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Metastatic Breast Cancer - anyone had it to brain

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Joined: Nov 2000

Hi, I was diagnosed with early stages of breast cancer in May 1997, I was 31 years old. Had a mastectomy and reconstructive surgery, no chemo or radiation. In May 2000, I was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer. There was another lump on my reconstructed breast and I had 30 out of 35 lymph nodes under my arm positive for cancer. I had 8 treatments of the strongest chemo they could give me and 6 weeks of radiation. In May 2001, I was diagnosed again with metastatic breast cancer and this time it is in the brain. I have had 10 treatments of radiation to the head. I had quite a few tumors. They will do another MRI on my head around July 3. I have had CT scans to the chest, abdomen, and pelvic and there are no signs of cancer there. I am going to have a bone scan soon. I asked my onocologist did it usually go somewhere else before it went to the brain. She said that she had seen it go to the brain with people that tested positive for the Her2 protein. Has anyone out there had this happen to them? I would appreciate any information anyone could give me. Thanks, Nelda

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Joined: Feb 2001

Dear Nelda,

I am so sorry for your situation but glad that the radiation seems to have helped as you wrote me by e-mail. The usual pathway is bones and/or liver, then lungs, then brain.

I have HER2/neu also and when I mentioned to the doctor that this was my big concern down the line, he answered: that's why I think you should give the taxol a try which I did and have #3 coming up next week.

So it does take this route but not as often.
You have my prayers and best wishes and I'm sure those of many others here.

Love, Jean

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Joined: Mar 2001

Your in our thoughts and prayers girl. It isn't easy having to face all that we have to in this battle for our lives. We all feel your pain.
We are on your side,
Be good to yourself,

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