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|6/21/2006||My wife is 48 years old and has been battling metastatic breast cancer for 2 years. She is classified as a stage 4 cancer patient. In August of 2004, she was treated for a tumor in her right breast that was 6cm x 5cm x 4.5cm. She underwent 4 sessions of andrameyson to shrink the tumor size and then had a lumpectomy. The tumor was removed along with 20 lymph nods. There were clear margins. She is ER- and HER2-. There were 2 positive nods. She had one more session of andrameyson and then 36 sessions of radiation. She was classified in remission in May of 2005, but the disease came back in October of 2005, in her chest wall. A small tumor was removed and she went through more chemotherapy. The chemo was gemsar and braxin. This did nothing. In January the cancer had spread to her liver. They did 4 sessions of carbo-platin and taxetere. In March 2006, there was no visible evidence of the lesions in her liver. In April her cancer markers started to rise. At the end of May her CA125 marker went from 31 to 157. Two weeks later her CA125 went to 297. Her PET, MRI, and CT showed multiple lesions in her liver on 06-19-06. Now they are using CMF for the next 3 session, one every three weeks. Then they will scan again to check progress. Is there anything else that we should be looking into? Her onconologist does not recommend surgery at this time, because of the danger of cancer advancing during the healing process after surgery, where chemotherapy would not be administered. Please advise. Thanks|
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|6/21/2006||they are trying do all they can for her. her situation is a tough one. a second opinion may give you more peace of mind.|
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