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 Asked: 9/7/2006 Hi. Can you please tell me if breast cancer can metastasize to the actual material of the spinal cord itself? I had a normal bone scan a month ago (for hip pain, which resolved with physical therapy) Now i am experiencing tingly feet and aching legs.
 Asked: 9/6/2006 Is there any information regarding combining daily AI medication along with monthly Faslodex injections to really impact the estrogen status? I am currently taking daily...
 Asked: 9/6/2006 my original stage 1 cancer found at age 37, surgery, and radiation only.
 Asked: 9/6/2006 My mother who is 60 has metastatic breast cancer in her spine and in at least one spot on her hip.
 Asked: 9/6/2006 Hi, my mother lives with me...In 2000 was diagnose with Breast Cancer, had chemo and radiation after she had a lumpectomy followed by tamoxifen.
 Asked: 9/6/2006 A good friend of mine, age 37, recently went through treatment (about a year ago) for breast cancer.
 Asked: 9/5/2006 A very good friend was dx last year with IDC.
 Asked: 9/1/2006 Radiography results are inconclusive, but there is "reason to believe" that my BC has spread to my humerus, pelvis and spine.
 Asked: 9/1/2006 My best friend has been battling breast cancer for over 15 years.
 Asked: 9/1/2006 Is mets research a priority with physicians and scientists or are we just "written off" as too late, shouldn''t we be seeing advancement in survival...
 Asked: 8/31/2006 Hi-I have written to you before and appreciate your guidance very much.
 Asked: 8/31/2006 In Jan 1999 I was diagnosed with end stage 2, invasive ductal, estrogen negative cancer in the left breast.
 Asked: 8/29/2006 Could you please give me some information regarding mets to liver? Sister is HRneg.
 Asked: 8/29/2006 I would like to know the percentage of metastatic recurrence in a person who had neoadjuvent chemo, then with bilateral mastectomy with 22 nodes removed
 Asked: 8/28/2006 Hi, Thank you for answering my previous question.
 Asked: 8/28/2006 My mother in law has been suffering from bone cancer mets from breast for the past year, since July she has had renal failure, the...
 Asked: 8/28/2006 I am waiting for a lymph node biopsy to take place--they can''t get me in until next week.
 Asked: 8/26/2006 Diagnosis after lumpectomy one month ago was 5mm invasive cancer, no node involvement, no vascular involvement, HER2 positive (FISH and IHC) and ER/PR negative
 Asked: 8/26/2006 I have a 45 yr. old friend who has metastatic breast cancer to the liver, brain and bones.
 Asked: 8/26/2006 HI there, My mom was diagnosed 18 months ago with stage 4 bc.
 Asked: 8/25/2006 My mother is 72 years old. She had a lumpectomy 6 years ago, and started tamoxifin.
 Asked: 8/25/2006 My youngest daughter was diagnosed with bc at age 34 in Sept.
 Asked: 8/24/2006 DX in Oct 2003 two tumours and one node involved - had mast followed by chemo and radiotherapy.
 Asked: 8/23/2006 well i have a strange question... how the doctors are sure that the spots on liver by CT scans are mets and not hemangiomas or cysts? my mom was diagnosed on september 2005 with swollen lympnodes on left arm, 14 years after mastectomy.
 Asked: 8/22/2006 I am very worried about recurrence. I am being treated aggressively (dose dense AC-T) for stage 1 triple negative IDC/ILC.
 Asked: 8/22/2006 I''ve been handling mets to the lungs for three years.
 Asked: 8/21/2006 78 yr. old dx''d at Stage I w/ ductal carcinoma 4.5 yrs.
 Asked: 8/21/2006 Family member diagnosed with breast cancer 10 years ago...did very well on chemo...then 5 years found on spine....treated with biophosphonates...recently multiple small tumours on...
 Asked: 8/19/2006 Thank you for all the help you give...
 Asked: 8/18/2006 Is there a difference between brain mets and skull mets? Aren''t they both the same? How can it be differentiated?
 Asked: 8/18/2006 Where do you start an IV when performing a bi-lateral mastectomy?
 Asked: 8/18/2006 Hi, I have stage 4 BC, with regional mets to my Supraclavicular nodes, been doing taxotere and Gemzar for 5 months.
