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Topic: Stage 2 Sisters Club

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

Posted on: Jul 27, 2013 12:13PM - edited Aug 8, 2013 10:34AM by NisaVilla

NisaVilla wrote:

Welcome to the newly formed Stage II Breast Cancer Club! And Thank You Mods for facilitating its creation.

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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Jul 27, 2013 02:49PM pattithenurse wrote:

ello-I'm stage 2,Grade 3. 65 years old. did the chemo,did the radiation,and now on hormone theray. I had one node involvement (Darn!) Hope you're doing good on your journey!

Dx 1/8/2013, IDC, 2cm, Stage II, Grade 3, 1/14 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 2/28/2013 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel)
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Jul 27, 2013 04:28PM flannelette wrote:

I 'm 2b, and no, the forums group stage 1 and 2 together. I just tried a quick search using the blue search button on the left side of the opening page - and looked through pages 1 to 7 of the SATGE 1 & 2 forum, and page 98 (the last page) and seems no threads there just for stage 2.

But there are some specific threads such as anyone stage 2b & positive nodes, or anyone stage 2b & 5+ years out..........so, it kind of looks like you could start a Stage 2 sisters thread, if you like! My dx very similar to yours except I was grade 3.

Didn't search through IDC forum for stage 2, but there must be lots of threads there - one I post on is the one about IDC 6 cm plus.......use blue search button and put in key words to find a thread that interests you......

Dx 7/2008, IDC, 6cm+, Stage IIB, 0/6 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 7/30/2008 Mastectomy: Left Chemotherapy 10/1/2008 CEF Radiation Therapy 1/10/2009 Hormonal Therapy 2/15/2009 Arimidex (anastrozole) Dx 7/20/2012, 0/6 nodes Surgery 7/20/2012 Lymph node removal: Right, Underarm/Axillary
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Jul 27, 2013 08:43PM ruthbru wrote:

I don't think there is a Stage II specific thread, but we could start one.

"Invisible threads are the strongest ties." Friedrich Nietzsche Dx 2/2007, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 0/11 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2-
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Jul 28, 2013 06:20AM Colt45 wrote:

There is a Stage 2b with negative nodes thread as 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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Jul 28, 2013 09:52AM flannelette wrote:

Hi Colt45 - just read your beautiful Open Letter. Can we clone you??????Smile I am lucky, I have a solid, supportive partner......but thanks for caring about the many here who do not.

Dx 7/2008, IDC, 6cm+, Stage IIB, 0/6 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 7/30/2008 Mastectomy: Left Chemotherapy 10/1/2008 CEF Radiation Therapy 1/10/2009 Hormonal Therapy 2/15/2009 Arimidex (anastrozole) Dx 7/20/2012, 0/6 nodes Surgery 7/20/2012 Lymph node removal: Right, Underarm/Axillary
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Aug 6, 2013 12:11PM NisaVilla wrote:

Sorry slow response. Infusion got in the way. I'd love to start a Stage 2 Sisters Cub but dont know how. How can I find out how to so this? Contact moderator(s) maybe? Thanks!

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 6, 2013 12:30PM ruthbru wrote:

Just start a thread in this forum and call it 'Stage 2 Sister's Club' and see what happens.

"Invisible threads are the strongest ties." Friedrich Nietzsche Dx 2/2007, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 0/11 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2-
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Aug 7, 2013 12:33AM soulhighwing wrote:

I'm a husband. my wife is stage 2b.

Dx 5/28/2013, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 1/20 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 7/18/2013 Lymph node removal: Right, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Right
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Aug 7, 2013 03:14PM Colt45 wrote:

@flannelette:
What a sweet thing to say.

God bless you.

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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Aug 7, 2013 06:43PM NisaVilla wrote:

I treasure the posts by husbands, and wish mine were as involved.

I have put in a request for a Stage 2 Forum (with forums easier to locate than threads) and a moderator inquired if I meant to split Stage 1 and 2, which makes sense considering the number of people responding to posts under the current system. Let's hope it works out. Health to all! 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 7, 2013 08:11PM bevin wrote:

Thanks for thinking of this and pioneering the effort with the moderators.

