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MDS and Breast cancer

  • 1.  MDS and Breast cancer

    Posted Apr 07, 2018 08:55 PM
    MDS and Breast cancer
    It is well recognized that breast cancer treatments can be a factor in getting MDS. I am on watch and wait for MDS. This month I was diagnosed with a new breast cancer😂 in the same breast I had cancer 20 years ago.
    My oncologist is telling me that I cannot have a second radiation due to previous treatment. He also says that chemo is not an option since I have MDS.
    Anyone heard to this challenge.

    To further complicate the situation I have no further lymph nodes to help predict whether cancer has spread.

    Thoughts?


  • 2.  RE: MDS and Breast cancer

    Posted Apr 08, 2018 12:29 AM
    Carol,

    Given your combination of health conditions, would you consider getting a second opinion from a doctor who is experienced with MDS? For example, you might consider going to Fairview Hospital at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis or the Mayo Clinic in Rochester.


  • 3.  RE: MDS and Breast cancer

    Posted Apr 09, 2018 04:53 PM
    😄 Good advise
    I have used Mayo for second opinion when initially diagnosed. UnMN does a lot of stem cell transfers. They have been doing surveys on MDS patients for a number of years. So either would be good for 2nd opinions. So excellent advise.

    I meet with my hematologist here on the 18th. Glad I went with the mastectomy as they found a second tumor in the breast tissue.

    Thanks for your input.

    Carol