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Topic: The Canadian Connection...calling all Canadian women

Forum: Canadian Breast Cancer Survivors — Canadian health care, clinical trials, and life in general up north.

Posted on: Feb 9, 2008 01:00AM

crazydaisy wrote:

Hello all my crazy Canucks! Ladies....we need you all to put your names on our new role call list here. Being still a relative newcomer I feel it is important to be able to find other women from canada in one place. For newcomers it is somewhere they can come to find someone they need to ask a made in canada only question. Our Canadian threads are getting old and tired and seldom used so we are all scattered, hopefully we can start some new ones especially for resources that we may need or are looking for. This is the kind of info we are lacking and really need. So can we rise to the challenge and join hands coast to coast to share our wealth of knowledge to pass on to others and share??? This thread will be our role call, so join me and take my hand.

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Nov 30, 2012 08:53AM Ossa wrote:

great video.. great family

Today is the first day of the rest of your life.... NED Nov 2011

Dx 4/7/2011, IDC, 6cm+, Grade 3, 3/7 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2+Chemotherapy 05/19/2011 Adriamycin, CytoxanTargeted Therapy 08/11/2011 HerceptinChemotherapy 08/11/2011 TaxotereSurgery 11/22/2011 Mastectomy (Right); Lymph Node Removal (Right); Reconstruction: Tissue expander placement (Right)Hormonal Therapy 12/28/2011 TamoxifenRadiation Therapy 01/27/2012 ExternalSurgery 05/11/2012 Reconstruction: Breast implants (permanent) (Right)Surgery 10/26/2012 Reconstruction: Nipple reconstruction (Right)
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Nov 30, 2012 12:02PM marianelizabeth wrote:

Joanne, Ossa, it is going to be so great to join you next year once I get through it all and also get to see all clear! 

My family is awesome - Mary also has her hair buzzed on one side but we did not video her buzz. :(

Hope you all have a good weekend.

Tazzy, are you really heading home already? :(

SmileMarian

http://breastcancereh.blogspot.ca

Dx 7/27/2012, IDC, ER+/PR+, HER2-Dx 9/21/2012, IDC, 3cm, Stage IIIa, Grade 3, 7/14 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-Surgery 09/07/2012 Lumpectomy (Right); Lymph Node Removal: Sentinel Lymph Node Dissection (Right)Chemotherapy 10/15/2012 Adriamycin, Cytoxan, TaxolSurgery 03/05/2013 Mastectomy (Right); Lymph Node Removal: Axillary Lymph Node Dissection (Right); Reconstruction: Tissue expander placement (Right)Hormonal Therapy 04/29/2013 ArimidexRadiation Therapy 05/07/2013 ExternalSurgery 12/06/2013 Reconstruction: Breast implants (permanent) (Both)
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Nov 30, 2012 05:58PM adagio wrote:

Marian - wonderful post on your blog! And I loved your video!! Your positive attitude is amazing and an inspiration not just to me, but to many of us on this discussion group. Can you believe that you are half way through your chemo - you are on the countdown now - lucky you!!!

Dx 8/21/2012, IDC, 2cm, Stage II, Grade 3, 2/3 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2-Surgery 09/25/2012 Lumpectomy (Left); Lymph Node Removal: Sentinel Lymph Node Dissection (Left)Chemotherapy 11/20/2012 Adriamycin, Cytoxan, TaxolRadiation Therapy 03/25/2013 External
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Nov 30, 2012 07:00PM JudiH wrote:

Marian, fabulous video.  What a sense of humour you have .... love it.  You are an inspiration to many!

Dx 12/17/2010, IDC, <1cm, Stage I, Grade 2, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2-
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Dec 1, 2012 02:31PM Cher56 wrote:

HI Gals!!

Welcome Liz, so sorry your here but it's a great group & I just don't know what I wouldve done without all these wonderful strong courageous women like yourself. cause thats what we have inside of us ... somehow we find the strength to go on & deal with all this. 

I'm sure I'm not alone in the 'depression' part of things. I was already struggling with a few things, then skin cancer (non-melonoma), doggie dying & finding the lump all in 1 week. then the nightmare (rare) of the following 4mths. but everyones helped me to stay up (as much as possible).. but maybe the Chemo is also a trigger for depression? also, I had trouble for 19yrs getting off HRT 'because' each time, I was an emotional mess!! thankfully I still have the 'positive side' and am fighting fighting fighting to get past this!

