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DebbyCh
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   Posted 4/21/2007 3:03 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi,
 
I had breast cancer surgery and chemo therapy in 1999.  I then had five years of hormone treatment.  I just got back liver enzymes and one was raised.  Anyone here with liver mets?  How long have you had them?  What are you taking for them?
 
Thanks.
 
Debbie

Tavish
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   Posted 4/21/2007 8:02 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Debbie-
Have you been diagnosed with liver mets or are you just trying to figure out the liver enzyme issue? If you have not been diagnosed with mets, there are plenty of other things it could be. My brother has elevated enzymes and was diagnosed with having a "fatty liver" due to diet and lifestyle. My husband has one level that is high and has had a few tests, all showing negative for anything. My friend's husband also has some high numbers. Understandably, it is easy to get scared at any abnormal levels, but try not to jump to conclusions if they have not been drawn for sure.

If it is mets, hang in there and don't give up! There are new drugs out there that are helping people to live long and healthy lives. Sorry I do not have more info for you though.

Lori


gma
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   Posted 4/22/2007 6:37 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm glad Lori had something to tell you because I was at a loss as to any information. I hope your situation is as she described. As they are now saying living with breast cancer is kind of like living with diabetes, you have to manage and control as much as possible. My daughter had surgery about the same time you did and she recently found some lymph nodes that were malignant. She is taking Femara and getting bone strengthening treatmentsas there seems to be some activity on bone scans. So take care of yourself, see your doctors regularly and report anything that does not seem normal.

I am not sure anyone here has liver mets right now. We are a varied group and people come and go. Most after returning to a normal working life just check in occasionally. Hopefully someone will see your post and be able to add something, but until you hear otherwise remember what Lori has told you.

Hugs MK


barkyboys
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   Posted 4/22/2007 9:26 AM (GMT -7)   
I agree with Lori. I don't know if you are diagnosed or not. If you aren't, even having a couple of drinks can affect your enzyme levels in the liver. I very rarely drink, and when I do, I only have one or two drinks, but twice now I've had an elevation in liver enzymes that coincided with having had a couple within a week of the blood test. My husband took drugs (even aspirin can have an effect) that required regular enzyme levels to be taken. My daughter had liver enzymes that were WAY off because of gall stones. I'm sure there are lots of other reasons, but not being a doctor, those are the ones I'm personally familiar with.

Anyway, let us know how you are getting along...

Hugs...
BEV

Tavish
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   Posted 4/22/2007 10:42 AM (GMT -7)   
Bev, interesting you said gall stones relating to liver enzymes. DH has had a US of his gall bladder to rule out any relation. So far they have not found a cause for his elevation. It is just one level that is high, not all of them. But his father died of liver cancer, so they do need to watch him closely.

Easy for us to get freaked out or jump to conclusions after BC....just one of the special gifts! But on the flip side, as you pointed out before, it makes us thankful for other diseases and conditions instead.

Enjoy the glorious weather in the midwest today!
Lori


DebbyCh
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   Posted 4/22/2007 2:23 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi Everyone,

Thanks for your responses.  And, please keep them coming.  I am basing my liver mets on the enzyme test.  I wish I had done something that I could see would up them.  I haven't taken  medication or alcoholic beverages in a long time.  Also, my doctor took me Arimidex since I had been on it and Tamoxifen for a total of 5 years.  I wish I had stayed on Arimidex.

MK, I hope youir daughter is ok.  Bev, I hope your husband and daughter are OK and Lori I hope your husband is ok.

Debbie


Tavish
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   Posted 4/22/2007 4:22 PM (GMT -7)   
Debbie, we have all been in your shoes at one time or another..whether it was something on a chest xray (turned out to be TB) or various bone pain (arthritis, for example)...but when we get any abnormal tests, it is hard to not panic and assume the worst. Try not to freak yet....there could be a very logical and harmless explanation besides mets.

When will you see the doctor for more info? Please keep us posted...
Lori


DebbyCh
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   Posted 5/12/2007 6:54 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi,

I want to thank everyone for their support.  I had a CT scan on Tuesday and I do not have liver mets.  All that was found was some fatty tissue on the liver.

Debbie


babyseeester
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   Posted 5/12/2007 11:04 PM (GMT -7)   
Debbie,
 
That is great news!  I am so glad for you. 
L & H,
Kathy


barkyboys
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   Posted 5/13/2007 2:59 PM (GMT -7)   
We love to hear follow-ups like this one! I'm sure you are much relieved. Stop by and let us know how things are going from time to time!

BEV

DebbyCh
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   Posted 5/15/2007 8:25 PM (GMT -7)   

Kathy and Bev,

Thanks for your kind words.  I plan to hang around here.

Take care.

Debbie


DiVanDyke
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   Posted 5/30/2007 11:11 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Debbie,
I am coming back to the board and read your post. I am so happy for you. I know we are always told not to worry until there is something to worry about but it's hard isn't it. I have no computer at home right now and am here in the library. I may not be on every week for awhile. I wish continued good things for you. DI
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