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

Posted on: Nov 6, 2009 01:53PM - edited Nov 23, 2009 01:18PM 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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May 5, 2014 01:56PM - edited May 5, 2014 01:59PM by magdalene51

Special K, and others, about the mets thing. All I did was answer a multiple choice question in the profile and it asked: "If your breast cancer is not recurring, is it metastatic?" I answered yes because that's what my pathology report says. Please forgive me for being such a STUPID NEWBIE that I don't know the difference between "mets" and "mets"! I already said this all once! And I can't indicate how many nodes out of how many removed because I haven't even seen a surgeon yet!

This is why I have to leave this forum. Every single stinking thing I write someone has to correct me! I came here for support and all I get is criticism. Y'all just need to check your superior and condescending attitudes at the door! Maybe you have enough survivors. You sure as heck don't need me.

Outta here.

Mags 1 Th 5:18 NIV “…give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.” Dx 4/16/2014, IDC, 5cm, Stage IIIA, Grade 2, 4/8 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 4/16/2014, IDC, Left, 5cm, Stage IIIC, Grade 2, 4/8 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 5/21/2014 Mastectomy: Left; Prophylactic mastectomy: Right Chemotherapy 7/1/2014 Adriamycin (doxorubicin), Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Radiation Therapy 1/15/2015 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes, Chest wall Hormonal Therapy 3/31/2015 Arimidex (anastrozole) Chemotherapy 4/11/2016 Xeloda (capecitabine) Dx 7/14/2016, IDC, Left, 5cm, Stage IV, metastasized to lungs, Grade 2, 4/8 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Hormonal Therapy 7/25/2016 Faslodex (fulvestrant) Dx 11/14/2016, IDC, Both breasts, 5cm, Stage IV, metastasized to bone/lungs, Grade 2, 4/8 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 11/16/2016 Halaven (eribulin) Chemotherapy 3/13/2018 Gemzar (gemcitabine) Chemotherapy 4/19/2018 Abraxane (albumin-bound or nab-paclitaxel)
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May 5, 2014 05:22PM placid44 wrote:

Mag,

Definitely not my intention to correct you...just better understand your diagnosis in order to help better! The treatments vary by diagnosis. So sorry if it came across that way! Hope you will stay.

Ki67: 70%; beltwaybreastcancer.blogspot.com Dx 8/20/2012, IDC, 3cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 1/4 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2- Chemotherapy 8/28/2012 AC + T (Taxol) Surgery 2/11/2013 Mastectomy: Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Radiation Therapy 3/25/2013 Breast, Lymph nodes Surgery 11/24/2013 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right)
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May 5, 2014 08:15PM lonnie713 wrote:

Mag,

I don't think that was the intention.  Please don't feel criticized.  Everyone on this board is very helpful.  Hoping that you stay.  Good luck to you.

Dx 9/5/2013, IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 2/10 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- Surgery 9/26/2013 Mastectomy: Left; Prophylactic mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Surgery 9/26/2013 Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel Chemotherapy 10/31/2013 AC Chemotherapy 12/30/2013 Taxol (paclitaxel) Radiation Therapy 4/17/2014 Breast, Lymph nodes Surgery 6/16/2014 Prophylactic ovary removal Surgery 11/18/2014 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Surgery 4/21/2015 Reconstruction (left): Fat grafting Hormonal Therapy 5/1/2015 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Surgery 5/19/2016 Reconstruction (left): Latissimus dorsi flap Hormonal Therapy Aromasin (exemestane)
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May 29, 2014 08:30AM Rosiesride wrote:

not many posts lately...if anyone on here can answer something about path report it's appreciated...mine says sentinel lymph  node#1..."positive for metastatic tumor in one lymph node...greatest Denison of metastatic tumor 1.2cm"...I had 3/11 nodes positive ..all removed w clear margins...I think Special K addressed this but does it mean that node caught it ?  Are you at greater risk for metastasis (sp)?? I guess you are at greater risk if you have lymph mode involvement anyway....I will also ask my MO... Rosie

