On 01.02.02, I was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer. Too late for surgery, I had chemotherapy, which failed. In May the chemotherapy was changed and I was soon in remission which was celebrated and welcome and lasted nine years - until October 2011. There was progression in 2011 so more treatment was indicated and I am now back in partial remission. But I'm not only a cancer patient - I also enjoy my family, walk my dogs and am learning to draw and paint. Life is good!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Head's in a whirl

The funniest thing happened at the doctor's office this morning.  The final pathology report had just arrived and further testing has confirmed that I do not have bladder cancer, just new metastases of breast cancer to the bladder.

That's rather unusual.  Breast cancer migrates to the bones (all of mine), to the liver (got mine) and to the lungs and brain (not yet).  None of the infusion nurses had ever heard of breast mets to the bladder.

The oncologist called it "a minor setback."  I need another CT scan and a new bone scan for restaging - to see if there is progression anywhere else.  Based on those results an alternative treatment plan can be developed.  It may be only a daily pill, or it may be more systemic chemotherapy.

In the meantime, I don't know if I'm comin' or goin' - I just know I'm back in more familiar territory and I'm glad for that.


  1. An interesting update for sure, Barbara. I'm glad it's not a new cancer, and I'm also thankful to see the "minor" in "minor setback." Good luck as the next steps of gauging and treating get underway. You'll be in my thoughts.

  2. This sounds like GOOD NEWS to me... not great but... good yes. Hang in there, I'll keep you in my prayers.

  3. I'm touched by your story, courage and outlook.
    Thanks so much for visiting, SacValGal, so I could join your fight and following. I'll be keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.

    Also, we're practically neighbors. I live in Chico.

    Keep faith.

  4. Thank you both. Yes, I'm encouraged by this turn of events and hopeful that the two scans will show no new progressions so that it is indeed a minor setback. - Barbara


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