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Topic: Stage II w/Lymph Node Involvement

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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May 14, 2021 12:12PM LittleBungle wrote:

Hi everyone 👋

Loved reading some of your stories. I’m part way through treatment, due to start hormone therapy and radiotherapy soon. Have had surgery and chemo (just finished!)

I’ve noticed quite a bit of back pain over the past 4-6 eels feels like I’ve bashed the rib area of my back below my shoulder. V tender but no bruise or similar. I called my breast care nurse this morning and after she spoke to my surgeon they promptly booked me in for a bone scan on Tuesday!! Am worried now - and I was worried before! Am hoping and praying it’s nothing. After all surely I can’t have developed a bone mets already- can I?? I had a previous bone scan back in Sept 2020 before my surgery and all good and clear!! Could chemo and mastectomy/lymph node removal be the cause of this pain? Is it age related?? I’m 47 and before all this would have said a young 47 😂😂 not so sure now

Dx IDC stage II Sept 2020 multi focal on MRI right mastectomy and lymph node removal Chemo EC and Paclitaxel
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Jun 5, 2021 06:05AM Emily21 wrote:

Hi, oncotype 51,3 pos nodes. Just finished treatment, my ribs are sore too, I'm presuming my radiotherapy has caused it but not sure. I'm starting letrozole next week. Any advice out there?

Dx 9/4/2020, IDC, Right, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 3/31 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH) Surgery 9/23/2020 Lumpectomy Hormonal Therapy Arimidex (anastrozole) Radiation Therapy 3DCRT: Breast, Lymph nodes, Chest wall Chemotherapy AC + T (Taxol)
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Jun 16, 2021 03:19PM cathy67 wrote:

PebblesV,

Did routine mammogram today, it is clear! Will back in six months for calcification follow- up.

It is 2yrs anniversary for me.

Thanks all the ladies here.

Oncotype 6, Dx 08/06/2019, IDC, Right, 2.1 cm, Grade2, 1/1 nodes,ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 9/10/2019 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Hormonal Therapy 11/20/2019 Arimidex (anastrozole) Radiation Therapy 11/27/2019 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes
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Jun 16, 2021 10:44PM Esther01 wrote:

Congratulations Cathy on your two year anniversary!!! That's awesome!!! Sounds like you're doing great.

I'm only six days out of surgery with radiation ahead, but already started changing my body at the cellular level. Otherwise I'd have the same cellular issues that got me into trouble in the first place. Systemic and digestive enzymes, lots of water every day and the right foods with minimal bad foods. I hope to join you someday with those great anniversary experiences!

Awesome news!

Blessings,

Esther

Grateful to Jesus, that His love finally broke through to me. "With one touch, You just rolled away the stone that held my heart," - Lyrics by Keith Green, " 7 weeks of Radiation including supraclavicular nodes. Dx 12/2020, IDC, Stage IIB, 5/11 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Hormonal Therapy 12/20/2020 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Surgery 6/9/2021 Lumpectomy; Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Reconstruction (left) Radiation Therapy 8/4/2021 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes
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Jun 17, 2021 12:05AM cathy67 wrote:

Esther01,

Thanks! Yes, we will have lots of anniversary.

Oncotype 6, Dx 08/06/2019, IDC, Right, 2.1 cm, Grade2, 1/1 nodes,ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 9/10/2019 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Hormonal Therapy 11/20/2019 Arimidex (anastrozole) Radiation Therapy 11/27/2019 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes
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Jun 21, 2021 07:59AM brittonkb wrote:

LittleBungle - Did you have your bone scan? I'm 49 and also had quite a bit of back pain for about 2 months during/after chemo. I finally did have a scan and all checked out ok. My MO had told me that, while possible to develop bone mets during chemo, it would be rare.

Dx 4/29/2020, IDC, Right, 4cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 3/13 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC) Surgery 5/20/2020 Lumpectomy; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Surgery 7/6/2020 Lymph node removal: Underarm/Axillary Chemotherapy 8/3/2020 AC + T (Taxol) Radiation Therapy 1/20/2021 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes
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Aug 3, 2021 11:18PM - edited Aug 3, 2021 11:19PM by PebblesV

@cathy67 - CONGRATS!!! Always nice to have that relief of a clear mammogram.

@LittleBungle - keep us posted on what you find? Bone scan isn't necessarily for bone mets but maybe just to see if you have a broken bone? Hope its OK.

