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Forum: Stage II Breast Cancer — Meet, share and support others with Stage II Breast Cancer

Posted on: Nov 6, 2009 02:53PM - edited Nov 23, 2009 02:18PM by Warrior517

Warrior517 wrote:

I am so thrilled we finally have a place to call HOME here! I was diagnosed w/IDC last year at the age of 39. It was in 2/6 lymph nodes. I was also HER2 and Estrogen Positive.I had dbl mastectomy w/implants. This summer, one of the implants failed. So, I underwent a DIEP procedure w/Dr. Massey and Dellacroce in New Orleans. Great Outcome!! I did TCH for six rounds, rads and a year of Herceptin. I am currently on tamoxifen and Boniva (study). 

I just wanted to start this thread for those that had it spread to lymph nodes. I can't tell you how many threads I have read that said "thank God, my nodes were clear"...we all weren't as lucky. BUT I believe God puts people in our path when we need them most. Last year during Rads,I met an older lady(she was there for her hubby) who told me that she was a 30 year survivor and Yes..It was in her lymph nodes! The job of the lymph nodes is to catch that little sucker!

Dx 1/10/2008, IDC, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 2/6 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+
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Feb 1, 2014 04:24PM Headeast wrote:

Mercedes, xoxo!

Surgery 8/21/2013 Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Surgery 8/21/2013 Lymph node removal: Right, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Left Chemotherapy 10/2/2013 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Chemotherapy 10/23/2013 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Chemotherapy 11/13/2013 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Chemotherapy 12/4/2013 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Hormonal Therapy 12/25/2013 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Surgery 1/31/2014 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Surgery 5/16/2014 Reconstruction (left): Nipple reconstruction; Reconstruction (right): Nipple reconstruction Hormonal Therapy 7/16/2014 Fareston (toremifene) Hormonal Therapy 11/5/2014 Aromasin (exemestane) Dx IDC, 4cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 1/25 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Feb 1, 2014 06:38PM smrlvr wrote:

Headeast, glad you are home resting.  Good for you!

Dx 9/23/2013, ILC, 3cm, Stage IIB, 2/27 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Feb 1, 2014 08:02PM Headeast wrote:

smrlvr, yep. In bed now!

Surgery 8/21/2013 Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Surgery 8/21/2013 Lymph node removal: Right, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Left Chemotherapy 10/2/2013 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Chemotherapy 10/23/2013 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Chemotherapy 11/13/2013 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Chemotherapy 12/4/2013 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Hormonal Therapy 12/25/2013 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Surgery 1/31/2014 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Surgery 5/16/2014 Reconstruction (left): Nipple reconstruction; Reconstruction (right): Nipple reconstruction Hormonal Therapy 7/16/2014 Fareston (toremifene) Hormonal Therapy 11/5/2014 Aromasin (exemestane) Dx IDC, 4cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 1/25 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Feb 4, 2014 02:15PM ROAREUS wrote:

Extensive lymphovascular invasion....  How terrible is it?  Does this mean my prognosis is bad?  I have 1 positive node and the tumor was 1cm.  Did dose dense ACT, will do radiation, and tamoxifen.  I am now stuck on this extensive lymphovascular invasion and am petrified that I will die and not be able to see my 3 year old twins grow up.

Dx 9/11/2013, IDC, 1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 1/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 9/24/2013 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel Chemotherapy 10/24/2013 AC + T (Taxol) Hormonal Therapy
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Feb 4, 2014 04:30PM Headeast wrote:

Roareus, did you ask the doctor about this? I have never heard of that term, but I am not in the medical field...

Please calm down, let's see what that is first...

Surgery 8/21/2013 Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Surgery 8/21/2013 Lymph node removal: Right, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Left Chemotherapy 10/2/2013 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Chemotherapy 10/23/2013 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Chemotherapy 11/13/2013 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Chemotherapy 12/4/2013 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Hormonal Therapy 12/25/2013 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Surgery 1/31/2014 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Surgery 5/16/2014 Reconstruction (left): Nipple reconstruction; Reconstruction (right): Nipple reconstruction Hormonal Therapy 7/16/2014 Fareston (toremifene) Hormonal Therapy 11/5/2014 Aromasin (exemestane) Dx IDC, 4cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 1/25 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Feb 4, 2014 04:51PM Headeast wrote:

Roareus, I found this thread regarding LVI and hope it helps:

http://community.breastcancer.org/forum/80/topic/807116

Surgery 8/21/2013 Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Surgery 8/21/2013 Lymph node removal: Right, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Left Chemotherapy 10/2/2013 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Chemotherapy 10/23/2013 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Chemotherapy 11/13/2013 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Chemotherapy 12/4/2013 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Hormonal Therapy 12/25/2013 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Surgery 1/31/2014 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Surgery 5/16/2014 Reconstruction (left): Nipple reconstruction; Reconstruction (right): Nipple reconstruction Hormonal Therapy 7/16/2014 Fareston (toremifene) Hormonal Therapy 11/5/2014 Aromasin (exemestane) Dx IDC, 4cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 1/25 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Feb 4, 2014 05:01PM ROAREUS wrote:

Thank you Headeast!

Dx 9/11/2013, IDC, 1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 1/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 9/24/2013 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel Chemotherapy 10/24/2013 AC + T (Taxol) Hormonal Therapy
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Feb 4, 2014 07:54PM mercedes60 wrote:

roareus, chill, chill, get all info on this lymphovasvular diagnosis, and don't jump to conclusions, not good especially when your doing chemo. I'm assumingyour still doing chemo, gotta take care of yourself ok

We are here for you. 

Cheryl

Dx 8/4/2013, 4cm, Stage II, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 9/11/2013 AC + T (Taxol) Surgery 4/22/2014 Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel; Mastectomy: Right
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Feb 4, 2014 11:01PM warrior70 wrote:

Roareus, I spent so much time getting freaked out...it's totally wasted time.  Do your treatment protocol and do as much as you can to enhance your own health. Try to relax and have fun.  Hang out with us; we're a fun bunch!

...We shall never surrender --Churchill Dx 6/14/2013, IDC, <1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 2/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 7/14/2013 Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left Chemotherapy 9/11/2013 AC + T (Taxol) Hormonal Therapy 4/2/2014
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Feb 5, 2014 07:59AM Nocompromises2013 wrote:

I had no evidence of LVI on my path report and the same report says I had a 10mm node - I don't understand that - happy as I am to have no supposed LVI I don't understand how you can have one without the other ?? 

Sue --- Mx - DONE, Chemo TC x 4 -DONE Dx 6/6/2013, ILC, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 1/13 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 6/19/2013 Lymph node removal: Right, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Right Dx 6/27/2013, DCIS, Stage 0, Grade 1
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Feb 5, 2014 02:47PM maltomlin wrote:

Hi

I too had extensive LVI.........that was nearly 6 years ago.........I'm fine.

Really, don't worry yourself silly about it.........the treatment will do its job.

Concentrate on getting thro' this and enjoying your family.

Mal

Dx 5/2/2008, IDC, 3cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 3/24 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 6/15/2008 Lumpectomy: Right Chemotherapy 7/21/2008 Ellence (epirubicin), Xeloda (capecitabine) Hormonal Therapy 12/29/2008 Femara (letrozole) Radiation Therapy 1/7/2009 Breast
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Feb 6, 2014 06:57PM warrior70 wrote:

Thanks maltomlin for a reminder we ALL need!

How is everybody doing?  Headeast, how's post surgery?

I just went to the PS today and got my one and only fill before rads.  TE side now bigger than natural side!  Wow!

Loving the post-chemo life...salad, salad, salad!  Had arugula today and it was DELICIOUS!

...We shall never surrender --Churchill Dx 6/14/2013, IDC, <1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 2/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 7/14/2013 Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left Chemotherapy 9/11/2013 AC + T (Taxol) Hormonal Therapy 4/2/2014
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Feb 6, 2014 09:23PM Headeast wrote:

Warrior70, still in pain but feeling much better now that I am not taking pain killers or antibiotics. They were making me sick!

I went back to work today, moving really slow so it wouldn't hurt. My girls look rounder and so nice! 

Surgery 8/21/2013 Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Surgery 8/21/2013 Lymph node removal: Right, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Left Chemotherapy 10/2/2013 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Chemotherapy 10/23/2013 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Chemotherapy 11/13/2013 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Chemotherapy 12/4/2013 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Hormonal Therapy 12/25/2013 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Surgery 1/31/2014 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Surgery 5/16/2014 Reconstruction (left): Nipple reconstruction; Reconstruction (right): Nipple reconstruction Hormonal Therapy 7/16/2014 Fareston (toremifene) Hormonal Therapy 11/5/2014 Aromasin (exemestane) Dx IDC, 4cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 1/25 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Feb 8, 2014 12:07AM Furfriend2 wrote:

Warrior

Super congrats and great photo!!!! You do look very young-lucky ladyThumbsUp

Best to all, Furfriend Dx 7/2013, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 3/6 nodes, mets, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 10/7/2013 AC + T (Taxol) Radiation Therapy Breast, Lymph nodes
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Feb 8, 2014 12:14AM Furfriend2 wrote:

Headeast,

How are you doing post surgery? Are you on the upswing?

