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Topic: Stage IIb and 5+ years out, anyone?

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

Posted on: Oct 9, 2011 03:55PM

sundermom wrote:

I am quickly approaching the one year mark here and have my first round of scans post treatment in a couple of weeks. However, the local newspaper has been running stories left and right this month in which the focus is young women like myself (I was 37 at dx). In both stories today the women were stageIIb and eventually developed mets. I know I chose a very aggressive treatment plan (BMX, AND, chemo, rads and Tamoxifen) and there is not really anything else I can do, but hope and pray. Pinkoctober is really bringing me down and I could really use some encouragement. :(

Dx 11/8/2010, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIB, 2/32 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Mar 17, 2019 04:57PM MamaOz wrote:

Leftdue

thanks for the vit D / calcium tip!

Mamaoz : chemo 1/.17-4/17 AC/.paxitacil : 3/29 nodes Dx 12/5/2016, IDC, Right, 3cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 3/29 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Radiation Therapy 8/7/2017 Hormonal Therapy Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Mar 26, 2019 09:51PM Houston2016 wrote:

runrcrb, thanks for sharing. I have a PS but somehow I think he's not really talking to me about diep in detail. I know everyone recovers differently. The main things I am concerned about is recurrence.

Dx 4/5/2016, IDC, Left, Stage IIB, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 4/14/2016 AC + T (Taxol) Surgery 10/5/2016 Mastectomy: Left Radiation Therapy 12/13/2016 Whole-breast: Lymph nodes, Chest wall
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Mar 27, 2019 07:18AM Runrcrb wrote:

Houston- I have never read or heard of a connection between DIEP and recurrence. My instinct says that is an urban legend. Again, talk to your doctors. PM me if you want to talk more or see pictures.


Dx 6/27/2016, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IIB, Grade 1, 4/10 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 6/27/2016, ILC/IDC, Right, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 1, 4/10 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 9/21/2016 Lymph node removal: Right; Mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Chemotherapy 10/31/2016 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Radiation Therapy 2/8/2017 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes, Chest wall Hormonal Therapy 4/22/2017 Aromasin (exemestane) Surgery 12/12/2017 Reconstruction (right): DIEP flap
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Apr 7, 2019 10:40AM Lezza13 wrote:

This June will be 7 years and counting! Stage 2B, 3 positive lymph nodes. A double mastectomy with no reconstruction ( of which I am happy about) 3 rounds chemo T/C and no rads.

I am still on Tamoxifen with those not so fun hot flashes. Still wonder if I have to stay on it for 3 more years. Still get phantom pain but happy to be alive and breast free.

Nice to see other ladies on this forum.

Dx 12/30/2011, IDC, <1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 2/23 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 2/27/2012 Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right Hormonal Therapy 7/16/2012 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Apr 21, 2019 09:52PM ThinkingPositive wrote:

congratulations! I am approaching the 5 year mark. I was a 2 A Grade 3. Had 4 rounds of TC no rads. 1 positive node.

Dx 9/2014, DCIS/IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 1/17 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 10/22/2014 Lymph node removal: Left, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant, Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant Chemotherapy 12/4/2014 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Hormonal Therapy Femara (letrozole)
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Apr 21, 2019 10:03PM 7of9 wrote:

7 yrs out. Recurred 3 1/2 yrs... but another 3 1/2 yrs...after surgery, rads and chemo II ...and here I yam. Working, raising a then 2 yr old now 9. On vacation ....its worth it.

If you're going through hell, keep on going. You might get out before the devil even knows you're there. Dx 1/18/2012, IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 6/1/2012 Lymph node removal: Left; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Surgery 11/1/2012 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Dx 12/23/2015, IDC, Left, 2cm, Grade 2, 10/14 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 1/19/2016 Lymph node removal: Left, Underarm/Axillary Surgery 1/19/2016 Prophylactic ovary removal Radiation Therapy 2/11/2016 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes, Chest wall Chemotherapy 4/1/2016 Taxotere (docetaxel) Hormonal Therapy Arimidex (anastrozole)
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May 18, 2019 09:52PM AKJ wrote:

Stage 2b here. Just hit the 5 year mark. Everything’s a-ok

Dx 12/2/2013, IDC, Left, 4cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 3/17 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 1/20/2014 Lymph node removal: Left, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Left Chemotherapy 2/27/2014 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Radiation Therapy 5/18/2014 Lymph nodes, Chest wall Hormonal Therapy 7/4/2014 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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May 19, 2019 06:07AM jo6359 wrote:

AKJ- congratulations on your 5-year mark.

