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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Jul 23, 2021 07:08AM B-A-P wrote:

Salius,

What a lovely Picture of you and your wife! So nice to put a face to a person that has been so supportive to many of us here :) Rant away regardless! This disease is just awful and even if theres NED everywhere else, it's never easy knowing theres "something" there. It almost to me, feels like a ticking time bomb that may never go off ( that's the hope anyway)

Sheilaleximama, I'm glad you're coming around. The dust does always settle and I find there are periods of feeling okay, and periods of feeling like " wtf this sucks" I remind myself that I'm allowed to be angry at this sometimes.

My CT got moved up to tonight from Aug 11 and my MRI will be staying the same (aug 12) to keep some sort of regular interval. I stopped the tamoxifen as per dr's orders, just to see if we can narrow down what's happening. Fingers crossed it's nothing but a GI issue. I'm trying to remember being off my meds for 2 weeks is not a make or break type of deal, but it nevertheless feels vulnerable. Send good vibes my friends.

Dx 8/17/2018, IDC, Left, Stage IV, metastasized to liver, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH) Chemotherapy 9/17/2018 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Ellence (epirubicin), Fluorouracil (5-fluorouracil, 5-FU, Adrucil) Surgery 2/26/2019 Mastectomy: Left, Right Radiation Therapy 4/28/2019 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes, Chest wall Targeted Therapy 10/7/2021 Ibrance (palbociclib) Dx IDC, Stage IV, metastasized to liver, ER+/PR-, HER2- (FISH) Hormonal Therapy Femara (letrozole) Hormonal Therapy Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Surgery Prophylactic ovary removal Chemotherapy Abraxane (albumin-bound or nab-paclitaxel) Hormonal Therapy Faslodex (fulvestrant)
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Jul 23, 2021 07:47AM BLMike wrote:

Looks like my wife, Polly, is losing her battle with the MBC in her liver. A week or so ago she got through the surgery to remove the tumor on her brain shockingly well, but while that was happening and she was off chemo, the liver mets have run wild. Her liver enzymes are in the 500's and her belly is extended like she's pregnant. This is all due to the liver. Although she's not yet jaundice, her MO expects her to be soon. As a result of all of this, yesterday her MO recommended hospice care. This is a difficult pill for us both to swallow even though we knew we'd eventually get there. You never think it's going to be this soon do you?

Although I don't post much on this thread, the strength, courage, and optimism expressed by you ladies have been a buoy to me as I've navigated this difficult, difficult journal on my wife's behalf for the past 2 years. I thank you for letting me participate, and I wish you all peace and pain-free days.

A member to gather information for my wife Dx 2009, DCIS, Stage 0, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 2016, IDC, Stage IA, 0/5 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 4/20/2019, IDC, Stage IV, metastasized to lungs, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 10/2020, IDC, Stage IV, metastasized to liver, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 7/2021, Stage IV, metastasized to brain Targeted Therapy Piqray (alpelisib) Hormonal Therapy Faslodex (fulvestrant) Surgery Lumpectomy; Lymph node removal: Underarm/Axillary Radiation Therapy Breast Hormonal Therapy Femara (letrozole) Chemotherapy Xeloda (capecitabine) Targeted Therapy Ibrance (palbociclib) Targeted Therapy Lynparza Chemotherapy Abraxane (albumin-bound or nab-paclitaxel)
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Jul 23, 2021 07:51AM candy-678 wrote:

BLMike- My prayers are with you.

