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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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Sep 8, 2013 07:16PM lago wrote:

Thanks Girlstrong… did play the lottery. No win so back to work (and looking for a perm gig when this one ends in October). But still NED!

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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Nov 9, 2013 12:07PM Headeast wrote:

i am just reading about KaseyAnne. I am thrilled! Congratulations!

Surgery 8/20/2013 Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Surgery 8/20/2013 Lymph node removal: Right, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Left Chemotherapy 10/1/2013 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Chemotherapy 10/22/2013 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Chemotherapy 11/12/2013 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Chemotherapy 12/3/2013 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Hormonal Therapy 12/24/2013 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Surgery 1/30/2014 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Surgery 5/15/2014 Reconstruction (left): Nipple reconstruction; Reconstruction (right): Nipple reconstruction Hormonal Therapy 7/15/2014 Fareston (toremifene) Hormonal Therapy 11/4/2014 Aromasin (exemestane) Dx IDC, 4cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 1/25 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Feb 5, 2014 12:11PM maltomlin wrote:

I'm still here...........coming up to 6 years out.............cruising to Norway in a few weeks .......and another to the Caribbean. Just got a little rescue dog........so plenty of walking.

In the early days you can't look into the future........you just cross one bridge at a time & you can't see any end to it ........but it comes..........Life is good..........

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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Apr 6, 2014 03:32AM mjm1 wrote:

I was recently reading a multi-page magazine article that was meant to raise awareness about breast cancer, and aside from one women having a prophalactic mastectomy, they were all families dealing with stage 4 cancer. These are very important messages to get out, but certainly not a cross-section of all women with breast cancer. I have been poring over a lot of bc research lately, and there are a LOT more women who are doing well at the 5 year mark than aren't. 

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Apr 6, 2014 03:42AM mjm1 wrote:

PS - but it's still incredibly comforting to read the posts from ACTUAL women with all different stages at diagnosis who are doing so well so far on - thanks ladies!! (it helps to combat the occasional wave of terror Smile)

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Apr 6, 2014 06:10AM lago wrote:

mjm1 I agree with you that most do make it and well past the 5 year mark. BTW August 31 will be my 4 years NED date but my 4 years from diagnosis is in a couple of months. I have no doubt that I'll make it.

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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Apr 27, 2014 03:57PM jennap wrote:


Just reached my 5th year with NED!  Feeling happy and healthy!  Stage 2B, triple positive, dx at 35yo. Love and hugs to all!

jenna Dx 3/20/2009, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 1/9 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+
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Apr 27, 2014 04:13PM lago wrote:

 Yay jennap!!! BTW I didn't know there was a Boston in MN

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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May 1, 2014 11:51AM Soccermom4force wrote:


Just wanted to stop by and say hello!!

 

9 years 5 months and counting...

 

hHappyugs,

Marcia

" I expect to pass through life but once. If therefore,there be any kindness I can show, or any good thing I can do to any fellow human being, let me do it now, as I shall not pass this way again." Dx 12/2/2004, LCIS/DCIS/IDC, Right, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 1/21 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+ (FISH)
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May 1, 2014 11:58AM lago wrote:

Soccermom4force I don't know if I'm the only one watching this thread but thank you for posting…
and a big BIG CONGRATULATIONS.

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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May 1, 2014 06:08PM Headeast wrote:

Soccermom, thank you for posting! We will be there soon! 

Surgery 8/20/2013 Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Surgery 8/20/2013 Lymph node removal: Right, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Left Chemotherapy 10/1/2013 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Chemotherapy 10/22/2013 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Chemotherapy 11/12/2013 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Chemotherapy 12/3/2013 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Hormonal Therapy 12/24/2013 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Surgery 1/30/2014 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Surgery 5/15/2014 Reconstruction (left): Nipple reconstruction; Reconstruction (right): Nipple reconstruction Hormonal Therapy 7/15/2014 Fareston (toremifene) Hormonal Therapy 11/4/2014 Aromasin (exemestane) Dx IDC, 4cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 1/25 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Jun 15, 2014 08:38PM katsOK wrote:

  • I am stage 2A and it has been 5 years since I was diagnosed.  I had my first chemo on June 11, 2009.   I had a 27 oncotype score, no positive nodes and a grade of 3.  I have had a few scares but they turned out to be something else, not breast cancer returning somewhere else.   I hope to stay on the medicine for 5 more years but do not know if the doctor will let me do that or not yet.  I have had bone loss so have to weigh that against taking the homone blocker.   Kathleen
Said Christopher Robin to Pooh: "You must remember this: You're braver than you believe and stronger than you seem and smarter than you think" Dx 4/1/2009, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Jul 4, 2014 12:14PM maltomlin wrote:

OK.........I'm over 6 years out & one thing I've learnt is................DON@T GOOGLE.............it does you no good.........

