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Jun 24, 2017 09:46AM
Mine is a weird one
iNow let me say I had very old (30 yr) silicone implants in ( cosmetic) they were leaking and I had finally saved to have them removed only to find what I thought was a lump of silicone was a tumor..had a 3 cm tumor and 3 nodes in right breast ...my tumor was into chest wall so they wanted to try to shrink it..
I did 4 AC and 3 out of 4 Taxol
Half way thru ...no one , me or 4 drs involved, could feel tumor! We were all excited.HOWEVER . the day before surgery when they put dye in , it lit up like a tree and all down lymphs I had already decided to have BMX, with no recon , much to my drs attemping to talk me into it but back to your question...
After surgery my pathology report baffled drs as I said none could feel it.. but it was still there .. as were the nodes.. and a surprise of a new one undetectable starting in left breast
When I questioned my oncologist as to why we couldnt feel it she said it most likely hid in the implant that was already ruptured and that chemo doesnt always work on estrogen positve tumors.. Needless to say I was upset by that news! But I had already finished the chemo.. I do think it helped slow it down and somehow dislodged it from the chest wall.. and every case is different..
but word of caution going forward for silicone implants i know these days they are better made but they will need to be replaced I think they say in 10 years. But all 29 nodes removed had silicone in them.. and I have silicone in some on left side that were not removed , this I know because I had a scare before chemo and had to have them biopsied..
All I know from what I was told from beginning was that because of lymph node involvement chemo , surgery radiation and hormone pill therapy would be a mandatory
It sounds like they are being cautious
Mamaoz : chemo 1/.17-4/17 AC/.paxitacil : 3/29 nodes
12/5/2016, IDC, Right, 3cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 3/29 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
5/19/2017 Lymph node removal: Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Left