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Posted on: May 11, 2010 06:55PM

westiemom wrote:

I'm so sorry if this is the wrong place to post but I'm worried about my dog. She is a sweet, super sensitive girl. I started chemo Friday, May 7. I was sick Sat thru Mon and she saw and heard me getting sick too. She is acting very strange now, her ears hang low when she sees me, she trembles when she is sitting next to me and wont leave my side sometimes (even to go potty). I'm wondering if my scent has changed with the chemo, and if she senses something is going on. I feel so bad for her, this all started when I got home from my first chemo treatment. Anyone else have this experience?  Now the cat, he doesn't much care about anything just so long as his food bowl and litter box are in perfect order, so he is just fine and dandy.

Dx 2/24/2010, IDC, Right, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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May 27, 2010 08:15PM coonie wrote:

I always enjoy a good pet storyLaughing

Isabella!!!!!!!!!! I bow to you.......lol. Girlfriend, you have got your hands FULL with that many daxies!!!  My DD and I were just laughing 'cause ours are ALWAYS in the middle of something. She just told one of them he was getting on her nerves .....hehe.  She's eating something on the couch, and he's almost got his nose in her plate:)......of course a little whine every second or two....LOLOL

Chemo: (4 AC) (4 Taxol); 1 Year Herceptin; Bilat. Mast.; Ooph; Last Arimidex Pill 5/31/13 Dx 11/14/2007, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 0/15 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+
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May 27, 2010 08:27PM StillVerticle wrote:

My two Springers knew I had cancer before I did. I suspected something because last year, before I was diagnosed, they began to stick to me like glue-always looking at me and needing to be in my lap or laying on the couch with me. When i had chemo and got so ill, I truly believe that they began to grieve-it is like 'our dear pack leader has something terrbily wrong' and they cannot fix it. any day that i felt the least bit better i made it special for them, whether to groom or give them big soup bones to naw on, anything-they were in such a funk. my older male is 14 and truly has declined over the past four months since i had surgery and went thru chemo. i am trying to make every minute with them special. i got hauled out in an ambulance yesterday-my heart went ka-flooey-and the dogs were so upset. the emotional energy they expend is enormous-i am home and they are both crashed out by my feet. they get so scared because they know the paramedics are trying to help-but they don't want them to touch me-my dear max tried to follow the ambulance until a friend got him. i nearly cried bec i could see him thru the window from the gurney. They love us unconditionally. ((((BIG HUGS)))) SV

Good Girls go to heaven; Bad Girls go everywhere-Mae West! StillVerticle Dx 10/22/2009, IDC, 3cm, Stage IIIA, Grade 2, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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May 27, 2010 08:41PM dutchgirl6 wrote:

StillVerticle, your story almost made me cry!   ((((Max))))

Dx 12/18/2009, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 2/23 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 2/1/2010 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel Surgery 2/22/2010 Lymph node removal: Left, Underarm/Axillary Chemotherapy 4/27/2010 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Ellence (epirubicin), Fluorouracil (5-fluorouracil, 5-FU, Adrucil), Taxotere (docetaxel) Radiation Therapy 9/6/2010 Whole-breast: Breast Hormonal Therapy 10/31/2010 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Hormonal Therapy 4/30/2013 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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May 28, 2010 09:01PM coonie wrote:

Dutchgirl---is that your baby in your avatar picture?

Sure is a cutie!!

Everybody be sure to cuddle your babies tonight:)

Chemo: (4 AC) (4 Taxol); 1 Year Herceptin; Bilat. Mast.; Ooph; Last Arimidex Pill 5/31/13 Dx 11/14/2007, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 0/15 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+
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May 28, 2010 10:34PM dutchgirl6 wrote:

Thast my Sadie, who has become my shadow since this whole thing started.  She is a cutie.

