There were 28 lymph nodes in the mesentery of the resected colonic segment. Boy, was I ever surprised by the diagnosis of colon cancer. No fun for sure but manageable. When do you expect to get the results of the biopsy? (Your oncologist may be on a 'watch and wait' a bit because things can come and go) but if you're going to worry……..get a recommendation for a good GI person and go so you'll feel better about it all maybe? The most common malignancy in women is breast cancer. Genetic test showed variant in pten gene. Oncologists thought it was more important to treat breast cancer … She is cancer-free, but her whole family has this cancer (mother - breast survivor, daughter, cervial survivor). In fact, certain types of cancer and cancer treatments can be linked to a higher risk of certain second cancers. I waiver so much between worry and telling myself not to be a hypochondriac. It is time for a colonoscopy based on your age alone. So in March 2014 he had a lower left lobectomy and a right masectomy. Mostly flared up after eating. There is no history in my family of ovarian or breast cancer, apart from my Gran who had breast cancer in her late 70's. We detected a synchronous breast cancer incidentally in a tomographic examination for staging in our case with primary colon cancer. It's good to have a forum to put our fears out there and share and this site and all the brave, strong people on here have been a lifesaver for me. So, I am about to read the article posted above. reported that the incidence of breast and colon cancer in women at the same time is 3.85% [3]. Finally, in April 2017, the pain had become constant and unbearable. Only 83% of women who received the two forms of treatment at different times remained free of breast cancer. A biopsy revealed it was colon cancer that metastasized to the liver. (1)It should be remembered that in patients with malignancy, a second tumor of a different origin should be considered in systemic physical examination and in all laboratory tests and imaging performed. For thi… Both lesions were confirmed by breast ultrasonography. No metastasis was detected. As a matter of fact, Karayiannakis et al. @yardgarden, what a great step to put your fears out there. Lung, breast, and colon are the most frequent cancers of this type in the United States. Thank you for your words. Various imaging modalities (such as CT, MR, and PET-CT) are used in the staging and monitoring of malignancies. In fact, the first surgery that is thought to have less morbidity makes it possible to perform the second operation in a short period of time, since it does not disturb the general condition of the patient [8]. The treatment plan should be planned specifically for each patient with a multidisciplinary approach. I was 50 at the time of the breast cancer. The pathological stage was identified as T2N0Mx. For most types of breast cancer, it takes more than a year to go from stage 1 to stage 4. On mammogram, a 15 mm diameter hyperdense lesion was observed in the upper external quadrant of the left breast with a spiculated contour. The patient’s breast was reexamined, and a palpable mass was not detected. I fear two cancers at one time as well and now I live alone where the first cancer I had, non hodgkins lymphoma, I … I had chemo. Hi @marieda2pa6, welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. Breast was first, stage zero, thankfully. Also at the same time oncologists are monitoring a thickening of my uterus so scheduled for exploratory surgery at the end of the year or beginning of the next. Most people diagnosed with it … NEOcoping is a national, multicenter, cross-sectional, prospective study. There is no definitive guideline for the treatment of synchronous tumors. Thank you for your insight and the nudge I needed to go ahead and get the GI referral and scopes done hopefully this year. If the second tumor is detected 6 months later, it is called a metachronous tumor [2]. Various imaging modalities (such as CT, MR, and PET-CT) are used in the … The treatment plan should be planned specifically for each patient with a multidisciplinary approach. The colon is the final part of the digestive tract.Colon cancer typically affects older adults, though it can happen at any age. It appears that the colon cancer had been there when I was diagnosed with the breast cancer. There was no characteristic in the history and family history of the patient. The authors declare that they have no conflicts of interest. A recurrence of breast cancer at any time can be devastating. You have helped me today because my oncologist has been insisting