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Posted on: Mar 6, 2013 12:14PM - edited Mar 6, 2013 12:17PM by Colt45

Colt45 wrote:

Husband here.

If there's already a thread for Stage 2B with positive nodes, I apologize, as I missed it.

I see a lot of discussion between ladies with Stage lll and between ladies with Stage l and a lot of dialogue for Stage lV only----but not much for Stage ll.

I was interested in reaching out and finding what everyone's experiences have been with their oncologists' prognoses and treatment recommendations as well as your attitudes and coping strategies.

Really, ANY feedback from anyone with a pathology that has any similarity to my wife's.

I'm trying to support her the very best way I can and welcome all help.


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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May 1, 2017 09:58PM HoneyBeaw wrote:


I had the same thing happen to me, I had the Lumpectomy , they did not get good margins so had to go back in for better margins and to check for nodes , . Shot me up with the dye to find the SN and nothing, all the dye went under by breast bone ( talk about being scared crazy).Ended up canceling that surgery, Had to wait 2 weeks for a PET scan to find any hot nodes and did find one that was positive . The surgeon told me it happens in about 1% of Surgeries and they have no clue as to why . With the Pet they knew which ones to go after , ended up taking 3 with 1 being positive

I understand your frustration, it can be a emotional drain.


Surgery 11/27/2016 Lumpectomy: Left Dx 12/5/2016, IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 1/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 12/26/2016 Mastectomy: Left Chemotherapy 1/15/2017 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel)
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Oct 5, 2017 09:02PM bah1976 wrote:

Hi, I’ve just discovered this conversation and want to thank you all for sharing your stories and I’m hoping you’re all still doing well and fighting strong! I was diagnosed 3 days before my 41st birthday. No family history. Had a lumpectomy and lymph node removal, then Chemo (AC&C) followed by taxol. Now I’m halfway through radiation. I’m going on tamoxifen once radiation is over and monthly lupeon. I count myself lucky as I’ve been able to continue my work as a Group Fitness Instructor through all this and it’s helped me stay positive for the most part. But I also have my bad days where I wonder about survival rates. Thanks to all of you for being so inspiring!

Dx 4/7/2017, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 3/6 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 4/18/2017 Lumpectomy; Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel Chemotherapy 5/11/2017 AC + T (Taxol)
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Oct 11, 2017 12:23AM NicoCull wrote:

thank you for this. I needed to see this today. I'm 28 diagnosed June 19 2017. Stage 2b grade 3 3.2cm and half way through chemo. Lumpectomy in 3 months unknown about my lymph nodes until then. I'm terrified. Anxiety was bad today and reading your story has given me hope. Er+/pr+ her2- BRCA negative. The unknown about the lymphnodes is what's killing me. They can't feel anything but that don't mean anything.

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Oct 11, 2017 07:36AM Legomaster225 wrote:

NicoCull, did you have an ultrasound or MRI that showed node involvement? They can at least tell if the nodes are enlarged or suggestive with imaging. I think you have to have confirmed positive nodes for them to classify you as IIb. I'm praying that your nodes are clear and either way you will get restaged after surgery. Happy your chemo goes well.

I had a positive node, confirmed with biopsy, before chemo but after my BMX that node (with maker) was removed as part of my sentinel node testing and showed no cancer. I had a great response to preadjuvent chemo on my right side. Unfortunately they found cancer in my prophylactic left breast upon my BMX. I just completed radiation on my right side but we are not doing on radiation on the left. All my doctors are in agreement about this since the "surprise side" cancer was small, I already did chemo and there is no "evidence" of node involvement (although no nodes were removed on that side). I will be starting tamoxifen next week. Hopefully, that will hold off recurrence for a long while. I spoke with my BS about this at a follow up again yesterday. He is wonderful and has talked me off a ledge a few times.
Dx 12/3/2016, IDC, Right, 3cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 1/19/2017 AC + T (Taxol) Surgery 6/21/2017 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant Dx 6/22/2017, IDC, Left, <1cm, Stage IB, Grade 1, ER+/PR+ Dx 6/22/2017, DCIS, Left, <1cm, Stage 0, Grade 1 Radiation Therapy 8/21/2017 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes, Chest wall Hormonal Therapy
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Oct 12, 2017 09:23PM Dennyj wrote:

Nicocull....I was staged at 2B with node involvement. The nodes were detected through a manual exam and then confirmed with a MRI. I started chemo and saw positive progress. When I finally had my surgery....they took out 23 nodes and all were cancer free. So I completely get where you are coming from....the not knowing is the worst and just having node involvement is terrifying but try to stay calm. The fact that your doctors are having a hard time feeling your nodes is a good thing. Good luck to you and stay strong!!!!

Diagnosed at age 39. Wife, daughter, sister & mother to 4 great kids.... Dx 8/25/2016, DCIS/IDC, Left, Stage IIB, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2+ Chemotherapy 9/20/2016 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel) Targeted Therapy Perjeta (pertuzumab) Targeted Therapy Herceptin (trastuzumab)

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