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Topic: Breast Cancer 1983. I am 75. Am I the oldest survivor?

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Posted on: Nov 7, 2017 11:15AM - edited Nov 8, 2017 04:50PM by mamason1942

mamason1942 wrote:

I had breast cancer in 1983 - surgery, chemo, reconstruction and survived.

I am 75 years old. Am I the oldest survivor?

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Nov 7, 2017 02:16PM Wren44 wrote:

No, I'm 77 and there are a couple older than me.

Lumpectomy and re-excision followed by mastectomy of right breast. Five years of anastrasole completed.
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Nov 7, 2017 02:24PM mamason1942 wrote:

THIS IS GREAT NEWS!

My cancer was 1983. when was yours. just curious.

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Nov 7, 2017 02:40PM Lucy55 wrote:

Mamason..Thanks for coming and sharing your wonderful news with us !!

Dx 8/27/2014, IDC, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Hormonal Therapy 9/13/2014
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Nov 7, 2017 03:43PM Moderators wrote:

mamason, we agree -- thank you for joining and sharing your inspiring story!

We look forward to hearing more from you soon! Sending you a warm welcome.

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Nov 7, 2017 03:53PM mamason1942 wrote:

It has been 34 years since my breast cancer surgery and treatment.

has anyone gone a longer time? curious if I am the oldest survivor.


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Nov 7, 2017 08:03PM Blair2 wrote:

Mamason this is great news, so glad to hear you have hada long lengthy survival. Do you remember what stage, grade and type of cancer you had? How are you checked for reoccurrence- do they just wait until you have symptoms of cancer elsewhere in your body?

Oncotype DX score 27 Dx 9/6/2017, IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IA, Grade 3, 0/5 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC) Surgery 10/12/2017 Lumpectomy: Left Chemotherapy 11/30/2017 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Radiation Therapy 2/26/2018 Hormonal Therapy Femara (letrozole)
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Nov 7, 2017 11:44PM Meow13 wrote:

Way to go mamason!

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Nov 8, 2017 12:35AM sbelizabeth wrote:

Mamason, my mom's first breast cancer was in 1986, so you've been a survivor longer. But she's 93 and going strong!

pinkribbonandwheels.wordpress.... Dx 10/20/2011, IDC/IBC, Left, 1cm, Stage IIIA, Grade 2, 6/28 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 12/15/2011 Adriamycin (doxorubicin), Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 4/18/2012 Mastectomy: Left Radiation Therapy 5/21/2012 Breast, Lymph nodes Hormonal Therapy 7/19/2012 Femara (letrozole) Surgery 4/15/2013 Reconstruction (left): DIEP flap; Reconstruction (right): DIEP flap
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Nov 8, 2017 09:54AM mamason1942 wrote:

34 years ago....doctors just did not discuss very much with the patients. They did needle biopsy and I was told I had lump. then they would do

biopsy in surgery and if cancer (while under) they would do mastectomy. In my case, my lump had spread to limp glands. (left breast) They

removed 23 limp glands and found cancer in only 1 or 2. after surgery I had year of chemo (4-5 different kinds) no radiation) and a year later

re-construction. Another story on re-construction - that is what almost killed me (they put infected implant in)

For about 10 years I would go in for check ups and after that (no insurance so no check ups). I haven't had check up for more than 20 years.

As they say, that's my story and I'm sticking to it!!! hahaha

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Nov 8, 2017 10:01AM mamason1942 wrote:

Do you know of anyone who was diagnosed more than 34 years ago.?

FYI: 34 years ago....doctors just did not discuss very much with the patients. They did needle biopsy and I was told I had lump. then they would do

biopsy in surgery and if cancer (while under) they would do mastectomy. In my case, my lump had spread to limp glands. (left breast) They

removed 23 limp glands and found cancer in only 1 or 2. after surgery I had year of chemo (4-5 different kinds) no radiation) and a year later

re-construction. Another story on re-construction - that is what almost killed me (they put infected implant in)

For about 10 years I would go in for check ups and after that (no insurance so no check ups). I haven't had check up for more than 20 years.

As they say, that's my story and I'm sticking to it!!! hahaha

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Nov 8, 2017 10:03AM mamason1942 wrote:

Do you know of anyone who was diagnosed more than 34 years ago.?