that I get a colonoscopy and I've been putting it off and dreading it. [Cancer of the Ascending Colon Diagnosed at the Same Time as Breast Cancer Following Leukemia Treatment for Which Laparoscopic Surgery Was Performed-A Case Report]. They have said it is very uncommon to have 2 unrelated cancers at the same time, and I am 40 years old, so I am youngish to get both these too. You're spending a lot of energy telling yourself to quit letting fears sneak into your brain. The test result was negative. Unfortunately, I think once you've been told you have cancer and go through all of this………..it's very hard not to worry about the original cancer coming back or another cancer popping up. The most common malignancy in women is breast cancer. In the first operation, left total mastectomy and sentinel lymph node biopsy were performed. Colon metastases are so uncommon that they don’t make the list. Annual survival probabilities of breast cancer patients are higher than those for colon cancer, but they approach unity in a longer time. Still dreading the whole thing BUT….maybe dreading not knowing for worse down the line. I JUST finished my last Herceptin for stage 3 Her2 positive breast cancer. (2021, January 21). Fischer et al. A young, athletic coworker-friend of mine was actually diagnosed with colon cancer around the same time as I was. I just had my 5 year check up for the breast cancer and thought I had beat it. For example, breast cancer that spreads to the lung is called metastatic breast cancer, not lung cancer. There have been so many things that should have been done and wasn’t, even after I requested for certain testing to be done. I'd go see the GI people…….I'm setting up my appointments now for all of that. How was colon cancer detected in your case? We detected a synchronous breast cancer incidentally in a tomographic examination for staging in our case with primary colon cancer. Colon cancer is very slow progressing and often doesn't cause symptoms in its early stages. On the sixth postoperative day, right hemicolectomy and ileotransversostomy were performed. There is no definitive guideline for the treatment of synchronous tumors. I never thought I'd write any post – too personal- but today, finally, it feels surprisingly good to put my fears out there. More of the same testing, but not one doctor ever set me up for a colonoscopy. In fact, they might be at higher risk for certain types of cancer. Synchronous primary malignant tumors are difficult to diagnose and plan for treatment. Sometimes when people are diagnosed with metastatic cancer… Mother and sister both had breast cancer. Although the initial treatment is aimed at eliminating all cancer cells, a few may have evaded treatment and survived. They noted in a 2016 paper that a woman who’s had breast cancer … In the multidisciplinary oncology council, it was decided to perform breast surgery first. Liked by Colleen Young, Connect Director, cshillz, jkh, Wow, sorry both you and your husband are navigating these waters. Examination of the colon segment revealed an invasive adenocarcinoma of 7 × 6 × 2 cm in size, with invasion to the level of muscularis propria. I'm sorry your requests for help went unheard. I have read some articles stating a relationship between colon and breast cancer. My breast cancer was stage one. It appears that the colon cancer had been there when I was diagnosed with the breast cancer. The second one is colon cancer. three years post-treatment i developed an iron deficiency as well as thyroiditis and both antibodies for Graves and Hashimotos. Review articles are excluded from this waiver policy. Hard to have two cancers, especially at the same time! Ned for a year. Depending on where the cancer starts, bowel cancer is sometimes called colon or rectal cancer. In January 2020, doctors found six masses in her breast and diagnosed her with stage III ductal carcinoma, an advanced form of invasive breast cancer. The average frequency is reported between 0.73% and 11% [1]. I was told the colon cancer may have been there for close to ten years. Hi Mary, Like you @canada and @martid have also had both colon and breast cancer. We are committed to sharing findings related to COVID-19 as quickly as possible. There was no pathology at the digital rectal examination. Then did a few rounds of taxol and heceptin. The prognosis of synchronous tumors depends on the stage of each tumor independently. The occult blood test in the stool was positive. Histopathological examination of the surgical specimens revealed 12 mm and 15 mm diameter invasive ductal carcinoma in two separate foci of