I received Neoadjuvant chemo then bx mastectomy. I just got my pathology report and am pretty devastated by the amount of residual cancer left and comparing the stats on the Rcb calculator. Anyone able to provide any hope?
@lisa72 thank you for coming back and giving us hope
bong, due to all the technical problems with the new forum format, I think that you're receiving less of a response than you might normally get. Hopefully things get fixed on here (sooner than later) and more members will be back to posting and offering support and insight on all matters concerning us, including your question here. I happened to see this thread in the Active Topics and was curious to read replies. Hang in there!
I'm going on 7 years. My bio reverted back to the orig. diagnosis and I haven't been able to fix it. I had 4 of 29 nodes positive - 2cm tumor and grade 1. I'll take Arimidex for another 3 years at least, but I'm very healthy. Just keep your midsection fat to a minimal amount,exercise and east as much of a plant based diet as possible.
I was recurrence free for 17 years…from 2004 to 2021
I was here instead of my mom and I should say she is doing really great after 11 years of being NED. So be hopeful
Bong - I would urge you to check out the three pinned threads at the top of this forum which have 5, 10 & 15+ year survivors with stories of hope!
I was diagnosed Stage 3 with loads of positive nodes in 2009. No recurrence.
Not stage III but stage IV. 10 1/2 years with no progression
It's around 12 years since my original diagnosis, and it was hard for me to ever believe that I would make it this long with No Evidence of Disease. The chemo I received did pretty much nothing to the cancer, and the doctors did not seem all that surprised about that. The surgery, radiation, and especially the hormonal treatments I had after it were apparently more successful at stopping it. Now there are even more follow-up treatments available, so definitely do not lose hope.
I'm another one doing well 11 years on from a stage 3 diagnosis. Plenty of residual cancer after neoadjuvant chemo and then 9 positive nodes rather than the expected 1 after surgery. It's tough time hearing that after chemo but there are lots of positive stories and reasons to stay hopeful. Take care.
10 yrs for me. Had a recurrence after 3 but radiation, complete hysterectomy, and arimidex 2nd go around is kicking cancers butt. ( Mine too...though maybe because I'm 50...getting old! What a blessing!)
YES! I am 13 1/2 years out from the devastating diagnosis of Stage 3, Grade 3 with 4 positive nodes.
There is much hope for long term survival. Many survivors of Stage 3 Breast Cancer with positive nodes are simply living life and no longer come here to post.
I remember finding some stories of long time stage 3 survival here and clinging to those accounts for hope during the early days of treatment. I would read and re-read those survivor’s’ stories again and again for strength in the dark days.
Also remember, you are not doomed to recur just because of your diagnosis. ❤️Charlotte
YES! I am another one doing well after 10 years. I managed 9 years on Tamoxifen. There is always hope beyond a diagnosis. I was diagnosed in 2011