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Topic: Newbie - No surgery?

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

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

Posted on: May 28, 2013 11:51AM

Aslans wrote:

Hello to my new sisters. Smile I was diagnosed in November 2012 actually, but have just joined BCO.   I have not used Discussion Boards or Chat Rooms before, so I am a bit intimidated by the technological aspect of how this works....tried Facebook...doesn’t really work for me....But a support outside the family would be helpful...

Mammograms & ultrasounds still missed the early stages. My initial DX is Stage IV - Left breast (way on edges of ribs) axillary nodes and Hylar nodes.  The biopsy showed ER++/ PR+ but antihormones (Arimidex, Zolodex & Faslodex in combo) only caused slight change in the 1st 3 months.  6 month CT shows growth in the lungs so now I have been changed to Xeloda by mouth (2 weeks on - 1 off).  Had a brain MRI last week will get results on Thursday.

Still hoping for surgery to get rid of the primary but the Onc seemed to say that I would not have surgery at all.  Anyone going without having surgery to remove the primary tumor?

The Joy of the Lord is my strength. Dx 11/2/2012, 4cm, Stage IV, Grade 3, mets, ER+/PR+, HER2- Hormonal Therapy 11/19/2012 Arimidex (anastrozole) Hormonal Therapy 11/19/2012 Arimidex (anastrozole) Hormonal Therapy 2/7/2013 Faslodex (fulvestrant) Chemotherapy 5/9/2013 Xeloda (capecitabine) Chemotherapy 1/16/2014 Taxol (paclitaxel) Chemotherapy 5/22/2014 AC
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