I'm new here...48 years old with breast cancer METs to my lungs. Originally diagnosed with Stage 3b in early 2016 and initially I didn't know it was metastatic as the nodules on my lungs were too small to biopsy until late last fall when one grew just barely large enough. Because of the uncertainty I chose not to do chemo and instead focused on doing things to get healthy and strong and spend lots of quality time with my family. Also had trouble with most of the hormone therapies (Tamoxifen, Letrozole) causing hand and joint aches besides the typical hot flashes and fatigue. But then after the lung biopsy and METs diagnosis I decided to give the Ibrance and Faslodex a chance. Started the 125 mg but took a month off because of the drop of my neutrophils and white blood cells. Also immediately experienced stomach upset (cramps, aches, diarrhea, nausea) and fatigue so we reduced dosage to 100 mg on the second round but still struggling with stomach issues and heavy fatigue. I understand many have had good success with minimal side effects so am trying to tough it out. But finding it a difficult balance between choosing a quality life where I'm feeling good versus meds that may help extend my time but negatively affect my daily life. And these are the better meds I know...so really shouldn't complain...can't imagine what the conventional chemo would have done to me. I guess I've been happy to focus on feeling strong and healthy these past few years and have really enjoyed them, that it's hard to accept something less. Feeling torn.
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