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Old 01-24-2013, 08:59 PM   #1
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Here we go again or not

I was diagnosed in March of 2011 with stage IIB HER2+ er/pr- breast cancer. I finished Herceptin in August of 2012. For about the past week and 1/2 I've been getting a pain in my shoulder blade when I stand up straight or lean backwards that extends to my ribs on my right side. I am so afraid this might be liver mets. It feels more like a muscle pull but it's so close to where the liver might be I don't know. I have my oncologist appt for 4 month checkup next Thurs. Just wondering if I should call up and make it earlier or just wait until then. My oncologist does not do the marker tests or has not done any scans since 3/2012 when my liver counts were high and she did an ultrasound of the liver and a bone scan which came up negative. I have 2 teenagers and 2 older daughters and a husband. My husbands first wife died of brain cancer I don't need for him to go through that again. I just pray this isn't mets. I don't know what to do.
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TYPE: Left Breast Infiltrating ductal carcinoma
GRADE: Grade III
Size: Three tumors 2.1cm, 1.7cm and 0.7cm
Lymph Nodes: 4 lymph nodes all negative
Pathological Staging: T2, N0, M0
ER: Negative
PR:Negative
HER-2/neu: Positive 3+
Ki67: Unfavorable (more than 20%)

Left Mastectomy and Right Prophylactic Mastectomy with tissue expanders 5/17/2011

AC Chemo Therapy 8 treatments Bi weekly started 7/7/2011 finished 8/18/2011

Taxol/Herceptin Chemo Therapy 12 treatments weekly started 9/8/2011 finished 11/23/2011

Herceptin every 3 weeks started 12/22/2011 Completed 8/09/2012

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Nipple Reconstruction 12/3/2012
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Old 01-24-2013, 09:44 PM   #2
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Re: Here we go again or not

This is exactly what we cancer patients are experiencing everyday! Is it or is it not?

The location you've described doesn't correspond to the location of the liver. Perhaps it's the muscle/ribs adjusting to the tissue expander/implants...?

Be sure to let your doctor know about it when you see him/her next Thursday. If it really bothers you, give them a call and see if your appointment can be moved up.

Take some deep breaths when you feel the anxiety... I'll be praying for a good checkup/report.
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