Age 45, Oncotype 11, Primary Tumor 2.1 cm, smaller satellite tumor nearby Dx 8/8/2010, IDC, 2cm, Stage II, Grade 3, 0/5 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 8/10/2010 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel Radiation Therapy 10/10/2010 Breast
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Aug 7, 2013 08:52PM planetbananas wrote:

IIb, reporting in :-)

High grade mammary carcinoma with medullary features and focal squamous differentiation Dx 5/29/2011, 1cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 1/14 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- Surgery 6/15/2012 Lymph node removal: Right; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Hormonal Therapy 2/10/2013 Surgery 4/25/2013 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Surgery 9/23/2013 Prophylactic ovary removal Surgery 12/4/2013 Reconstruction (left): Nipple reconstruction; Reconstruction (right): Nipple reconstruction Hormonal Therapy 1/4/2014 Femara (letrozole) Chemotherapy Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Ellence (epirubicin), Fluorouracil (5-fluorouracil, 5-FU, Adrucil), Taxotere (docetaxel)
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Aug 7, 2013 09:53PM NisaVilla wrote:

The more the merrier! Adorable doggie in pix.

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 7, 2013 10:05PM Moderators wrote:

You now have your own forum! Nisa, perhaps you want to edit your initial post and title?

To send a Private Message to the Mods: community.breastcancer.org/mem...
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Aug 7, 2013 10:12PM NisaVilla wrote:

Wow, thanks from all of us! Please help with what you mean by editing initial post and title? 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 7, 2013 11:49PM kyliet wrote:

Wow, thanks so much. x

When life gives you a 100 reasons to cry, show life you have a 1000 reasons to smile. Mulitfocal, ECE, lymph. channel invasion, Chemo. RADs. Arimidex. Monthly Zoladex. Dx 11/11/2011, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 1, 3/26 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Aug 8, 2013 01:49AM planetbananas wrote:

Thank you, NisaVilla that is my Jellybean :-)

High grade mammary carcinoma with medullary features and focal squamous differentiation Dx 5/29/2011, 1cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 1/14 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- Surgery 6/15/2012 Lymph node removal: Right; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Hormonal Therapy 2/10/2013 Surgery 4/25/2013 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Surgery 9/23/2013 Prophylactic ovary removal Surgery 12/4/2013 Reconstruction (left): Nipple reconstruction; Reconstruction (right): Nipple reconstruction Hormonal Therapy 1/4/2014 Femara (letrozole) Chemotherapy Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Ellence (epirubicin), Fluorouracil (5-fluorouracil, 5-FU, Adrucil), Taxotere (docetaxel)
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Aug 8, 2013 11:16AM NisaVilla wrote:

Every time I get an infusion, as I did Monday, I start obsessing about the future...I should stop reading! Although this article is hope-giving in that there are new tools to predict, and maybe control, the future of this disease. Attempted to create link but failed.

Online article "UT MD Anderson research finds predictive value of circulating tumor cells in early stage breast cancer" and I am wondering if anyone here has used this test. It speaks to why 23-35% of women who after treatment are rendered disease-free go on to develop recurrences. Not sure if test is yet available to the public but will call MD Anderson to find out.

If you know more about this test, please share.

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 8, 2013 11:28AM jcolford wrote:

Hi all, I am a stage IIb as well and found it difficult to find my place in the stage I and II forum. Glad to see someone take the initiative to make this happen. Smile I am hoping that this is the forum that I will fit in and be able to contribute in. I completed treatment in January and now find myself in the now what stage.

Hope all of you are doing well!

