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Topic: Greek Heritage

Forum: "Middle Age" 40-60(ish) Years Old With Breast Cancer —

Meet others in this age-range who share similar life issues.

Posted on: Jun 17, 2011 06:52PM

Helen49 wrote:

Do any of you ladies out there come from Greek heritage?

Dx 5/2010, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIIA, Grade 3, 0/0 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2-
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Jun 20, 2011 06:18PM 0tters wrote:

My mother who is dealing with Stage IV Breast Cancer (for the second time around) is of full Greek heritage - she came from Kavala, Greece to finish her PhD here in the States.

 I know speaking to her would have been more helpful, but I just wanted to post and let you know that you are not alone. Kali tihi. 

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Jun 20, 2011 07:52PM Helen49 wrote:


Thank you for replying.  I do not know of any Greek women with triple negative breast cancer from greek decent.  I was born in Sparta and came to the US at the age of seven.  I had one aunt with breast cancer estrogen + and was on tamoxifin for a number of years.  She was from Kalamata.  She passed away last year from complications due to her cancer.

Tell me a little about your mom and what she has gone thru and is going thru.

Se efharisto 

Dx 5/2010, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIIA, Grade 3, 0/0 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2-
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Aug 15, 2011 09:26AM SVar wrote:

I am first generation Greek, both of my parents are from Sparta.  It's been a year since diagnosis and surgery.  Did chemo and herceptin, just about ready to finish Herceptin next month.

I wish you much luck.

Dx 6/21/2010, LCIS, 1cm, Stage II, 0/0 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+
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Aug 25, 2011 07:46PM echosg wrote:

I'm half Greek.  My mother was full Greek and died of ovarian/uterine cancer.  I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2007. 

Diagnosed September 18, 2007 - age 42. Multifocal DCIS w/ comedo necrosis. Grade 2; ER 50%. Two lumpectomies (the second in November 2010 - misdiagnosed after biopsy) Radiation. Refused Tamoxifen.
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May 26, 2012 06:33AM RoulaG wrote:

Hello my fellow Greek women! I don't know if this is an active forum anymore, but I will give it a go. I am a first generation born to Greek parents my mother is from
Sparta and my father is also from Laconia, from Monemvasia.

Dx 3/14/2012, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 0/6 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2+ Surgery 3/14/2012 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel Targeted Therapy 4/11/2012 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Chemotherapy 4/19/2012 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 9/12/2012 Mastectomy: Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): Latissimus dorsi flap; Reconstruction (right): Latissimus dorsi flap
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May 27, 2012 05:45AM - edited May 27, 2012 05:45AM by Scottiee1

,Hi RoulaG: I don't know if I really qualify to be in this thread. However, I have been married to a Greek for more than 40 years. I am replying to you because he is from Laconia(Zygouris) we are in Toronto but he has never come across anyone from there.
He is supportive to a point but tends to minimize my cancer. He tells everyone that I had a "little cancer" but that I'm fine now. He does not realize that cancer can and does recur.
I think I'll leave him with his head in the sand because I'm not sure he could handle it, God knows, it's hard enough for me and I'm a much stronger character than him.

Dx 2/12/2012, IDC, Right, 2cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2- Hormonal Therapy 3/23/2012 Femara (letrozole) Radiation Therapy 5/1/2012 Radiation Therapy 5/1/2012 Radiation Therapy 5/1/2012
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May 27, 2012 06:12AM misswim wrote:

First generation, 50% was born there, whole side of the family lives there. Grandmother and one aunt with BC........both died of old age. Gives me hope.

From Sparta.

Dx 4/15/2011, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 0/6 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 7/8/2011 AC + T (Taxol)

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