Best to all, Furfriend Dx 7/2013, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 3/6 nodes, mets, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 10/7/2013 AC + T (Taxol) Radiation Therapy Breast, Lymph nodes
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Feb 8, 2014 07:32AM RhodyMMM wrote:

Warrior70, I too am looking forward to the post-chemo life.....salads and fresh fruit! Through my A/C I had serious problems with neutropenia and could eat very little fresh fruits or veggies. Now my bone marrow seems to have recovered; I am late into the Taxol, and eating salad nearly every day. I do still have to nag DH about washing it though......My new problem is that my tastes are funny and anything that is a bit tangy or sour is exaggerated. So blue cheese dressing tastes funky to me. So I try new dressings and tastes, and stay away from the ones that are offensive right now, because I don't want to end up not liking them later.

Stay warm everyone!

Martha

Dx 5/10/2013, IDC, 1cm, Stage II, Grade 2, 2/20 nodes, mets, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 6/11/2013 Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel Surgery 6/11/2013 Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Left, Right Dx 8/19/2013, IDC, <1cm, ER-/PR-, HER2- Chemotherapy 9/5/2013 AC Chemotherapy 11/25/2013 Taxol (paclitaxel) Hormonal Therapy 4/3/2014 Arimidex (anastrozole) Hormonal Therapy 11/5/2014 Aromasin (exemestane)
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Feb 8, 2014 09:17AM Headeast wrote:

Furfriend, I am doing better. Still some pain when I move or walk, but I am not taking any pain medication. A few more days and I should be fine!

Surgery 8/21/2013 Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Surgery 8/21/2013 Lymph node removal: Right, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Left Chemotherapy 10/2/2013 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Chemotherapy 10/23/2013 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Chemotherapy 11/13/2013 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Chemotherapy 12/4/2013 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Hormonal Therapy 12/25/2013 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Surgery 1/31/2014 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Surgery 5/16/2014 Reconstruction (left): Nipple reconstruction; Reconstruction (right): Nipple reconstruction Hormonal Therapy 7/16/2014 Fareston (toremifene) Hormonal Therapy 11/5/2014 Aromasin (exemestane) Dx IDC, 4cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 1/25 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Feb 8, 2014 08:49PM peaches12 wrote:

Hi all. I just thought I would introduce myself and join the group. I only discovered the BC forum a few weeks ago and wish I had been here since the beginning of my journey.  Just saw this Stage II thread tonight. I've been on the Winter Rad thread. I was diagnosed a year ago on 2/13, double mastectomy in March, chemo late April - early August, then waited till January for radiation because of lymphedema. Radiation can make it worse so they wanted to get my arm/hand swelling under control before rads. Best news is I will finish rads this week- only 5 more!!!  I've been lucky with it- red, but no skin problems (so far).   Rads is a piece of cake compared to chemo!  I'm on Herceptin until April, but no problem with that. I'm feeling good again and am so thankful!

Anyway, hi and I'm glad to have found some Stage 2 sisters. 

Dx 2/13/2013, IDC, 3cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 1/10 nodes, ER+, HER2+ Surgery 3/3/2013 Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right Targeted Therapy 4/23/2013 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Chemotherapy 4/23/2013 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel) Radiation Therapy 1/5/2014 Breast, Lymph nodes Hormonal Therapy 4/6/2014 Femara (letrozole)
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Feb 8, 2014 10:43PM Jeannie57 wrote:

Welcome, peaches12. I hope your skin continues to hold up. I had a bmx, chemo and rads and have bilateral lymphedema, too. I just finished recon. so I'm ready to move on, even with lymphedema. Good luck to you!

Dx 1/27/2012, ILC, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 3/39 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 2/15/2012 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel Surgery 3/29/2012 Lymph node removal: Right; Mastectomy: Right Surgery 3/29/2012 Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left; Prophylactic mastectomy: Left Chemotherapy 5/25/2012 CMF Radiation Therapy 9/5/2012 Breast, Lymph nodes Hormonal Therapy 3/15/2013 Surgery 7/18/2013 Reconstruction (left): DIEP flap; Reconstruction (right): DIEP flap
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Feb 9, 2014 12:15PM warrior70 wrote:

Thanks fur friend for the compliment!  I sure don't feel young some days, but I get out and live life anyway.

