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

Posted on: Jul 27, 2013 03:13PM - edited Aug 8, 2013 01:34PM 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 4/24/2013 Mastectomy: Left, Right Chemotherapy 6/24/2013 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Hormonal Therapy 10/1/2013 Arimidex (anastrozole) Surgery 12/27/2013 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Surgery 12/5/2014 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Surgery 9/24/2015 Reconstruction (left): Fat grafting, Nipple reconstruction; Reconstruction (right): Fat grafting, Nipple reconstruction
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Sep 2, 2017 06:17AM Suzanne50 wrote:

Thank you ladies! All your responses are helpful knowing that I am not alone in my struggle. Like I said, all the people I know with BC are stage 0 or 1 and when I say I was Stage 2 - their eyes get wide and I hear them suck in their breath. Well - maybe that is an exxageration but that is how it feels.

Grandma3x - I have been thinking maybe I need therapy or a support group of some kind. I have tried yoga and not sure that it's for me. Maybe i should give it another go or try a different class.

I think my worry and anxiety comes and goes. Sometimes I don't think about it at all and other times I seem to be obsessed with BC thoughts. My husband told me "you are cancer free until someone tells you otherwise" and I remind myself of that daily.

I wonder if Tamoxifen has contributed to my mood. I just don't feel that happy feeling much anymore. And I should - I have a great life - husband, kids, job, etc. I am really blessed in so many aspects in life. I just feel blah.

This too shall pass as they say. I am a teacher and school starts Tuesday. Maybe it will be a good distraction and get my mind on other things.

Thanks again ladies! We are all BC Warriors - not survivors - I don't like that word. Sounds too weak. I like Warriors better.


Dx 5/27/2015, IDC, Right, <1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 1, 3/12 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 6/18/2015 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Surgery 7/1/2015 Lymph node removal: Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Chemotherapy 8/3/2015 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Radiation Therapy 11/3/2015 Hormonal Therapy 12/31/2015 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Sep 2, 2017 07:46AM grandma3X wrote:

Opt4life- that is really weird. my ankle on my cancer side swelled up after my second MX (prophylactic MX of right side) about 2 months after starting Femara and 5 months after my first MX. I thought it may have been due to the BP cuff they used on my leg during surgery. I had all kinds of tests done to make sure it was not a clot and they all came back normal. It still swells but my MO and BS don't seem concerned. It's mostly just the inside back of my left ankle. I tried wearing graduated compression socks but they did not help. Sandals are out so I have turned into an old woman who wears support shoes all the time LOL. Have you ever gotten a good explanation for your swelling?
Oncotype score 10. Married 35 years, 2 kids, 3 grands. Marine biologist/biochemist. No BC in my family tree. First diagnosed with multi focal ILC with 2 small tumors seen on MRI. Final pathology showed 1 large tumor measuring 5 cm! Dx 1/13/2016, ILC, Left, 5cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 1/13/2016 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement Surgery 5/17/2016 Prophylactic mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Surgery 10/26/2016 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant Surgery 10/11/2017 Reconstruction (left): Fat grafting; Reconstruction (right): Fat grafting Surgery 10/11/2017 Prophylactic ovary removal Hormonal Therapy Femara (letrozole)
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Sep 2, 2017 05:00PM Opt4Life wrote:

Grandma3x when I turned 40--that was 10 years ago, I had my legs checked because I was experiencing periodic swelling especially during flights and sweltering weather. I was flying every other week back then so a young female doctor said 'you are suffering from old lady legs'. Yep, just what she said.

All tests came back normal and since I've always had good blood pressure and cholesterol we chalked it up to older age. I started working out more and eating less carbs and loand behold weight dropped off and so did the cankles. But now they are back but only in the cancer side leg.

Hmmm, and no swollen ankles on Aromasin.

Dx 10/2015, DCIS/IDC: Mucinous, Left, 4cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 3/5 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 12/2/2015 AC + T (Taxol) Surgery 6/13/2016 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Left; Reconstruction (left) Hormonal Therapy 7/15/2016 Aromasin (exemestane), Femara (letrozole) Radiation Therapy 7/20/2016 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes
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Sep 3, 2017 11:01AM PauletteK wrote:

Hello Ladies,

New kid in here, love to meet all the stage ll ladies. Just finished my AC infusion few days ago, scared to jump into taxol train.