the mammary gland. Depending on where the cancer starts, bowel cancer is sometimes called colon or rectal cancer. She had hemorrhoids and an upset stomach that just wouldn’t go … I was 50 at the time of the breast cancer. [4] had randomly seen synchronous breast cancer in the chest CT scan. In our multidisciplinary council consisting of oncologist, pathologist, radiologist, and general surgery specialist, it was decided to perform the operation of breast cancer first and then colon carcinoma, followed by adjuvant chemotherapy. This is all so terrifying and I'm glad I found this thread. Bowel cancer is a general term for cancer that begins in the large bowel. But finding out what it is, is the first step to getting it fixed. People who have had colorectal cancer can still get the same types of cancers that other people get. I wanted to know more about this because I had breast cancer 5 years ago and was recently diagnosed with stage 4 colon with mets. [Cancer of the Ascending Colon Diagnosed at the Same Time as Breast Cancer Following Leukemia Treatment for Which Laparoscopic Surgery Was Performed-A Case Report] Gan To Kagaku Ryoho . 2017, Article ID 7048149, 3 pages, 2017. https://doi.org/10.1155/2017/7048149, 1SBU Sisli Hamidiye Etfal Hospital General Surgery Clinic, İstanbul, Turkey, 2SBU Sisli Hamidiye Etfal Hospital Pathology Clinic, İstanbul, Turkey. It should always be kept in mind that synchronous tumors may be encountered during their evaluation. In this decision, no colonic obstruction and bleeding in the patient suggested that emergent surgery was not required for colon carcinoma. It usually begins as small, noncancerous (benign) clumps of cells called polyps that form on the inside of the colon. Bowel cancer is one of the most common types of cancer diagnosed in the UK. There was no metastasis in SLNB, and the pathological stage was T1N0. This is my first post in an on-line forum and thank you for responding!! Recurrent breast cancer is breast cancer that comes back after initial treatment. “On July 2, 2019, I was told I had colon cancer. Cancer can sometimes start in the small bowel (small intestine), but small bowel cancer is much rarer than large bowel cancer. Bowel cancer is a general term for cancer that begins in the large bowel. Its very rare to even have multiple cancer lumps develop as primary tumors in the same breast. In addition, a spicule-shaped lesion with massive mass, 2 cm in diameter, was found in the outer quadrant of the left breast (Figure 1). By looking at the circulating tumor cells, we get the most recent data on your colon cancer mutations which enables our treatment to be dynamic and constantly evolving to stay ahead of the mutations. University of Virginia Health System. I know that is easier said than done. We will be providing unlimited waivers of publication charges for accepted research articles as well as case reports and case series related to COVID-19. These undetected cancer cells multiply, becoming recurrent breast cancer.Recurrent breast cancer may occur months or years after your initial treatment. The lesser mortality of breast surgery affects our decision also. The waiting period is the hardest. reported that the incidence of breast and colon cancer in women at the same time is 3.85% . Yes, BarbaraLynn, I am one of the "lucky ones" to have both breast and ovarian cancers at the same time. I'll do the colonoscopy soon because my insurance will probably pay for it and it will probably be such a relief for me- and I can tell myself to QUIT letting such thoughts sneak into my brain. Am sorry for your troubles. C. G. Demandante, D. A. Troyer, and T. P. Miles, “Multiple primary malignant neoplasms: case report and a comprehensive review of the literature,”, B. Bittorf, H. Kessler, S. Merkel et al., “Multiple primary malignancies: an epidemiological and pedigree analysis of 57 patients with at least three tumours,”, C. S. Fisher, M. S. Wachtel, and J. Kinevec and ct scans done and all were negative. Invasive ductal carcinoma was detected in ultrasound-guided core needle biopsy of these lesions. Much support to everyone and keep fighting the fight. There are more than 100 types of cancer, including breast cancer, skin cancer, lung cancer, colon cancer, prostate cancer… This pain and the frequency started increasing during the radiation treatments for the breast cancer. HUGS……. I love my onco and trust her completely, but why would she put that in my head and tell me to wait until my next labs when she knows the numbers are going to be below the acceptable range?? A 65-year-old female patient presented with