My sister has bc mets to the lung....

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   Posted 6/6/2005 1:09 PM (GMT -6)   
Some of you may remember that my sister was diagnosed about 6 months before me (that's what prompted my MRI). She was IIB with one positive node. She just found out that she has several small bc nodes in her lungs.  She was going to have her last tamoxifen in August.  Her onc stopped the tamoxifen and put her on Femara. She said she has had good results with keeping the mets in check with Femara, so she is trying this first.  If her tumor markers don't go down in a couple of months, then she said there are other drugs to try.  Any experience out there with these meds or lung mets? Shelley (my ds) and I could certainly use some prayers and hugs! Thanks! I will keep you posted! L&H, Frayda

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   Posted 6/6/2005 1:30 PM (GMT -6)   
Yikes, Frayda, I am so sorry to hear that! With all you have gone through for yourself and your mother lately, this is not welcomed news! Good for her that Femara is keeping it in check, maybe she will have a very slow growing kind that responds well to drugs.

I must admit, as I am 2 weeks away from my last Tamoxifen, it is so frightening to hear of someone who is at the 5 year mark and still getting a dx of mets....

Hang in there!

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   Posted 6/6/2005 1:46 PM (GMT -6)   


No experience with mets, but I certainly have you and your DS in my prayers. 



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   Posted 6/6/2005 5:08 PM (GMT -6)   
I am so sorry to hear this. Someone else was telling me that the femara was used for this. I am sure they will chime in later. I do remember someone talking about it being used. I will keep you both in my prayers. Love and hugs Joyce
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   Posted 6/6/2005 5:27 PM (GMT -6)   
Frayda, I'm so sorry to hear this.  Your nerves must be a wreck with your mom's scare and now this.  You can bet you all will be in my prayers.  Hugs, Libby

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   Posted 6/6/2005 5:51 PM (GMT -6)   
Frayda- I am so sorry to hear about your sister... did she find them on a checkup visit or did she have symptoms? My prayers are with her and you.... keeping fingers crossed that the Femara will keep it in check.
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   Posted 6/6/2005 6:01 PM (GMT -6)   
Frayda, I am also sorry to hear this news. I know nothing about Femara, but will keep your whole family in my prayers. (((HUGS))) Gail
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   Posted 6/6/2005 6:17 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Frayda
I have been on femara for 2 years for treatment of lung mets, and am doing very well. I too developed lung mets on tamoxifen, switched over to femara and for me, it's been so much easier to tolerate than the tamox. My last tumor marker last month came in at an incredible 12, better than it ever has been. I feel fantastic, both physically and emotionally. I'd bet my house on her responding well to treatment with femara. I wish you, your sister and family all the best.

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   Posted 6/6/2005 7:57 PM (GMT -6)   

Hello Frayda! First, let me assure you that you and your ds are both in my prayers. I know how frightened you all are. I haven't had bc mets to the lung but am in chemo w/ a gal that is taking the same as your ds. She is doing great. Her counts continue to drop. She looks fantastic and says that she feels really good. I hope that your ds will have the same results as Jennifer and the others.



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   Posted 6/7/2005 7:45 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank you, everyone! And Thanks Jen & Deb for the encouraging info on Femara. This certainly put my sister's mind at ease! Her tumor marker is normally around 30 and this past month it jumped to 138. That is when her onc ordered the CT scan which showed the lung nodules and was confirmed with the PET scan. Her onc was very optomistic about the Femara. Thanks again! L&H, Frayda

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   Posted 6/7/2005 8:14 AM (GMT -6)   
Frayda, I will keep you and your sister in my prayers! It sounds like the Femara will be good news for your sis, bad news for the mets. I'm glad her onc is on top of things! Please send my best wishes to your sister!!!

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   Posted 6/7/2005 10:17 AM (GMT -6)   
Frayda, sorry to hear about this, but Femara is GOOD news. I do not (thank you, God) have mets, but started taking Femara after I had finished my 5 years of Tamox. I'm almost eight years out from diagnosis.

One of my good friends had bc lung mets, and they put her on Femara about four years ago. She has had some of the spots GO AWAY, and those that are left are not growing or are smaller.

All good thoughts to your sister and you.

Hugs, Glenda

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   Posted 6/8/2005 11:33 AM (GMT -6)   
Sorry about your sister, Frayda, but boy the Femara sounds good, doesn't it? I am glad her doctor was on the ball. Please let us know how she is doing. Hugs MK

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   Posted 6/11/2005 9:01 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm so sorry to hear about your dear sister.  It sure sounds like lots of ladies above have had great results with the Femara, so I'm thankful that the Doc has her on that one now.  You will be a wonderful support to her Frayda and I'm glad she has you.
Big hugs ~ Joany

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   Posted 6/14/2005 9:50 PM (GMT -6)   
FRayda, I am so sorry. My dear friend Rose Mary, has had lung mets for 5 years and is still on hormonal treatments. She has had various kinds. When one stops working, there is always another one there. Now she is on shots. There are so many choices. I will pray for your family. Love and Hugs, Di
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