Thanks for this info. I thought I could not have radiotherapy because I had already had it in that area after my mastectomy 5 years ago. I will talk to my onc.
Came across reading this article and have used google translate to convert from Chinese to English. I believe radiotherapy is also an efficient way to treat skin met other than chemo.
Liao Zhiying, MD
Director of Radiation Oncology, Taichung Hospital, Weifu Department
New York MSKCC Cancer Integrated Medicine
Houston MD ANDERSON Cancer Integrated Medicine
This medical research report was published in 2018 Taiwan Japan Radiation Oncology Symposium.
A 60-year-old woman with triple-negative breast cancer with first diagnosis 7 years ago. She was initially treated with a mastectomy of the right breast, undergoing multiple surgeries, radiotherapy, and chemotherapy was still recurring. Last year, it transferred to the left breast and underwent mastectomy and chemotherapy. The second-line Eribulin and Bevacizumab did not work and still unfortunately multiple skin metastases.
Clinically, triple-negative skin metastasis is a difficult problem. It is necessary to integrate surgical, hematologic oncologists and radiation oncologists to work together!
First of all, because there is no obvious other organ metastasis problem, we first adopt radiation therapy and immunotherapy plans!
Imiquimod and immunotherapy are combined with ongoing clinical trials in humans. Our personal experience is that the safety is OK, the use is good, and the clinical use should be further discussed with the doctor!
Ani.........you don’t say where your skin mets are, or how extensive, but have you asked about radiotherapy, or electrochemotherapy? This is also known as ect. I have had skin mets on my chest near my mastectomy scar and had radiotherapy which dealt with them so far. The first, which led to my secondary dx, was removed 5 years ago and biopsied and didn’t return. Systemic treatments can make a difference of course, but although letrozole worked for me for 3 years keeping me stable with bone mets, nonetheless another small skin met appeared. The radio dealt with that. The thing is to discuss all possible options with your onc. Ect is not widely known about or used and not done everywhere. I can’t remember the main hospitals offering g it, but I know the royal free do it. There is a website..........https://www.igeamedical.co.uk/information-patients/electrochemotherapy-where........which shows the hospitals doing it. Sorry but that link didn’t come up live!
in the end ect May not be appropriate for you but I thought I’d mention it. We are on a learning curve, and just need to share. I would not like to think you hadn’t known about it, or radiotherapy. All the very best,
do you mind me asking what chemo you are on?
i feel much better on my present one. More energy. Scan 3october so hope it is working!
I have recently been diagnosed with recurrence in the skin of my breast in which the original cancer was. My surgeon let it go 4 months before he did a punch biopsy. It appears to be spreading to the other breast and up my neck. Start chemo tomorrow.
Good luck with the capecitabine. That may be my final option, although I am not at all sure that I will accept any further treatment if my current treatment doesn't work.
I have just been diagnosed with skin met. I was on palbociclib and fulvestrant so that did not work for me. Just started capecitabine but only started a couple of days ago so too early to tell if it is working. I have lung mets and had a pleuridosis? Is that how it’s spelt..lung stuck with talc after fluid drained off. And bone mets. They were reducing with first treatment and I had good quality of life so skin mets a very unwelcome development. Will let you know how I get on.
I just joined this board and am looking for others who have skin mets. To date I have not had any success with treatment and my mets are rampantly progressing. I also have a couple of bone mets and more recently some suspected lung mets but the skin mets are the main problem for now. I’m triple negative.
As they aren’t that common it would be nice to hear of others’ experience of them.