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    sunshyne asked a questionBreast Cancer

    Breast cancer metastasis ... how would I know if it came back In my bones?

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      SandiD

      My guess is it is something else, but always mention any symptom to your oncologist. You can usually call and speak with a nurse too if that makes you feel better. I have survived colon and breast cancer. I think we all worry a bit when we have any new ache or pain. A headache is brain mets, a backache must be bone mets, my bronchitis surely means cancer has spread to my lungs! It is what we do sometimes. So try not to stress yourself, but do mention new symptoms. As we get older, there seems to be some new ache or side effect here and there anyway. And, I had no symptoms with either of my cancers! Go figure. Good luck to you.

      over 4 years ago
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      ErinJ

      I know it is hard not to let every ache and pain linger in the back of your mind. I am a six year survivor and for the first two years I had PET/CT scans every six months. Then I did some research on the amount of radiation in that and the increased risk of other cancers associated with it! Now I have six month check-ups and tell my doctor everything I am feeling to see if it is a concern. Remember, metastatic breast cancer that returns in the bones does not usually travel to extremities before being diagnosed in the areas closer to the breast: the back and ribs. That said, if you are in between visits and have a pain that is severe enough to wake you up at night, call your doctor right away to discuss.

      over 4 years ago
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      sheila56

      I am two years out and my oncologist is still taking blood every three months and he told me I could have this done as long as I wanted to. So maybe ask your oncologist if he can test your blood to check your levels and then you would know if something is amiss.

      over 1 year ago
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    Decision Point (Other): The day I found out I had breast cancer I knew then that I wanted a bilateral mastectomy. only one breast had cancer but I didn't think twice about my decision. I don't regret it at all.

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    Loss (Body part/function): Had bilateral mastectomy in January 2012.

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    Side Effects (Anemia (low red blood cell counts)): Very fatigued and dehydrated. couldn't eat or drink. would go back for fluids. was never hospitalized .