Response to neoadjuvant chemo?
Hi everyone! I'm just curious about your response (particularly for anyone who was ER+) to neoadjuvant chemo. I still had residual cancer in breast and nodes after chemo, and am concerned. I'm stage IIB, but could be IIIA as we don't really know how many nodes were initially involved due to the NAC. If you don't mind,…
Zometa pros and cons
I am 14 years out from diagnosis. I am still taking an AI. Now I am seeing many ladies taking Zometa. Can you share your experiences with it-good and bad? Is there a time limit on when it is recommended? I am wondering if I should bring this up with my onc in April. He is generally very proactive with treatments and I am…
Positive lymph nodes after mastectomy
was caught completely off guard with 4/5 lymph nodes positive for cancer after mastectomy. Stage 3 w lymphovascular invasion. E+P+her2-. Because of age (84) they are not recommending chemo. Recommend taking aromatase inhibitors and zometa and radiation. Yikes! What now? How do I know if cancer has spread beyond the lymph…
Joining the Stage IIIC club With a Fearful Heart
I got my pathology result today after lumpectomy and lymph node removal. 28/28 nodes so here I am. Stage IIIC. That number of nodes has me terrified. I know there are phases--we can get through this many days, with strength and some measure of positivity. I have been feeling strong and upbeat. Then I got my results. Today,…
Sad everytime I meet the doctor. Any hope stories?
I had neoadjuvant chemo - 4 AC and 6 THP for a 4.4 + cm tumor and 1 lymph node The MRI post chemo showed no cancer. When i had surgery, it came out to be 1+cm tumor left and 4/6 lymph nodes positive. Today i learnt from MO that chemo might not be working really well since I already had 10 cycles and still came out with so…
"resistant to chemo" (tumor grew during TC)
My oncologist believes that my cancer is not responsive to chemo (based on the fact that I had lots of residual cancer left in breast and nodes after 6 rounds of TC. In fact, it appears my largest tumor grew a full centimeter on chemo, from 3 to 4cm). I am confused because as grade 3, we all thought chemo would be very…
Diagnosed with stage 3A? What are my chances of complete cure?
i have been recently diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer.Went through a mastectomy couple of weeks ago.Everything has changed i have no idea what will happen now.I had a 9cm ILC with 2 positive nodes.I want to know how good are my chances of a complete cure? Or are there any? I want to live a long healthy life.I am 48…
Nervous and scared about mastectomy
having a unilateral mastectomy tomorrow and am very scared. i had a sentinel node biopsy done a few months ago and did well with that but not sure how i will do with t is major surgery. any advice and support would be greatly appreciated.