Dx 12/17/2013, ILC, Right, <1cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 3/11 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 1/3/2014 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel, Underarm/Axillary Chemotherapy 2/10/2014 Adriamycin (doxorubicin), Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Radiation Therapy 6/19/2014 Breast, Lymph nodes Hormonal Therapy 8/29/2014 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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May 29, 2014 07:10PM Nocompromises2013 wrote:

hi Rosie 

I had 1/13 nodes and mine was 10mm. Who knows if it caught it all we hope so !!... That's why they give you chemo to try and mop up any rogue cells that might have slipped thru.  We just have to hope it did it's job well. I saw my BS this week and asked him if 10mm was big and laughed (nicely) and said they can be as big as a tennis ball !!!  Really the only thing we know for sure is the more lymph nodes affected ( usually 4 or more) then the more likely chance of any metastatic  occurance  down the line 

Also it's good to find out if the nodes came out easily with no extra capsular extension or were matted ( not a good thing). You mentioned clear node margins so sounds like at least it was all contained in the node 

I asked my onc about vasolymphatic invasion and she explained that the breast tissue slides they analyse after Mx are really only a snapshot. Of time. I couldn't work out why I had a node w/o vasolymphatic invasion and the snapshot in time makes sense to me. It was there but moved to the node - if that makes sense?? 

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 6/18/2013 Lymph node removal: Right, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Right Dx 6/27/2013, DCIS, Stage 0, Grade 1
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May 29, 2014 10:09PM Cleoland wrote:

Hi, I had 24 lymph nodes removed and so far still NED.  I won't lie, I am worried about recurrence and metastasis because of the positive lymph nodes.  At the same time my Oncologist like to remind me that I had a complete pathological responsed to neo adj chemotherapy...  

Dx 6/24/2011, IDC, Stage IIB, Grade 3, ER-/PR-, HER2+ Targeted Therapy 7/16/2011 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Chemotherapy 7/16/2011 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 11/30/2011 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Right, Underarm/Axillary Radiation Therapy 1/9/2012 Breast, Lymph nodes
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May 29, 2014 11:27PM Stenokim wrote:

Hi, all.  I had 1 of 12 nodes positive,  it was 3 mm.  My MO said that was tiny, if it's under 3 it's not even considered cancerous.  My KI 67 was a 3, which means slow growing.  My oncotype was a 14, 1 percent benefit from chemo, so I did not do chemo.  I had a mastectomy due to the size of my tumor versus the small size of my breast, no recon.  Four ROs reviewed my case for rads...of course they split, 2 said get rads, two said no.  I went with the no guys.  The only reason they considered rads was the one positive node.  My MO said I made the right decision on the rads.  I am on tamoxifen with no side effects except for no period since I started it, which no complaining here.  My one glitch was after I had made peace with my decisions and started the tamoxifen, two months out from surgery, my surgeon calls me out of the blue on a Friday afternoon to tell me I need to get chemo.  That threw me for a loop and frankly pissed me off.  My MO was out of town, they work together in the same office, and BS felt that due to my age at dx, 47, I should get chemo.  I was able to talk with my MO again the next week, who assured me I wasn't a candidate for chemo, as chemo goes after fast growing cells and mine were slow growing.  My MO said all BSs say everyone needs chemo.  I even contacted the "ask a doctor" at Johns Hopkins, a free online service for breast cancer patients, and they told me to listen to MO, not BS.   I was told I had an "old lady" cancer.  I was also told not to take that personally.  Ha. I had a lump for 28 years, was always told it was a fibrous cyst.  Finally had a routine mammo, a little late, I know, at age 47, but that's how I found mine.  Funny thing is, the only reason I went to doctor was I developed heartburn, which I had never had before, didn't know what it was, (possible heart attack), so thought I needed a 47,000 mile checkup. Ever since MX, I've not had heartburn again.  I had it for two straight months before DX.  Divine intervention, I believe.  Had I not had the heartburn, it may have been years before I ever went to doctor.  I was 41 at last check where doc said my lump was just a cyst, just as other three did since I found it at 18 yrs old.  Cancer must have grown under or into the lump I had.  I'm the only one in my family to ever have it.  We do have a family friend that is going to be 99 yrs old in December, and she had BC with lymph node involvement.  She fell down some stairs recently and didn't break a single bone.  Her doc said it was the years of tamoxifen that strengthened her bones that prevented any breaks.  I try to focus on those positive stories.  99 year old BC survivor!  Good luck to all of you gals, and I'll say a prayer for you all.  Kim

Dx 12/12/2013, IDC, Right, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 1, 1/12 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 12/18/2013 Lymph node removal: Right, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Right Hormonal Therapy 1/30/2014
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May 30, 2014 10:08AM bc101 wrote:

Wow, you have an AMAZING story, Kim. Thanks soo much for sharing!! (((hugs)))Smile

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May 30, 2014 08:11PM Xrayalli wrote:

Great story, Kim! I think your decisions are right for you and your outlook and attitude are awesome!

