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Posted by Shirley on October 28, 2000 at 17:37:31:

In Reply to: Re: Secondary bone cancer spread from Breast Cancer??? posted by rosilita on September 21, 2000 at 13:20:13:

: : I have a friend that had breast cancer a year and half ago. I am not sure of the type of cancer but I do know that it was one of the worst type breast cancer that you can have. She was treated with Chemo for 4-5 months then had the mastectomy. That was a year ago and now we found out she has Secondary Bone Cancer. She has had some back and leg pains for the last 6 months. She is having a weeks worth of Chemo pills to see if that helps??????? Not sure why just a week. Any information that you have would be great. Is this curable? Any new treatments? Why a week trial on the chemo meds? What to expect in future. Thank you.
: see if you can find out where trials for a vaccanation called theratope are going on. it is speciically for metastatic breast cancer, the results of this have been very good in this patient population and its gentle for people who are not in strong conditon or have been through a lot of chemo. i don't know her exacts, and if she fits in the protocal but with the results they have gotten its worth checking into. there are also monoclonial anibodies for mestatic breast cancer. there is also a new drug, doing better in some trials then tamoxifen does for metastaic breast cancer.
I had breast cancer 25 years ago, with a recurrence in the axillary (armpit) lymph nodes 9 years later. Was treated with radiation then and tamoxifen for the next 15 years. Then started having left hip pain and found out I had secondary breast cancer of the crest bone of the right hip. Was treated then the past year with 13 treatments of radiation to the affected bone and a relative oral new drug Arimidex (replacing the tamoxifen which had most likely failed at last). Currently taking Armimdex which has slowed progression of the cancerous lesion but will see the oncologist mid-December after another bone scan and X-rays to see if the cancer is contained or growing. At that time will have the doctor making a decision as to whether continuing Arimidex or change to another drug or chemotherapy.

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