The only previous test was the Mamo and a breast biopsy before further surgery. Lump was removed and 1 lymph node, the lump did not have clear margins, but the 1 lymph node was negative with no cancer cells shown. A second surgery , also could not get clear margins. It was then suggested a total breast removal, which came back negative anywhere else within the same breast.
The spread to the lumbar area and other bone areas, came quickly. Radiation was not suggested as the cancer is in various areas of the body and my pain is much reduced presently. No chemo was given, partly due to my age of 75 y.o. and weakness at that time. Now I only take a hormonal pill.
Since no previous MRI or CT or Body Scan was done, so there was no way that was checked if the cancer spread.
That's a point that everyone should be aware of to have all necessary tests before surgery and immediately after surgery. Do not assume that if the breast was removed, all the cancer is gone and everything is wonderful . Always continue checking and testing for ever !