Alli Dx 11/6/2013, DCIS, Left, Stage 0, Grade 3, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 11/21/2013 Lumpectomy: Left Surgery 1/23/2014 Lymph node removal: Left; Mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement Dx 2/1/2014, IDC, Left, <1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 1, 1/19 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 2/18/2014 Lymph node removal: Left, Underarm/Axillary Chemotherapy 3/12/2014 Taxol (paclitaxel) Chemotherapy 6/11/2014 AC Surgery 9/22/2014 Reconstruction (left)
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Jun 1, 2014 08:57AM Vikingqueen wrote:

Do you know what it means when there is node positive with capsular extensions? Does this put more risk to vascular invasion? Can the surgeon be sure that nothing was disturbed on the outside of lymph node when it was removed.

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Jun 1, 2014 09:09AM SpecialK wrote:

Viking - are you referring to extracapsular extension?

BMX w/ TE 11/1/10, ALND 12/6/10. 15 additional surgeries. TCHx6 2/17-6/2/11. Herceptin until 1/19/12. Femara 8/1/11, Arimidex 6/20/12, back to Femara 6/18/13-present. Dx 9/27/2010, DCIS, Stage 0, Grade 3 Dx 9/27/2010, IDC, Right, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 2/14 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+ (IHC)
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Jun 2, 2014 10:57AM - edited Jun 2, 2014 10:57AM by bc101

Kim, I often wonder how long I had my tumor. Mine was referred to as a "well-behaved" tumor that was very slow growing. My ki-67 was 0.5%. It was scary though, because it was so large and ILC is often referred to as the sneaky cancer. I wonder... I had cysts in the past that had to be drained. It would be interesting to research my records to see if it was the same breast, but it was so long ago I don't think that clinic would even have my records anymore. The cancer's gone. That's all that matters. 

I consulted 3 different ROs regarding rads and they all said no, but that I could have it done if it made me feel better. One told me, just because you get radiation doesn't mean you won't get a recurrence. She seemed adamant that it was low benefit. So I opted out. I figure if I do get a recurrence, I'll do the rads at that time. 

Happy Healing!

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Jun 2, 2014 11:07AM Jennie93 wrote:

Viking - I had the extracapsular extension thing on two of my nodes - the MO said it was like the cancer filled up the node and then "overflowed" a bit.  Although it was one solid clump and easy to remove intact. (Sounds like you were wondering if some of it may have broken off and escaped during surgery?)   It does mean a slightly higher risk so it meant that chemo was a must for me.  "To mop up any stray cells that may have gotten into your bloodstream."  None of the docs seemed too concerned about it, though.  

49 at dx. Found on routine mammogram. Complications: cording, truncal LE. Dx 8/2012, IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 4/6 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 9/5/2012 Lymph node removal; Mastectomy: Left Chemotherapy 10/16/2012 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Radiation Therapy 3/24/2013 Lymph nodes, Chest wall Hormonal Therapy 5/23/2013 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Hormonal Therapy 2/1/2015 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Jun 2, 2014 02:05PM Vikingqueen wrote:


Yes special K it said I node positive axillary dissection 5 neg nodes. extracapsular extension on positive node. My surgeon called it all clear. my node tumor was larger than my breast tumor. They sent mine to Onco dx. Because I could join SWOG trial.hoping to fall into arm of no chemo, thinking they will be watching me carefully for years.

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Jun 2, 2014 04:05PM mmtagirl wrote:

Vikingqueen, I am in the SWOG RxPonder trial.  I got the chemo arm.  You will get a few more doctor appointments , blood draws, meetings with a clinical trial nurse.  I also have to track my SEs and meds for the trial.  I don't mind the extra work, I appreciate the extra appointments I will have in the coming years because it provides me with some additionL reassurance.  Good luck to you.

