Hello Ti Bone
Thanks for posting.
It’s understandable you are confused. Sometimes it can take a little while and a range of tests to confirm someone’s diagnosis. What might appear to be one condition to start with, in fact turns out to be something else.
It sounds as if you have breast cancer that has spread to the lymph nodes under your arm, your bone and lung. This is known as metastatic or secondary breast cancer. This can be a shock especially if you have had no specific symptoms.
In this situation treatment like Herceptin can begiven (if appropriate) as it treats areas in the body that are affected including the breast. A mastectomy will treat the breast only and not anywhere else so is not usually offered but might be considered if there are breast symptoms.
Other treatments like hormone therapy and chemotherapy may be appropriate as well.
Your hospital team will let you know what the most appropriate treatment for you will be, after this has been decided at multi-disciplinary team (MDT) meeting. It might help to find out if you have a breast care nurse. The breast care nurse is usually the key contact for those diagnosed with breast cancer.
You might be interested in the range of services we offer.
Do call our Helpline if you would like to talk this through or have any further questions. Your call will be confidential, and the number is free from UK landlines and all mobile networks.
The number is 0808 800 6000 (Text relay prefix 18001).
Our opening hours are Monday to Friday 9am - 4pm and 9am -1pm on Saturday. Out of hours you can leave a message and we will call you back when we next open.
Breast Cancer Now Nurse
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