Dx 12/18/2009, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 2/23 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 2/1/2010 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel Surgery 2/22/2010 Lymph node removal: Left, Underarm/Axillary Chemotherapy 4/27/2010 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Ellence (epirubicin), Fluorouracil (5-fluorouracil, 5-FU, Adrucil), Taxotere (docetaxel) Radiation Therapy 9/6/2010 Whole-breast: Breast Hormonal Therapy 10/31/2010 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Hormonal Therapy 4/30/2013 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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May 29, 2010 08:38AM NativeMainer wrote:

When I was diagnosed I had 2 dogs, a hound/mutt (Alex) and a german shephern (Snookie).  During the month of waiting for the mammogram results they knew I was upset and stuck by me like glue.  during the biopsies and surgery time they were so careful about bumping into me or tripping me, gently laid next to me instead of on me on the couch or bed.  During rads, when I got home they would drape themselves over me and keep me pinned down until I took a nap.  I lost Alex a year after, and lost Snookie at the beginning of this month.  But, I now have a Sadie--a yellow lab/hound mix, 2 years old, and not about to let me sit around.  She's determined to get me into better shape before reconstruction surgery next month.  It's amazing how they know what's going on, physically and emotionally! 

"I have come to believe that caring for myself is not self indulgent. Caring for myself is an act of survival." Audre Lorde Dx 3/9/2007, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 3/15/2007 Lumpectomy: Right Surgery 3/29/2007 Lumpectomy: Left Radiation Therapy 4/10/2007 Breast Hormonal Therapy 10/5/2007 Hormonal Therapy 4/25/2008 Arimidex (anastrozole) Surgery 8/15/2008 Mastectomy: Left Surgery 6/21/2010 Prophylactic mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (left): DIEP flap; Reconstruction (right): DIEP flap
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May 29, 2010 08:51AM Karen09 wrote:

I took in a stray cat I found after my first chemo and he was so attentive after I had my second chemo. I kept sleeping and every single time I opened my eyes the first two days after my treatment, he was starring at me.  Then every time I would vomit or get the dry heaves he was right there beside me.  And I would be up in the night the first could nights, up almost every hour to go pee.  He would follow me into the bathroom, stay with me and then curl up in bed with me again when I went back to bed.  It really touched my heart.  It was in the middle of winter and I was so cold and felt crappy but he would cuddle with me and purr.  I think he knew what I needed.

Then of course a couple days after my treatment I would start to feel a bit better and he would attack me to play.  lol   They know more than we give them credit for sometimes. 

Dx 6/8/2009, IDC, 4cm, Stage IIIA, 0/7 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2-
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May 29, 2010 11:21AM coonie wrote:

You're right Karen.....they DO know more than we give them credit for sometimes. Animals are smarter than alot of people I knowTongue out
Chemo: (4 AC) (4 Taxol); 1 Year Herceptin; Bilat. Mast.; Ooph; Last Arimidex Pill 5/31/13 Dx 11/14/2007, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 0/15 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+
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May 29, 2010 01:57PM Karen09 wrote:

That's for sure Coonie  lol

Dx 6/8/2009, IDC, 4cm, Stage IIIA, 0/7 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2-
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May 29, 2010 02:07PM apple wrote:

what a sweet thread.. animals are so neat.

just a funnie, we taught our dog to sing.  bad move.  I'm a pianist and sometimes have soloists, mostly sopranos over to practice.  The dog has to be put outside during those sessions.. He absolutely loves singing and is so sad when we send him out.

peace and love, apple - ..... Mary Magdalen Dx 4/10/2008, IDC, 5cm, Stage IV, Grade 3, 4/9 nodes, mets, ER+, HER2+
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May 29, 2010 02:13PM Wonderland wrote:

These stories sound like my experience! My 2 sister cats also knew something was wrong with me. They were so loving to me during my chemo and radiation. Everynight (and I mean every single night I was in treatment!) they waited until I was in bed. Then one cat layed on one side of me and the other cat layed on the other - I was sandwiched between them and felt protected by them.

Our pets are awesome!

