Tamoxifen / spots on lungs

Diane 88
Diane 88 Member Posts: 19
edited March 2014 in Breast Cancer #1
Hi, I just found out this week by xray I had a 7mm spot on my lungs. That led to many more tests like CT, blood, ultra sound and pet.
All tests except the pet and xray were clear/normal.

The PET shows 2 lymph nodes (one by each lung in the center of the chest) by the lungs light up. The lung nodes light up also making several small spots on the PET. The 7mm spot showed up on the pet but none of the doctors could find it to show us.
The doctor says its too early to tell if its cancer or something else then set up an appointment with the lung doctor for 2 weeks later. She thinks the spots are to small to sample to tell if its cancer. She has no urgency since if it is breast cancer in the lungs there is nothing that can be done except extend life by medicines.

I have been on anti depressants in the past and currently I'm not taking them. I have asthma and know based on a Mayo Clinic study that I am in a higher risk group but always thought if it came back it would be in my breast again. I had a ping pong ball removed one year ago then pre cancer on the other breast removed in Feburary of this year.

What do you think about Tamoxifen after spots? I am worried about the side effects like hot flashes and damage to my hormone system.

Has anyone else been in this boat?
I am stressed.
Thank you.


  • DianeBC
    DianeBC Member Posts: 3,881 Member
    Hi and welcome. I think I
    Hi and welcome. I think I am a bit confused about your posting. But, I do want to welcome you to the site. Maybe, I just need some coffee or something.

    Good luck!
  • mmontero38
    mmontero38 Member Posts: 1,510
    Diane, welcome, and trying
    Diane, welcome, and trying to understand your post, I would think your oncologist would be the best to advise you. I have heard of women having spots on their lungs and even recurrence of breast cancer in the lungs, and they were treated agressively with chemo therapy. What does your oncologist say? Hugs, Lili
  • aztec45
    aztec45 Member Posts: 757
    What I Think
    What I think is that you should work with your Oncologist to determine next steps, course of treatments, and medication.

    If you need some medication to help you calm down and deal with this news, phone your Doc and get some. Most of us are on some form of meds to help us deal with our cancer and our feelings.