Thanks Nicky will have a look - I know its not chemo but some of the side effects sound pretty like it!
Glad there doesn't seem to be too much in the way of side effects. It is so individual it is difficult to tell how anyone will react. Hope it goes well for you
Hi Vicki - just feel I'm back to square one after 3 months of letrozole so now have to go another three months on new treatment then Scan again. There seems to be very mixed views about tumour markers but mine have go up consistently in the last 3 months since diagnosis. I'll let you know how I get on with the everolimus - seems to have a few side effects.
Chris007 I think I may be in the same boat with bone mets, but trying to get a definate answer is like trying to get blood from a stone. My hospital doesn't use tumour markers ...
Hope the new treatment works. Vicki xxx
Hi Chris, Sorry it wasn't better news though it could be worse (no concilation I know)so in the scheme of things I hope you are not TOO upset. Can't help from a personal point of view on that combo but do know several people on it and it seems to be working well for them. Hopefully someone will be on soon to tell you about se's etc. Once treatment has started I'm sure you'll adapt and get used to the new normal again. Best wishes xx
Hi - been to clinic today for PET/CT results which showed "subtle progression " but no new metastases identified. However markers are up again so am going to start examestane and new drug Everolimus. Does anyone have any experience of this? x
That's great news! xx
Hope others waiting for results can take heart from that and wish you all the very best xx
I really hope that the scan results are good ladies. Will be thinking of you. It is nerve wracking betting results at the best of times, but the first time ... scary.
You can ask for a print out of the report if you want to have it to look at later. Just bear in mind that it isn't really in English but medicalese so it is not necessarily easy to understand.
If you have any questions you may want to ask write them down and take them with you. Then you can use them as a prompt so have questions for good, bad and indifferent ... but we are all praying for the good.
Hi Ladies I have recently been diagnosed with bone mets. I had been on tamoxifen for 3 years so have been changed to letrozole and am having denosumab injections. It is interesting to read the thread about rib pain. Initially I had fractured left rib which was very painful but responded to new meds however then developed pain in right ribs. My joints really crack alot however I am managing cycling and have started pilates. Had my first PET/CT scan done yesterday since diagnosis so fingers crossed I get good news on Thursday. It is so good to read of members who are still going 10 years on. Will be back online Thursday to let you know my results.
2CatLady (almost made you a 2 car lady there!) this is a prime example of why we need Metastatic Breast Care Nurses, though even a BCN should know about the side effects of tamoxifen!
Zometa can be a bit tough for the first couple of infusions at least. I was on it for about 5 years, every four weeks ... but after the first iv I went back to work but eventually had to go home and lie down for serveral hours.
First - drink lots of water before and after the iv and make sure that they flush the Zometa with saline before and after the treatment for a few minutes.
Second - Zometa can be given in 15 minutes, which is one of the reasons it is preferred to the older treatments which can take a couple of hours. However, it does not have to be given in 15 minutes and you can ask for it to be given over about 45 minutes to start off with, which will give your body more time to process it. Eventually I got down to the 15 minute iv, but it took a while.
Third - use the time to relax and accept the dose into your body. I like to use visualisation and mentally focus it on the areas where it is most needed. If you are relaxed when you have treatments I think it can make it easier for your body to accept it. If you are resistant to the treatment you are getting stressed and mentally trying to block it. I found a guided meditation that I used to listen to which takes you around a Secret Garden. If you have an MP3 player have a look on Amazon (I haven't used other download sites so I don't know how they work) where you can put in 'guided meditation mp3' and you can try them for yourself. As you will see some of them are about 79 pence so they are good value. It is important that you listen before buying because you need a voice that you can listen to and on Amazon you can listen to a sample of the track. Some I have stopped listening to as soon as they start to speak because I know that the voice is absolutely NOT going to help me relax! The choice will be very individual so I am not going to make any recommendation. I thought relaxation techniques were a bit hippie and New Age, but the first time I tried it I was so relaxed at the end I nearly fell off my chair!