I know I did........but it was a serious mistake..........

Listen to your onc and follow their advice...........they know best.....

Google only worries you........you find stuff that doesn't apply to you (although you think it does)........you are worried...........plan your funeral  (I did)...........etc etc and I was absolutely bereft..........

Life is good now...............don't worry.......just get through the treatment and you'll be ok.

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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Jul 4, 2014 01:07PM sundermom wrote:

So glad to see this thread still up and running!!! I'm almost 4 years out now and time does seem to make the fear of recurrence a little easier to manage. At my 4-month check-up last week my ONC said we would no longer do a yearly PET scan in October. As nerve wrecking as that test was hearing the NED results always gave me a boost.  I think my ONC trying to slowly break up with me! lol

Dx 11/8/2010, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIB, 2/32 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Jul 4, 2014 10:17PM Claire_in_Seattle wrote:

Just got the "all clear at 5 years" yesterday. A bit too much champagne, but hey. I am here to consume it. Otherwise, life is just fab. - Claire

Completed all treatment (AC +T, lumpectomy, radiation and 5 years of AIs - anastrazole). Now celebrating every single day for the wonderful life I have been granted. Dx 8/2009, IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 1/21 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- (FISH)
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Jul 6, 2014 03:02PM bc101 wrote:

That is awesome, Claire!! CONGRATS and YAY to all the 5 year (and plus) survivors on this thread!! Thanks so much for checking in so we can be inspired by you all! 

Just curious - how many of you had PET scans or other scans throughout your follow-up? My docs follow the ASCO guidelines - no scans or bloodwork. How does one live with that? I'm having a really hard time with that .... wondering how to deal with the anxiety.

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Jul 6, 2014 03:05PM lago wrote:

bc101 My onc doesn't do blood tests. I did have 2 liver scans after chemo because there were some suspicious lesions but 1 went away and the others stable so pretty sure they are cysts. I haven't been scanned in almost 2 years. I'm almost 4 years NED. To be honest I don't want any extra radiation if I don't need it.

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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Jul 6, 2014 03:18PM bc101 wrote:

That makes sense - I don't want anymore radiation exposure either. But I haven't had any scans since diagnosis. Anyone else?

Thanks lago!

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Jul 24, 2014 03:08PM Lissee wrote:


In June 2014, I received the amazing news that the cancer was in remission.  I cried tears of joy the entire day.  My unsolicited advise....  examine your life, what you eat, what you are exposed to, how you manage stress, all of it.  To improve your outcome you must be brutally honest with yourself and take appropriate steps to live a clean life.   A well balanced organic life may be bit more expensive, and its worth it.   I was diagnosed when I was 45 years old.  Picture of health, literally the best I had been in my entire life. The most serious medical issue I had was a UTI. Cancer rocked my little world.  It was right after radiation that I emptied everything in my home that had any ingredient that was remotely tied to a cancer causing agent. I fired my gardner, and eliminated all chemicals from my yard, removed the lawn, and planted an organic vegetable garden.  

I may get cancer again, but it wont be because I didn't do everything I could to avoid it. 

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Jul 27, 2014 03:38PM Headeast wrote:

lisee, thank you for sharing. I am changing many things in my life again for exactly the same reason. I am doing everything I can to prevent a recurrence.

Congratulations on your remission!

Surgery 8/20/2013 Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Surgery 8/20/2013 Lymph node removal: Right, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Left Chemotherapy 10/1/2013 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Chemotherapy 10/22/2013 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Chemotherapy 11/12/2013 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Chemotherapy 12/3/2013 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Hormonal Therapy 12/24/2013 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Surgery 1/30/2014 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Surgery 5/15/2014 Reconstruction (left): Nipple reconstruction; Reconstruction (right): Nipple reconstruction Hormonal Therapy 7/15/2014 Fareston (toremifene) Hormonal Therapy 11/4/2014 Aromasin (exemestane) Dx IDC, 4cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 1/25 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Aug 5, 2014 12:28PM sandie1973 wrote:

Thank you all so much for your stories of hope. I am a newbie that was diagnosed in April this year and it has turned my life upside down. These last few months have been a total nightmare and I wake up every day with my stomach in knots about having breast cancer. I am still going through treatment - surgery, chemo and 5 - 10 years of tamoxifen. I want to survive and will do anything to keep the beast away from me. I have so much to do and see yet and want at least another 40 years on this earth. I pray to God that he gives me this time and gives us the cure for this dreadful, silent disease. Hope to God that in the future I will be posting in 5+ years of being N.E.D.

