Rib Resection

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Hi I am 49 I was diagnosed with BC with 3 lymph node positive and Mets to my 8th Rib Feb 2022. After pulmonary embolisms delaying treatment then mastecomy etc chemo, radiotherapy which has just ended I still have a lesion on my rib waiting bone scan results it's been a joke my hospital to be honest anyway I'm on anastrazole, Zoladex plan to put me on zoladronic Acid injections and possibly a rib resection has anyone had a Rib Resection? If so what was is like as I am pretty scared to be honest thanks. Julie 


    Hi Julie

    I don't have any experience with a rib resection but 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 where it'll be more easily spotted.

    While you're waiting for replies, it would be great if you could pop something about your diagnosis and treatment so far into your profile as it really helps others when replying to you and also when looking for someone on a similar pathway. It also means that you don't have to keep repeating yourself. To do this click on your username and then select 'Profile'. You can amend it at any time and if you're not sure what to write you can take a look at mine by clicking on my username.


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  • Hi Julie,

    I've never heard of a rib resection but in 2019, I had a lesion on my rib which was treated with radiotherapy. PET scans report scarring only.

  • Hi NanP 

    Wow thankyou for that wonderful news I'm so pleased you had successful treatment. The last time I saw my Oncologist the plan was discussed as possible surgery with radiotherapy also starting Zoledronic Acid but I've yet to see her after my bone scan to see if it's still contained to be honest I have no idea what's going on! 

  • I also had a tumour on a lumbar vertebra, treated with radiotherapy. I am on Denosumab injections monthly. www.macmillan.org.uk/.../denosumab

  • Hi yes my Mother in law has those for osteoporosis. Yes the treatment is sterotastic radiotherapy they mentioned that to me how did you find it they only do it at a number of hospitals or did you have the normal external beam radiotherapy? 

  • Hi Julie,

    Stereotactic radiotherapy is a better option as it is extremely precise. I was admitted as an emergency over a weekend and they were so concerned about the lumbar spine tumour that they decided to give me one dose of single fraction radiotherapy which seems to have worked. PET scans now  show scarring where the tumours were.