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3/30/2008My mother first had breast cancer in 1990; mastectomy,chemo radiation and tamoxifen for 5 years. Doctor dismissed her after 10 years. She was rediagnosed in Jan 2005 and had another mastectomy. Mets to the bones was discovered in December 2005. She started Arimidex and stayed on it until November 2007 when her oncologist said it is no longer effective. She tried Xeloda 1000 Miligrams daily for about 3 months but had to stop because she could not tolerate it and her doctor said it is not effective anyway. She has no mets other than to the bone. Her doctor turned her back to her primary care physician, but said he will still see her for pallative radiation if needed for pain control. She has been losing weightnsince December and is now aprx 114 lbs. Her oncologist does not wish to estimate her lifespan,and only says to expect good days and bad days. She seems to be depressed-agitated, fatigued,and trouble speaking. We need help but do not know where to turn. What should we expect the progression of her condition to be?
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3/31/2008if she is losing weight, is having some cognitive changes, it makes me worry that the disease is beyond just a spot on her bones. may be time to consider a brain MRI. also a second opinion consultation with another medical oncologist. there are other hormonal therapies to consider trying too. additional tests though would help in determining just how advanced the disease really is. then time frame for what to expect can be better determined.

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