Dx 12/26/2013, IDC, 1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 1, 1/9 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 1/28/2014 Lymph node removal: Left, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Left; Prophylactic mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Chemotherapy 4/14/2014 Adriamycin (doxorubicin), Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxol (paclitaxel), Taxotere (docetaxel) Hormonal Therapy 10/5/2014 Radiation Therapy 11/2/2014 Breast
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Jun 2, 2014 05:17PM placid44 wrote:

My ki67 was 70 percent and I was advised to do rads, especially without having had an axillary dissection. They did rads to breast and nodes.

Ki67: 70%; beltwaybreastcancer.blogspot.com Dx 8/20/2012, IDC, 3cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 1/4 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2- Chemotherapy 8/28/2012 AC + T (Taxol) Surgery 2/11/2013 Mastectomy: Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Radiation Therapy 3/25/2013 Breast, Lymph nodes Surgery 11/24/2013 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right)
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Jun 2, 2014 08:55PM Stenokim wrote:

bc101, I had the same idea with the rads. I was told you can only have it done once to the chest wall, so I didn't want to waste my one chance if it was all clean, which they thought it was. Good margins and all, plus I had a mastectomy vs lumpectomy. Your BC sounds similar to mine. Mine was pretty big, 2.9 cm, but like I said, it took years to get that big.  I knew it was growing but thought it was just a cyst growing.  My docs think I had it for a couple years, the cancer part.  Who knows.  Your KI 67 was super low, that's awesome.  Do you mind me asking your age?  I'm 48.  Kim

Dx 12/12/2013, IDC, Right, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 1, 1/12 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 12/18/2013 Lymph node removal: Right, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Right Hormonal Therapy 1/30/2014
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Jun 3, 2014 12:02AM - edited Jun 3, 2014 12:03AM by bc101

I'm 57. Yes I felt mine growing, too, but thought it was a cyst. For a long time my cat kept walking on my boobs. I think she was trying to tell me about it!

I actually had a dream about my best friend who died 20 years ago of breast cancer. The next morning I woke up and felt my breast. I felt the tumor right away. All my mammograms were clean before this last one. I don't trust my primary clinic anymore. They didn't find it that whole time.

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Jun 4, 2014 09:51PM Stenokim wrote:

BC, I think you're right about your cat. I've heard several stories of pets "finding or sensing" cancer.  And then add the dream to it...that gives me chills. Your picture reminds me of God and heaven. I love it!

Dx 12/12/2013, IDC, Right, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 1, 1/12 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 12/18/2013 Lymph node removal: Right, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Right Hormonal Therapy 1/30/2014
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Jun 7, 2014 01:30PM bc101 wrote:

I just got back last night from an all-day excursion at the clinic last night... followed by a 3 hour drive in rush hour. The fun never ends.

So....last weekend I found a new raised area - almost like swelling - on my chest. They say I might have a seroma or fat necrosis. I'm scheduled for an ultrasound on Monday. Just wondering is this common to have almost 5 months out of surgery??? Oh yeah, and apparently I have a frozen shoulder. Nothing like going backwards in your recovery...

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Jun 7, 2014 01:48PM simplelife4real wrote:

bc, sorry to hear about the frozen shoulder.  Those are no fun, but they heal.  I had one about 4 years ago and I'm completely over it now.  I still do my PT exercises from time to time just to keep things limber.  I'm in a September 2013 chemo group and several of the ladies there have found similar raised spots that have been tested.  So far, so good for all of them.  Fat necrosis seems to be fairly common even some time out based on the number of ladies that have had to deal with it in that group.  I'll be in your pocket on Monday for your test.  Hope it is "unremarkable" and you have a wonderful day with NED.

Hugs,  Kay

Dx 8/1/2013, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 2/11 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2- Chemotherapy 9/5/2013 Taxol (paclitaxel) Chemotherapy 12/3/2013 AC Surgery 2/13/2014 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Left, Underarm/Axillary Radiation Therapy 4/1/2014 Breast, Lymph nodes
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Jun 7, 2014 01:54PM bc101 wrote:

Thanks Kay :)

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Jun 7, 2014 06:26PM Sereena wrote:

I am 3 years out from treatment and now have noticed a small hard pea sized lump close to the area of my ALND. Is it possible that there are still lymph nodes in that area.  Really concerned and have my routine MO visit coming up in 3 weeks.

