April 22, 2014

Not for faint of heart: skin mets

If you ever wondered what skin mets look like.... I have three on my scalp. They itch a bit when forming and then scab over. This scab came off the other day. Actually it softened so much in the shower the scab came unhinged and I had to cut it off.

According to Dermatology Education:
About 70% of all cutaneous metastases in women are related to breast cancer. Skin involvement occurs in 24% of breast cancer cases. It is the presenting sign 3.5% of the time. 

6 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing..Had never wondered but now I know :-)Isn't it painful when you inadvertently scratch?

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  2. What do the oncs do for skin mets? Thanks for sharing. I wondered what that looked like. More to look for....

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  3. I try not to scratch even when it itches a lot : ).

    Skin mets are like other mets except not life-threatening. So whatever treatment one is on should work for all mets.

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  4. The itching sounds like the worst part! Thanks for sharing the picture, I have always wondered what skin mets look like. Will you have to switch therapy now?

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  5. I am sorry to ask such a dumb question but. . . are skin mets dangerous if left untreated? And exactly how do they treat them? Thanks for sharing.

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  6. My oncologist treats my skin mets with the same therapy as he uses for the rest of me. Metastatic disease can be whole-body-wide or just in one spot. But all new mets should be biopsied if possible to check if the ER/PR/Her2 neu status has changed.

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