Worried that my back shoulder neck aches is masking as breast cancer. Read story on woman who had those symptoms and had stage 4 mets breast cancer.

Not so difficult to. It is not difficult to tell the cause of your pain. If you have good insurance, then your doctor can order tests besides doing a good examination of your breast by physical exam and mammography. Bone scan is a good test to make sure that your bones are free of cancer. Please discuss these options with your doctor and get over this anxiety!

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Would a breast u/s pick up a tumor deep in chest wall? I can't get mammo due to nursing. Have back neck shoulder aches and convinced its breast cancer

Not so hard to find. The cause of any severe, persistent pain is not hard to find. Ask your doctor to rule out cancer which he/she can do with the available tests. But do not put words in their mouth. They can check your breast with mammography(even you are nursing, there is no harm), ultrasound and mri(if needed as it is quite expensive). Bones and joints can be easily checked with x-rays and bone scan. Read more...
Don't assume. The breast is not deep in the chest wall. It is a skin appendage. That being said, a mammogram and an ultrasound and an MRI can pick up all sorts of problems. Breast feeding does not prevent you from getting a mammogram. Back, neck and shoulder aches are not the initial signs of breast cancer. You need to relax, enjoy your baby and talk to your doctor. Good luck. Read more...
See below: I agree entirely with the answers given by drs. Legha and harper. You can have a mammogram while nursing and should feel free to discuss alternatives with your doctor. Read more...

I hjave stage 4 breast cancer. Metasatic cancer. I have a small swell on my neck also when I lift my arm I I also have a sore type pain.?

Sorry . About your cancer. Please see your doctor to see if it is spreading. Read more...
See your oncologist. Please communicate this symptom and others to your oncologist and members of your breast cancer team. You should be evaluated and examined. Best of luck to you, stay strong and keep up the fight! Read more...

I'm stage 4 Breast cancer. Been having pain in ribs/ shoulder for 2 mths. Also cancer antigen 27. 29 blood test is back above normal. Is cancer back?

See your oncologist. Stage IV describes invasive breast cancer that has spread beyond the breast and nearby lymph nodes to other organs of the body, such as the lungs, distant lymph nodes, skin, bones, liver, or brain. Talk to your oncologist to determine the extent/ or remission of the cancer. Stage 4 usually means that cancer was not just in the breast area. Read more...

Have done chemo and am doing herceptin (trastuzumab) for breast cancer. Have backache between shoulder blades and neck. Herceptin (trastuzumab) or could the cancer be back?

It isn't due to Herc. Pain between the shoulder blades can be caused by any number of reasons/causes including muscle pull or sprain. It is not likely to be due to herceptin (trastuzumab). So make sure that your oncologist is aware of this development and may consider checking you for any recurrence of your cancer in the bones(spine and or ribs). This can be determined with a bone scan or another imaging test. Read more...
I'd bet neupogen. But check your oncologist, it could be either. Details of breast cancer (tnm, other receptors) i only know you are her-2-neu + by use of trastuzumab. Talk to your doctor before jumping to conclusions. Read more...

What are the final symptoms or stages for someone with stage 4 breast cancer that has mets to brain?

It depends on the. Size, number, and location of the mets. Mets cause swelling, which can result in headache, nausea, weakness, seizures, or difficulty with thinking, speech, or vision depending on the part of the brain. In patients who succumb to the mets, it is usually swelling leading to difficulty breathing and loss of consciousness. Steroids and radiation (possibly surgery) are treatments that may help! Read more...
Stage 4. Well, unfortunately stage 4 is the highest stage and indicates disease (in this case breast cancer) that has spread distantly. However, depending on certain aspects of the specific tumor involved, some patients can have excellent, long lasting responses to chemotherapy or hormonal therapy. The oncologist should be able to provide you with more specifics for the case you describe. Read more...