• Can you get a second different cancer three months later.

    Asked by Desert_tiger on Thursday, July 24, 2014

    Can you get a second different cancer three months later.

    I finished act chemo and then radation 16 plus 4 boost on April 11. Then on the weekend I was in the sun both days, I was protected but got a bit to much sun. The next day my breast swelled. Had a low fever maybe, and my breast is hot and a bit swollen now for two weeks. I called drs to talk and no one new anything. Went in on Friday for blood test and the RBC, hemoglobin and ferritin was high. The ferritin was lower than last time of 216... I have to wait another week to see the dr or should I go right away? The receptionist laughed when I said it could be life or death. What could it be? Any one have their Breast swell after three months later? I keep wondering if anyone got an inflammatory cancer.

    Dx 5/22/2013, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIb, Grade 3, 2/19 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2-
    Chemotherapy 6 months 09/23/2013 Adriamycin, Cytoxan, Taxol
    Radiation 16 and 4 boost finish April 11th

    12 Answers from the Community

    12 answers
    • Carool's Avatar

      From what I know, yes, you can get another, different cancer close in time to the first. However, don't jump to that conclusion! Your breast surgeon or oncologist (or both) should see you right away - not because it's a life and death situation but to allay your fears. I'm no medical professional, and for all I know, it could be something you must treat ASAP. All I'm saying is don't panic but do insist on being seen right away by your docs, especially as it's been two weeks that your breast has been red and swollen. Best to you - Carool

      almost 6 years ago
    • lilymadeline's Avatar

      Yes go in tomorrow to see your surgeon or your oncologist! Please be pushy and make sure that you are seen asap! Swelling could be an infection which could be serious, or something else such as a blood clot- also serious! And yes it could be another primary cancer, which does happen all the time ( happened to me while under treatment for breast cancer, the PET's also caught uterine cancer and thyroid cancer as well - 2 other primary cancers ) But having said all that- it could be nothing but a weird reaction to the sun! But you need to know and not guess! Guessing is never a good idea with cancer, because if you guess wrong it can be deadly. Good luck and God bless!

      almost 6 years ago
    • CrazyHarry's Avatar

      I did! I did!

      I had recration cancer stage 2a. Finished the battle in Novemer and the following February I was diagnosed with stage 3 thyroid cancer.

      Just slayed that in April and all follow ups so far have been clean. Going for my colonoscopy next week.

      almost 6 years ago
    • savingrace's Avatar

      Sorry to hear what you're experiencing. I never had this situation to occur but I'm sure it is making you feel very uneasy. Maybe try calling you doctor again and strongly request an earlier appointment, if you have to wait another week for to see him/her try to focus on the positive side of life. Not easy but do things to occupy your thoughts and you won't be dwelling on what may be because it could be nothing. xoxox God bless

      almost 6 years ago
    • MollyAWelsh's Avatar

      Sounds to me like you are describing cellulitis, which needs to be treated with an antibiotic. Is the skin red? Red skin is the other sign of cellulitis. Besides the cellulitis I also had issues with seromas which also cause swelling. But seromas don't cause it to be hot. The other reasons I had sore swollen areas months after treatment was from scar tissue. I did have to have the scar tissue removed. They needed to make sure it wasn't cancer. You really need to get to a doctor right away. Waiting another week for a skin infection isn't acceptable. Push the surgeon to see you NOW. My surgeon is the one that took care of the celluitis and the seromas.

      almost 6 years ago
    • dmholt1957's Avatar

      lilymadeline is right, you need to be seen ASAP. You could have an infection, blood clot or worse but try not to stress too much until you know for sure but yes insist to be seen right away. Right after my radiation I got a huge abscess under my left armpit and it took about 6 months to get better. I spent a whole week in the hospital with it because the surgeon had to go in and open my chest under my armpit so it could drain. Like I said it took months and skin graphs to make it heal. Then The 5 months later I was diagnosed with BC in my other breast and they said it was a different type of cancer, about 2 weeks after my last mastectomy I got a blood clot in my lung and had to spend another week in the hospital so please be very precautious. I am not saying that you have any of my problems but you need it checked out. Good luck, hope all turns out good and God bless.

      almost 6 years ago
    • Kathy1's Avatar

      Yes I went from Hodgkin Lymphoma to Breast Cancer. But that doesn't mean you have a second cancer. There are many things it could be but there is only one person who can tell you and that's your doctor. Don't wait...call make your appointment right away. Its probably something very treatable but most important you need the mental relief of knowing what's going on. Call - you will feel so much better.

      almost 6 years ago
    • cam32505's Avatar

      Yes, but you don't know anything yet. I know you're worried. Just get in and get things checked out. I don't think I would go out in the sun anymore than necessary so soon after treatment. I live in a Northern state, so we can't wait to get outside because we know we don't have much of a season to do that in.

      almost 6 years ago
    • fiddler's Avatar

      Why would you wait? You're tied up in knots. GO now and have it checked out, for peace of mind if nothing else!

      almost 6 years ago
    • rrabunal's Avatar

      Dear, I would go see the onco-radiologist, MD, or oncologist asap. I dont think it is cancer since it seems to be related to sun exposure, it could be an inflamation related to sunburn.
      I was told by my radiation oncologist to stay out of the sun for ONE year. He specified that I should use a tee shirt, preferably sunscreen type, even to go in the ocean. Sunscreen all the time, stay out of the sun AND use the t-shirt to go in the watter. Your skin is extremely sensitive after radiation. All been said, you have to see the dr to know how to treat it. Best of luck. Stay positive. Blessings! Roxana

      almost 6 years ago
    • baridirects' Avatar

      Absolutely, someone should see you right away and evaluate your breast - as others have mentioned, it could very well be a cellulitis, which could potentially be life-threating if left untreated. I'd much rather see you go in to have it looked at and have it turn out to be minor than for you to have to suffer with the anxiety.

      And whichever office it was where the receptionist laughed at you, be sure to TELL THE PHYSICIAN about that encounter. No one who is insensitive enough to laugh at a breast cancer patient regarding their concerns to their face or on the phone should be working in healthcare - it's totally uncalled for, and absolutely unforgivable. I was a physician's office manager for many years, and dismissed more than one employee for being callous or inappropriate with a patient. Your concerns should never be trivialized.

      I will send up a prayer for you that you get some answers quickly, and that this is speedily resolved.


      almost 6 years ago
    • Ladykarla's Avatar

      Sweetheart, my oncologist would have seen me immediately. Go now. I suspect that it is related to your radiation and that you will be okay. Stress is not good for a cancer patient. Go now.

      almost 6 years ago

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