I'm going to check out the depression group too. I just think the world of you all here!! (i'm not leaving.. sounded like it eh? lol)

I have 1 more treatment on 13th.. but such a big part of me wants to quit right now!! I'm so sick n tired of being sick n tired! but..i've come this far!

The PS the other day was so awesome & told me that my healing from the infections was a huge thing as there were so many odds against me. She's surprised I healed at all, let alone early!!! She also validated how horrible it was to have Dr's make so many errors lets say! She said she cannot help me (i already figured that out lol). Said, never ever am I to have surgery again unless it's emergent. I'm just too suseptible to things going haywire! AND hooray she also gave me name of physio/massage that specializes in mastectomy scarring!! so it was quite positive. & she said I'm to celebrate my healing!!! wow eh?

Together we can do what we cannot do alone!

Dx 5/10/2012, IDC, 1cm, Stage IIIc, Grade 3, 0/2 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2-Surgery Mastectomy (Right); Prophylactic Mastectomy (Left)Chemotherapy Cytoxan, DoxilHormonal Therapy 01/15/2013 Tamoxifen
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Dec 2, 2012 07:59AM JudiH wrote:

Cher, you are almost there.  Your last treatment is the 13th so don't despair.  Remember all that U.S. shopping you did the way you were feeling.  I suspect you did that for many reasons but girl, you did it.  Great news about the physio/massage.  I'm glad things are turning around for you.  Cheers!

Dx 12/17/2010, IDC, <1cm, Stage I, Grade 2, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2-
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Dec 2, 2012 09:28AM barbe1958 wrote:

Cher, it is VERY common to get depressed as your treatment winds down. You have been actively fighting the cancer all this time and now it's almost over and you will be "left alone". As women, we are very strong when we need to be, but then we kind of crash and cry when the crisis has passed. You are coming up to the crash and cry. That is the signal that it's all over!!!!

Religion is for people who are afraid of hell, spirituality is for people who have already been there. (Lakota Nation)

Dx 12/10/2008
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Dec 2, 2012 12:09PM suegr8 wrote:

cher and barbe      thanks for shining a light on an emotion that has an explanation.  Feeling a bit of this coming into my last 3 rads.  Hey, after my prescribed course of Arimidex for next 5 years, lets talk again about having another 'end' in sight ha ha

Guess I have to look for a thread on hormone treatment/side effects soon.  Any suggestions?

Dx 8/2012, ILC, <1cm, Stage Ib, Grade 2, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-Surgery 08/30/2012 Lumpectomy (Left); Lymph Node Removal: Sentinel Lymph Node Dissection (Left)Radiation Therapy 11/14/2012 ExternalHormonal Therapy 12/08/2012 Tamoxifen
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Dec 2, 2012 12:12PM schatzi14 wrote:

sue...there are 2 great threads regarding Arimidex...lots of good suggestions and ideas. Check em out!

Dx 7/25/2011, IDC, 2cm, Stage II, Grade 3, 1/4 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2-Surgery 08/18/2011 Lumpectomy (Left); Lymph Node Removal: Sentinel Lymph Node Dissection (Left)Chemotherapy 10/20/2011 Adriamycin, Cytoxan, TaxolHormonal Therapy 03/01/2012 ArimidexRadiation Therapy 03/05/2012 External
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Dec 3, 2012 10:47AM 53puppypink wrote:

I agree. Thankyou

I'm from Brampton, ont.

I had a double mastectomy in july, with reconstruction same time (implants). The left side got badly infected twice in fact, and had to be removed. My surgeon has referred me to Toronto General. She doesn't want to touch me again, which I guess I understand. I haven't even got a call from Toronto gen in 5 weeks. Has anybody been there? I'm just wondering about wait times, I'm very anxious to get things started...

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Dec 3, 2012 11:02AM schatzi14 wrote:

53puppy.....welcome and sorry to hear of your troubles. I had a lumpectomy so no experience with mastectomies. I would call whoever it was that referred you to TG and ask if she/he has heard anything about an appt. Perhaps something has gotten lost in transit. I can not hearing for a few weeks but 5??? Good luck Smile

Dx 7/25/2011, IDC, 2cm, Stage II, Grade 3, 1/4 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2-Surgery 08/18/2011 Lumpectomy (Left); Lymph Node Removal: Sentinel Lymph Node Dissection (Left)Chemotherapy 10/20/2011 Adriamycin, Cytoxan, TaxolHormonal Therapy 03/01/2012 ArimidexRadiation Therapy 03/05/2012 External
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Dec 4, 2012 09:41AM Luah wrote:

Marian: What an awesome video. It brought back such memories for me. We did a similar thing in our kitchen just before Xmas 3 years ago. DH buzzed his head first, then my sons, age 20 and 17, at the time, took turns buzzing me. DH and I put on funky sunglasses and posed for photos. I had always had thick, long blonde hair, and somehow our little kitchen party made the loss of it bearable, even celebratory. 

