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Initially diagnosed June 4, 2009 Invasive Ductal Carcinoma Stage II,Grade II tumor size: 2-3 cm node positive ER/PR postive HER2 Neu - negative Current Diagnosis: Metastatic Invasive Ductal Carcinoma Grade 3 Mets: Scalp/skin, Liver, Spine, Bone ER/PR + HER2/NEU -

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Sunday, January 25, 2015


Big decisions to be made this week.  I have an appointment with my local oncologist on Wednesday and one at MD Anderson on Thursday. I'm hoping to get some recommendations so I can come home and make some decisions.

I'm actually ready to be back on treatment because it's always pretty painful being off of it. The last few days I've been dealing with some pretty serious pain in my tailbone.
Monday, January 5, 2015

Liver Biopsy

I just realized I haven't updated my blog in quite a while and thought that maybe I should.  A lot has happened since the last entry.  The scans came back showing progression in the liver and ovaries.

After a discussion with my local oncologist, we agreed that a liver biopsy was the next best course of action.  The liver has been unresponsive to all treatments this year, leading us to believe that the receptor status may have changed.  A liver biopsy will confirm receptor status and also check for some other subtypes that may qualify me for some new clinical trials.

The biopsy is scheduled for Thursday this week.  I spoke to them and it sounds rather straight forward and simple.  They will simple make a small incision, and do a core biopsy using a small cylindrical tube about the size of a pen.  The tissue obtained will be tested for ER, PR, HER2, Androgen, FGFR, and GPNMB.  There are several trials the local oncologist has that I may qualify for after the biopsy results are in.

I also plan to make a trip down to MD Anderson to get a second opinion on treatment options at this point.  This is sort of a critical point, because if I choose to do a treatment involving chemo, I'll be on my 3rd chemo.  Many trials will not take you if you have had more than 3 types of chemo.

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