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02/15/2005I had stage 1 grade 1 node negative, margin negative, estrogen receptive tumor. Lumpectomy Sept16 2004, 25 radiation treatments ending Dec 14 started on tamoxifen after that. I had bone scan, lung and abd CT in sept all clear. PET scan showed a couple of tiny dots on ribs, Oncologist said this meant nothing and he was 99.9% positive I had no METS. Repeats will all be done for my peace of mind. Is it NORMAL for BC patients to be soooooooo distrustful of these "tests"?? Since I was told about the stupid pet scan have intermittent pain to my ribs. (had shoulder pain on that side from an old MVC prior). I feel every single ache and pain must be mets.....is this a NORMAL response too???
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02/15/2005Yes, it is a common reaction to feel distrustful of test results and for your brain to play tricks on you. you feel your body has betrayed you once and don't know quite when and how to trust it again. you also know that you feel well, but you felt well when initially diagnosed probably. remember that scans find lots of things-- old bone injuries light up too. it can be hard to differentiate mets from artifact. trust how you feel in general and don't let the scans scare you.

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