Dx 14/4/14 Stage IIa Grade 3 IDC 1cm ER+/PR+ HER2 - 1/9 nodes Dx 4/14/2014, IDC, 1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 1/9 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 5/11/2014 Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel Surgery 5/11/2014 Lumpectomy: Right Chemotherapy 6/18/2014 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Ellence (epirubicin), Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 11/10/2014 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Right, Underarm/Axillary Hormonal Therapy 12/2/2014 Radiation Therapy 1/18/2015 Breast, Lymph nodes
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Aug 5, 2014 06:49PM flannelette wrote:

6 years out - I don't even take arimidex or even see an oncologist any more, and I never even had a PET scan...sheesh. But, oddly, I do check here almost every day..it sort of became a habit!

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 7, 2014 03:05PM - edited Aug 7, 2014 03:09PM by TaniaE

Thank you all for your wonderful stories. It 's very uplifting for some of us newbies to hear. And you are right  Maltomlin, googling has disasterous effects. I'm only just realising that now.

Dx 10/31/2013, ILC, 3cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 2/17 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 11/18/2013 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Left, Underarm/Axillary Chemotherapy 1/7/2014 AC Radiation Therapy 4/7/2014 Breast Hormonal Therapy 6/10/2014 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Aug 9, 2014 12:52PM christina1961 wrote:

I was stage 2B - and had chemo first with a pretty lousy reponse to the chemo as my remaining tumor was almost the same size and I had two positive (macro) nodes.  My diagnosis was 2/2011 and so far, so good. I was diagnosed triple negative, but after surgery they found 5-10% ER receptors in the tumor (but no Pr) so I am on tamoxifen. 

Dx 2/5/2011, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 2/16 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2-
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Aug 11, 2014 08:10PM Vetmom wrote:

I am a 5 year survivor, stage 2a IDC with 3/10 positive nodes, age 42 at diagnosis. I did chemo (6 cycles cytoxan and tax others) and bilateral mastectomy, no radiation.  I was on tamoxifen for a year, then had a hysterectomy and switched to arimedex.   Others are correct - I have been so busy living my life that it has been forever since I hit this site.  So take heart, newly diagnosed, there really is life after cancer. I am living proof!  

Dx 7/13/2009, IDC, 1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 3/10 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 7/14/2009 Mastectomy: Left, Right Surgery 7/19/2009 Lymph node removal: Right, Underarm/Axillary Chemotherapy 8/20/2009 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Hormonal Therapy 1/20/2010 Surgery 8/3/2010 Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Hormonal Therapy 12/8/2010 Arimidex (anastrozole) Surgery 12/8/2010 Prophylactic ovary removal; Reconstruction (left): Nipple reconstruction; Reconstruction (right): Nipple reconstruction
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Sep 13, 2014 08:59PM msphil wrote:

Congrats!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!and I pray many many more yrs out, Praise God I am 20yrs Survivor and counting, even 1 yr is a blessing.msphil(idc,stage2, 0/3 nodes, L mast, chemo and rads and 5 yrs on tamoxifen)

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Sep 13, 2014 09:20PM TaniaE wrote:

Thanks Christina, Vetmom and msphil for your uplifting stories.

Dx 10/31/2013, ILC, 3cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 2/17 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 11/18/2013 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Left, Underarm/Axillary Chemotherapy 1/7/2014 AC Radiation Therapy 4/7/2014 Breast Hormonal Therapy 6/10/2014 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Sep 25, 2014 08:33PM - edited Sep 25, 2014 08:34PM by andersonsrus

yes 11 yrs 1 node positive, did chemo, tamoxifen and Arimidex, now on nothing hoping my luck continues

Dx 1/15/2003, IDC, Stage II, Grade 2, 1/11 nodes, ER+/PR+
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Sep 28, 2014 10:45AM flannelette wrote:

6 years ago I was just starting chemo - I can't explain it, but for some reason I was amazingly happy. I had a whopper of a tumor that hadn't spread or metastasized (that I know of, knock on wood) and the blue autumn sky and red leaves were so vivid and beautiful. I was entranced. I'd gotten a gift from the universe. Mx, chemo, rads, 5 brutal years arimidex - now all that joint pain and stiffness is gone and I'm about to go for a swim in the St. Lawrence River. Yes, it's cold! but the day is broiling. My cancer experience turned me into an optimist, I was so very lucky. I kept asking my surgeon for an explanation and he told me - some tumors are just not the travellin' kind.

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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