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8/1/2016hi --I have questions about cancer cells.....I AM stage 1 grade 2- IDC- ER 100%--PR 100% HER2-IHC 1a--oncotype 4%-ki67-20%- ONLY Sentinel node removed -had 2 micromets 1mm each--cancer board agreed--no rads or chemo was needed--right breast only--double mastectomy. now I know that my cancer cells need Estrogen to grow and hormonal therapy blocks them from getting any-----IM on lotrozole--but now im still trying to understand, the results of a ctc liquid biopsy blood test that was ordered by my oncologist last month that took 3 weeks to come back-- TEST found a total of 22 ctcs - my onco said that she only ordered it because I was going to stop taking lotrozole ---(BAD side effects..THE test results Stressed me out enough to stay on HT........Questions-----ARE the 22 CTCS found by the recent test-*THE VERY SAME cancer Cells that broke off from MY Orginal Tumor and, are now being Treated with HT for 10 years--- IS IT POSSIBLE THAT THE 22 CTCS Found by the test IS THE ENTIRE AMOUNT OF ALL OF THE invasive cells that Escaped from my ORIGINAL TUMOR before it was found and treated ? ----or could the Isolated ctcs found by the liquid blood test be RESISTANT to Harmonal Therapy somehow ?--- --IM CELL confused..... thanks for all you do..
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8/1/2016the 22 cells found as circulating cells would likely not be the only cells that are circulating. remember this was a sample of blood and not all of your blood in your body. hormonal therapy needs to be your best friend. Explain to your oncologist what side effects you are experiencing so that he/she can figure out ways to diminish those side effects. also, get your vitamin D3 level checked to make sure it is above 30. anecodotally women with low Vit D3 levels have reported joint pain in particular while on an AI.

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