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Breast cancer and pneumonia?

I was first diagnosed with breast cancer in '08. I beat it the first time, but it returned as stage 4 metastatic in my lung.  I was diagnosed with pneumonia ths week. Was this due to a compromised immune system (I very rarely have colds/flu)? How contagious am I?  I am treating it as I would a very bad cold: antibiotics, bed rest, fluids, light, nutritious foods.  What should my most urgent concerns be?

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a great battle

My sincere condolences go out to you and your family. I had an aunt who fought a lengthy 10 year battle with Breast Cancer that metastasized to other vital organs. The last thing that she told me before her death was "...take care of your health... you don't want to wind up like me." (before her Cancer, she never had annual mammograms plus she ignored symptoms that turned out to be the early signs of Breast Cancer.) Thank you for sharing your family story and your words of support and encouragement.
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Breast cancer and pneumonia?

Hi there! In stage IV metastases the cancer has spread to other organs of the body. The most common signs of lung metastases are: shortness of breath and dry cough. A part of the lung may be surgically removed if the cancer is confined to one area. However, in most cases, the cancer has spread itself throughout the lung and is more effectively treated by chemotherapy or other anticancer drugs. A decreased immunity can make a person susceptible to infections. It is essential to differentiate whether it is pneumonia or pulmonary edema or pulmonary embolism or secondaries in the lung. It can be differentiated based on the clinical symptoms, response to antibiotics and radiological findings. A lung CT can help differentiate. It is best to discuss your concerns with the treating physician. Hope it helps. Do keep us posted. Take care and regards!
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Lump under arm

I am sorry that your mother has been diagnosed with adenocarcinoma. I can imagine how worried you must be, especially being so far away, and unable to attend medical appointments with her and get your questions answered.  However, most of your questions, as they relate specifically to her case (such as staging), can only be answered by her doctors, who would have all of the pertinent information. On a more general level, chemo (which would then be classified as neo-adjuvant chemotherapy) is sometimes given prior to surgery, especially in the case of larger masses, in an attempt to reduce their size before surgery. This also has the benefit of getting some systemic treatment going early on (to work again any possible micro invasions) and can provide some feedback about the effectiveness of the chemo agent (according to shrinkage of the tumor). As to your question about whether or not she has breast cancer, that again would be a call for her doctors to make. However, I have heard of cases of "silent breast cancer," where a primary breast lesion was not able to be located, either because it was so small or was theorized to have have "died off" after malignant cells escaped from it and became established in the axillary nodes. Best wishes to both you and your mother during this difficult time...
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lung and breast combo

Hi.  Did your doctors do a separate biopsy of your lung mass? If they did, what were the results?  I'm asking because if the histology of the breast and lung biopsies are similar, this may be a case of metastatic disease in either the breast or the lungs, instead of double primary sites (which is a less common occurrence).  I'm thinking that maybe the lung lesion signifies metastatic spread from a primary breast cancer (of course, this is just my theory based on what you posted).  If this is the case, then a wedge resection/ lobectomy is unnecessary, since the metastatic lung lesion would respond to chemotherapy given for the breast cancer.   As for your questions, I'm going to try answering them per item: 1. The sentinel lymph node biopsy should be done together with surgery of the breast mass, either a mastectomy or lumpectomy.  If my theory is correct and the lung mass is actually a metastatic lesion, then the lung surgery would indeed be pointless. 2.  A bone scan is not needed if you do not have any symptoms hinting at bone metastases (e.g. bone pain, elevated serum alkaline phosphatase). 3.  If the sentinel biopsy find those nodes malignant, it is likely that the cancer cells  in the nodes originated from the breast (regional metastases).  This would mean that in addition to breast surgery and chemotherapy, you will also need additional radiation treatment which would include the area where the nodes were harvested (the armpit).  However, the presence of sentinel node metastases will not change the need for resection of the lung mass, ASSUMING that the lung mass is a separate primary.  If that lung mass signifies distant metastases coming from the breast, lung resection is unnecessary, as I have stated earlier.  This is why it is important to know if the breast and lung masses have similar histology, since it has a lot of impact on how your case is going to be treated.
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Waiting form my test date is so hard, cancer or not cancer?

Oh I failed to mention in addition I failed my last pft and had a parcil lung collapse in the right lobe after a surgery, last year. Hope this is helpful. If someone  is going threw the same thing.
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Lumpectomy/node op

First of all that's great that your lesion has reduced in size however, if lymph nodes were involved I'm not sure that this would no longer be an issue. Nodes are always tested at the time of surgery if suspected and if positive then clearance is done. As far as mastectomy being a Day Surgery I was informed that in such a case Medicare would not pay for the procedure .... this may have changed since my surgery date which was several years ago. Even if this has changed I would NOT opt for day surgery with this procedure. You might get a second opinion as to whether mastectomy is still necessary but at any rate I believe that node testing is still necessary. I would get as much information as you can before making a firm decision as to which surgery OR whether to have an outpatient procedure.   Kindest regards .....
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I don't know what to do

Your story is a very sad one and I am so sorry you are having to deal with this situation. You must realize that you are pretty much helpless unless you can somehow convince your Sister that she is killing herself. We must also admit that we as human beings have the right to accept or refuse any and all medical treatment no matter what the condition; unless of course there is some mental condition that makes the person incompetent which would have to be handled in the Courts and a Guardian appointed. Of course she more than likely has had a spread of the cancer cells in this length of time and the causing of the breast discharge can have nothing at all to do with the cancer. Breast discharge can be produced almost any time the breast is squeezed as a signal is sent to the brain when the breast is squeezed which produces some type of discharge. I know that many believe surgery will hasten the spread of cancer cells but of course this is far from true. I wish I could offer a solution for you but like I said initially, if she refuses treatment or even to accept the diagnosis of cancer there isn't much you can do. I suppose you could inform her present Physician of her true condition but I'm surprised that it wasn't discovered when she had filming done in the hospital. I'm not really sure that such action on your part would even be ethical but it might be worth a try. If her Dr.s don't know of the cancer diagnosis are you sure that this is actually what was found 6 years ago ?? I'm curious as to how you found out about this ... just wondering as I'm certain her breast would show some evidence of a lump which would be easily noticed by any medical practitioners who saw her in the hospital recently. Truly I am a bit suspect of this diagnosis being hidden for 6 years .... there had to be filming and a biopsy done at that time and these things would be in her medical records. If you prefer not to post additional information on the forum here you are welcome to contact me by Private Message. I find this situation very interesting and would like to follow it if possible.  Thanks ...
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Stage IV Breast Cancer

Sad. The disease is not curable and will proove fatal. Have the pathologist check the tumor for hormone receptors. If positive there are many oral pills (not chemotherapy) available which work very well and have few side effects. Hopefully your mom will agree to take them.
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Swollen stomach with IBC

Once fluid starts building up in the body it is not a good thing. I think I would go to be with her now if you can. Only God knows the answer to your question, not even a doctor knows for sure. God Bless.
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