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|4/17/2012||I was told after pep scan that I had nodule on my chest bone and also spots on my liver on my left side|
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|4/18/2012||I suspect you mean a PET scan. So if this test was done to determine if breast cancer has traveled to other organs then it would seem that the oncologist's next step might be to have a biopsy done of one or both areas to more definitively determine this. If found to be breast cancer at these locations then the stage becomes stage IV and the treatment will be based on treating this as a chronic illness. the prognostic factors of the metastatic disease also would need to be tested by the pathologist once a biopsy is performed too as the hormone receptors and HER2 receptor can actually change when breast cacner travels to distant organ sites.|
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