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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 02:55PM

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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Apr 11, 2013 02:00PM ahdjdbcjdjdbkf wrote:

Thank you so much to all who chimed in on this post. I NEED to hear this. I passed my one year mark on 3/3/2013. I'm still here! I have a PET scan tomorrow and am scared out of my wits. My sister was stage IIb, ER+, grade 2 and she is 10 years NED!

Dx 3/2/2012, IDC, Right, 3cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 1/12 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2+ (FISH) Dx 3/2/2012, IDC, 1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 1/12 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2+ Surgery 3/22/2012 Mastectomy: Left, Right Chemotherapy 4/5/2012 AC + T (Taxol) Targeted Therapy 6/27/2012 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Radiation Therapy 10/7/2012 3DCRT: Breast, Lymph nodes Surgery 1/27/2013 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Surgery 8/6/2013 Reconstruction (right): Latissimus dorsi flap Surgery 8/6/2013 Reconstruction (left) Surgery 2/24/2014 Reconstruction (left): Nipple reconstruction; Reconstruction (right): Nipple reconstruction
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Jul 4, 2013 05:02PM katarinaketty wrote:

Hi, can someone explain difference between so called micro mets to lymph nodes and other forms of cancer that spread to nodes?
(I apologise for my bad english, I m from Europe and learned english only in school)

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Jul 5, 2013 01:36PM Colt45 wrote:

Somebody with better knowledge than me will come along, but in the interim, I'll offer this: I think micromets are just a smaller amount of the cancer in a lymph node than a macromet.

You can have a few cells or a foci under 2mm at it's greatest diameter in a node and I believe that would be called a micromet.

Husband Dx 10/9/2012, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 1, 1/21 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 11/6/2012 Mastectomy: Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Chemotherapy 12/12/2012 AC Chemotherapy 2/6/2013 Taxol (paclitaxel)
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Aug 15, 2013 02:24PM maltomlin wrote:

Hi 5 years out with 3  nodes involved. I'm doing great and am working through my bucket list!

xx

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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Aug 15, 2013 04:42PM flannelette wrote:

Hi - 5 yrs out as of July 30 (mx in 2008) and fine, as far as I can tell - well, except for darned arimidex

Dx 7/2008, IDC, 6cm+, Stage IIB, 0/6 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 7/29/2008 Mastectomy: Left Chemotherapy 9/30/2008 CEF Radiation Therapy 1/9/2009 Hormonal Therapy 2/14/2009 Arimidex (anastrozole) Surgery 7/19/2012 Lymph node removal: Right, Underarm/Axillary Dx 7/20/2012, 0/6 nodes
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Aug 15, 2013 04:44PM Colt45 wrote:

Always love when you check in, Maltomlin!

Husband Dx 10/9/2012, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 1, 1/21 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 11/6/2012 Mastectomy: Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Chemotherapy 12/12/2012 AC Chemotherapy 2/6/2013 Taxol (paclitaxel)
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Aug 15, 2013 04:45PM Colt45 wrote:

Awesome, Flannelette! You're another beacon of hope.

Husband Dx 10/9/2012, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 1, 1/21 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 11/6/2012 Mastectomy: Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Chemotherapy 12/12/2012 AC Chemotherapy 2/6/2013 Taxol (paclitaxel)
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Aug 15, 2013 05:00PM NatsFan wrote:

Stage 2b,Grade 3 tumor, with a postive lymph node - 5.5 years later and still going strong.  Ran my first half marathon in April - and I was in no way shape or form a runner before b/c!

Mary Dx 12/31/2007, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 1/15 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Aug 15, 2013 05:34PM Colt45 wrote:

And, of course, hearing from Mary is ALWAYS good. Way to go, NatsFan!

