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Does lung cancer go somewhere else if its not in nodes .I need to know because I have some spots on my lungs and I was diagnosed with bc
in March. And it could be that I'm just fearful I don't know enough or if you ever can know enough about BC

A MyBCTeam Member said:

Hi Beth,

The way it was explained to me, is to think of tourists. An American in France, is still American. Breast cancer, if it spreads to other places, is still breast cancer - and it is important to know if something is breast cancer that traveled to the lungs- or if it is really is lung cancer (something that originated in the lungs)- as the treatment would be different. BC when it travels, it tends to go to the bones, brain, liver or lungs. My nodes were clear too, but since tumors need a blood source to survive, there is always the chance that something traveled that way. BUT- that is why we have some of the other treatments- like chemo, to play clean up on aisle 7!

My mother has had spots on her lungs for decades, that have never been any kind of cancer. She had pnuemonia as a child, and grew up around heavy smokers, so the doctors figure it is some scarring due to these exposures. Every time a new doctor sees her images- they get concerned until they check all her past records.

I know having more information doesn't always shut down the worry- so I will keep you in prayers that your doctors will get back to you quickly to let you know what they think they are looking at- and how you proceed from here to get your peace of mind back.

Tight Hugs!

posted 18 days ago
A MyBCTeam Member said:

Lungs are one of the places that breast cancer can typically spread to if it leaves the breast and spreads elsewhere in the body. Your doctor can do a biopsy of the spots in your lungs if they think it is necessary, but sometimes they will choose to treat the breast cancer and see if the lung spots respond to the treatment. If they do, it proves that the lung spots are breast cancer that has spread to the lungs.

Other places that breast cancer typically goes if it spreads from the breast is to the liver, brain, or bones. It is not impossible for it to go other places, but it is pretty rare.

And the reason you need to have an oncologist is that there is so much to know about breast cancer that a patient can't possibly know everything!! We can learn as much as possible about the particular variety of breast cancer we have, but there's so many kinds of BC that it takes a specialist to know about all of them!!

Make a list of the questions you have so that when you go to your doctor you can ask the things you need to know to understand your care and treatment! And come back here if there are more questions we can help you with! Wishing you well! Hugs and prayers!

posted 18 days ago
A MyBCTeam Member said:

@A MyBCTeam Member In my situation I couldn't breathe,so I was sent to get x-rays of my lungs. I didn't know about the cancer in my breast yet. I had seen a Dr at the health dept., as I had no health insurance. The Dr called me back that day and set me up with a pulmonary Dr she knew. Two days later they were draining fluid out of my right lung and did a biopsy. The pulmonary dr also did a cat scan and mri. I had a 4cm mass in my right breast. It had metastasized to both lungs and lower pelvic bones. He said he quit counting tumors after the first 20 he saw in each lung. Needless to say I was in shock! I was diagnosed with stage 4 MBC. I was sent to an oncologist for treatment. I love my oncologist! The drug protocol I'm on has shrunk the tumors a lot in both lungs and zometa is helping my bones. I won't get to ring that bell, but I sure as heck plan on hanging around a long time!🥲👍😁

posted 18 days ago
A MyBCTeam Member said:

Beth I don’t know but your dr will let you know I will pray for you please hang in there hugs❤️

posted 18 days ago
A MyBCTeam Member said:

Idk if this will help with your question or concern. But i was recently diagnosed with stage 4 metastatic breast cancer to lung. 2/7/22 i had a right lung biopsy that confirmed it was breast cancer. It isnt impossible to have other cancers at the same time. But the only way to know for sure is by having a biopsy.

posted 18 days ago
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