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|1/16/2012||Diagnosed in 12/10 with metastatic breast disease in lytic lesion (T10) on bone. Current pathology (12/11) report indicates "stable metatatic disease and the lesion is sclerotic. What does sclerotic mean? Initially diagnosed with Stage IIB breast cancer in 2006.|
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|1/16/2012||What does it mean that a lesion is sclerotic? Well, generally, it means that it is due to a fairly slow-growing process. Bone reacts to its environment in two ways -- either by removing some of itself or by creating more of itself. If the disorder it is reacting to is rapidly progressive, there may only be time for retreat (defense). If the process is slower growing, then the bone may have time to mount an offense and try to form a sclerotic area around the offender. |
It is especially good to see the word "stable" as the descriptor for the metastatic cancer found in your bones. we hope that treatment continues to maintain control of this disease, like a chronic illness, and that you are also enjoying quality of life.
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