Wonderland

"Put on your coat. It's easier to stay warm than it is to get warm." George the Llama Man Dx 11/2006, IDC, <1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 2/36 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 11/27/2006 Lymph node removal: Left, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Left Chemotherapy 1/2/2007 AC + T (Taxol) Radiation Therapy 6/5/2007 Breast, Lymph nodes Hormonal Therapy 9/22/2007 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Surgery 9/9/2009 Reconstruction (left): DIEP flap Hormonal Therapy 9/20/2009 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Jun 3, 2010 07:00AM westiemom wrote:

That's cute! Nothing like a singing dog, they have the cutest face when they sing too.

Dx 2/24/2010, IDC, Right, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Jun 10, 2010 02:01PM Mybails wrote:

I am the pack leader of the house.  After my mx in April, our collie Diamond figured he needed to protest me.  No one entered the house without him right there reminding them not to touch "mom'.  Even our kids and grandkids got barked at and knocked.  Our youngest cat Oreo also got into the act and has slept beside me every night, which she had never done before.  I hate to think what the two of them will be like when I start chemo later this month. 

Life is what you make it and I'm making mine LONG!! Dx 2/11/2010, ILC, 3cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Jun 10, 2010 07:56PM coonie wrote:

awwhhhhh neat stories!!! Unconditional love is what they give us. I don't know what I'd do without my furbabies.

Apple---your story made me remember one about my boys. I used to "try" to play the piano a long time ago, and they would sit on their haunches and Hooooowwwwwllllll.......one had a base tone and the other was more tenor........it was so cute!! I wish I had gotten that on video.

Love all the stories ya'll!!

Chemo: (4 AC) (4 Taxol); 1 Year Herceptin; Bilat. Mast.; Ooph; Last Arimidex Pill 5/31/13 Dx 11/14/2007, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 0/15 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+
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Jun 10, 2010 08:47PM NativeMainer wrote:

I had some major problems with radiation and am in the process of having the rad onc investigated, got a letter today about a meeting I'm supposed to be at that will be held while I am in Boston having reconstruction surgery (replacing the breast this jerk ruined) and had a panic attack/emotional meltdown.  I was crying, screaming and generally being a total wreck.  My new dog, Sadie, literally pushed me into the recliner, then climbed in on top of me, licking my face and rubbing her face against my face and neck until I calmed down.  Then she sat in my lap/sat on me nuzzling me until the xanax I took kicked in and I relaxed enough to actually doze off for a little while.  Ever since she has been especially entertaining today.  I've had her a grand total of 2 weeks and already she can read me like a book. 

"I have come to believe that caring for myself is not self indulgent. Caring for myself is an act of survival." Audre Lorde Dx 3/9/2007, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 3/15/2007 Lumpectomy: Right Surgery 3/29/2007 Lumpectomy: Left Radiation Therapy 4/10/2007 Breast Hormonal Therapy 10/5/2007 Hormonal Therapy 4/25/2008 Arimidex (anastrozole) Surgery 8/15/2008 Mastectomy: Left Surgery 6/21/2010 Prophylactic mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (left): DIEP flap; Reconstruction (right): DIEP flap
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Jun 29, 2010 08:21PM westiemom wrote:

NativeMainer, Sadie is an angel! They know what we need much better than we do. Smile
Dx 2/24/2010, IDC, Right, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Jul 21, 2010 11:53AM againmine41 wrote:

My mother had BC in 1981 and her two dogs never left her side either. My little "Charlie", a shih tzu, seems to know when I am just not feeling well. He clings to me and gets restless when I leave and runs to meet me when I return. When i am feeling well he is as calm as a sleeping baby! God gave us these wonderful caring 4 pawed angels!

Hebrews 11:1 Dx 6/22/2010, DCIS, 1cm, Stage 0, Grade 2, ER+/PR+
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Aug 10, 2010 12:55AM raeinnz wrote:

My dog reacted in a different way.  He is an English cocker spaniel and has been 'joined to my hip' since the moment he joined our family, at 9 weeks old, nearly 11 years ago.  But 6mths before my dx he didn't want to sleep in the bedroom with me and started keeping his distance - he would still keep an eye on me but would be in the hallway or the next room most of the time.  It was quite upsetting for me because I couldn't understand why this was happening until I was dx and then the penny dropped - he knew something was wrong but just didn't know what to do about it I think.  The day I got home from hospital after my bmx (I probably smelled 'normal' again) he was back at my side and sticks closer than ever now.  If he starts distancing himself again I am going to be very nervous!!