Find out what works for you, Vicki xxx
Hi Helen, I wondered if the pain might be more connected to your Zometa infusions? You can often have increased pain at first with both Zometa and Tamoxifen and the ribs are a really common place to have them. Not knocking BCN's but I've found my fellow patients normally have much more knowledge..just because we're the ones having the treatments, the side effects.
How are you in yourself? I was diagnosed primary and secondary together ten years ago. I was in shock for ages. It still surprises me sometimes in a 'how on earth did this happen' way. But there's been new treatments introduced since my diagnosis and I still have a number of things to try. Take Care. x
I am sorry to hear of your diagnosis. It might help to start a new thread in the Living with Secondary breast cancer section where more people may see it.
You might also be interested in our live chat sessions for people with a diagnosis of secondary breast cancer- these take place on Tuesday evenings. Here is the link for more information:
You could also ring our helpline to talk things over. They can offer practical information and emotional support. Opening hours are 9-5 on weekdays and 10-2 on Saturdays. The number is 0808 800 6000
Very best wishes
Great minds think alike Val! I was just going to say I use patches, though mine stay on for 3-4 days and are Butrans or Transtec patchesVal, have you started packing yet?
Moonbeam have a good break and when you get home if you are still having pain ask about scans but try not to worry about it whilst away.
I don't know if your GP will give you them but I have pain patches that I stick on my back. You leave them on for 12 hours and take them of for 12 hours and must not go in shower or bath with them on as it releases the drug too quickly. Veratis is the name I think or Lidocaine patches. Ask if they are appropriate for you. Do not make you sleepy either. Val
Thanks eveyone, I did think about going back to the docs but I don't think I want stronger painkillers than these as I won't be awake to enjoy my holiday, the Tramadol ones tend to make me feel a little funny / queasy and very tired - I assumed, possibly wrongly that they all tend to do the same and more likely to have side effects on stronger painkillers?
I think I'll take your advice and ask for a scan or at least an xray when I get back as I'm not used to taking this many painkillers, if it is just normal back pain hopefully the Pilates will sort it out eventually and I can stop the painkillers. If it is something more, well I won't exactly be happy as I only finished all this 6 months ago but at least I'll know and start to get it sorted.
Evening everyone - Just thought I would do a quick post before I settle down to The Great British Bake Off! Anyone else addicted?
Anyway I suppose I just want to ask for some advice/experiences re: reconstruction. I had my mx in July 2013 and was told before sec dx that I couldn't have a reconstruction straight away. Now with sec dx I asked my onc and BCN whether it could be a possibility. The complication in a way is an area behind my breast bone that they don't know whether is disease or not but my onc is erring on the side it is more likely chemo/rads damage. I can go with that - he's decided not to put me on cap for the time being. He says as long a s my heart is ok he sees no reason as to why I can't have reconstruction. He didn't seem to be able to answer my question - Would the surgery be stirring cells up into cancerous action? Would I be best leaving it alone?' I have a chat with the surgeon on Monday. What are your experiences? Are reconstructions possible with stable bone mets? If surgery means that the cancer will return quicker I won't bother.
I don't mean to sound vain and am very aware that many of you are in pain as well as facing greater challenges and this would be the least of your worries. But while I am feeling ok - I just want to feel 'normal'.God knows I know that feeling won't last for ever! Does that make sense? I am just so very conscious of having to wear high necks, vests, scarves etc.
Anyway I would love to hear your advice.
On a different note spent the day yesterday knitting a good friend a tardis hat for his Christmas only to find once I'd finished I'd written polile box instead of police - d'oh!
Love and hugs to all xxx
Hi, moonbeam, it sounds sensible to me, to go back to the doctors after your trip, hope you find something that helps with the pain. And have a lovely break.
