Ask an Expert is a free question-and-answer service about breast cancer and breast health that is available on weekends. If you'd like to ask a question or comment, please visit us again on Saturday or Sunday. In the meantime, please search the existing topics using the search tool at the top of the page. It's quite possible that one of our many existing topics already addresses your question.
If you would like a consultation with a breast specialist at the Johns Hopkins Avon Foundation Breast Center, call 443-778-2778. It is possible to get an appointment for a second opinion within a few days of contacting us.
We hope you find the information helpful!
|Forum||Questions||Ask a Question|
|Metastatic Breast Cancer
Questions about advanced metastatic breast cancer.
|Asked||Publicly Submitted Question|
|4/4/2012||My sister, now 65, had her left breast removed 23 years ago. There was/is no cancer history in our family.Since then, she has been lucky to be in perfect health. She has yearly blood work, exams, scans, etc., to assure no reoccurrence. A month ago, she was having back pain, and went to the doctor. He advised an MRI, and an edpidural tumor was found. They said it was Metastatic Disease T1 & C7. She is now undergoing radiation. Is it possible after 23 years for this to be called Metastatic Breast Cancer? What is the prognosis, and/or life expectancy.|
|Replied||JHU's Breast Center Reply|
|4/4/2012||though rare to recur from so very long ago it is possible. it is important to have verification tha this IS breast cancer cells in the bone however before treating it.To do so requires a bone biopsy. there are situations in which this cancer she is undergoing treatment for can have sprung up from another organ site not previously diagnosed. The mission now is control and not cure. it will be treated like a chronic disease. if hormone receptor positive for the cancer cells in her spine, then this may enable her to have hormonal therapy for several years. that is our hope.|
Please note: This service is not intended to provide primary medical advice concerning specific medical care or treatment. Ask an Expert is a free service operated by health care professionals at the Johns Hopkins Avon Foundation Breast Center. Due to the volume of questions and their complexity, there are times when medical oncologists, surgeons, radiation oncologists or oncology nurses are consulted for their input. These individuals volunteer their time for this service and will respond as soon as they are able. Please do not post or send the same question to us in multiple locations or categories.