 Asked: 8/17/2006 My friend, who is 48 years old, had a bi-lateral masectomy two weeks ago and has been diagnosed with with stage 4 Lobular Breast Cancer;...
 Asked: 8/17/2006 As I said in original email Biopsy would essentially require the same kind of major surgery because of the location and small size.
 Asked: 8/17/2006 In Dec. 2004, I had a local excision to remove two areas of microcalcifications on my left breast.
 Asked: 8/17/2006 I was 1st diagnosed 6 1/2 yrs ago at age 32 with invasive ductal carcinoma.
 Asked: 8/17/2006 My 78 year old mother in 3/05 had lumpectomy 2.5 cm tumor, receptor and HER2 negative, micromets in first sentinel node, clear margins.
 Asked: 8/16/2006 FGD-PET shows 3.5x2x3.9 cm hypermetabolic activity with 3.2 max SUV in the anterior mediastinum, and sternal lesions with 2.0x1.3 cm hypermetabolic internal mammary node at...
 Asked: 8/16/2006 I was dx with extensive DCIS, stage 0 in 10/98 (3 mos after I had my second child), age at dx was 36 yrs.
 Asked: 8/16/2006 44 yr old dx in 2003. Recently scans show it has moved to liver and perhaps lung (suspicious spot).
 Asked: 8/16/2006 Why isn''t surgery considered when Breast cancer has spread to lymph nodes or other areas when it remains small enough.
 Asked: 8/14/2006 abraxene chemo has caused neuropathy in toes and loss of taste in tongue.
 Asked: 8/14/2006 Please could you help me again? I had bc with lumpectomy/lymph node removal.
 Asked: 8/14/2006 My sister was dx a couple years ago with bc.
 Asked: 8/14/2006 How accurate are PET scans? Are there a lot of false positives? If there is an area that they are unable to biopsy can you...
 Asked: 8/11/2006 My precious mother has been living with mestatic bc for 6 yrs.
 Asked: 8/11/2006 my mum has 4th stage bc which spread to her bones and bone marrow.she had chemo(andrimyicyn).her last course was in dec 2005.she was doing well...
 Asked: 8/8/2006 What qualifications does the expert have when we "Ask the Expert?" What is the relationship between breat and stomach cancer? Is the stomach a common...
 Asked: 8/8/2006 I am 43 years old and have been living with stage 4 metastatic breast cancer for 5 years (multiple boney metastases).
 Asked: 8/7/2006 Hello, Thank you for providing this service.
 Asked: 8/7/2006 Hi, my mom has had mets to lung 2003), brain (2004), and now kidney and adrenal gland, (removed last week) as identified by pathology report.
 Asked: 8/7/2006 My sister had breast cancer 10 years ago and five months ago it was found in her lung and liver through a pet scan.
 Asked: 8/7/2006 I was diagnosed in nov/04 with stage 2 BC.
 Asked: 8/7/2006 Hi Lillie. My friend has BC with mets to liver and brain.
 Asked: 8/2/2006 Mine is a long and convoluted story---Dx 4-2005, at age 46, with IDC with spread to lymph nodes.
 Asked: 8/2/2006 in 2001, I was diagnosed with stage 2b breast cancer and had a lumpectomy on my left breast, dose dense chemotheraphy and radiation.
 Asked: 8/2/2006 I was diagnosed with bone mets 3/06 after complaining to my MD about extreme fatigue.
 Asked: 7/31/2006 My 83yo(otherwise fit and well) mother-in-law has been dxed with BC 3/52 ago.
 Asked: 7/31/2006 My 44 year old sister had a double mastectomy almost three years ago.
 Asked: 7/31/2006 Has the standard for monthly infusions of Zometa for bone mets been re-evaluated due to Zometa''s persistent half-life and the now identified risks for ONJ...
 Asked: 7/29/2006 Just completed 6 rounds Taxotere/Xeloda and 6 weeks of 3 field radiation following bilateral mastectomy for Stage 3C ILC, 5.1 cm tumor, Grade 1, ER...
 Asked: 7/29/2006 Dx last year with IDC. er pr- her2+...7cm tumor..5 positive nodes..mastectomy.
 Asked: 7/27/2006 I have been living with mets to bone and single lesion to the brain, which was removed 5 months ago, for the past nine years.
