Quick answer, yes it can! Letrozole was my first treatment, worked for me for almost 2 years, then tumour markers started creeping up... eventually those liver mets were found after a CT scan. I won't give a list of all my treatments but I did very well on capecitabine, 2 years of this(2011 and 2012) then I asked to stop because of side effects. I had eribulin chemo June-Oct 2013, then letrozole again.
Hi again all, glad I was able to help a bit... we "old hands" (I'm 64 btw) often stay on these forums to support if we can.
I don't post much about my own situation on BCC as it's a bit too public for me (anyone else think a private area for those of us with mets is a good idea?) But I'm happy to accept those virtual hugs on here 🙂 I recently fractured some ribs, the oncs aren't too worried but it's really bad if I cough... and as for hugs... hubby is very patient with me, but he hears too many yelps and ouches at the moment!
I don't fancy the idea of a liver (or bone) biopsy, but it's an interesting point about receptor status changing.
Thanks to all of you who have responded and for the information - it is so helpful. We have both learned many things on this forum since this all started and this latest adds to that at a time when we really need it. Thanks for the info on cancer status - my partner is ER and PR+ but HER- and from what others had said on here, we were aware that HER status could change though how that works is a mystery to me. My partner has had several rounds of chemo now - two in the primary and two in since the mets were diagnosed, preceded by exemestane and then followed by e/e, who worked for more than a year, initially removing all signs of bone mets - another reason that this latest scan was a particular shock. Any more information would be good - particularly anyone who's in a similar category and has had this kind of range of chemos etc. But really any information is great - a big thank you again.
Thanks Mrs Blue, your message goes a long way to help me. I have just finished chemo for my liver/lung Mets and hope to be able to be treated with Arimidex soon. We will see, but sometimes as you say you have to try different treatments before you find the right one. Hope you remain stable for a very long time.
Love Sheila xx
Hi all. I had the double whammy, primary bc + bone mets dx in 2006, ER+ PR+ Her-neg. When I was dx with multiple liver mets in 2009 I was devastated... but my CNS ( = bcn) gave me hope, she said "we can get good control of liver secondaries IF we find the right treatment". So here I am in 2014, having had 8 different treatments (some hormonal and some chemo, not all of them worked for me) and currently I am on letrozole again! since Oct last year, with stable disease.
So I hope this encourages some of you who've had a more recent diagnosis.
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Hi - I hope its ok, I'm posting as the partner of someone with metastatic bc. Initially diagnosed early 2009, treated with surgery, chemo, radiotherapy. Clear but returned in the bone in 2012, initial responses to chemo (taxol), capecitibine and (for longer) to e/e, but cancer has changed and developed resistance. Latest scan has shown e/e has stopped working and 2 new mets in liver (nothing in liver previously). This development has come as a huge shock. A biopsy of the liver is planned, with treatment to be discussed after that. However in initial discussion the onc has leaned against cyberknife (one of the few questions we could think to ask amidst the shock of the diagnosis - just yesterday) and is leaning in favour of immunotherapy and/or further chemo, but this to be discussed further. I/we would really appreciate any advice, information etc, sharing.
Kimmy stable is good! I was dx with bc and spread to bones at the same time 5 years ago. Since then I have been dx with liver mets in December 2012. I was on letrozole for 18 months and it had held everything stable until the progression was dx. Since then I have been on capecitabine/denusamab and my latest scan results show bone mets stable and some improvement in the bone mets. I suffer more from my arthritis to be honest than I do the bc, it affects my mobility and the pain makes me a grumpy old lady at times, but geneally I feel well and able to get on with life.
I hope you stay stable, or show improvement, for a long time.
Sorry Kimmy see you have liver mets - durrrr chemo brain....There are a lot out there with the same hope they get in touch.
Like you I was diagnosed with my primary Jan 2007 and now have secondaries in my bones and lungs these were picked up July 2012. I was put back on tamoxifen and bone strengtheners and have now graduated onto denosumab for the bones and capecitabine oral chemo.
You don't say what flavour of mets you have but you will find a lot of ladies with various combos who have been treated for many years and manage to get on with their lives. It is all very scary because in a way there are no hard and fast rules usually one treatment is tried and when that fails there are others to move onto.
I am sure there is a letrozole themed thread on the go under 'treatments etc...' where you will get more support.
Wishing you good luck with it all it can be a dark journey but believe it or not there are still good times to be had.
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