@SelenaWolf - thank you for posting and sharing an inspiring story! Just curious, were you on Tamoxifen or any hormonal therapy post-active treatment or not?

For everyone posting the encouraging stories of survival, thank you thank you. It's so helpful to all of us still going through this. August is the 'cancer-versary' of when I was first diagnosed 3 years ago. So far I am in the clear with a clear mammogram a few months ago, but also I'm still taking Tamoxifen and I think as long as I am still on medication for this, it feels very present. Hoping it can be more and more in the rear view mirror.

Dx 9/7/2018, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 2/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH) Surgery 9/18/2018 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Radiation Therapy 10/29/2018 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes Hormonal Therapy Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Aug 3, 2021 11:52PM Esther01 wrote:

Congratulations, Pebbles, on your three year anniversary! That's awesome!!

I agree, it's very encouraging to hear stories of long term survival and thriving, even when lymph nodes are involved. The nodes were doing what they were meant to do and protected us. I had 5 involved nodes (egads!) yet my MO and RO are both very confident it won't return. I start seven weeks of radiation two days from now.

I will continue Tamoxifen for awhile. I wasn't keen on it but my integrative doctor isn't worried about my taking it. She has lots of cancer patients and they don't have problems on it, nor have I. She kind of whipped me into shape quickly when I was first diagnosed and I'm going to continue it. She put me on a clean, natural (no processed food) diet, lots of water, good supplements, exercise, intermittent fasting. Oh, and I am a blood type A. We don't digest as well on the whole, so she has me on digestive enzymes with meals. I'm so glad that you are thriving at your three year mark. Very encouraging!

Blessings to you,

Esther

Grateful to Jesus, that His love finally broke through to me. "With one touch, You just rolled away the stone that held my heart," - Lyrics by Keith Green, " 7 weeks of Radiation including supraclavicular nodes. Dx 12/2020, IDC, Stage IIB, 5/11 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Hormonal Therapy 12/20/2020 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Surgery 6/9/2021 Lumpectomy; Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Reconstruction (left) Radiation Therapy 8/4/2021 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes
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Aug 4, 2021 01:26PM cathy67 wrote:

PebblesV,

I was also diagnosed in August, two years ago, this month is my two years anniversary, and my 54th birthday.

Lets celebrate our anniversary together in every August, lots and lots of August.


Oncotype 6, Dx 08/06/2019, IDC, Right, 2.1 cm, Grade2, 1/1 nodes,ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 9/10/2019 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Hormonal Therapy 11/20/2019 Arimidex (anastrozole) Radiation Therapy 11/27/2019 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes
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Aug 4, 2021 01:30PM Esther01 wrote:

Hurray, Cathy, that's WONDERFUL! Congratulations on your two year milestone as you celebrate your 54th Birthday!!

And many more.....

Blessings,

Esther

Grateful to Jesus, that His love finally broke through to me. "With one touch, You just rolled away the stone that held my heart," - Lyrics by Keith Green, " 7 weeks of Radiation including supraclavicular nodes. Dx 12/2020, IDC, Stage IIB, 5/11 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Hormonal Therapy 12/20/2020 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Surgery 6/9/2021 Lumpectomy; Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Reconstruction (left) Radiation Therapy 8/4/2021 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes
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Aug 4, 2021 03:32PM PebblesV wrote:

Esther - thank you for the positive words and cheering for you as well! We can make it through with tamoxifen together.

CathyV - yes to celebrating August and many, many, many more August celebrations ahead!!

Dx 9/7/2018, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 2/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH) Surgery 9/18/2018 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Radiation Therapy 10/29/2018 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes Hormonal Therapy Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Aug 4, 2021 05:21PM cathy67 wrote:

Esther01,

Thanks!

Yes, all of us will have!


Oncotype 6, Dx 08/06/2019, IDC, Right, 2.1 cm, Grade2, 1/1 nodes,ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 9/10/2019 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Hormonal Therapy 11/20/2019 Arimidex (anastrozole) Radiation Therapy 11/27/2019 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes
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Aug 6, 2021 07:39PM smiling_brenda wrote:

Just had my MRI. I'm 1.5 years cancer free!

Xoxo

Dx at 34. Oncotype 22. Dx 5/1/2019, IDC, Right, <1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 1/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 6/10/2019 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Chemotherapy 8/1/2019 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Radiation Therapy 12/9/2019 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes Hormonal Therapy 2/1/2020 Arimidex (anastrozole), Zoladex (goserelin)
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Aug 6, 2021 11:54PM Esther01 wrote:

Congratulations, SmilingBrenda, that's wonderful. You are all inspiring me and I am so glad to hear your stories.