Dx 1/29/2018, DCIS, Right, Stage 0 Dx 1/29/2018, IDC, Right, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 1/18 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2+ (FISH) Targeted Therapy 2/15/2018 Perjeta (pertuzumab) Chemotherapy 2/15/2018 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel) Targeted Therapy 2/16/2018 Herceptin (trastuzumab)
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May 19, 2019 08:19AM - edited May 19, 2019 08:19AM by Lezza13

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Dx 12/30/2011, IDC, <1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 2/23 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 2/27/2012 Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right Hormonal Therapy 7/16/2012 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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May 21, 2019 07:18AM nora_az wrote:

Coming up on 9 years this September. IIa grade 3. Triple Positive. No recurrance (finger's crossed!)

DIEP with nipple sparing mastectomy on 10/13/10 TCH started 11/26/10 Anastrozole started 4/7/11 Hysterectomy/ooph and VATS (lung) surgery 5/22/12 diagnosis Coccidioidomycosis, not metastasis to the lungs as they thought. Yeahhh Dx 9/3/2010, IDC, 1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 2/17 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+
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May 23, 2019 07:38PM flannelette2 wrote:

11 years out. So far so good, far as I can tell. I am here looking for ruthbru, who years ago had a home remedy for arthritis involving raisins soaked in gin. Ruthbru knew the kind of raisins, kind of gin, and how and why it works. We started out here a long time ago, and she's still here, enjoying games! I'm amazed I remembered her name, but it came to me as I started typing.

I used to be Flannelette. then I was Zucchini. Now I'm flannelette 2. Dx 4/2008, IDC, Left, 6cm+, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 0/6 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 7/30/2008 Lymph node removal: Underarm/Axillary Surgery Lymph node removal: Underarm/Axillary
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Jun 27, 2019 03:00PM Houston2016 wrote:

congratulations to all ladies on this post, I would like to know how do you all monitor your breast with annual exam, mammogram, MRI or both? I had mammogram done in04/2018 that said dense tissue with benign calcification, then I did a US show normal. This year the I opted to do just full right breast US but I want MRI done for bilateral chest but the surgeon keep insisting that I do a Mammogram like its their protocol. I asked what's they look for if it's too dense. The nurse said Dr just don't want to look at MRI too many things on there. What do you think? Thank you.

Dx 4/5/2016, IDC, Left, Stage IIB, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 4/14/2016 AC + T (Taxol) Surgery 10/5/2016 Mastectomy: Left Radiation Therapy 12/13/2016 Whole-breast: Lymph nodes, Chest wall
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Jun 27, 2019 11:03PM - edited Jun 27, 2019 11:05PM by Cowgirl13

10 years out, Stage 2A, triple positive. I'm lucky, I don't worry about recurrence but I think that's because I don't have children. If I had children and grandchildren it would be very different. So glad I could live through my greatest fear--getting breast cancer and going through treatment--I told my oncologist that I would rather be dead than take chemo but I did fine with it. I had wonderful doctors, nurses, just everyone. Stopped arimidex at 7.5 years. Finally lost my chemo weight gain of 45 lbs. Ladies, you can do it and I know you are doing it.

Be the kind of woman that when your feet hit the floor each morning the Devil says: 'Oh crap! She's up! Dx 5/28/2009, IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+ Surgery 6/16/2009 Chemotherapy 8/3/2009 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel) Radiation Therapy 12/21/2009 Hormonal Therapy 2/23/2010 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Jun 29, 2019 10:33AM BCat34 wrote:

7 years out today!

Dx 6/30/2011, IDC, Left, 6cm+, Stage IIB, Grade 3, ER+/PR-, HER2- Chemotherapy 7/15/2012 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Ellence (epirubicin), Fluorouracil (5-fluorouracil, 5-FU, Adrucil), Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 1/24/2013 Mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): Nipple reconstruction, Nipple tattoo, Silicone implant, Tissue expander placement Hormonal Therapy Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Jun 29, 2019 04:25PM jo6359 wrote:

Bcat- congratulations.

Dx 1/29/2018, DCIS, Right, Stage 0 Dx 1/29/2018, IDC, Right, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 1/18 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2+ (FISH) Targeted Therapy 2/15/2018 Perjeta (pertuzumab) Chemotherapy 2/15/2018 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel) Targeted Therapy 2/16/2018 Herceptin (trastuzumab)
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Oct 9, 2019 11:21AM simplelife4real wrote:

I just recently passed the six year mark NED. I had triple negative breast cancer stage 2B. I had cancer remaining in my lymph nodes after neoadjuvant chemotherapy. I'm here to say that there is hope for anyone in that circumstance.