BRCA1 Positive TNBC Dx 6/25/2012, IDC, Left, 4cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 3/5 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2- (IHC) Surgery 7/19/2012 Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left Surgery 8/28/2012 Lymph node removal: Left, Underarm/Axillary Chemotherapy 9/30/2012 AC + T (Taxol) Surgery 6/12/2013 Prophylactic ovary removal Surgery 9/9/2014 Prophylactic mastectomy: Right Dx 3/10/2017, Left, 3cm, Stage IV, metastasized to liver/lungs/other, Grade 3, 3/5 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2-
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Aug 8, 2013 11:31AM - edited Aug 8, 2013 11:32AM by ruthbru

Statistics don't mean a thing to the individual person. You can only do your best, through recommended treatments and life style adjustments to reduce the chances of recurrence, and then you have to leave it to God (or Fate).  Either it won't occur (which means you've wasted your time worrying for nothing), or it will (which means you better be out there enjoying life and making memories right now!). Yes, I know that is easier said than done!!!! Frown

"Invisible threads are the strongest ties." Friedrich Nietzsche Dx 2/2007, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 0/11 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2-
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Aug 8, 2013 11:32AM JDB53 wrote:

Hello all,

Another husband here! My beautiful wife is 2a, in the middle of chemo. 

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 8, 2013 12:04PM smo23915 wrote:

Nisa, I go to MDAnderson in October, for my check up.  I will ask them and post what I find out.

Sharon

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Aug 8, 2013 12:08PM NisaVilla wrote:

Jcolford - I had the same problem navigating the larger group. The Mods were quite helpful about request. A home for Stage 2 should make it a little more homogenous and easier to relate. I will be in your what-next shoes in a month, and feeling a bit anxious about it.

Ruthbru - you have the right answer for those of us feeling anxious and obsessing. Your realistic view helps me take distance from mine and relax a bit... Although probably not for long! Wish you were my next-door neighbor for daily contact :)

JDB53 - so glad you are here, thanks! If more husbands join and participate, maybe a "husband forum" could be created to address questions that are not always posted here? in the meantime, please know that we are all here to help each other so do not hesitate to post or do PM.

Health to all, 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 8, 2013 12:11PM NisaVilla wrote:

Smo23915 - Good luck in your next appt. Who do you see at MD Anderson? I am thinking about traveling there for a review of my current treatment which does not seem to follow a strict protocol. Thanks!

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 8, 2013 12:12PM JDB53 wrote:

Thanks Nisa,

 I often wonder how many husbands are lurking out there.  A husbands forum would be great.

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 8, 2013 12:12PM NisaVilla wrote:

And thanks Sharon for posting a first name...so much easier that spelling nicknames/usernames! 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 8, 2013 02:53PM ruthbru wrote:

Nisa, that advice is what my oncologist told me when I was doing treatment and freaking out, "What do you mean that you can't reduce my chance of recurrence to zero if I do all this horrible stuff you are recommending????"SurprisedCryYell

The physical part is tough, but the psychological part is even tougher IMO. The worry does get easier the farther out from treatment you get, but is never gone entirely.

"Invisible threads are the strongest ties." Friedrich Nietzsche Dx 2/2007, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 0/11 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2-
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Aug 8, 2013 03:30PM placid44 wrote:

I'm 2b also and looking forward to participating in the forum.

Ki67: 70%; beltwaybreastcancer.blogspot.com Dx 8/20/2012, IDC, 3cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 1/4 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2- Chemotherapy 8/29/2012 AC + T (Taxol) Surgery 2/12/2013 Mastectomy: Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Radiation Therapy 3/26/2013 Breast, Lymph nodes Surgery 11/25/2013 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right)
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Aug 8, 2013 05:13PM bevin wrote:

Hi everyone, Nisa, excellent job getting this done!

Age 45, Oncotype 11, Primary Tumor 2.1 cm, smaller satellite tumor nearby Dx 8/8/2010, IDC, 2cm, Stage II, Grade 3, 0/5 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 8/10/2010 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel Radiation Therapy 10/10/2010 Breast
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Aug 8, 2013 07:07PM GlobalGirlyGirl wrote:

Stage IIa here!

Yay we have our own forum! I just noticed it.  I guess I'm not very observant. Laughing

bipolarwithatwistofcancer.com "Sometimes life's hell. But hey! Whatever gets the marshmallows toasty." ~J. Andrew Helt Dx 5/21/2013, DCIS, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 5/21/2013, IDC, 4cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 6/17/2013 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel

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