Breast Cancer Expert Forum
Breast Cancer spread to the bone
About This Forum:

Questions posted in the Breast Cancer Forum are answered by medical professionals and experts. Topics include Breast Biopsy, Chemotherapy, Hormone Therapy, Lumps, Lumpectomy, Lymph node dissection, Lymphedema, Mammograms, Mastectomy, Radiation Therapy, Reconstruction, Self Breast Exam, and Surgery.

Font Size:
A
A
A
Background:
Blank
Blank
Blank
This expert forum is not accepting new questions. Please post your question in one of our medical support communities.
Blank Blank

Breast Cancer spread to the bone

Hi..my mother has metastatic breast cancer spread to the bones, according to her recent PET scan...her previous CAT scan and bone scan from 1 yr. ago was negetive...She was put on monthly infusions of Zometa and Arimidex...she also has changed from Arimidex to Faslodex injections...my question is I thought that Zometa was the latest treatment for metastasis to the bone from Breast cancer..and since she has been on that for almost 7 or 8 months, and now has a positive scan, is it really helping her?? And, do you know of any other treatments for metastasis to the bone?? Where do we go from here?? (she sees an Oncologist regularly)..Thank you, Ilsa
Related Discussions
Avatar_n_tn
Dear Ilsa, Zometa is used to treat or prevent complications of bone metastasis from breast cancer, and used in conjunction with anti-tumor treatment (the Arimidex or now Faslodex).  As long as she is tolerating the Zometa well continuing it would not be unusual despite the worsening bone disease, because we are trying to prevent complications of bone disease such as pain or fractures, not solely treating the disease itself.  The change in hormone therapy is to treat the disease differently.  Other treatments would be chemotherapy. Decisions regarding the use of chemotherapy need to taking into account your mother's overall health, as well as the risks and benefits of any treatment.
Blank
Continue discussion Blank
MedHelp Health Answers
Blank
Weight Tracker
Weight Tracker
Start Tracking Now
RSS Expert Activity
233488_tn?1310696703
Blank
New Cannabis Article from NORTH Mag...
Jul 20 by John C Hagan III, MD, FACS, FAAOBlank
242532_tn?1269553979
Blank
3 Reasons Why You are Still Binge E...
Jul 14 by Roger Gould, M.D.Blank
242532_tn?1269553979
Blank
Emotional Eating: What Your Closet ...
Jul 09 by Roger Gould, M.D.Blank