dx'd with innumerable liver mets this month.

1210polly1210polly Melbourne, VicMember Posts: 2
Anyone else with extensive, innumerable liver mets?
How has your journey gone?
Warmly, Polly
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  • lrb_03lrb_03 Member Posts: 444
    Hi Polly, sorry to hear that. I don’t have any mets, so can't comment on how to cope. Just wanted to jump in and send some hugs. :smile:
    Take care, Lyn
  • iserbrowniserbrown Member Posts: 1,653
    Hi Polly - just wanted to come on and wish you all the best with treatment. 
    Take care, sending you a virtual hug from Christine xx
  • shellybobshellybob Member Posts: 6

    Hi Polly,

    Sorry to hear your news. I have had 2 large Liver Mets about 19cm each which were discovered Nov 2013 after a scan following Skin metastasis, following my initial chemo and Radiotherapy for Her2+  Early Breast cancer. I was placed on Abraxane for 3 treatments and then I was lucky enough to be approved for a trial of Kadcyla ( now on the PBS ). I have this 3weekly and I am up to my 48th cycle on Wednesday. My most recent scans show only shadows where the liver mets were which is great. Although I have had a recurrence on my Skin, which was surgically removed  the chemo is keeping the cancer under control and the side effects so far are manageable. I know that eventually I will either become resistant to this chemo or have toxicity but while it is working I am living the best I can.

    not sure if you your cancer is the same but hopefully there is a positive treatment out there for you as well.


    Take care and all the best

    Michelle

  • 1210polly1210polly Melbourne, VicMember Posts: 2
    Hi Shellybob, GLORIOUS to hear from you.... such a great story.  Need these.  I was ER+, did chemo 2011.  2nd chemo tomorrow.... stood chemo 1 well

  • primekprimek Broken HillMember Posts: 3,199
    How fantastic is that. So happy the treatment is working for you and yes, stories like yours give us hope. Kath x
  • ChorsellChorsell South AustraliaMember Posts: 417
    Sending big hugs to all of you. Great to hear positive stories....

    Chris xx
  • ShareShare Member Posts: 217

    Well @1210polly - you have certainly come to the right place to ask questions but am so sorry about your bc met diagnosis.

    I have bone mets but you will find some stories similar to yours on this site.

    Provides a good sounding board.

    Just love hearing positive stories like @robynvhi ; : 

    My very best wishes and hugs to you both.

    Sheryl xx 

  • JenvJenv Hamilton 3300Member Posts: 64
    Have apparently 'numerous' small mets on liver, abdominal wall and met on left lung, hence breathing difficulties. Starting chemo next wed, 10th May..oncologist not overly concerned, he says 'get you started on chemo, you'll be right in no time'....at least let me be able to breathe normal, please!..cancer. escalated after 15 years of clearance to stage 4 with mets in bones, liver and lung 2 years ago.
    Cancer er+, Started on femera, and a monthly injection of xgeva to strengthen bones,  changed recently to exemestine which not helping so next is chemo and will have xgeva for rest of life...its a treadmill i tell you and can't  get off!  All good!
  • iserbrowniserbrown Member Posts: 1,653
    @Jenv crumbs! You've got yourself a date the 10th for chemo. I do hope you're up to it by the 10th. It's a so and so that your back on the roller coaster. Sounds like a team working towards a good outcome.  Have you considered joining one of the groups on here that share the same situation as you? 

