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Questions about advanced metastatic breast cancer.
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|01/21/2003||Hello, I was dx with stage 3b breast cancer er-pr-, 3out of 9 nodes+ in May 1999, did 4 cycles of adrimyacin, cytoxin and taxol. Have had a lot of problems with chest wall pain to this day after masectomy and with numbness and tingling in that arm. I aslo have had severe siezures lately with several fractures on my spine. The docs say one visit it is mets to the bone , next visit osteoporosis, next visit mets to bone. They are driving me crazy. Bone scan and Mri says mets. What do I do? I am only 43 years old. i feel like I am getting the run a round. I have lost 25 lbs in the past 2 months and have no appetite, but I force myself to eat. Oh, the seizures they don't know why only that I have a lot of fluid on my Brain? Please help and God Bless!|
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|01/21/2003||you need to quickly get into the hands of oncologists at a large cancer center who specialize in breast cancer that has spread. your symptoms are worrisome... bone biopsy would confirm if this is bone mets, but weight loss and loss of appetitie are warning signs of trouble. 1% of the time breast cancer spreads to the brain-- brain scan or mri will show this. So pursue seeing a medical team that specializes in what you probably are dealing with now so that decisions can be made about what treatment is feasible recognizing that you are wanting to achieve control and live in harmony with this disease.|
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