Husband Dx 10/9/2012, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 1, 1/21 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 11/6/2012 Mastectomy: Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Chemotherapy 12/12/2012 AC Chemotherapy 2/6/2013 Taxol (paclitaxel)
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Aug 16, 2013 04:42PM flannelette wrote:

just to make COLT feel better - I had a huge tumor (about 8-10 cm) AND a score of 9 out of 9 on the rapid cell division hooliganism scale. (there is a correct name for this - Nottingham or richardson or something)

Dx 7/2008, IDC, 6cm+, Stage IIB, 0/6 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 7/29/2008 Mastectomy: Left Chemotherapy 9/30/2008 CEF Radiation Therapy 1/9/2009 Hormonal Therapy 2/14/2009 Arimidex (anastrozole) Surgery 7/19/2012 Lymph node removal: Right, Underarm/Axillary Dx 7/20/2012, 0/6 nodes
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Aug 16, 2013 05:00PM Colt45 wrote:

Flannelette:

Making COLT feel better is always allowed. You are quickly becoming one of my favorites.

God bless.

Husband Dx 10/9/2012, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 1, 1/21 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 11/6/2012 Mastectomy: Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Chemotherapy 12/12/2012 AC Chemotherapy 2/6/2013 Taxol (paclitaxel)
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Aug 26, 2013 11:21AM claireship1 wrote:

I am in the process of coming off Aromasin in order to try one of the others, I am 52, getting terrible joint problems. Have you ever managed to acertain whether the pain is actually indicative of damage to your joints?

I have also had problems with my speech, more in terms of word confusion than actual speaking and my eyesight has deteriorated quite noticeably.

I am thinking of asking to try Letrozole as the joint problems reported seem to be marginally less on that, my alternative is Anastrozole. The other alternative is back on Tamoxifen which I didnt have many problems with but as I had a grade 3 DCI with 4 positive lymph nodes implicated I feel that I should stick with AI's.

Any advice about the side effects of these two would be welcome. 

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Aug 26, 2013 11:43AM maltomlin wrote:

Especially for you Colt 45.

I'm doing just great. 5 years on, OK I have some s/e but nothing I can't handle. Life is good and I'm thankful for the opportunity to enjoy life again.

Take care.......you'll get there.

xx

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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Aug 26, 2013 01:08PM flannelette wrote:

well. I can't help it. have to gripe a little, so here it is. will they never leave me alone? no. I had the weensiest tiny granule of something in my lung last summer when they were trying their darndest to find one bc cell hidden somewhere in me (because I had enlarged lymph nodes, stemming from the rash from hell, they had to concede).

I had every test going, including 6 lymph nodes removed for dissection. nope. nada. then around last Xmas they just HAD to do another CT scan  - or was it an MRI? I've lost track, on my lung again. Nope, the teensy granule had not budged one nano-particle of an inch, causing them to say it's no doubt a scar left over from an old lung infection. Great!

But, is that not good enough? NO! I just had a friggin call asking me to come in for yet ANOTHER ct scan on my lung, this November. arghhhhhhhhhhhhh! Just when you think you're out of it......whammo, they pull the string. so, my utter conviction that it is just a scar turns to a little bit of doubt, and it takes all I have to not let it wreck my day....sigh..right now I know I should be thankful but there's an overwhelimg urge to just tell them to F* Off while I run away

Dx 7/2008, IDC, 6cm+, Stage IIB, 0/6 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 7/29/2008 Mastectomy: Left Chemotherapy 9/30/2008 CEF Radiation Therapy 1/9/2009 Hormonal Therapy 2/14/2009 Arimidex (anastrozole) Surgery 7/19/2012 Lymph node removal: Right, Underarm/Axillary Dx 7/20/2012, 0/6 nodes
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Aug 26, 2013 03:15PM - edited Aug 26, 2013 03:20PM by sam52

clairship1......I think you may get appropriate replies if you repost in a forum that deals directly with endocrine therapy (such as Hormonal Therapy- before,during and after; anastrozole side effects etc etc) or put 'aromasin' into search and you should find posts you could add yours to.

Best to you,

Sam (in UK too)

dx Oct 2001 IDC 1.6cm, stage II, grade 3, 3/11 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Aug 27, 2013 01:45AM NisaVilla wrote:

Flannelette - I agree with Colt. I love reading your posts and you are quickly becoming a favorite as well. Please keep writing and never go away...we need you here.

