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Questions about advanced metastatic breast cancer.
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|12/20/2005||Hello - I am 38, wife of 16 years and mother of a 7 year old daughter and a 10 year old son. My original diagnosis was 3/2001 stage 3-B, (a gumball-sized tumor, inflammatory, Paget's Disease, and 12 positive lymph nodes of 36). A year of treatment (chemo, surgery, chemo again, radiation) put it into remission. I was diagnosed with mets to the bones 3/2005. Lytic lesions and minor fractures in several ribs, hot spots in several other areas: hips, pelvis, skull, spine, sternum, and bone marrow. I'm taking Tamoxifen and monthly Zometa. I've not been able to see my doctor for 4 months due to lack of insurance, and I have a couple of concerns. Lately I have had 1: loss of bladder control that seems to be getting worse every few days; 2: Very sensitive skin - the tags in pajamas and clothes that I have been wearing for YEARS are suddenly very irritating to my skin; 3: From December to July I lost almost 40 pounds without trying and now suddenly about 20 poundds seems to have appeared overnight (I also suffer from moderate to severe lymphedema). Any thoughts that suddenly come to mind regarding these three issues in relation to the metastatic cancer? I am working on getting my clinic to allow an appointment, my doctor's plan since March is to see her once a month. Thank you.|
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|12/20/2005||no one can guess without seeing you and whether you have insurance or not you need to be medically followed.|
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