• Breast cancer metastasis

    Asked by Lucica on Saturday, March 23, 2013

    Breast cancer metastasis

    My mother was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2010, and she had a mastectomy.
    We just found out that her cancer has returned, and is has spread to the bones and liver. I’m so devastated, is anyone in a similar situation? She will start chemo and radiotherapy next week, but I was wondering if there’s anything else we can do to help her live longer without suffering too much.

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    • SueRae1's Avatar
      SueRae1

      Hugs and prayers to you and your mother. Speak with her oncology team and if possible a hospital social worker, to find out what options are available. I too was diagnosed with Breast Cancer in 2010, and it spread to my liver last year. I was being treated with Carbo, Gemzar and Avastin from July through Jan- in that time my BC lesion was reduced by almost 70% and my kidney cancer lesions shrunk a bit after being stable for 3 years.

      Your mom's wishes, how much pain she is in and her quality of life should be taken into consideration. You may also want to ask about clinical trials.

      Good luck and please keep us posted.

      about 4 years ago
    • bbay65's Avatar
      bbay65

      Hi, I also started all this in Jan. 2010. When they found the cancer in my spine they gave me a monthly IV of Zometa and I take Tamoxifin everyday. This held the cancer in check and kept if from spreading to the organs. The Zometa is a bone strengthener. They just started me on Lupron which will shut down ovaries so less Estrogen will be in my system. If she already went through menopause these wouldn't be needed. Good luck to your family. Your Mom is lucky to have your support.

      about 4 years ago
    • gwendolyn's Avatar
      gwendolyn

      I'm sorry to hear about your mother's diagnosis. Good for you to consider her quality of life, as well as extension of life.

      about 4 years ago
    • Lucica's Avatar
      Lucica

      Thank you all and my prayers are with you as well. Did the medications/ chemo made you feel sick ( nauseous, dizzy)? Just wondering if they gave you something to cope with the side effects?

      about 4 years ago
    • SueRae1's Avatar
      SueRae1

      Lucica, They gave meds to help with the side effects. At the start of each infusion I got anti-nausea medication and steroids. I also got prescriptions filled for emend (an anti-nausea drug) copazine (another anti-nausea), prescription strength Imodium. I also got a pharmaceutical consult to help me deal with the anxiety and cope with the side effects of the steroids. I was given prescriptions for Lexapro, Xanax, and a mild sleeping medication due to the fact I had insomnia the day of and for 2-3 days after treatment.

      If your mom is in a lot of pain I'm sure she will be able to get medications to manage it. The medical world is finally realizing that they have been under treating pain for the last 50 years, and my team seems to be very aggressive in treating it. I got a lidiacon lotion prescription to apply on the skin over my port 1/2 hour before they opened it. It did hurt, and I could have dealt with it, but the oncology nurse practitioner said "there is no reason to be in any more pain then necessary, don't be a hero, your going through a lot"

      about 4 years ago
    • SueRae1's Avatar
      SueRae1

      BTW I started an oral chemo clinical trial Thursday. I was given 5 prescriptions to deal with the side effects, plus the Magic Mouth Wash I got at the hospital - Magic Mouth Wash helps deaden the pain of mouth sores.

      about 4 years ago
    • gwendolyn's Avatar
      gwendolyn

      My oncologist's office offered me assistance with every side effect. There are a number of very effective anti-nausea drugs. The nurses encouraged me to write down all my chemo-related problems and bring them to their attention. Some things can't be helped, like hair loss, but there is assistance for issues like these, too. Don't be shy about speaking up about your mother's needs.

      about 4 years ago

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