Thanks Bev for responding. I was first diagnosed w/bc in 2003 and it only went as far as my lymphnodes. So they removed the cancer from my breast and under my left arm. After that I had 8 rounds of chemo and 30 something rounds of radiation. I was doing well until it returned in 2007 in my upper left lung. Hopkins removed it since it was the only tumor in my lungs or anywhere else. Not quite a year later it came back in my chest wall and I have a few small tumors in both lungs. I haven't had lots of chemo. I had adriamycin cytoxin and taxotere in 2003 and then last year I had Navelbine and then Xeloda. Now they have found that the tumors have grown some so they need to change my meds. To be honest, I've been through a lot (as you all have) and I'm really scared. I was just wondering if anyone out there has dealt w/anything similar to this??? Or if anyone can tell me what kind of chemo worked well for them?
I was diagnosed with Breast cancer stage IV in Oct 2007. I had malignant pleural effusion (fluid around my right lung) and spots on my rib bones. Previously in 2000, I had been diagnosed stage 2 breast cancer; had a radical mastecomy of my left breast; chemo & radiation. This time the doc had me on Abraxane and Zometa as well as AVASTIN that was approved by the FDA on Feb 28, 2008. He put me on it 2 days later. I am also receiving monthly hormone shots. I am responding to the treatments, which is all that they can do. No surgery can be done. Never referred to it as my cancer ... instead called it The cancer. I didn't want to claim ownership of it.
Latest PET scan (1-21-09) show NO evidence of the nodule (growth) in my right lung that was noted in previous PET scans. The malignat pleral effusion is gone although I do have scar tissue on my lung from the experience. My doc is delighted & says I'm responding far better than he had ever hoped. I will continue to have monthly Avastin, Zometa & hormone shots "indefinitely" as a preventive measure in hopes that the cancer cells do not grow back. My doc says that's what they are doing now. I contribute my progress to great medical care, a great support system of friends & family and most of all my faith in God.
I do suffer from side affects from the treatments. Lost of appetite; feeling weak, exhausted, absolutely no strength. And, joint pain from the hormone shots. I'm dealing with it. It helps when you get positive results. Do you have any other questions? What can I do to help? I'd love to know other Stage 4 Cancer survivors. Be Well!!!
I do not have breast cancer but I wanted to let each of you know that I am a huge advocate for cancer victims and survivors, and their families.
My sister died on 4/30/09 of ovarian cancer and I was beside her for the 10 month battle she went through. She was brave and never gave up the battle. I learned so much from her. She had a left radical mastectomy for a lump on her R breast when she had her major ovarian cancer surgery.
My other sister and my Step Mother had breast cancer so I have walked for 14 years in our annual Bridge to a Cure.
I am always honored to have the opportunity to walk for this great cause.
I send blessings and prayers to all of you.
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