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. Xgeva use for bone mets. Liver bx Apr 2021 shows ER- now. Dx 6/2017, ILC/IDC, Left, 3cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 7/11/2017 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left Chemotherapy 7/31/2017 AC Dx 9/2017, ILC/IDC, Stage IV, metastasized to bone/liver, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Targeted Therapy 11/1/2017 Ibrance (palbociclib) Hormonal Therapy 11/1/2017 Femara (letrozole), Zoladex (goserelin) Dx 4/2021, ILC/IDC, Stage IV, metastasized to bone/liver, ER-/PR+, HER2- (FISH) Targeted Therapy 9/3/2021 Lynparza Hormonal Therapy 9/4/2021 Zoladex (goserelin)
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Jul 23, 2021 08:01AM BSandra wrote:

Dear BLMike, you both are in our prayers. This is so unjust:/ Maybe someone in heavens know the real purpose of all of this... Saulius

Since May'21:NED. Mar'21:axilla LN surgery. Sep'19-Mar'21:NED. Feb'19:recurrence, left breast,IBC. May'18-Feb'19:NED. Jun'18:DC/CIK. Aug'17:stage IV de novo at age 33. Dx 8/4/2017, IDC, Left, 6cm+, Stage IV, metastasized to liver, Grade 2, ER-/PR-, HER2+ (IHC) Chemotherapy 8/27/2017 Taxotere (docetaxel) Targeted Therapy 8/28/2017 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Targeted Therapy 8/28/2017 Perjeta (pertuzumab) Chemotherapy 3/12/2019 Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 7/22/2019 Mastectomy: Left Radiation Therapy 9/9/2019 Whole-breast: Lymph nodes, Chest wall Surgery 4/15/2021 Lymph node removal: Underarm/Axillary Radiation Therapy 12/13/2021 3DCRT: Lymph nodes
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Jul 23, 2021 08:13AM BevJen wrote:

Dear BLMike,

I'm so sorry to hear this about your wife. I'm sure you will comfort her just as you have been doing all through her MBC journey.

Prayers for you both.

Microwave Ablations,Liver 3x ;Radiation Therapy to Femur (Both) April 2021; total hip replacement (R) and placement of rod (L) to stabilize femur both sides; immunotherapy (single agent - keytruda) Dx 11/2003, ILC, Left, Stage IIIC, 13/18 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 6/2006, ILC, Stage IV, metastasized to other, ER+, HER2- Dx 5/2019, ILC, Stage IV, metastasized to liver, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 7/5/2019 Targeted Therapy 7/31/2019 Ibrance (palbociclib) Immunotherapy Keytruda (pembrolizumab) Surgery Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Pedicled TRAM flap; Reconstruction (right): Pedicled TRAM flap Chemotherapy TAC Hormonal Therapy Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Surgery Lymph node removal; Mastectomy; Reconstruction (left): Pedicled TRAM flap; Reconstruction (right): Pedicled TRAM flap Hormonal Therapy Faslodex (fulvestrant) Hormonal Therapy Femara (letrozole) Radiation Therapy
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Jul 23, 2021 08:14AM Kattysmith wrote:

Dear BLMike,

I am holding you and Polly close in my heart. I am so, so sorry.

Katty

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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Jul 23, 2021 08:14AM BevJen wrote:

Dear Saulius,

Lovely picture of you and your wife. You both look wonderful and relaxed.

Here's hoping that those lymph nodes settle down. Focus on all the good reports you've been getting.

Microwave Ablations,Liver 3x ;Radiation Therapy to Femur (Both) April 2021; total hip replacement (R) and placement of rod (L) to stabilize femur both sides; immunotherapy (single agent - keytruda) Dx 11/2003, ILC, Left, Stage IIIC, 13/18 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 6/2006, ILC, Stage IV, metastasized to other, ER+, HER2- Dx 5/2019, ILC, Stage IV, metastasized to liver, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 7/5/2019 Targeted Therapy 7/31/2019 Ibrance (palbociclib) Immunotherapy Keytruda (pembrolizumab) Surgery Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Pedicled TRAM flap; Reconstruction (right): Pedicled TRAM flap Chemotherapy TAC Hormonal Therapy Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Surgery Lymph node removal; Mastectomy; Reconstruction (left): Pedicled TRAM flap; Reconstruction (right): Pedicled TRAM flap Hormonal Therapy Faslodex (fulvestrant) Hormonal Therapy Femara (letrozole) Radiation Therapy

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