Rae

PILC, LCIS. BMX with immed recon Feb 09. No chemo. No rads. Femara. Courage is being afraid but going on anyhow. Dx 1/20/2009, ILC, 2cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Aug 10, 2010 08:16AM NativeMainer wrote:

Isn't it amazing how our pets can tell when something is different/wrong?  Sounds like every pet reacts differently, but since we get to know our pets so well we can see the signals, even if we don't understand them at the time.  If your Cocker start distancing himself again, I would RUN to the doc!  Not sure what the doc will think, but too bad, he/she works for you. . .

"I have come to believe that caring for myself is not self indulgent. Caring for myself is an act of survival." Audre Lorde Dx 3/9/2007, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 3/15/2007 Lumpectomy: Right Surgery 3/29/2007 Lumpectomy: Left Radiation Therapy 4/10/2007 Breast Hormonal Therapy 10/5/2007 Hormonal Therapy 4/25/2008 Arimidex (anastrozole) Surgery 8/15/2008 Mastectomy: Left Surgery 6/21/2010 Prophylactic mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (left): DIEP flap; Reconstruction (right): DIEP flap
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Aug 11, 2010 07:39PM Hope777 wrote:

Wow, I thought it was only me that noticed this.  The day I came back from the doc office (early July) I sat at my kitchen table and stared at the wall, thinking to myself"wow I have breast cancer!" my cat came out of nowhere and wanted to sit on my lap, being persistant! she's knows she;s not allowed near the kitchen table, ever.  But, this day, she tried really hard to sit on my lap, I kept hushing her away with my hand, telling her "not now Hockey, I gotta alot going on now". and now that I remember, days before she wanted to sit on my chest only, while I sat on the couch or on the carpet, with my back to the couch holding me up. She just wanted me only and my chest to rest on. I thought what a persistant cat, haha and all this time, she was just trying to me tell me, she loves me and that it would be alright!   what an angel! I love her so much, she's always with me on my bed, walks wherever I go in the house, I spoil her rotten, I had adopted her from the shelter at 2 mths. She stood proud and tall in her cage, caught my attention. or me an my kids attention, my boy named her Hockey, since he plays and loves the sport.   It was great sharing, I told my husband after all this is over with, I am adopting another cat! :)

Just Hope! Dx 7/2/2010, DCIS, 4cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 1/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Aug 11, 2010 08:11PM NativeMainer wrote:

I think rescued pets have tighter bonds with their rescuers, sometimes.  Hockey sounds like a sweety!

"I have come to believe that caring for myself is not self indulgent. Caring for myself is an act of survival." Audre Lorde Dx 3/9/2007, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 3/15/2007 Lumpectomy: Right Surgery 3/29/2007 Lumpectomy: Left Radiation Therapy 4/10/2007 Breast Hormonal Therapy 10/5/2007 Hormonal Therapy 4/25/2008 Arimidex (anastrozole) Surgery 8/15/2008 Mastectomy: Left Surgery 6/21/2010 Prophylactic mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (left): DIEP flap; Reconstruction (right): DIEP flap
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Aug 18, 2010 05:55PM Hope777 wrote:

Yes, she is, I love my baby so much! I could squeezeeeeeeeee her. :)

Just Hope! Dx 7/2/2010, DCIS, 4cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 1/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Aug 19, 2010 01:04PM dutchgirl6 wrote:

I had to take Sadie to the vet this week because she has licked a patch on her right front leg raw.  He said it was acral lick granuloma, probably related to stress or anxiety.  Now she is on antibiotics, steroids and anti-anxiety meds.  Poor girl, I guess that this whole cancer situation has affected her more than we realized.

