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Stage 4 Breast Cancer-queries

Hello folks,My mother 47 years old has been detected with 1st stage breast cancer in 2009. at that time she had undergone surgery as well as chemo and 10 radiation cycle.  After 3 years, in 2012 again it has came back and from the CT scan report it has been detected that its a 4th stage cancer spread on liver, right shoulder bone and in breasts. Also MRI tests gave positive result for liaison on brain as well. After that she had undergone herceptin 6 cycles chemo and 10 radiations But still she is facing problem of hand and legs swelling. Lot of vomiting and weakness. Could any body

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Stages of Breast Cancer |

Multiple stages of breast cancer exist. Your pathology report will include information about the stage of breast cancer. Learn more about the stages now.
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Topic: Query from Concerned Daughter of Mom with Stage IV

Breast Cancer Discussion Forums - Access the shared knowledge of thousands of people affected by breast cancer. ... Query from Concerned Daughter of Mom with Stage IV
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Stage 4 Cancer Queries - Answered by iCliniq doctors

In one of the testimonial it was written after 5 years of donation she was detected with stage 4 cancer... Hi doctor, I also have a family history of breast cancer...
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Stage 4 - National Breast Cancer Foundation

What does it mean to have Stage 4 breast cancer? Stage 4 breast cancer means that the cancer has spread to other areas of the body, such as the brain, bones, lung and ...
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Metastatic Breast Cancer - Stage IV | Susan G. Komen®

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We Have Stage Four Cancer: Does That Make Us Terminal ...

Sep 24, 2014 · We Have Stage Four Cancer: Does That Make Us Terminal? ... a support group for people with metastatic/stage 4 breast cancer to pose this query: ...
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Stage IV Breast Cancer Treatment Options

With stage IV, the breast cancer has spread to other parts of your body. Often the bones, brain, lungs, or liver are affected. Because multiple areas may be involved ...
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Breast Cancer Treatment (PDQ®)—Health Professional Version ...

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what to expect

Cancer can return at any time. It seems like she's already doing everything she can. God Bless her.
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Hi there. The monthly zometa injections are for bone metastasis for cancers.  For osteoporosis, however, zometa has a different formulation that only involves once a year dosing.  Zometa has a side effect on the kidneys that may cause the kidneys to weaken if not thoroughly examined.  This is why blood tests like BUN and Creatinine are tested before zometa is given to make sure the kidney side effects can be avoided.  For osteoporosis, once yearly is the recommendation, coupled with calcium supplementation. Regards and God bless.
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Cancer misdiagnosis???

Your surgery should have been based on the biopsy results only. Since 8 cm is quite large I can't imagine that post-op it wasn't there. Actually what's done is done but there is no way to say that lumpectomy would have been a better option. There is always the possibility of margins that are not clean and additional surgery may have been needed. I suppose you could ask that your Pathology slides (biopsy and surgery) be reviewed by another Pathology Lab for your own satisfaction. Perhaps this is a good example for the need of second opinions before surgical decisions are made.  Best Wishes ....
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primary lung and primary breast cancers (multiple)

Hi.  Since you have a primary lung and breast cancer, your oncologist would have to choose a chemotherapy regimen which can be effective for both conditions.  So this probably means a regimen containing either paclitaxel, docetaxel, gemcitabine or vinorelbine.  The staging of the lung and breast cancer would be done separately, and your prognosis will depend on which cancer is in a more advanced stage.  Since your breast cancer is Stage I, my guess is your prognosis will be determined more by your lung cancer.  Checking for cancer elsewhere in the body is a routine part of the staging procedure.  Lung and breast cancers have a propensity for spreading to the liver, bones and adrenal glands (in the case of lung cancer), so these organs need to be examined, most probably by bone scan and CT scan.
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Stage 4 breast cancer

Hi, the tumor markers are an indication for tumor growth. The reference range of serum CA 15-3 is less than 30 U/mL. The upper limit of the range varies depending on the laboratory and kit used for the test. Values obtained with different assay kits, methods, or laboratories cannot be used interchangeably. At present, the most important clinical application of CA 15-3 is in monitoring therapy in patients with advanced breast cancer that is not assessable by existing clinical or radiologic procedures. Regards.
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Hi, Please consult a surgical oncologist,Invasive Lobular Cancer as such as poor outcome.Alternative methods of treatment are most often unhelpful.Personal assessment is neccessary to evaluate if modern advances in medication etc can be of any help ,if atall. Goodluck
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two primary cancers

Hi there. I understand your concern.  A double primary cancer is really an uncommon occurrence and this really post a big management challenge for your and your doctors.  I agree that you may require a complete staging study with scans of your abdomen (CT or MRI), or bone scans.  In my opinion, post-operative treatment should focus more on the primary lung cancer since this is more aggressive than the stage I breast cancer.  Your doctor may recommend chemotherapy directed more towards and lung cancer.   The prognosis will be more of that of the lung rather than the breast malignancy.  However, I suggest that you talk with your doctor regarding a multidisciplinary consult to present your case.  This way, more doctors can discuss your condition and suggest the best possible course of treatment. Regards and God bless.
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breast cancer stages

Hi worried sis, I can only talk from my recent experience, where my fiance was diagnosed with Stage III at the time of biopsy.  So, your sister seems to have caught it early.   Are they sure it is "slow growing?"   Does your sister have earlier mammograms to compare the rate of growth to?   I would not wait one more dau if I were she.   Don't let sit back thinking she has all the time she needs to decide on the next step.  Time is never on the side of the patient.  I wish your sister the best.  Peace.  Lance
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Stage 4 Breast Cancer-queries

Hello, understand what you are going through. Did she not go regular check ups with her doctor after 2009? As she is on chemotherapy which has strong medications and radiotherapy, her symptoms could be due to the treatment. As she is weaned of these medications and starts to take her normal diet, she will have an improvement in her symptoms. For the vomiting, ask her treating doctor, she may need medications prior to giving her chemotherapy to prevent this. Take Care.
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