Worried about my friend

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My friend was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer in November 23 - the cancer has spread to her lung and possibly lymph nodes. Treatment began in December and she is on Letrozole, Ribociclib and Zoladex. She had to have a 3 week break after her first cycle of Ribociclib instead of 1 week and the Oncologist has now reduced her dosage of Ribociclib as she wasn't managing it very well and has had to have a couple of blood transfusions to improve her blood readings.

She had fluid on her lungs which was being drained 3 times a week originally, however that is now down to once a week and they are removing less fluid each time - which I thought sounded positive.

At her first review with the Oncologist at the start of February she was told that her cancer markers had reduced - again sounds positive.

A couple of weeks ago her cough came back, and then she was unable to get a blood transfusion as they were unable to get a cannula in her veins. When she went back the next day they were still not able to and she also had a temperature.

She had to be admitted to the hospital and they have done x-rays and CT scans to try and find out what is causing the cough but nothing has shown up. She is still in the hospital now.

She has been on an antibiotic drip for a few days and her temperature is back to normal, but she is still coughing and her white blood cells are at the lowest they have ever been.

I am so worried about my friend - I don't understand what is making her poorly - is it the cancer or could it be something separate?

I wonder if anyone has experienced anything similar? 

It is all so frustrating as things had taken a positive turn but now it seems less positive.

  • Hi  

    Whilst I can't help with your questions, I noticed that your post hadn't had any replies yet. Responding to you will 'bump' it back to the top of the discussion list again.

    I'm sure it won't be long before some of the forum members pop on to share their experiences with you.


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  • Hi ,

    I'm sorry to hear about your friend. Given the cough, high temperature and low white blood cells, it could possibly be a respiratory infection. If her temperature is improving with antibiotics, this would lend weight to that idea.

    If the CT scan hasn't shown anything, then that's reassuring re. cancer spread in the lungs.

    Regarding difficulty cannulating, it might be worth her speaking to her oncologist about getting an implanted port fitted, which makes access much easier, and would be of benefit if her disease were to progress, and IV chemo being needed. 

    Fingers crossed that your friend is on the mend soon.