FYI: 34 years ago....doctors just did not discuss very much with the patients. They did needle biopsy and I was told I had lump. then they would do

biopsy in surgery and if cancer (while under) they would do mastectomy. In my case, my lump had spread to limp glands. (left breast) They

removed 23 limp glands and found cancer in only 1 or 2. after surgery I had year of chemo (4-5 different kinds) no radiation) and a year later

re-construction. Another story on re-construction - that is what almost killed me (they put infected implant in)

For about 10 years I would go in for check ups and after that (no insurance so no check ups). I haven't had check up for more than 20 years.

As they say, that's my story and I'm sticking to it!!! hahaha
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Nov 8, 2017 10:03AM pupmom wrote:

Maybe you "just" had DCIS. That would help explain how well you've done, although many with low Stage invasive cancer, and no treatment, have survived as long. Congrats on being cancer free!

Life is what happens while we're making other plans. Dx 10/18/2011, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 1, 2/21 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Nov 8, 2017 10:05AM mamason1942 wrote:

Do you know of anyone who was diagnosed more than 34 years ago.?

FYI: 34 years ago....doctors just did not discuss very much with the patients. They did needle biopsy and I was told I had lump. then they would do

biopsy in surgery and if cancer (while under) they would do mastectomy. In my case, my lump had spread to limp glands. (left breast) They

removed 23 limp glands and found cancer in only 1 or 2. after surgery I had year of chemo (4-5 different kinds) no radiation) and a year later

re-construction. Another story on re-construction - that is what almost killed me (they put infected implant in)

For about 10 years I would go in for check ups and after that (no insurance so no check ups). I haven't had check up for more than 20 years.

As they say, that's my story and I'm sticking to it!!! hahaha
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Nov 8, 2017 10:10AM mamason1942 wrote:

Do you know of anyone who was diagnosed more than 34 years ago.?

FYI: 34 years ago....doctors just did not discuss very much with the patients. They did needle biopsy and I was told I had lump. then they would do

biopsy in surgery and if cancer (while under) they would do mastectomy. In my case, my lump had spread to limp glands. (left breast) They

removed 23 limp glands and found cancer in only 1 or 2. after surgery I had year of chemo (4-5 different kinds) no radiation) and a year later

re-construction. Another story on re-construction - that is what almost killed me (they put infected implant in)

For about 10 years I would go in for check ups and after that (no insurance so no check ups). I haven't had check up for more than 20 years.

As they say, that's my story and I'm sticking to it!!! hahaha
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Nov 8, 2017 10:18AM wrenn wrote:

What happened here ^^^ ? I was following this nice story. What was deleted? Not that I am nosy.

Metaplastic IDC Triple negative...Tumour is 1.5cm. BMX Aug. 16th. Chemo cancelled after one dose due to complications. Dx 7/25/2013, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 3, 0/6 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2- Surgery 8/16/2013 Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Left, Right
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Nov 8, 2017 11:49AM Blair2 wrote:

I know no one other than 27 years for a pre-cancerous condition and family history of breast disease. After mastectomy, she went through two sets of rejected implants and finally flap reconstruction around 2005. I know that in the 1980s that even mammograms were state of art, but treatments were different because we now have better drugs and tests

Oncotype DX score 27 Dx 9/6/2017, IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IA, Grade 3, 0/5 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC) Surgery 10/12/2017 Lumpectomy: Left Chemotherapy 11/30/2017 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Radiation Therapy 2/26/2018 Hormonal Therapy Femara (letrozole)
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Nov 8, 2017 11:50AM mamason1942 wrote:

the support group emailed me and said there has been a mistake and I am not restricked in anyway. OH well,

I don't know what caused the problem. I sent this longer than usual message when this happened. In case you did

not get it - here it is.

34 years ago....doctors just did not discuss very much with the patients. They did needle biopsy and I was told I had lump. Then they would do biopsy in surgery and if cancer (while under) they would do mastectomy. In my case, my lump had spread to limp glands. (left breast) They removed 23 limp glands and found cancer in only 1 or 2. after surgery I had year of chemo (4-5 different kinds) no radiation) and a year later re-construction. Another story on re-construction - that is what almost killed me (they put infected implant in)

For about 10 years I would go in for check ups and after that (no insurance so no check ups). I haven't had check up for more than 20 years.

As they say, that's my story and I'm sticking to it!!! hahaha

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Nov 8, 2017 11:56AM mamason1942 wrote:

to Blair2

thank you for the info.

I still can not figure out when I send a reply - and I try to find "who" I sent it to - it does not say so later when I am going through me

messages/and replys I don't know if I sent one to someone I wanted to send to....

I guess I can use the user name like yours "Blair2".. how do YOU keep track of your replys.?