Welcome peaches12.  Congrats on rads! How many sessions did you do?  I will have 25, starting probably late Feb or so, then...end of active treatment!  Woohoo!

Rhody,  you're almost done with AC?  awesome!  I had low blood cell counts too..took Neopogen throughout Taxol.  So glad to be done!

After the fill in my TE, one "girl" is higher/bigger than the other...I have named them: Ginger and Mary-Anne.  Guess which one is which?

Happy Sunday everyone!

...We shall never surrender --Churchill Dx 6/14/2013, IDC, <1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 2/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 7/14/2013 Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left Chemotherapy 9/11/2013 AC + T (Taxol) Hormonal Therapy 4/2/2014
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Feb 9, 2014 12:17PM smrlvr wrote:

Warrior, sounds like we are sort of on the same schedule.  I will be starting rads in early march.

Dx 9/23/2013, ILC, 3cm, Stage IIB, 2/27 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Feb 9, 2014 12:32PM jojo2373 wrote:

Hi Roareus,

Our dx/treatments sound familiar.  I had extensive lvi, mitotic rate +30, grade 3, 1 pos node.  My MO explained yes my cancer was very agressive but that one positive node was doing its job blocking the cancer from moving on.  Although we realize cells could have moved past, but we treated our bodies with dose dense chemo which was designed to kill those cells right at the point they divide.  Just remember any cancer dx could return, however a high % does not.  Keep looking forward.

Once you choose hope, anything's possible. ~Christopher Reeve Dx 7/27/2012, IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 2/3 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- (FISH) Chemotherapy 8/31/2012 AC + T (Taxol) Surgery 1/7/2013 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel Radiation Therapy 2/4/2013 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes Hormonal Therapy 4/8/2013 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Feb 9, 2014 05:24PM mercedes60 wrote:

warrior, still laughing, mary-ann and ginger! I'm guessing ginger is bigger, newer one LOL.  Rads coming soon, bet you can't wait till all is done with active treatment. What a long journey yah? 

Peaches, welcome. Love your name. 

Rody mmm. My tastes are still strange after 10 taxols, some days better than others, i used ranch dressing on my spinach salads and veggies. I keep getting sweet cravings gotta watch that, love that chocolate. 

Furfriend, you sound great, hope you're doing well and getting your strength back. 

Headeast, sounds like you and your girls are doing better also.  

Hang in there ladies,  i'm doing #11 this week,   Still tired, legs sooooooo heavy and i've got skinny legs!! Also my white hair fuzz is falling out is this happening to anyone else? I'm guessing the dark ones will replace white ones.................

Dx 8/4/2013, 4cm, Stage II, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 9/11/2013 AC + T (Taxol) Surgery 4/22/2014 Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel; Mastectomy: Right
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Feb 9, 2014 08:00PM Girlstrong wrote:

hi gals, I am one wiped out chic!! I finished chemo and now surgery and I think I may be more tired now than during chemo. Anyone else experience this? If I'm tired now, Gish only knows what I'll be like during rads......

Warrior 70: love how you named the "girls" :)

Now faith is the confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see..Hebrews 11:1 Subject in KATHRYN study. Dx 7/17/2013, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, ER-/PR-, HER2+ Chemotherapy 7/31/2013 AC Chemotherapy 10/30/2013 Taxotere (docetaxel) Targeted Therapy 10/31/2013 Perjeta (pertuzumab) Targeted Therapy 10/31/2013 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Surgery 1/29/2014 Lymph node removal: Left, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Left; Prophylactic mastectomy: Right Radiation Therapy 3/10/2014 Breast, Lymph nodes Surgery 10/23/2014 Reconstruction (left): Nipple reconstruction, Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Nipple reconstruction, Silicone implant Surgery 5/14/2015 Reconstruction (left): Nipple tattoo; Reconstruction (right): Nipple tattoo Surgery
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Feb 9, 2014 10:07PM Headeast wrote:

About the hair: last TC chemo was 12/4 and my hair is 1/4 of an inch, scarce still....