 Asked: 7/27/2006 Had Invasive breast cancer HER2+ Grade 3, Stage 1 ~ 3mm invasive tumor w/lots of DCIS, therefore had a rt.
 Asked: 7/27/2006 53 yo Dx Dec 2005 with Stage IIIB ILC, grade 1, E Pos 94%, Pro Neg 2%, HER2NEU Neg, normal diploidy, no angiovascular invasion, 5.1cm...
 Asked: 7/27/2006 At 32 was diagnosed with stage IV IBC 2/1/06 with met to liver.
 Asked: 7/26/2006 Less than two years ago, at age 39, my wife was diagnosed with Stage IIIC BC -- 14 of 28 lymph nodes involved.
 Asked: 7/26/2006 Dear Lillie, thank you so much for your advices and on-line support.
 Asked: 7/26/2006 I am 42yrs old with 2 very young daughters (3&7).
 Asked: 7/24/2006 My mother is 70 yrs old. She had a growth in the shoulder which was excised and the tissue biopsy indicated ER/Pr +ve.
 Asked: 7/24/2006 Had modified radical mastectomy 10/04. 4 A/C, 12 Taxol, 38 radiation treatments.
 Asked: 7/24/2006 Im 35 and I have Stage IV BC w/liver & bone mets.
 Asked: 7/24/2006 I wasn''t sure where this question fit.
 Asked: 7/21/2006 My mother n law is 55 years old and was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer in 2005.
 Asked: 7/21/2006 Can you recommend a good source for additional information on metastatic breast cancer? I am very interested in finding more well-founded guidance on nutrition, treatments,...
 Asked: 7/21/2006 My 78 yr old Mom diag Stage IIb grade 3 ER/PR and HER2 negative in March 2005, lumpectomy, 1st sentinel node micrometastes the rest clear,...
 Asked: 7/21/2006 thanks for responding to my questino #1 on July 20.
 Asked: 7/21/2006 Hello Lillie and thank you so very much for all the caring support you provide here.
 Asked: 7/20/2006 my sister was diagnosed with pagest and DCIS 2 years ago.
 Asked: 7/20/2006 My mother has battled bc since 2000 with mets to lung (had surgery) and brain (had surgery with chemo and radiation)she has negative receptors.
 Asked: 7/20/2006 Lillie, you have been very helpful and right on in answering my previous questions, so thank-you.
 Asked: 7/20/2006 Since March I have been on Gemzar after the first treatment my WBC dropped so low I couldnt do chemo that week, they gave me...
 Asked: 7/20/2006 I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1989 at age 35.
 Asked: 7/6/2006 ER PR HER2/neu +++. Mets to spine.
 Asked: 7/6/2006 I recently finished chemotherapy with Taxol and Herceptin.
 Asked: 6/29/2006 My mom has metazised breast cancer. They just did an ultrasound on my breast and found them normal but on the right breast they did find prominent axiullary node 18mm.
 Asked: 6/29/2006 I have recently started chemo again. I was on adry, cytox and 5FU 4 yrs ago.
 Asked: 6/28/2006 Three yrs ago diagnosed with IIIB inflammatory breast cancer.
 Asked: 6/27/2006 Any connection at all between a recurrent kidney infection (with UTI''s as well) and metastatic breast cancer?I had bc diagnosis in 2002, mastectomy in 2003,...
 Asked: 6/27/2006 I was dx with stage 3A invasive lobular cancer last year.
 Asked: 6/22/2006 I have stage IV bc to lungs and liver.
 Asked: 6/22/2006 I was diagnosed with 2 small lung mets (right lung) in December of this yea, I am HER2+.
 Asked: 6/21/2006 How often does breast cancer spread to the ovaries or intestines?
 Asked: 6/21/2006 What is the predictive value of the Nottingham grade for survival?
 Asked: 6/21/2006 My wife is 48 years old and has been battling metastatic breast cancer for 2 years.
 Asked: 6/21/2006 I am 4 yrs out of original bc dx.
 Asked: 6/21/2006 My 54 year old mother is battling metstatic breast cancer.
 Asked: 6/21/2006 Lillie, are there any chemo drugs available that will cross the blood brain barrier? My girlfriend has been told that they cannot give her more...
 Asked: 6/20/2006 I am sure you have been asked this many times, but I need to ask this again.
 Asked: 6/20/2006 I have arthritis as well as met.

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