Dx 12/18/2009, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 2/23 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 2/1/2010 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel Surgery 2/22/2010 Lymph node removal: Left, Underarm/Axillary Chemotherapy 4/27/2010 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Ellence (epirubicin), Fluorouracil (5-fluorouracil, 5-FU, Adrucil), Taxotere (docetaxel) Radiation Therapy 9/6/2010 Whole-breast: Breast Hormonal Therapy 10/31/2010 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Hormonal Therapy 4/30/2013 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Oct 1, 2010 04:34PM - edited Aug 20, 2013 05:51AM by luanne

I wish I could remember when this started but one of my 4 rotties started jumping onto my shoulders while sitting at my computer/work desk at home. He only did that a few times and then proceeded to push his way onto my lap and hug into my chest.  He did this right up till I had my surgery and now he just gently flops over my legs and give me that knowing look. Bruno is 6 years old and a gentle giant.  Unfortunealty 2 of our older rotties are no longer with us..... RIP Alby (cancer) and Cola (spinal problem). But Bruno and Harry are a great comfort to me.  They don't like the way I smell after chemo but are always right beside me.  After a couple of days Harry is back sleeping on the bed between by hubby and me and Bruno is curled up on the floor right beside me.  Deep down I'm guessing Bruno was trying his best to tell me there was a problem....bless him

:) leanne Dx 7/6/2010, IDC, 1cm, Grade 2, 1/22 nodes, ER+/PR+
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May 2, 2012 11:56PM MJLToday wrote:

I thought this was interesting

www.pbs.org/wnet/nature/episod... 

MJ '98 Stage 2 ER+/PR-/Her-, AC+Tam: Sep 08 bone/liver mets. Arimidex,Faslodex,Zometa thru 12/09, Aromasin+Everolimus thru 03/10, Abraxane thru 3/11,Xeloda 8/11,Armed Activated T cell trial 9/11, Taxotere/Gemzar now
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May 4, 2012 01:44AM Cyborg wrote:

Before I was dx with BC, but had a lump that the Doctor "was keeping an eye on," my boxer stuck her head in the shower and would just look at me and when I would get out of the shower she would be lying on the bath mat. This was weird behavior for her. Very very weird and I started thinking that she knew something was up. I love her so much. Her name is Layla.

Winning!!! Dx 2/23/2011, ILC, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 2/5 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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May 4, 2012 02:45AM - edited Mar 28, 2013 11:20AM by Shrek4

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May 4, 2012 03:10AM camillegal wrote:

Oh Day that picture is adorable---and I kind of know what u mean, but I have a cat and we sleep together ever night and she's very loving--i went for my mammo cuz of her--she kept on sniffing and pushing on my breast alot and then i did feel something. and after I started chemo she did sniff alot but she found another spot to ay on me like she knew. When I was one for 5 days with my 1st oper. and came home she was crying and crying and stayed by my legs and feet--as if she knew --it's kind of spooky to me--they know more than we think.

Dx 2007, Stage IV, 24/38 nodes, HER2+
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Jul 19, 2012 04:33PM internutz1 wrote:

I am newly diagnosed (IDC) and prior to the mammogram that changed the world - I had a mini Babydoll lamb I was bottle feeding after his mom rejected him at birth. One feeding he kept nuzzling what we know now is the affected breast. It was odd and I told my husband "mark my words, there's something going on there." About three weeks later the mammogram told the story he was trying to tell me.

All of my dogs are super sensitive to my moods and illness. I think that's one of the best things about them. Their entire being is devoted to my happiness and health...

The best steel must go through the fire. Dx 6/25/2012, IDC, Right, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 7/25/2012 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel Chemotherapy 9/21/2012 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel)
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Jul 19, 2012 06:26PM bevin wrote:

I also actually saw a 20/20 report where they showed dogs could detect humans who had cancer by sniffing their persons breath.  I believe they reported the dogs were correct 80-90% of the time. Pretty darn accurate.

Age 45, Oncotype 11, Primary Tumor 2.1 cm, smaller satellite tumor nearby Dx 5/1/2010, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 0/5 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 8/10/2010 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel Radiation Therapy 10/10/2010 Breast

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