Sereena Dx 12/1/2010, ILC, 1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 1, 3/26 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- Surgery 12/9/2010 Lumpectomy: Right Dx 12/10/2010, ILC, 1cm, Stage II, Grade 1, 3/26 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 12/27/2010 Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel Surgery 1/29/2011 Lymph node removal: Right, Underarm/Axillary
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Jun 7, 2014 11:18PM mmtagirl wrote:

Mary, sending positive energy your way for Monday!

Keep me posted on your shoulder.  You probably don't remember. But I had a fall on ice in February from ice...horrible winter in Michigsn, too....right shoulder has never been same. Non cancer side but, dang! 

You need a break, girl.  Hope you get some relief.

Ann

Dx 12/26/2013, IDC, 1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 1, 1/9 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 1/28/2014 Lymph node removal: Left, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Left; Prophylactic mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Chemotherapy 4/14/2014 Adriamycin (doxorubicin), Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxol (paclitaxel), Taxotere (docetaxel) Hormonal Therapy 10/5/2014 Radiation Therapy 11/2/2014 Breast
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Jun 8, 2014 09:28AM bc101 wrote:

Thanks Ann!

I fell too, but was able to catch myself with my good arm. My doc said who really knows what caused it. Just have to deal with it now. They want me to take high doses of NSAIDs but my stomach is giving me problems. Also don't want to do cortisone. 

I'm hoping it's nice on Monday so I can at least put the top down on my bug and enjoy some rays!

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Jun 9, 2014 08:10PM hopefortomorrow wrote:


bc101, I hope you had good news today! I had a seroma in my breast near the incision- it was well after I had ended treatment, 6 months out. I was scared out of my mind when they did the mamogram and had me stay for an ultrasound. It has gone away by itself.

Dx 10/13/2010, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 1/9 nodes, ER+/PR+ Surgery 10/26/2010 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel Chemotherapy 12/2/2010 Adriamycin (doxorubicin), Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxol (paclitaxel), Taxotere (docetaxel) Radiation Therapy 5/29/2011 Breast Hormonal Therapy 7/29/2011 Hormonal Therapy 8/3/2013 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Jun 10, 2014 11:31AM bc101 wrote:

Hi hope,

Yep, that was me, too! I almost started crying when they were doing the US. The scheduling was mixed up and by the time I was finally seen I was pretty stressed. Haven't heard from the doc yet. The radiologist said it didn't look like anything worrisome, although I'd still like to know what it is. Radiologist said it was just tissue, but the doc on Friday said it looked like fluid. I went online and read his notes and he wrote that he thought it could be the TE's leaking?? I put in a call to my PS's office to see if they have any ideas...

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Jun 10, 2014 01:22PM bc101 wrote:

Oh my gosh... the doc just called and I guess it's just fatty tissue! I'm so embarrassed! Guess I really DO need to lose some weight, lol! Oh well, thank goodness there's no problem - grateful for that!!!

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Jun 10, 2014 11:38PM hopefortomorrow wrote:


No! You shouldn't feel embarrassed! How could you have known? Breasts are fatty tissue anyways! Lol. Mine was fluid. So glad it is nothing majorly serious!

Dx 10/13/2010, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 1/9 nodes, ER+/PR+ Surgery 10/26/2010 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel Chemotherapy 12/2/2010 Adriamycin (doxorubicin), Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxol (paclitaxel), Taxotere (docetaxel) Radiation Therapy 5/29/2011 Breast Hormonal Therapy 7/29/2011 Hormonal Therapy 8/3/2013 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Jun 11, 2014 12:09AM bc101 wrote:

Thanks hope ... I'm glad I had it checked out. The area is above my tissue expanders in the center of my chest. I hadn't noticed it before, but it's probably part of the defect from my skin sparing mastectomy. I'm thinking that maybe the surrounding area was also swollen and had just recently gone down. It never ceases to amaze me how long it takes the body to recover from a BMX. 

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