Just wanted to share this piece of research with you ladies: https://medicalxpress.com/news/2018-01-specific-protein-breast-cancer.html
IGF is found in dairy products and Tamoxifen and Metformin are known to reduce IGF levels (as pointed out in Jane McLellands "How to Starve Cancer" book. I personally stopped eating dairy as soon as I was diagnosed (I already didnt eat meat). Love to you all and special hugs to you Anniej, my chemo buddy. xxxx
Hi Elsa, I have 4 lung mets, 2 in each lung. I am on a regime of Letrozole and Palbociclib and all four have shrunk. I am due my second ct scan next week and feel very positive. X
Dianosed with BC July 2018 tumor right breast measuring 4cm Drs started chemo right away to shrink tumor taxol once per week for 12 weeks,in the mean time bone scans and ct scans done bone scan came back clear however ct of lungs came back with 3 nodules in each lung - 5 @ 4mm and 1@7mm was told that they would reassess after 3rd chemo cycle have been scared to death recd results today all nodules gone except 2
1@4mm and the one at 7mm is now 4mm and the tumor in the breast has gone from 4cm to 2.3cm the dr told me that the nodules are still undetermined but everything I can find and read leads me to believe that the cancer has spread from original BC diagnose
I do suffer from allergies and we had terrible forest fires were I live for about 3 Months that did affect my breathing throat etc does has anyone out there had a similar issue of lung nodules shrinking going away on there own
thank you so much
Hi, I realise this is a bit of an older thread but wanted to see if your scans are still ok?
I had exactly the same as you, diagnosed with secondaries in lungs after initial staging CT after first diagnosis. Never had any biopsies but was told if the nodules in my lungs go away with chemo then they are cancer. This doesn't really sit well with me as infections can clear up on their own too... Anyway, my nodules completely disappeared during chemo so I was deemed stage 4. I am continuing on herceptin and perjeta as well as tamoxifen and zoladex and my nodules have never come back. Its now over 2 years since I finished chemo and my scans still clear.. I want to ask my oncologist the what if question but I think im scared of the answer!! Hope your scans are still good? xxx
I was dx with both primary and secondary lung mets at same time 6 years ago, over the course of 3 years the lung mets reduced and finally disappeared, I am on continuous herceptin, was on tamoxifen, now zoladex. The fear never really leaves you but being resilient strong women you learn to live with your new normal and gradually just like the the lung mets disappearing you adjust and get on with life without thinking about it everyday. I still have 3 monthly ct scans but won't allow myself to get worried about it until the day of results, othetwise you cant enjoy life or live in the moment. So far so good on the lung mets front, although I have small lesion on liver which is reducing. I promise you with time you will be able to move on in your new normal. Xxxxx
Yes, the dreaded 'what ifs', so persistent.
I totally agree with ff, do what you have to fo, dont get complacent, but also do try to move on, in that we all have these what ifs, and there isnt an easy fix/guarrantee for them..we have to try and take every day as a blessing and smell the roses as we goxx
Applecrumble, Nodules can be infection, allergies or cancer. My concern is did they disappear on their own or from the chemo. I would think if they were caused by an infection you would have needed antibiotics to clear them up. Wondering what you would have needed if they were from allergies. I woukd ask a lot of questions! I would want scanned again in 6 months, and probably every 6 months for 2 years at least. I also wonder why they weren't biopsied. I would insist if they show up again. Mine were biopsied through my back with CT guide. They gave me meds so I wouldn't feel it. I felt pressure, but no pain. Telling you this just in case. I know you want to move on, but please don't just push this under the rug. Btw, I have had lung mets for 11 years. FF