After my second radiation session today, I was telling my sister how I dislike the very long beep the radiation machine makes as it's radiating my poor healthy cells. She said, "When you hear that sound, think instead about how it is blasting any remaining cancer stem cells out of your body and into oblivion!" A good shift in perspective.

Have a beautiful weekend! I'm looking forward to coffee outside in the garden and watching the new Hallmark movie premiering this weekend. Ha! Sometimes it's the simple things...

Blessings and sleep well,

Esther

Grateful to Jesus, that His love finally broke through to me. "With one touch, You just rolled away the stone that held my heart," - Lyrics by Keith Green, " 7 weeks of Radiation including supraclavicular nodes. Dx 12/2020, IDC, Stage IIB, 5/11 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Hormonal Therapy 12/20/2020 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Surgery 6/9/2021 Lumpectomy; Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Reconstruction (left) Radiation Therapy 8/4/2021 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes
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Aug 8, 2021 10:45AM cathy67 wrote:

SmilingBrenda,

Congrats! Yes, we will be smiling after every checkup.



Oncotype 6, Dx 08/06/2019, IDC, Right, 2.1 cm, Grade2, 1/1 nodes,ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 9/10/2019 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Hormonal Therapy 11/20/2019 Arimidex (anastrozole) Radiation Therapy 11/27/2019 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes
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Aug 10, 2021 02:30PM PebblesV wrote:

Congrats on 1.5 years cancer free SmilingBrenda!

And Esther I think your sister's advice is a great positive way to look at things.

Dx 9/7/2018, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 2/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH) Surgery 9/18/2018 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Radiation Therapy 10/29/2018 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes Hormonal Therapy Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Aug 10, 2021 07:07PM HomeMom wrote:

MY BS didn't send my labs away to get an oncotype, she said because I had node involvement! I"m not sure if that is something that has changed over the past 7 years or not. I was told I had "good guy cancer" because it was hormone positive which she said we could control with an AI, plus it was grade 1.

I was 54 and going through the beginning of menopause, so I'm on Arimidex. Which brings up a question for the ER+ women here. Has your MO brought up taking Arimidex for another 5 years after your first 5? Total 10. She told me about a study that showed significant reduction in recurrence if you go 10 years instead of 5. It also included women who took Tamoxifen for the first 5 years then switched to Arimidex for another 5. I balked at that so she said there was a study that said 7 was as good as 10. So I did another 2 years. Now after 2 years she wants me to do the other 3. Because I had node involvement, even though the 7 year study said that the only difference between 7 and 10 was that there were more broken bones in the women who went 10 years. My bone scan showed I have osteopenia, so I'll have to have a Prolia shot every six months to do the additional 3 years.

Is anyone at this stage like me?

Dx 3/31/2014, IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IIIA, Grade 1, 4/29 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 4/15/2014 Lumpectomy: Left Surgery 5/6/2014 Lymph node removal: Left, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement Chemotherapy 5/30/2014 AC Chemotherapy 7/25/2014 Taxol (paclitaxel) Radiation Therapy 10/16/2014 Hormonal Therapy 12/15/2014 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Aug 21, 2021 01:34PM warrior70 wrote:

Hi, it's Warrior 70 here...I don't come on this board often, but in the early stages I was on here for hours each day, searching for hope. I was diagnosed in 2013; you can see my stats....anyway, as of right now, I am clear. I still have a TE in (long story, but it's lifestyle/financial rather than medical), and I went though menopause during chemo, but I am living a full life, have seen my two daughters reach many milestones, and am even beginning to plan for a retirement that I hope will happen. Warrior517 gave me hope when I was at the outset of my journey, and I am still friends on FB with the vast majority of the people who went through chemo with me now EIGHT years ago. I am counting down to the end of Arimidex (2.5ish years), and I am wishing the best for all of you too.

...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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Aug 21, 2021 08:15PM cathy67 wrote:

warrior70,

Thanks for being here, yes, your story encouraged me!

Oncotype 6, Dx 08/06/2019, IDC, Right, 2.1 cm, Grade2, 1/1 nodes,ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 9/10/2019 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Hormonal Therapy 11/20/2019 Arimidex (anastrozole) Radiation Therapy 11/27/2019 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes

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