Was wondering if anyone got bone cancer after having breast cancer, how did they find it, was your blood work normal, how do they classify it and what were your options? I had a very good friend who had bone cancer secondary to breast. Her doctors said that it was from the radiation she had received years earlier. She discovered it by abnormal blood tests taken after she broke her collar bone.
Bone Cancer as a secondary cancer to Breast Cancer?
Metastatic Breast Cancer: Life Expectancy and Prognosis
Metastatic breast cancer also called stage IV or advanced breast cancer is not a specific type of breast cancer. It's the most advanced stage of breast cancer. Metastatic breast cancer is breast cancer that has spread beyond the breast and nearby lymph nodes to other organs in the body most often the bones, lungs, liver or brain. For example, breast cancer that has spread to the bones is still breast cancer not bone cancer. Therefore, it's treated with breast cancer drugs, rather than treatments for a cancer that began in the bones. Men can also have metastatic breast cancer.
Metastatic Breast Cancer
The bones are the most common place where metastatic breast cancer cells tend to go. For more than half of women who develop stage IV breast cancer, the bones are the first site of metastasis. Although breast cancer can spread to any bone, the most common sites are the ribs, spine, pelvis, and long bones in the arms and legs. A sudden, noticeable new pain is the most common symptom of cancer that has spread to the bone. It may come and go at first, but over time it can become constant.
Stage 4 breast cancer refers to cancer that has spread beyond the breast tissue into other areas of the body. To understand the prognosis for stage 4 breast cancer, it helps to know something about the process of metastasis. In the case of breast cancer, receiving a stage 4 diagnosis may mean the cancer has reached organs outside of the breasts, such as your bones, lungs, liver, or even your brain.