Today was my last chemo and I want to be here supporting others in 5 years out! This community has been such a source of strength. Thanks, Nisa

Dx 3/22/2013, ILC/IDC, Left, 6cm+, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- Dx 3/22/2013, LCIS/DCIS, Right, 6cm+, Grade 2, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR- Surgery 4/23/2013 Mastectomy: Left, Right Chemotherapy 6/23/2013 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Hormonal Therapy 9/30/2013 Arimidex (anastrozole) Surgery 12/26/2013 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Surgery 12/4/2014 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Surgery 9/23/2015 Reconstruction (left): Fat grafting, Nipple reconstruction; Reconstruction (right): Fat grafting, Nipple reconstruction
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Aug 27, 2013 02:55AM flannelette wrote:

NisaVille - congrats on your last chemo...whew, turn the page, seems like the heavy duty part is over.....is it rads next? Hey, your dx is practically the same as mine. IMHO rads = piece of cake! Except, perhaps, if you are in the US, you seem to get twice as many as we do in Canada...I think we end up about the same, except I guess they make ours twice as strong & do it less?(15)

Dx 7/2008, IDC, 6cm+, Stage IIB, 0/6 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 7/29/2008 Mastectomy: Left Chemotherapy 9/30/2008 CEF Radiation Therapy 1/9/2009 Hormonal Therapy 2/14/2009 Arimidex (anastrozole) Surgery 7/19/2012 Lymph node removal: Right, Underarm/Axillary Dx 7/20/2012, 0/6 nodes
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Aug 27, 2013 01:53PM JDB53 wrote:

Flannelette,

My wife has nodes on her lungs that were there 3 years ago. She went to her pulmonary doctor every three years to watch it and it never budged. She has asthma and they were caused from scarring. Sounds just like you.

 I can only imagine the hoopla thats gonna cause when she goes for her scan. Im gonna have to explain it to them!

Husband to my high school sweetheart! Be Kind; Everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle. Dx 4/26/2013, IDC, 1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 1, 3/16 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 6/4/2013 Lymph node removal: Right, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Chemotherapy 7/9/2013 AC + T (Taxol) Radiation Therapy 11/4/2013 Breast, Lymph nodes Hormonal Therapy 11/25/2013 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Aug 29, 2013 07:38AM tina1997 wrote:

My dear sisters in survival,

This is my first post to this board.  I remember how frightened I was when first diagnosed and how I frantically looked for long term survivors to make sure that there actually were some around.  I was diagnosed at age 37 with a 4.5 cm inv. ductal tumor with 8 positive lymph nodes.  I am estrogen +.  I had chemo (AC), a stem cell transplant, radiation, tamoxifan, and arimidex (which I am still taking).  

I was diagnosed on my oldest son's 6th birthday.  My younger son was 4 at the time.  On Friday, my oldest son celebrates his 22nd birthday!!! I will celebrate my 16th anniversary of being a survivor and still NED.  When I was newly diagnosed, I was introduced to another young survivor who was three years out at the time.  She also had a stem cell transplant because she had 23 positive nodes.  We are still close friends and she is a 19 year survivor and NED.

We survivors are still out here.  Believe it or not, the longer time goes by, the less you think about it. We get busy with other things and don't come to these boards anymore.  Be strong and know that we are here.

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Aug 29, 2013 09:15AM JDB53 wrote:

WOW AMAZING STORY TINA! Can you tell me about the Stem cell thing, how does that work?

Husband to my high school sweetheart! Be Kind; Everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle. Dx 4/26/2013, IDC, 1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 1, 3/16 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 6/4/2013 Lymph node removal: Right, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Chemotherapy 7/9/2013 AC + T (Taxol) Radiation Therapy 11/4/2013 Breast, Lymph nodes Hormonal Therapy 11/25/2013 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Aug 30, 2013 12:05PM wildrumara wrote:

Wow!  That is amazing!   They don't do stem cell transplants anymore for breast cancer, correct?   Just curious, did you have your ovaries removed, or have any sort of ovarian supression since you were diagnosed so young?  

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. Dx 8/23/2011, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 2/20 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 9/30/2011 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 2/29/2012 Hormonal Therapy 3/27/2012 Hormonal Therapy 5/8/2014 Arimidex (anastrozole) Dx 2/8/2018, IDC, Stage IV, metastasized to other, mets, ER-/PR-, HER2-
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Aug 31, 2013 07:05AM lago wrote:

★ ✩ ★ ✩ ★ Today marks 3 years NED for me. ★ ✩ ★ ✩ ★

No nodes but a really big (6.5cm in totally… 5.5 IDC) HER2+,Er+, Pr+ tumor
Plans on playing the lottery later today. Wish me luck.

