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Re: Rib pain

Hello Jay74


Thank you for your post.


It’s good to know that the scans you have had, have not shown any metastases. We cannot say whether the recent pain you’ve had in your rib, where you had the radiotherapy, might be due to a metastases.


Breast Cancer can sometimes come back after long periods of time, but there are a number of different reasons why you may have rib pain, including, late effects of radiotherapy . However, we would always suggest getting any new symptoms checked over by your GP. They will be able assess you and decide whether a scan may be helpful. They may also be able to prescribe some pain relief, or refer you to a pain specialist if you’re finding the pain difficult to manage.


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Rib pain

I had breast cancer 26 years ago . I had a segmentectomy , chemo and radiotherapy and then 8 years of Tamoxifen . I'm 74


I have lots of spine problems and scans have shown no metastases but I have recently had rib pain on the area where I had the radiotherapy . I am wondering if this could be metastases after all these years . I know I have been very lucky . Thank