Sorry to hear of your partner's hip problems Julie, I hope all is resolved asap. Being a replacement girl myself you both have my best wishes, how scary it's causing these health problems.
Thanks for the book title Katie! Happy reading.
And great news of your results Buffy. Hope working and these results can give you a lovely bc break.
I'm finding it hard to get used to this way of posting, if I reply to the thread I get finty's first post and my memory is not great. It's harder to follow you all.
Take care everyone..x PS I don't belong to facebook so hello to all who used to post here. I'm not a fan of facebook but it's nice to know you're all still popping in here from time to time.
EDITED...there..to prove my point, I missed out saying Good Luck Val with Vinorelbine. An American lady I know took Vin for many years for her bc mets.
Ramsfan good luck with your scan and results. I find it hard to drink as much as we are supposed to.
Probably still missed out other's I had planned to reply to... smiley cats to everyone..x
Hi all, sorry if this is not the best place to ask this but I was hoping you could advise as you all have experiance here (Unfortunately )
I finished my treatment 13th March 2013, over the last few months I have been getting lower back pain when walking and it's now beginning to affect me sitting down at work as well - Has gotten to the stage that the Doc's have given me Tramadol as I can't go for walks with my partnter anymore 😞 I really wanted painkillers that worked because we are going to Florida next week and will be doing alot of walking. The problem is that the Tramadol does not appear to be working,.
As it's only been 6 months since my bone scan the doc's are saying that it's unlikly to be bone mets and that I should do pilates to strenthen my core - they think it's musclular but have done no tests. I've started the Pilates but am concerned that it may be bone mets, am i just worrying about nothing? Can bone mets develope in 6 months?
I'm in Florida for 2 weeks and am thinking if it's still this bad when I get back (or worst) that I should insist on some sort of scan to make sure?
What do you think?
Many thanks for you help
Great news Buffy! Glad you're enjoying being back at work too.
Good luck Pam, hope it goes smoothly.
That'sprobably because we were talking about him the other night Val. My BiL has just brought me anotherbook by him but it'll have to wait as I've got a big pile of books waiting to be started, thanks to my recent birthday.
I too am pleased to see you back here Katie, the FB is great but was never meant to take people away from BCC, it's just unfortunate that the changes over the months have made it difficult for folk. I miss the latest posts, I know we still have them for each section but it would be good to have a latest posts for the whole site.
Hope everyone has as good a weekend as possible xx
Glad you decided to come back. I hope you remembered to "bookmark" this thread Julie as quicker to read. I am into crime fiction at the moment and am hooked on Peter James and particulary the series of Roy Grace. Good to see you here Katie. Hugs, Val
Hello everyone - I haven't been on for the new site for a while because I couldn't figure out the new website! Hello to everyone old and new. This is my first attempt at posting on here - so fingers crossed it works! It was you Val on FB yesterday who said I should give it another go. Hope you have a fab time in France.
I don't want to write loads in case it doesn't work! But to my fellow boney bookworms - I have a recommendation. I have just finished 'The White Princess' the Phillipa Gregory sequel to the drama that's just been on the BBC. It was a very good read!
Anyway love and best wishes to all
What glob trotters we have! Hope you all have a lovely time wherever you're off to. By the way Thumbie I love Somerset it's like my spiritual home and always makes me feel more at peace. I'm so pleased to hear your pain was not down to spinal compression and hope they'll be able to get you sorted out and get it under control.
Hope you have the energy to pack Val, you've got a little while to do it so maybe a bit each day.....
Sitting here in the wind and rain Egypt sounds good to me too - enjoy!
My partner has been waiting for a hip op (her third!). The one she's got is metal on metal and is leeching cobolt and other substances into her blood stream and poisoning her! They've cancelled at least three times now and we're getting a bit fed-up!! They don't seem to understand that as she's my carer/driver it's not just a simple matter for us. Moan over.
Hope all my boney friends are coping, love to you all xx