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Apr 1, 2012 11:59PM
HI ladies - My tumors together before chemotherapy put me at stage 2, approximately 3.5 cm and I did not have any evidence of disease in the nodes. But, because of my oncotype (25) my MO and I decided on chemotherapy. So, I underwent TC x 6, (tolerated it fine....very doable), had BMX on 2/29 with SNB, 2/3 sentinels come back positive, underwent ALND and no other nodes were positive thankfully. I did not want to go to the TE route and then implant with my reconstruction; therefore, I did a direct to implant reconstruction with a great plastic surgeon and I am very pleased with how everything has gone, as far as recovery, and aesthetically. By the way, in addition to the two positive nodes, I still had residual tumor.....one at 1.5 cm and the other at 0.4 cm.
Now I am being sent to a RO for a radiology consult! I am in the "gray" area as far as needing radiation.....ROs like to radiate....I am sure he is going to recommend radiation, and in some ways, I am afraid of NOT doing it, yet, I hate the fact that I may compromise my implant with radiation!!!! UGH!
I have done everything pretty aggressively with BMX, ALND with a total of 20 nodes removed....that's why I had the BMX, was to try and avoid radiation......
I am 43-years-old.....
Aug 2011, dx wth IDC Stage 2, oncotype 25, neoadjuvant chemotTC X 6, BMX with reconstruction, Tamoxifen March 2012, April 2014, two small mets discovered on liver. Arimidex, May 2014 Liver wedge resection. June 2014 SBRT of second liver lesion.
8/23/2011, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 2/20 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
09/30/2011 Cytoxan (chemical name: cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (chemical name: docetaxel)
4/2014, IDC, Stage IV, mets, ER+/PR+, HER2-
05/08/2014 Arimidex (chemical name: anastrozole, class: aromatase inhibitor)