Dx 4/1/2017, IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 2/8 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 6/15/2017 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Left, Underarm/Axillary Chemotherapy 7/19/2017 AC + T (Taxol) Radiation Therapy Whole-breast: Breast Hormonal Therapy Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Sep 4, 2017 06:30AM Suzanne50 wrote:

Welcome Paulette! I didn't take taxol so can't give you any words of advice but just wishing you well! Hope it all goes well.

Dx 5/27/2015, IDC, Right, <1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 1, 3/12 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 6/18/2015 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Surgery 7/1/2015 Lymph node removal: Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Chemotherapy 8/3/2015 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Radiation Therapy 11/3/2015 Hormonal Therapy 12/31/2015 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Sep 5, 2017 09:06PM - edited Sep 6, 2017 01:52PM by ruthbru

I have been on vacation so am just catching up. Welcome to all the new ladies. It is absolutely normal to be all shook up as you try to recover, both physically and mentally, from all the 'cancer stuff' (like how could you not be!!!!). Any and all treatments(including reconstruction) throw you off, and anti-hormonals magnify things even more......but, we are fortunate; because at Stage II, the treatments we do are VERY, VERY, VERY likely to WORK!!!

You don't ever not think about it to a certain extent; but as time passes and, if you make a point of doing interesting, engaging things......then it recedes, and you are surprised when you realize you didn't think about cancer for an hour, then a day, then maybe not even for a week. And it gets to where it's sort of like childbirth. I remember that it was really painful, but I don't remember the pain itself.

"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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Sep 5, 2017 09:12PM PauletteK wrote:

Ruth - I know there will be rainbow on the end, the journey to get there is a rough one. Thanks for the encouragement

Dx 4/1/2017, IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 2/8 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 6/15/2017 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Left, Underarm/Axillary Chemotherapy 7/19/2017 AC + T (Taxol) Radiation Therapy Whole-breast: Breast Hormonal Therapy Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Sep 5, 2017 09:24PM - edited Sep 6, 2017 01:51PM by ruthbru

It is one of the roughest! You will look back and wonder, "How the hell did I get through that and come out normal?" (or fairly normal anyway Loopy)

"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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Sep 5, 2017 11:48PM Trishyla wrote:

Ruthbru,

Many thanks from a lurker/occasional poster. You are always so positive and upbeat. It helps. Thank you for being you. You are a treasure on these boards.

Trish


Dx 8/30/2016, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 1/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 8/30/2016, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 3, 0/1 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2- Dx 9/6/2016, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 1/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 9/28/2016 AC + T (Taxol) Surgery 4/4/2017 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): DIEP flap; Reconstruction (right): DIEP flap
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Sep 6, 2017 12:36AM Peregrinelady wrote:

I agree with Trish. When I was in the depths of my despair, Ruth was one of many women here who answered people consistently with an upbeat, but realistic view. Even though I didn't post at that time,I felt as though she was one of my "friends." And while my family still probably doesn't understand my connection to this board, I will always appreciate the comfort I have found knowing there are others here going through similar emotions and concerns. Thanks to all of you!
Dx 4/24/2015, IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 1/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Hormonal Therapy 6/1/2015 Liquid tamoxifen (Soltamox) Surgery 4/18/2016 Mastectomy: Left, Right; Prophylactic ovary removal; Reconstruction (left): DIEP flap; Reconstruction (right): DIEP flap Hormonal Therapy Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Sep 6, 2017 12:52AM - edited Sep 6, 2017 12:53AM by ruthbru

Thank you, Trish & Peregrine. That is so sweet, and you have officially made my day! Smile

At the end of treatment, along with the other emotions, I was really MAD (at fate, I guess). It was then when I came across a quote that really motivated/inspired me, "It is what it is. It becomes what you MAKE it." So......think about the stuff you don't want to do and use this as an excuse to say no, think of the stuff that you do want to do but have put off for whatever reason, and start doing them. Using this as the trigger, you can MAKE good things happen for you (and for others too)......and/or you can dye your hair purple, which is what I did when mine came back after chemo. Why? Because I felt like it and I didn't care what anyone thought anymore!! Heart

"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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Sep 6, 2017 02:12AM PauletteK wrote:

Ruth - after what happened to us and what we went through I really don't care what other think about me. TBH I didn't care before lol .