DONE!! goo.gl/IoaN6U • Tattoos 2.7.2012 • Nipples 10.6.2011 • Exchange 6.24.2011 • Chemo 1.18. 2011 • BMX 8.31.2010 Dx 7/13/2010, IDC, 5cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 0/14 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+
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Aug 31, 2013 05:42PM nora_az wrote:

Congrats to everyone!

Tuesday marks my 3 year "dreaded cancer diagnosis" date. October 2010 was the actual surgery. 

Happy to report the past year has been quite blissful other than the stupid anastrozole joint problems. I am scared to death to try anything else because I dont want the cancer to come back. I just turned 50 in June. Had a HUGE birthday party because back when I got this diagnosis I never thought I'd see my 50th. 

Things are well. I don't get on here too much because to be quite honest I don't thinking about it too often anymore....which is a GOOD thing.

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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Sep 1, 2013 08:30PM KaseyAnne wrote:

Well I was not Stage 2, but stage 4.  Seven years ago! Did 6 rounds of FAC, 12 Abraxane and a Stem Cell Transplant at MD Anderson.  Finished with all that in 2007 and have been cancer free since then!

DX-9/06, stage 4 mets to the bone/ Stem Cell Transplant 2007/ Chemotherapy 10/19/2006 Abraxane (albumin-bound or nab-paclitaxel), Adriamycin (doxorubicin), Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Fluorouracil (5-fluorouracil, 5-FU, Adrucil)
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Sep 1, 2013 08:49PM Believe4Life wrote:

Kasey Anne-very encouraging! What have you been on since 2007? Where was your spread? What type? You give me hope... :)

Surgery 10/14/2007 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel, Underarm/Axillary Targeted Therapy 11/18/2007 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Chemotherapy 11/18/2007 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel) Hormonal Therapy 5/25/2008 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Sep 2, 2013 05:25AM lago wrote:

Wow KaseyAnne  that is fantastic.

DONE!! goo.gl/IoaN6U • Tattoos 2.7.2012 • Nipples 10.6.2011 • Exchange 6.24.2011 • Chemo 1.18. 2011 • BMX 8.31.2010 Dx 7/13/2010, IDC, 5cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 0/14 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+
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Sep 2, 2013 06:12AM JDB53 wrote:

Hooray for all of you wonderful ladies!

Husband to my high school sweetheart! Be Kind; Everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle. Dx 4/26/2013, IDC, 1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 1, 3/16 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 6/4/2013 Lymph node removal: Right, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Chemotherapy 7/9/2013 AC + T (Taxol) Radiation Therapy 11/4/2013 Breast, Lymph nodes Hormonal Therapy 11/25/2013 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Sep 2, 2013 08:02AM nora_az wrote:

Kasey Ann!   How wonderful!  Congrats

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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Sep 6, 2013 09:22AM Colt45 wrote:

@Maltomlin:

Thanks. Having you looking out for my wife and me means a lot.

Husband Dx 10/9/2012, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 1, 1/21 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 11/6/2012 Mastectomy: Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Chemotherapy 12/12/2012 AC Chemotherapy 2/6/2013 Taxol (paclitaxel)
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Sep 8, 2013 06:52PM Girlstrong wrote:

Lago: a big "Congratulations" to you on your 3 year anniversary. This inspires me :)

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 7/30/2013 AC Chemotherapy 10/29/2013 Taxotere (docetaxel) Targeted Therapy 10/30/2013 Perjeta (pertuzumab) Targeted Therapy 10/30/2013 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Surgery 1/28/2014 Lymph node removal: Left, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Left; Prophylactic mastectomy: Right Radiation Therapy 3/9/2014 Breast, Lymph nodes Surgery 10/23/2014 Reconstruction (left): Nipple reconstruction, Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Nipple reconstruction, Silicone implant Surgery 5/13/2015 Reconstruction (left): Nipple tattoo; Reconstruction (right): Nipple tattoo Surgery

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