"I have been blessed that I haven’t had a difficult time with side effects."
I was initially diagnosed with stage 2b-3a breast cancer from the biopsy. This was due to size of tumor and regional lymph node involvement. The cancer was estrogen positive HER 2 negative. The initial treatment plan was 6 chemo treatments, mastectomy, followed by radiation. However, a radiologist saw a lymph node in my chest wall and was concerned with because of the shape. That led to a PET scan that showed Mets to 2 vertebrae and left hip girdle.
Now I am stage 4 and we have gone from treating for a cure to treating for disease management. I am on my 3rd chemo. I was unable to do Zometa due to osteonecrosis. I have had progression to 2 more vertebrae and the right hip girdle. Most recently I have mets to the brain. Only one lesion was treated with radiostatic radiation. I have been blessed that I haven’t had a difficult time with side effects and still only take Tylenol for pain.
- North Carolina
- West Virginia
- New York
- New Jersey
- New Hampshire
I was diagnosed with breast cancer at 38 after I had my daughter. My breast wasn’t producing milk even though she was biting it. I asked my doctor about it after I had her in 2006 and my doctor ignored me. I pushed and finally in 2008 I was told I had had METS from the get-go and that is had now spread to my lymph nodes and my liver.
“Mr. Marcus, you have kidney, lung, and brain cancer. Stage 4. We are going to monitor you for the next 24 hours but there is not much we can do for you here. You need to go home and start making arrangements. At most, you have two years to live.”
I had a red circle on the right side of my breast, and I had lost twenty pounds despite the fact that I was not on a diet. When I went to the doctor their tests couldn’t find anything wrong, so I told them to check out this red spot.
My husband was diagnosed with Stage 3 Renal Cell Carcinoma (RCC). He had a total left nephrectomy on our 35th wedding Anniversary on Sept. 10, 2012. At that time there was no treatment that was available.