Dx 4/1/2017, IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 2/8 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 6/15/2017 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Left, Underarm/Axillary Chemotherapy 7/19/2017 AC + T (Taxol) Radiation Therapy Whole-breast: Breast Hormonal Therapy Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Sep 6, 2017 01:49PM ruthbru wrote:

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"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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Sep 6, 2017 03:24PM pink_is_my_colour wrote:

Not sure where this quote came from but thought it was appropriate for those of us struggling with BC.

Your Quick Inspiration For The Day: Believe In Yourself

There may be days when you get up in the morning and things aren't the way you had hoped they would be.

That's when you have to tell yourself that things will get better.

There are times when people disappoint you and let you down.

But those are the times when you must remind yourself to trust your own judgments and opinions, to keep your life focused on believing in yourself.

There will be challenges to face and changes to make in your life, and it is up to you to accept them.

Constantly keep yourself headed in the right direction for you.

It may not be easy at times, but in those times of struggle you will find a stronger sense of who you are.

So when the days come that are filled with frustration and unexpected responsibilities, remember to believe in yourself and all you want your life to be.

Because the challenges and changes will only help you to find the goals that you know are meant to come true for you.

Keep Believing in Yourself

pink_is_my_colour Dx 4/4/2017, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 1, 2/6 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 4/4/2017, DCIS, Right, <1cm, Stage 0, Grade 1, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 4/24/2017 Lumpectomy: Left, Right; Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel Chemotherapy 6/16/2017 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Ellence (epirubicin), Fluorouracil (5-fluorouracil, 5-FU, Adrucil) Chemotherapy 8/18/2017 Taxotere (docetaxel) Radiation Therapy 10/23/2017 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes Hormonal Therapy Femara (letrozole)
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Sep 24, 2017 12:48PM - edited Sep 24, 2017 01:22PM by eighthoutof8

New to the group. Starting chemo in October. As expected, scared out of my mind but keeping the fear to myself as not to worry my siblings. Best wishes fellow Stage 2'ers and toeveryone else as well.

Rocking and rolling and what not.... Surgery 9/7/2017 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Dx 9/19/2017, IDC, Left, 3cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 0/2 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2- Chemotherapy 10/5/2017 AC + T (Taxol)
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Sep 24, 2017 01:53PM PauletteK wrote:

good luck eight!! We are all here to give each other supports

Dx 4/1/2017, IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 2/8 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 6/15/2017 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Left, Underarm/Axillary Chemotherapy 7/19/2017 AC + T (Taxol) Radiation Therapy Whole-breast: Breast Hormonal Therapy Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Sep 24, 2017 02:26PM ruthbru wrote:

Hi Eight, glad you found your way to BCO and us. It helps, I think, to know that you are definitely in this alone. Heart

"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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Sep 24, 2017 02:33PM ruthbru wrote:

Hope everyone currently in treatment is doing okay, and that everyone else is out doing interesting, engaging things.

I 'passed' my 6 week post-hysterectomy checkup and have been happily working my way back to my regular exercise routine. I have been doing a little subbing, a little volunteering & am now getting ready for a trip to Washington, DC with DH. He has never been there before, so we will do some of the traditional 'must see' spots and see some things I've never seen before too. I am a history NUT so am very excited!!

"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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Sep 26, 2017 01:46PM Opt4Life wrote:

Good day all, doing my end of month check-in.

Eight, welcome to the board! Sorry you have to be here but since you are please know that you'll get plenty of understanding, empathy, uplifting words and even laughter. Best of luck and good wishes for your journey ahead. I like your tagline, rocking and rolling...keep on rocking and rolling!

Ruthbru, safe travels on your trip to DC. I live right outside of DC and after living in NYC for many years, I do so love the culture, history and vibe of the city although in a smaller and much more politicized environment. And of course you know our museums are free.....YEA!

I'm doing well, had a ultra-sound (at the request of my oncologist) because of some thickened skin that showed up on my last mammogram. Radiology couldn't find any evidence of anything new so told me to come back in 6 months. I don't know whether to request further investigation but my oncologist says that thickened skin are often the affect of radiation and she was just being overly cautious by requesting an US.