complaints of right upper quadrant pain, meteorism, and intermittent rectal bleeding. Our patient does not fulfill the criteria of cancer family syndrome; therefore, no genetic testing was done to her [7]. I am five years removed from BC, stage 2, chemo, radiation. Physical examination showed pain and tenderness with palpation in the lower and upper right quadrants. Carcinomas, the most common types of cancer, arise from the cells that cover external and internal body surfaces. I just had my 5 year check up for the breast cancer and thought I had beat it. Right upper quadrant pain radiating to the back. Thoracoabdominal CT was performed for staging, and a spiculated contour mass was found incidentally on the left breast. Over time some of these polyps can become colon cancers.Polyps may be small and produce few, if any, symptoms. An ulcerative mass in the hepatic flexure region without obstruction was seen on colonoscopy. Both Dr. Pierce and Dr. Fernando referred to a study carried out by the Early Breast Cancer Clinical Trialists' Collaborative Group, which found that 1 breast cancer … Metastatic cancer has the same name as the primary cancer. It is possible to skip asymptomatic synchronous tumors at the time of diagnosis. version 3.3.6.2.3.2Page loaded in 0.755 seconds, "Hi Mary, Like you @canada and @martid have also had both colon...", "I am five years removed from BC, stage 2, chemo, radiation. It should be remembered that in patients with malignancy, a second tumor of a different origin should be considered in systemic physical examination and in all laboratory tests and imaging performed. [5] have detected synchronous colon cancer in patients who have had PET-CT examinations to investigate breast cancer. This is called synchronous bilateral breast cancer (SBBC). This is … Since no invasion was seen in SLNB in frozen examination, axillary dissection was not performed. The patient underwent simple mastectomy and sentinel lymph node biopsy. There were no complications in the early postoperative period. HUGS…. Synchronous Occurrence of Primary Breast Carcinoma and Primary Colon Adenocarcinoma, SBU Sisli Hamidiye Etfal Hospital General Surgery Clinic, İstanbul, Turkey, SBU Sisli Hamidiye Etfal Hospital Pathology Clinic, İstanbul, Turkey. These can be achieved with a multidisciplinary approach. A 65-year-old female patient presented to the emergency clinic with abdominal pain, meteorism, and intermittent rectal bleeding. Cancers developing from multiple origins are called multiple primary cancers (MPCs) and are rarely seen. There is definitely hope. That lowered risk of breast cancer recurrence came at some price, in the form of more side effects during treatment. Copyright © 2017 Gurkan Yetkin et al. Researchers looked at 37 peer-reviewed studies containing data on the relationship between breast and thyroid cancers. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. My doctor's rationale was that if you have one type of cancer you can certainly have another and colon cancer is what worries her. Gurkan Yetkin, Fevzi Celayir, Ismail Ethem Akgun, Ramazan Ucak, "Synchronous Occurrence of Primary Breast Carcinoma and Primary Colon Adenocarcinoma", Case Reports in Surgery, vol. After operations, the patient did not develop postoperative complications and was sent to medical oncology department for adjuvant chemotherapy. A biopsy revealed it was colon cancer that metastasized to the liver. In patients with synchronous tumors, the prognosis depends on each tumor stage independently. She stated that her pain and dyspeptic complaints were lasting for 2 months, and for the last 15 days, she had rectal bleeding in small amounts twice. So, bifocal breast cancer was detected. They are appreciated and will make a difference. Pesky and unfortunate. A second focal spot was seen with the same features and 18 mm in diameter near this lesion. So two cancers at the same time are possible. We also performed a cytokeratin 7, cytokeratin 20, ER, PR, and HercepTest immunohistochemistry on one colon adenocarcinoma paraffin block to ensure that the colon adenocarcinoma represents a primary malignancy and not metastasis from breast carcinoma. Ct scan which showed a new lesion on the liver. As you know, at this stage the biopsy could still come back as non-cancerous. For the first time since turning 40, she missed a mammogram. [Article in Japanese] Yamazaki J(1), Hamada T, Uda Y, Ohara S, Kojima S, Nishino M, Kuroda N, Tanaka N, Imado K, Mori A, Shimizu Y, Matsuo S, Tsukamoto Y. I will be doing that now as my doctor requested. 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