Surgery 8/21/2013 Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Surgery 8/21/2013 Lymph node removal: Right, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Left Chemotherapy 10/2/2013 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Chemotherapy 10/23/2013 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Chemotherapy 11/13/2013 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Chemotherapy 12/4/2013 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Hormonal Therapy 12/25/2013 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Surgery 1/31/2014 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Surgery 5/16/2014 Reconstruction (left): Nipple reconstruction; Reconstruction (right): Nipple reconstruction Hormonal Therapy 7/16/2014 Fareston (toremifene) Hormonal Therapy 11/5/2014 Aromasin (exemestane) Dx IDC, 4cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 1/25 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Feb 10, 2014 11:58AM - edited Feb 10, 2014 11:58AM by ROAREUS

jojo2373 -  Thank you for you reply.  My doctors said the same things.  I just has simulation for radiation and the resident said something about LVI which got me all worked up again.  Yes, our diagnosis and treatment plan sound very similar.  It helps me to know that.  So, thank you for replying to my post.  I have not posted here often but am glad I did.

Dx 9/11/2013, IDC, 1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 1/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 9/24/2013 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel Chemotherapy 10/24/2013 AC + T (Taxol) Hormonal Therapy
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Feb 10, 2014 07:16PM RhodyMMM wrote:

Mercedes, I also find that my tastes are strange with the Taxol. During A/C, I really didn't taste much. Now with the Taxol, anything sour or tangy seems exaggerated. I do love ranch dressing, though! And I have had a sweet tooth since the very beginning of chemo. They say Taxol gives you a metallic taste in your mouth, mine tastes like road salt (and we have plenty of that around here this winter!). I first noticed it one night when I went to brush my teeth--thought there was something wrong with the water. And then I noticed that I drank water from somewhere else, and it also tasted very salty. And then the bottled water tasted salty. So I knew it wasn't the water, but my taste buds. And now the dry mouth is getting worse, especially at night. So I have been using Biotene products, they are moisturizing.

Dx 5/10/2013, IDC, 1cm, Stage II, Grade 2, 2/20 nodes, mets, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 6/11/2013 Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel Surgery 6/11/2013 Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Left, Right Dx 8/19/2013, IDC, <1cm, ER-/PR-, HER2- Chemotherapy 9/5/2013 AC Chemotherapy 11/25/2013 Taxol (paclitaxel) Hormonal Therapy 4/3/2014 Arimidex (anastrozole) Hormonal Therapy 11/5/2014 Aromasin (exemestane)
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Feb 13, 2014 07:44PM mercedes60 wrote:

rodymmm, i hear ya, taste is stiil off and its different everyday. Not as bad as when i did AC. Biotene is great rinse for the month, i think the dryness is also from the electric heating in our homes and we've had one wickedly cold winter eh? I've had bloody nose every day, not bad but annoying.

Well taxol #11 down yesterday. Next wednesday my last one, last chemo. Yahooo! Feels strange ending chemo after 6 months. Didn't sleep at all last nite, had the runs, first time on taxol, i think i ate too heavy after treatment, but i was okay today. Just soooooo tired, yet still jittery from the decadron ughhhhh

Oh yes. I'm loosing some of my white fuzz my head, i swear i am looking more freaky everyday and i noticed that my normally green eyes are now blue whaaaaaaaat! Of course thanks to taxol i also have blotches sll over my face also i am so ready for a cover girl shoot. LOL

Happy valentines day guysSillyHeart

Dx 8/4/2013, 4cm, Stage II, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 9/11/2013 AC + T (Taxol) Surgery 4/22/2014 Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel; Mastectomy: Right
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Feb 13, 2014 09:53PM Headeast wrote:

Happy Valentine's Mercedes!

Surgery 8/21/2013 Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Surgery 8/21/2013 Lymph node removal: Right, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Left Chemotherapy 10/2/2013 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Chemotherapy 10/23/2013 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Chemotherapy 11/13/2013 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Chemotherapy 12/4/2013 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Hormonal Therapy 12/25/2013 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Surgery 1/31/2014 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Surgery 5/16/2014 Reconstruction (left): Nipple reconstruction; Reconstruction (right): Nipple reconstruction Hormonal Therapy 7/16/2014 Fareston (toremifene) Hormonal Therapy 11/5/2014 Aromasin (exemestane) Dx IDC, 4cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 1/25 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Feb 13, 2014 11:07PM warrior70 wrote:

Way to go Mercedes!  One more Taxol!  WOOOOOOO!!!!!!

...We shall never surrender --Churchill Dx 6/14/2013, IDC, <1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 2/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 7/14/2013 Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left Chemotherapy 9/11/2013 AC + T (Taxol) Hormonal Therapy 4/2/2014

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