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Topic: Mammogram after being NED for two years?

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Posted on: Nov 14, 2017 01:51PM

singlemom1 wrote:

My MO told me today that if I continue to be NED we should look at doing a mammogram. We have not done one since I was diagnosed metastatic. She explained she does not usually do them once someone is metastatic but since I have been NED for awhile we should look to do one. I asked why? She said so we could treat it if something is found. I am confused by this. Has anyone else had this experience?

Dx 2/7/2011, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 0/5 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 9/2015, Stage IV, metastasized to lungs, ER+, HER2-
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Nov 14, 2017 02:05PM Micmel wrote:

I would think that any Ct scan or pet scan that you would have as part of the maintenance of being stage four. Would pick it up. Most oncs sway back and forth between three and six months depending on how long things have been stable. I would just simply ask her ? I haven't even heard the word mammogram since it was stage four. All the scans we go through , isn't that why? To detect other things as well! I would inquire more about that to her. ~M~ my best to you!

Dx 1/22/2016, IDC, Left, 4cm, Stage IV, metastasized to bone, Grade 2, 13/35 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- Chemotherapy 2/10/2016 AC Surgery 6/21/2016 Lymph node removal: Left, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Left Targeted Therapy 11/6/2016 Ibrance (palbociclib) Hormonal Therapy Arimidex (anastrozole) Surgery Chemotherapy Chemotherapy
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Nov 14, 2017 10:57PM Iwillwinthisbattle wrote:

I was told no on the mammo, CTs that were routinely done would catch activity much earlier (I was NED for 6 years

Stage IV IDC 4/2011. (2 small mets to back, 2 small mets to liver) ER/PR+, HER-, BRCA-. 6 doses of A/C-done-8//2011. 2/20/12---NED!!!! What an amazing gift!!! Fighting hard to win this battle!!! Enough with awareness, it's time for a cure!!!!
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Nov 16, 2017 08:21PM eicats wrote:

I just had a mammogram done but that was after a PET showed some activity in the breast. I was NEAD for 3 months and the PET shows some activity so we did a mammogram and ultrasound to get more detailed info. I was previously told that a CT will not show breast tumors. I was getting CTs to track the liver but that cleared up for 3 months. The PET only showed breast issues, liver is still clear, so she wanted better imaging of the breast and mammogram or MRI are the best way to do that.

Dx 3/13/2017, IDC, Right, Stage IV, metastasized to liver, Grade 2, ER-/PR-, HER2+ (FISH)
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Nov 17, 2017 08:36AM Goodie16 wrote:

My MO believes that my regular CT/PET scans are enough right now and I don't need a mammo of my remaining breast. I've been NED for 2.5 years.

Dx 4/18/2014, IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 2/2015, IDC, <1cm, Stage IV, metastasized to brain, ER+/PR+, HER2- Hormonal Therapy Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Radiation Therapy External: Brain Surgery Mastectomy: Left Hormonal Therapy Arimidex (anastrozole) Targeted Therapy
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Nov 17, 2017 02:55PM - edited Nov 17, 2017 02:57PM by singlemom1

Thank you everyone for responding. I wonder why some docs are saying the cat will pick it up but our docs think differently I guess eicats. I do not get Pets, just CTs.

Dx 2/7/2011, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 0/5 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 9/2015, Stage IV, metastasized to lungs, ER+, HER2-

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