Dx 8/1/2013, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 2/11 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2- Chemotherapy 9/4/2013 Taxol (paclitaxel) Chemotherapy 12/2/2013 AC Surgery 2/12/2014 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Left, Underarm/Axillary Radiation Therapy 3/31/2014 Breast, Lymph nodes
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Oct 9, 2019 06:13PM - edited Oct 9, 2019 06:14PM by Rambros

I was stage 2b and just got to 5 years past my diagnosis date! I was diagnosed at age 36, 3.5 cm grade 3 tumor with 1cm lymph node. Oncotype score was 19.

Had a bilateral mastectomy (ended up with surgical complications so also had a lat flap surgery with reconstruction), chemo, radiation, and ovaries removed. Now I'm almost halfway thru 10 years of letrozole.

When I was going through everything my goal was to be done with active treatment before my 5 year started kindergarten. I did finish a few weeks before school started so I got to walk him in with my super short hair. Now he's a 4th grader and my younger son is in 1st grade. I'm so thankful for this time I've had & all of the memories we've made and hope to be here (and healthy) when they graduate.

Love reading these stories of so many of us living well after breast cancer. I know it gave me a lot of hope in the early days. 😊

Take care

Dx 10/8/2014, IDC, Left, 3cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 1/10 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH) Surgery 11/16/2014 Mastectomy: Left; Prophylactic mastectomy: Right Chemotherapy 1/5/2015 AC + T (Taxol) Radiation Therapy Lymph nodes, Chest wall Hormonal Therapy Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone), Zoladex (goserelin) Surgery Prophylactic ovary removal Hormonal Therapy Femara (letrozole)
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Oct 18, 2019 03:11PM Molly50 wrote:

Stage 2b 2.1 cm ER/PR + tumor in left breast with two pos lymph nodes (one was 1.7 cm) and lymphvascular invasion. Mastectomy and radiation were completed by the end of December 2015 so I am 4 years out from diagnosis. I have been on AI's for 4 years this month. First Arimidex and then exemestane. Arimidex was a nightmare for me.

54 years old. Chek2 mutation. Family history of BC. Oncotype Dx 13 Extensive LVI Dx 6/8/2015, IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 2/9 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH) Dx 7/29/2015, DCIS, Left, <1cm, Stage 0, Grade 2, ER+/PR+ Surgery 7/29/2015 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Underarm/Axillary Surgery 9/4/2015 Mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement Hormonal Therapy 10/13/2015 Arimidex (anastrozole) Radiation Therapy 10/20/2015 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes, Chest wall Hormonal Therapy 4/22/2016 Aromasin (exemestane) Surgery 7/22/2016 Prophylactic mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Surgery 3/21/2017 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant
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Nov 14, 2019 07:13AM Colt45 wrote:

Wife is 7 years out and doing well

Husband Dx 10/9/2012, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 1, 1/21 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 11/7/2012 Mastectomy: Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Chemotherapy 12/13/2012 AC Chemotherapy 2/7/2013 Taxol (paclitaxel)
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Nov 14, 2019 07:34PM Nas wrote:

Molly congratulations 🥰I always remember how you helped me by answering all my pms patiently when I was just diagnosed and scared.. wish you many many more healthy years

Colt, a big hug for your wife and for you as well for being such a supportive spouse .. my husband has been next to me in all the steps of this crazy journey ..I know how it can be hard for spouses and family to see their loved ones going through dark days,


Dx 12/5/2017, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 1, 1/8 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 12/14/2017 Mastectomy: Left, Right Radiation Therapy 2/7/2018 Breast, Lymph nodes Hormonal Therapy Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Nov 18, 2019 09:01PM cubbieblue wrote:

October was 5 years since diagnosis of Stage 2B 1 cm ER/PR+ tumor in left breast with lymphovascular invasion and positive nodes (one was twice as big as the tumor!) Lumpectomy, chemo, radiation and anastrozole -- probably for 10 yrs. Happy to hit the 5 year mark and can say that I finally have days where I don't think about cancer.

Dx 10/6/2014, IDC, <1cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 2/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 11/5/2014 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Chemotherapy 1/6/2015 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Radiation Therapy 5/11/2015 Whole-breast Hormonal Therapy 6/30/2015 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Nov 18, 2019 10:01PM Nancy2581 wrote:

Five years out. Chemo, rads tamoxifen and now letrozole. Go see my oncologist next month. I was 51 when diagnosed and now I’m 57.

2.8 cm tumor with LVI Dx 6/11/2014, IDC, Right, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 1, 1/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC) Surgery 6/24/2014 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel Chemotherapy 7/22/2014 AC + T (Taxol) Hormonal Therapy 1/28/2015 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Radiation Therapy 1/29/2015 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes Hormonal Therapy 12/17/2017 Femara (letrozole)

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