    http://onlinenetwork.bcna.org.au/group/2-living-with-metastatic-breast-cancer
  • wendy55wendy55 Copper Triangle South AustraliaMember Posts: 197
    Hi polly, i was diagnosed with stage 4 in june 2013, so coming up to my 4 year anniversary, mine had already metasized to my liver and my bones, so as you can imagine quite a shock one minute i am okay the next i am being told my diagnosis and do i know an oncologist?I had 6 tumours in my liver as well as innumerable in my bones!! and of course the ones in my left breast where it all started, so first off chemo, then femara then affinitor/exemestane/aromisin now I am on Xeloda and have been for the last 14 months, not pleasant but do able, I know that the xeloda will not last forever and so of course there is always the when will it stop working and where do we go from here I am hoping that the petition to get palbociclib into the country is successful as my oncologist has said that it would work for me,at the moment the biggest tumour which was 17cm is now down to 11cm and one which was 11cm is nown down to 7cm and the rest have disappeared, so the xeloda is definately doing its job, I too have xjeva monthly, I also have a vitamin b 12 injection monthly,I take each day as it comes, some are better than others, I have a fantastic McGrath Breast Care Nurse,for support as well as a pyschologist for my mental health,metastatic breast cancer is now looked at as a "chronic disease" which can be managed, and yes it can, I listen to my body now and If I am tired I will rest, metastatic breast cancer has over the years made me a little selfish and now I find I can say no a lot better, so glad that your oncologist and team have a great outlook for you, I forgot to mention that I am also er pr/ positive, 
    So will be thinking of you on the 10th, and please keep in contact with us on the metastatic breast cancer forum - we are here to laugh with you, cry with you, and vent, we have very broad shoulders,
    love
    wendy 55 
  • wendy55wendy55 Copper Triangle South AustraliaMember Posts: 197
    Hi again, forgot to mention that Xeloda is a oral form of chemotherapy, which I take in tablet form morning and night, hence my McGrath nurse checking on me once a week and I see my Oncologist every 6 weeks -

    wendy 55
  • JenvJenv Hamilton 3300Member Posts: 64
    ER/PR +...Yes my oncologist said that i would suit the palbociclib too.  I should ask about vit B12...i know everyone different...i asked about oral chemo and he said that no we'll go with the  A of AC IV chemo first for at least 6  months and then a course of taxol for another 6 or so...and yes, treat like chronic illness....this is just one of many treatment options...i was just hoping i could have gone a bit longer just on hormone oestrogen blocker before hitting chemo trail... i keep saying 'what doesn't kill you, makes you stronger'.
    Just gone and got a good therapeutic quality magnesium powder to use as this provides lots of minerals etc to combat downs and restless legs etc, apparently works with the chemo doesn't work against it (doesnt counteract the chemo).
    I listen to my body now too, i used to go at a million miles an hour, now a slower pace...lucky I like craft, especially knitting, reading and crosswords.  And i say no more than i used to.  Yea bring on the 10th...lets get started!
  • socodasocoda LeumeahMember Posts: 1,460
    Hi @Jenv, just wanted to send you a big hug and wish you all the best.  Xx 
  • KimWKimW North Balwyn, VICMember Posts: 76
    1210polly said:
    Anyone else with extensive, innumerable liver mets?
    How has your journey gone?
    Warmly, Polly
    Hi there Pollly,

    I was diagnosed with widespread liver mets 5yrs ago now after being diagnosed with a bout of septicaemia. 

    Ok so I did Abraxane chemo 3wks on 1wk off combined with Herceptin for one year, second year I continued with Abraxane chemo but we changed it to fortnightly still with herceptin.  this was entirely I personal choice on my part and my oncologist listened to my concerns and as I was coping with the chemo we continued it for the second year.  I believe normally they give you 6mths or 12mths Abraxane.  I was an absolute wreck and had a 5yr old the thought of no chemo I couldn't bare the thought of I was so so scared. Finally about the 18mth mark I accepted my diagnosis and after the 2yrs of chemo and Herceptin, we dropped the chemo and continued with Herceptin but combined it with an AI drug Aromasin, I have been on Herceptin / Aromasin for 3yrs now and my liver mets have kept stable.  I got a 30% reduction in tumour size and my liver has lots of scar tissue now and is a different shape apparently, but hey who cares what shape your liver ends up when your living with mets.

    Hope your going well, love to hear from you some more

    kim xx
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