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Nov 8, 2017 11:59AM mamason1942 wrote:

to Wrenn

the support group emailed me and said there has been a mistake and I am not restricked in anyway. OH well,

I don't know what caused the problem. I sent this longer than usual message when this happened. In case you did

not get it - here it is.

34 years ago....doctors just did not discuss very much with the patients. They did needle biopsy and I was told I had lump. Then they would do biopsy in surgery and if cancer (while under) they would do mastectomy. In my case, my lump had spread to limp glands. (left breast) They removed 23 limp glands and found cancer in only 1 or 2. after surgery I had year of chemo (4-5 different kinds) no radiation) and a year later re-construction. Another story on re-construction - that is what almost killed me (they put infected implant in)

For about 10 years I would go in for check ups and after that (no insurance so no check ups). I haven't had check up for more than 20 years.

As they say, that's my story and I'm sticking to it!!! hahaha

by the way:

I still can not figure out when I send a reply - and I try to find "who" I sent it to - it does not say so later when I am going through messages/and replys I don't know if I sent one to someone I wanted to send to....I guess I can use the user name like yours "Wrenn".. how do YOU keep track of your replys.?

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Nov 8, 2017 12:04PM mamason1942 wrote:

sbelizabeth,

thank you soooooooooooooooooo much for the info about your mother.


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Nov 8, 2017 12:16PM Blair2 wrote:

I save these blogs by hitting the button at top of page here where it says “Favorite Topics”. You can remove it later. Then in the menu, at community site, if you hit the blue bar at left that says Favorite Topics, you can find the blog you commented on. Even if you don’t comment, you can save favorite blog topics. Some are so old that no one comments on them anymore.

Oncotype DX score 27 Dx 9/6/2017, IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IA, Grade 3, 0/5 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC) Surgery 10/12/2017 Lumpectomy: Left Chemotherapy 11/30/2017 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Radiation Therapy 2/26/2018 Hormonal Therapy Femara (letrozole)
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Nov 8, 2017 12:33PM mamason1942 wrote:

bLAIR2,

THANK YOU for the info.

I keep getting turned off. maybe I am forgetting to click on I'm not a robot below.....??? don't know

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Nov 8, 2017 02:25PM Lucy55 wrote:

Mamason..it takes a little while to find your way around this site. .but you will , so don't worry . We are just so happy to have you with us here 😃 Did you have a single or double mascetomy ?

Dx 8/27/2014, IDC, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Hormonal Therapy 9/13/2014
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Nov 8, 2017 02:29PM mamason1942 wrote:

Lucy55,

I had a single mascetomy but later had re-construction for both sides.

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Nov 8, 2017 04:00PM claireinaz wrote:

Pupmom, the OP claimed to have more than 1 lymph node positive, so it couldn't be simply DCIS.

9/29/11 ILC, 2 c. stage II grade 1, ER/PR+ HER2-, 6/11 nodes, lumpectomy, DDAC x 4, Taxol x 12, 33 rads, Tamoxifen/arimidex/aromasin, BMX/immed recon 7/3/13 "In the midst of winter, I found in me an invincible summer.” Albert Camus
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Nov 8, 2017 04:01PM claireinaz wrote:

And congrats to the original poster, Mamason!

9/29/11 ILC, 2 c. stage II grade 1, ER/PR+ HER2-, 6/11 nodes, lumpectomy, DDAC x 4, Taxol x 12, 33 rads, Tamoxifen/arimidex/aromasin, BMX/immed recon 7/3/13 "In the midst of winter, I found in me an invincible summer.” Albert Camus
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Nov 8, 2017 04:08PM mamason1942 wrote:

claireinaz

remember I am 75 and there is a lot I do not know - for instance:

what does DDAC and OP stand for?

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Nov 8, 2017 04:25PM beach2beach wrote:

Mamason,,that is so great to read. I am so very glad you posted on here!

Dx 7/28/2017, LCIS/DCIS/ILC, Right, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 8/8/2017 Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Hormonal Therapy 9/12/2017 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Nov 8, 2017 04:37PM pupmom wrote:

Clair, wow, I just read back through the thread and saw I had missed all that info! More congrats to momason1942 for surviving this beast and treatment!

Life is what happens while we're making other plans. Dx 10/18/2011, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 1, 2/21 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Nov 8, 2017 04:41PM - edited Nov 8, 2017 04:42PM by mamason1942

to beach2beach,

thank you - I am still learning how to make this website work and how to answer each

one who emails me. I have to put - to beach2beach - on my reply because I can't find out if I answered

you unless I see your username. crazy isn't it? trust me, with all the new teck it is not easy to be 75 in a

world that operates on being 20!

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