We've been through some things together/With trunks of memories still to come/Long may you run (Neil Young). Lx, ALND, 4 DD AC &12 weekly Taxol, 31 rads, completed Jul 10

Dx 9/14/2009, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIb, Grade 3, 1/14 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2-
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Dec 4, 2012 04:03PM Tazzy wrote:

Hi there fellow Canucks.... quick check in.   Yes Marian, heading home tomorrow.  Cannot believe how 2 weeks have flown by.  I will have lots of catching up on posts when I get home.

I will miss the George Clooney coffee ads they have here though Wink

You never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have. !! NED August 2012 !!

Dx 1/12/2012, IDC, 6cm+, Stage IIIb, Grade 3, 3/10 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2-Chemotherapy 01/27/2012 Adriamycin, CytoxanChemotherapy 04/20/2012 TaxotereSurgery 08/02/2012 Mastectomy (Right); Lymph Node Removal: Sentinel Lymph Node Dissection, Axillary Lymph Node Dissection (Right)Radiation Therapy 10/04/2012 ExternalHormonal Therapy 12/06/2012 Tamoxifen
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Dec 4, 2012 06:27PM Joanne_53 wrote:

Wow Tazzy I can't believe it either .. 2 weeks. George Clooney coffee ads ... What company, maybe we can see the online.

Joanne - Onco DX score 12

Dx 12/8/2011, IDC, 3cm, Stage IIa, Grade 2, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-Surgery 01/11/2012 Lumpectomy (Right); Lymph Node Removal: Sentinel Lymph Node Dissection (Right)Hormonal Therapy 04/09/2012 TamoxifenRadiation Therapy 04/10/2012 External
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Dec 4, 2012 07:06PM JudiH wrote:

Oh George Clooney coffee ads ... what a world we live in!

Dx 12/17/2010, IDC, <1cm, Stage I, Grade 2, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2-
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Dec 4, 2012 08:30PM Liz_58 wrote:

Thanks to all for the warm welcome. I got my MO appt today, it's Dec 10. I am really looking forward to finding out what my next treatment is. I hate all the waiting.

Joanne, Brantford now has a full time MO but I will have to travel to Hamilton for radiation treatments. Seems weird, I was born at the Henderson. Never thought I would ever be back there.  Anyway, taking it one day at a time.  

Dx 10/18/2012, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIa, Grade 3, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-Surgery 11/15/2012 Lumpectomy (Right); Lymph Node Removal: Sentinel Lymph Node Dissection (Right)Chemotherapy 01/15/2013 Adriamycin, Cytoxan, Taxol
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Dec 4, 2012 08:41PM Joanne_53 wrote:

Liz let me know what happens ... We can meet sometime. I can meet over the Xmas break if you are up to it.

I have a dermatologist appointment tomorrow .. I have developed psoriasis ... Looked up the cause and it seems that changes in hormones can trigger it .... Great !! Here we go again ... Tamoxifen ... BC .. The gift that keeps on giving. Will see what he says tomorrow but my,legs are sore and "rashy".

Joanne - Onco DX score 12

Dx 12/8/2011, IDC, 3cm, Stage IIa, Grade 2, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-Surgery 01/11/2012 Lumpectomy (Right); Lymph Node Removal: Sentinel Lymph Node Dissection (Right)Hormonal Therapy 04/09/2012 TamoxifenRadiation Therapy 04/10/2012 External
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Dec 4, 2012 08:51PM 208sandy wrote:

Aw Joanne - sorry to hear this - it truly IS the gift that keeps on giving, isn't it?

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Dec 4, 2012 08:58PM jocanuck1951 wrote:

Dear Santa, we've all been good this year so please cancel BC.

Joanne, looking for more time to play! Liver mets right out the gate!