Other than that life is pretty normal and my mind often forgets that two years ago I was diagnosed with BC. But soon as I walk up a flight of stairs or try to get out of chair, I'm reminded that I am indeed on these darn AIs.

Everyone with upcoming treatments or surgery, wishing you Godspeed.

Dx 10/2015, DCIS/IDC: Mucinous, Left, 4cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 3/5 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 12/2/2015 AC + T (Taxol) Surgery 6/13/2016 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Left; Reconstruction (left) Hormonal Therapy 7/15/2016 Aromasin (exemestane), Femara (letrozole) Radiation Therapy 7/20/2016 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes
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Sep 26, 2017 06:21PM PauletteK wrote:

I still have 10 more taxol to do, couldn't wait till my chemo finished so I don't have to deal with the SE and worry about so much stuffs. Glad to know people went through this chemo.

Dx 4/1/2017, IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 2/8 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 6/15/2017 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Left, Underarm/Axillary Chemotherapy 7/19/2017 AC + T (Taxol) Radiation Therapy Whole-breast: Breast Hormonal Therapy Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Sep 27, 2017 04:23AM Tpralph wrote:

got my alnd surgery date. November 30. finish taxol around October 16. Starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel. dreading the extra surgery but they found one out of two LN during the sentinel and bmx /diep in may. did anyone have this after their original MX/ lumpectomy sx? did you have a drain and did you stay overnight?

Dx 3/10/2017, IDC, Right, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 1/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 4/10/2017, IDC, Right, <1cm, Grade 1, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 5/17/2017 Mastectomy: Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): DIEP flap; Reconstruction (right): DIEP flap Chemotherapy 6/28/2017 AC + T (Taxol)
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Sep 27, 2017 08:52AM grandma3X wrote:

tpralph, the guidelines may be different in Canada, but in the US they rarely do ALND anymore unless there is extensive nodal involvement. My BS told me prior to my MX that if the SLN was positive she would recommend radiation and that studies showed that this approach was as good as ALND in preventing recurrence. If you are concerned about having this done, perhaps seek a second opinion

Oncotype score 10. Married 35 years, 2 kids, 3 grands. Marine biologist/biochemist. No BC in my family tree. First diagnosed with multi focal ILC with 2 small tumors seen on MRI. Final pathology showed 1 large tumor measuring 5 cm! Dx 1/13/2016, ILC, Left, 5cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 1/13/2016 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement Surgery 5/17/2016 Prophylactic mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Surgery 10/26/2016 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant Surgery 10/11/2017 Reconstruction (left): Fat grafting; Reconstruction (right): Fat grafting Surgery 10/11/2017 Prophylactic ovary removal Hormonal Therapy Femara (letrozole)
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Sep 27, 2017 09:11AM - edited Sep 27, 2017 09:13AM by bravepoint

tpralph - I'm in Ontario also. I just had the SNB where 1/5 nodes was positive. I didn't think they did ALND anymore due to the higher risk of developing lymphedema. I went through the same chemo protocol as you followed by 29 radiation treatments to my whole breast and under arm.


Gail Radiation Therapy 4/17/2016 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes, Chest wall Dx 8/8/2016, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 1/5 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- Surgery 8/29/2016 Chemotherapy 10/7/2016 Chemotherapy AC + T (Taxol)
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Sep 28, 2017 06:00PM Molly50 wrote:

Hello stage 2 sisters! My end of month check in. Welcome eight. Tpralph, perhaps a second opinion is a good idea? I had ALND during my lx due to two positive nodes. I doubt after recent studies they would have done it but it is water under the bridge. I am not around as much. Life is busy. I guess that is good, right? Ruth, glad you passed the 6 week mark of hyst recovery!!

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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Sep 29, 2017 08:56AM Tpralph wrote:

Maybe lot brave and grandma: thanks for the advice I did have a second opinion from the radiologist. And he said because I had a focal point extension on the lymph node that was positive he said I would need the lymph nodes removed as well. So I see the breast surgeon in a couple weeks and I will discuss it even further with him again and get some more information. He supposedly one of the best in Ontario.

