• Protocol for breast cancer treatment after a mastecomy, radiation and chemo therapy beginning in 2008

    Asked by mgulrich on Saturday, January 14, 2012

    Protocol for breast cancer treatment after a mastecomy, radiation and chemo therapy beginning in 2008

    My sister-in-law died Jan 12 of metastized breast cancer to her liver and lungs. She saw her cancer doctor every four to six months as required. last checkup was October and got a clean bill. She had been feeling out of sorts,loss of appetite and losing weight for two months. She saw her GP two times prior to Dec. 2011 in four months and was diagnosed with allergy problems. Her horrible cough started around Nov. She was admitted to the hospital Jan. 2. After tests she was told she had liver cancer, not breast cancer. tests confirmed it was breast cancer in liver. She was told with therapy she could live 1-3 years. A tube inserted o drain fluid off lungs and remained until Jan. 11. children were told she had between stage 3-4 breast cancer. Her son believed she would be home soon told siblings and not to come. We saw her Jan. 11 and insisted the other sons be called 8 p.m. She died n 14 hours. they were told cancer was very aggressive and had developed n a few months. Don't believe it

    2 Answers from the Community

    • nancyjac's Avatar

      I am very sorry for your loss. From what you described, it sounds as if she died from pneumonia. I'm not sure what your question is.

      over 9 years ago
    • hikerchick's Avatar

      I am sorry to hear of your loss. Thank you for sharing the story with us all. I'm assuming the breast cancer she had in 2008 was probably Stage 3? Anyway, there is probably something each of us can learn from this info.
      Something I feel but don't hear about much on these blogs or anywhere else: for me to come to terms with a cancer diagnosis, then loss of both breasts, I had to accept the possibility, and the peace, of death. We're here temporarily and we all know that. Yet some of us, most of us, feel cheated if we or someone we love dies before we think they should be due to die. I sure wish more people would have a discussion about acceptance and peace and quality of life. I wish that for myself more than fighting and pain. But then, I'm nowhere near Stage 4 and never have been, and don't want to clain to be in that same boat.
      My mother suffered in a nursing home for 16 1/2 years. I've come to believe that going relatively quickly is a great blessing; one many of us don't know how to accept.
      Still, it was good of you to remind us all of the need for diligence so that we may make the best possible choices for ourselves.

      over 9 years ago

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