Dx 9/26/2012, IDC, 1cm, Grade 3, 0/2 nodesDx 12/3/2012, IDC, <1cm, Stage IV, Grade 3, 0/2 nodes, mets, ER-/PR-, HER2+Targeted Therapy HerceptinSurgery 11/16/2012 Mastectomy (Left); Lymph Node Removal: Sentinel Lymph Node Dissection (Left)Chemotherapy 01/10/2013 TaxolChemotherapy 01/21/2013 Abraxane
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Dec 4, 2012 09:05PM Scottiee1 wrote:

Jo, sorry about your psoriasis. A couple of my fellow teachers have it on their hands
and they have to wear gloves as chalk really irritates it

Dx 2/12/2012, IDC, 2cm, Stage I, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2-Surgery 03/02/2012 Lumpectomy (Right)Surgery 03/02/2012 Lumpectomy (Right)Hormonal Therapy 03/24/2012 FemaraRadiation Therapy 05/02/2012 ExternalRadiation Therapy 05/02/2012 ExternalRadiation Therapy 05/02/2012 External
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Dec 4, 2012 09:31PM Joanne_53 wrote:

I had eczema and it was aggravated by stress but since I have been off and treatment it is fine and I know have psoriasis on my wrist and a couple of spots on my shins ....

JoCanuck ... I like your wish for Xmas.

Joanne - Onco DX score 12

Dx 12/8/2011, IDC, 3cm, Stage IIa, Grade 2, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-Surgery 01/11/2012 Lumpectomy (Right); Lymph Node Removal: Sentinel Lymph Node Dissection (Right)Hormonal Therapy 04/09/2012 TamoxifenRadiation Therapy 04/10/2012 External
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Dec 4, 2012 09:52PM Liz_58 wrote:

Meeting over Xmas would be great Joanne. I hope the dermatologist can give you something that will help with the psoriasis.  

Dx 10/18/2012, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIa, Grade 3, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-Surgery 11/15/2012 Lumpectomy (Right); Lymph Node Removal: Sentinel Lymph Node Dissection (Right)Chemotherapy 01/15/2013 Adriamycin, Cytoxan, Taxol
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Dec 5, 2012 07:07AM schatzi14 wrote:

Joanne...frustrating isn't it? Hope there is some cream etc that can ease the rash. Just what you need right? Hope it is under control by the holidays.

Dx 7/25/2011, IDC, 2cm, Stage II, Grade 3, 1/4 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2-Surgery 08/18/2011 Lumpectomy (Left); Lymph Node Removal: Sentinel Lymph Node Dissection (Left)Chemotherapy 10/20/2011 Adriamycin, Cytoxan, TaxolHormonal Therapy 03/01/2012 ArimidexRadiation Therapy 03/05/2012 External
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Dec 5, 2012 07:49AM Joanne_53 wrote:

Thanks schatzi ... Hopefully he will have some answers for me ...

Joanne - Onco DX score 12

Dx 12/8/2011, IDC, 3cm, Stage IIa, Grade 2, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-Surgery 01/11/2012 Lumpectomy (Right); Lymph Node Removal: Sentinel Lymph Node Dissection (Right)Hormonal Therapy 04/09/2012 TamoxifenRadiation Therapy 04/10/2012 External
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Dec 5, 2012 10:51AM mamglam wrote:

Hi Joanne_53,

Sorry to hear of your psoriasis - I hope it improves with treatment.  Have you tried naturopathic treatment?  I have also used baking soda and soaked in a bath tub for some relief from itchiness.  All the best!

Dx 12/29/2011, IDC, 1cm, Stage I, Grade 3, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Dec 5, 2012 11:10AM halfcan wrote:

Gotta be getting close to saying WELCOME HOME TAZZY!!!   I hope you had the best 2 weeks ever with your family and friends back home!  It has to feel good!  Laughing

Knowledge is our power and it will help kick fears' ass!

Dx 7/9/2012, IDC, 4cm, Stage II, Grade 3, 4/13 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-Surgery 07/31/2012 Mastectomy (Left); Lymph Node Removal: Axillary Lymph Node Dissection (Left)Chemotherapy 10/04/2012 Cytoxan, Ellence, fluorouracilChemotherapy 12/05/2012 TaxotereRadiation Therapy 02/13/2013 ExternalHormonal Therapy 04/03/2013 Femara
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Dec 5, 2012 11:18AM Joanne_53 wrote:

I am trying the Light treatment for psoriasis on my hand --

The rash on my legs I will try a cortisone cream and see how that works -- will see if that helps -- I had been complaining about shin pain for awhile and then it turned to a rash.  I will be off to see my GP anyway so will let her take a look.

mamglam, when do you get home? 