Dx 3/10/2017, IDC, Right, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 1/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 4/10/2017, IDC, Right, <1cm, Grade 1, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 5/17/2017 Mastectomy: Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): DIEP flap; Reconstruction (right): DIEP flap Chemotherapy 6/28/2017 AC + T (Taxol)
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Sep 29, 2017 09:40AM PauletteK wrote:

Tpralph- didn't you have your surgery in May removed some nodes, now you are talking another surgery for your lymph nodes?

Dx 4/1/2017, IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 2/8 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 6/15/2017 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Left, Underarm/Axillary Chemotherapy 7/19/2017 AC + T (Taxol) Radiation Therapy Whole-breast: Breast Hormonal Therapy Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Sep 29, 2017 10:15AM Mumzy3 wrote:

Hi Ladies

I'm a Stage twoer. Just wanted to say hi. I am seeing my MO next week about some pain I am having on my side. Likely due to radiation. And some discomfort in my liver area. Hoping it all turns out boring.

Walking the breast cancer walk this weekend as I am in Ontario-near Ottawa. Anyone else

Dx 12/2016, IDC, Right, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 0/9 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2+ Surgery 12/28/2016 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel, Underarm/Axillary Chemotherapy 1/27/2017 Fluorouracil (5-fluorouracil, 5-FU, Adrucil), Taxotere (docetaxel) Radiation Therapy 6/8/2017 Whole-breast: Breast Hormonal Therapy 7/22/2017 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Targeted Therapy Herceptin (trastuzumab)
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Sep 29, 2017 10:18AM Mumzy3 wrote:

Good luck! It seems long at the time but you will be through chemo before you know it!

Dx 12/2016, IDC, Right, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 0/9 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2+ Surgery 12/28/2016 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel, Underarm/Axillary Chemotherapy 1/27/2017 Fluorouracil (5-fluorouracil, 5-FU, Adrucil), Taxotere (docetaxel) Radiation Therapy 6/8/2017 Whole-breast: Breast Hormonal Therapy 7/22/2017 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Targeted Therapy Herceptin (trastuzumab)
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Sep 29, 2017 10:44AM SpecialK wrote:

tpralph - I had ALND surgery five weeks after BMX. I had to wait for my surgeon to return from a symposium in Japan, otherwise the surgery would have been earlier. My case is unusual because the ALND was prompted by only 20 IST (isolated tumor cells) in my SNB, and all imaging - mammo, US and MRI, showed no issues in the nodes, although I image poorly. The mammogram missed my palpable 2.6cm tumor, and a previous US missed a pre-malignant 3cm ovarian tumor. My surgery was in 2010, right at the point when there was a shift away from ALND to radiation. I would not have needed radiation for any other reason as I had great margins with mastectomy. I was scheduled for chemo and Herceptin due to being Her2+, but my oncological breast surgeon and medical oncologist were insistent that the ALND be done prior to chemo. My surgeon had many years of experience, former surgical department head at an NCI center, and one of the pioneers of SNB. He is not a reactionary personality but felt this was the right move due to my Her2+ status. The ALND surgery revealed a 6mm triple positive node - so not removing it would have been the same as leaving an aggressive stage 1 breast lump in place and just having chemo and rads, but no surgery and hoping that was enough. Most people who have ALND have either more cancer in their single node SNB or multiple positive nodes, but I had a clinically node negative SNB with a much larger positive node further up the lymphatic chain. This is not common, but can happen in up to 10% of cases. My surgery was outpatient, but I did have a drain - it was removed at my post-op within the week.

BMX w/ TE 11/1/10, ALND 12/6/10. 14 additional surgeries. TCHx6 2/17-6/2/11. Herceptin until 1/19/12. Femara 8/1/11, Arimidex 6/20/12, back to Femara 6/18/13-present. Dx 9/27/2010, IDC, Right, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 2/14 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+ (IHC) Dx 9/27/2010, DCIS, Stage 0, Grade 3
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Sep 29, 2017 11:24AM PauletteK wrote:

Thank you for the information specialK now I understand.

Dx 4/1/2017, IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 2/8 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 6/15/2017 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Left, Underarm/Axillary Chemotherapy 7/19/2017 AC + T (Taxol) Radiation Therapy Whole-breast: Breast Hormonal Therapy Arimidex (anastrozole)

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