Joanne - Onco DX score 12

Dx 12/8/2011, IDC, 3cm, Stage IIa, Grade 2, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-Surgery 01/11/2012 Lumpectomy (Right); Lymph Node Removal: Sentinel Lymph Node Dissection (Right)Hormonal Therapy 04/09/2012 TamoxifenRadiation Therapy 04/10/2012 External
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Dec 5, 2012 11:28AM marianelizabeth wrote:

A good friend (NED one year) sends me jokes and pictures often and thought some of you might like this one she sent today. I don't think the photos of George and Brad etc. will post but that is OK.

Your laugh for the day!

When a woman lies

One day, when a seamstress was sewing while sitting close to a river, her thimble fell into the river. When she cried out, the Lord appeared and asked, "My dear child, why are you crying?" The seamstress replied that her thimble had fallen into the water and that she needed it to help her husband in making a living for their family. The Lord dipped His hand into the water and pulled up a golden thimble set with sapphires.


"Is this your thimble?" the Lord asked
. The seamstress replied, "No."
The Lord again dipped into the river. He held out a golden thimble studded with rubies.

"Is this your thimble?" the Lord asked. Again, the seamstress replied, "No."
The Lord reached down again and came up with a leather thimble
.


"
Is this your thimble?" the Lord asked. The seamstress replied, "Yes."  The Lord was pleased with the woman's honesty and gave her all three thimbles to keep, and the seamstress went home happy.


Some years later, the seamstress was walking with her husband along the riverbank, and her husband fell into the river and disappeared under the water. When she cried out, the Lord again appeared and asked her, "Why are you crying?'' "Oh Lord, my husband has fallen into the river!"

The Lord went down into the water and came up with George Clooney. "Is this your husband? The Lord asked.



"Yes," cried the seamstress. The Lord was furious. "You lied! That is an untruth!" The seamstress replied, "Oh, forgive me, my Lord. It is a misunderstanding. You see, if I had said "no" to George Clooney, you would have come up with Brad Pitt.
Then if I said "no" to him, you would have come up with my husband. Had I then said "yes," you would have given me all three. Lord, I'm not in the best of health and would not be able to take care of all three husbands, so THAT'S why I said "yes" to George Clooney. And so the Lord let her keep him.
The moral of this story is:

Whenever a woman lies, it's for a good and honorable reason, and in the best interest of others. That's our story, and we're sticking to it.

Signed,


All Us Women

Laughter is like jogging on the inside. Exercise your 'innards' every day.

"A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones."

Women are Angels.
And when someone breaks our wings,
We simply continue to fly....on a broomstick.
We are flexible like that.

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http://breastcancereh.blogspot.ca

Dx 7/27/2012, IDC, ER+/PR+, HER2-Dx 9/21/2012, IDC, 3cm, Stage IIIa, Grade 3, 7/14 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-Surgery 09/07/2012 Lumpectomy (Right); Lymph Node Removal: Sentinel Lymph Node Dissection (Right)Chemotherapy 10/15/2012 Adriamycin, Cytoxan, TaxolSurgery 03/05/2013 Mastectomy (Right); Lymph Node Removal: Axillary Lymph Node Dissection (Right); Reconstruction: Tissue expander placement (Right)Hormonal Therapy 04/29/2013 ArimidexRadiation Therapy 05/07/2013 ExternalSurgery 12/06/2013 Reconstruction: Breast implants (permanent) (Both)
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Dec 5, 2012 11:44AM mamglam wrote:

Hi Joanne_53,

I have sent you and PM.

Dx 12/29/2011, IDC, 1cm, Stage I, Grade 3, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Dec 5, 2012 12:07PM jocanuck1951 wrote:

Hi all, is there a time frame when they start chemo? My mast was nov 16th my surgeon said the patho (still not completed yet) found more cancer than was shown via core, mammo, MRI. So now I have fluid buildup and today is the second drainage. They found a cyst/lesion on my liver with the glow in the dark ct scan so now she's being vague about that and said I have to see a radiologist and chemo doc. My question, when does this happen and how long approx to determine when and what kind of chemo do I get? She's refused to do a double mast which I requested and she left a large hunk of flesh just under my armpit which interferes with my arm :((( and I want it removed!
What are my options?

Joanne, looking for more time to play! Liver mets right out the gate!

Dx 9/26/2012, IDC, 1cm, Grade 3, 0/2 nodesDx 12/3/2012, IDC, <1cm, Stage IV, Grade 3, 0/2 nodes, mets, ER-/PR-, HER2+Targeted Therapy HerceptinSurgery 11/16/2012 Mastectomy (Left); Lymph Node Removal: Sentinel Lymph Node Dissection (Left)Chemotherapy 01/10/2013 TaxolChemotherapy 01/21/2013 Abraxane

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