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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 4/24/2013 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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Jun 12, 2018 05:19PM Wildcolonialgirl wrote:

LibbyLou, I did 4 rounds of TC and never got a port.  I didn't have trouble with veins - but I hydrated extensively (crazy extensively) for a few days before and the day of the infusions - it was recommended to me by a friend who is a nurse, and then by the blood technicians at the center.  It worked extremely well. For the 4 rounds, it was very doable.  I did have to get bloods done the day before chemo each time (so total of 8 "sticks"), but the technician tended to use the vein in the crook of the elbow, which my chemo nurses never used.  I had 2 infusions done on the side of the arm near the wrist, and 2 done midway between wrist and elbow.  For me it was a very personal decision.  I would do it again.  

SLL - congrats!

Dx 1/2018, IDC, Left, 4cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 1/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH) Surgery 1/26/2018 Mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant Chemotherapy 3/1/2018 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Radiation Therapy 6/18/2018 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes, Chest wall Hormonal Therapy Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Jun 12, 2018 05:49PM LibbyLouWho18 wrote:

thanks to all of you that posted about your port experiences. My nurse navigator and the dr I saw for my 2nd opinion both suggested it. I didn't even think about future "sticks", but that makes sense too. I'll discuss with my MO again.

SLL-- so excited for you! What a relief!


Dx 3/7/2018, IDC, Left, 3cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Jun 12, 2018 06:19PM SLL101984 wrote:

Thank you ladies! The weight lifted today is incredible!

Dx 4/18/2018, ILC, Left, 2cm, Stage IA, 0/5 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 5/21/2018 Lymph node removal; Mastectomy: Left; Prophylactic mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement
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Jun 14, 2018 06:08AM GoKale4320 wrote:

SLL101984 - Super news!! So happy for you!

Dx: January 2017, IDC, Stage IIa, 1/23 nodes, Dx 1/2017, IDC, Right, <1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 1/23 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Jun 14, 2018 06:36AM - edited Jun 14, 2018 06:57AM by InnaB2018

Hi, Sisters! I've been reading this thread for many months now. Don't know why I never wrote anything, although I am active in other threads. Well, here I am. Diagnosed at 45 on March 26, BMX on April 25. Today is my second round of AC, and I feel a bit weepy. Put it to my never-going-away-allergy, or to the fact that my vertigo has decided to act up, but I am not feeling very positive right now. It will pass, I am sure, and all of you lovely people are usually doing wonders to my mood with your brave attitude and support. We do have agreat prognosis, right?

Ccmc2, you look great! Congrats on your son's graduation!

SLL, you go, girl!

Dx 3/26/2018, IDC, Right, 3cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 1/18 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 4/24/2018 Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Chemotherapy 6/1/2018 AC + T (Taxol) Radiation Therapy 10/7/2018 3DCRT: Breast, Lymph nodes, Chest wall
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Jun 14, 2018 06:44AM nonomimi5 wrote:

Inna - Welcome! We have a great prognosis!!! Cheer up. Everything is going to be fine. Hope your round of AC went well.

Dx 3/23/2018, DCIS/IDC/IDC: Tubular, Right, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC) Surgery 4/30/2018 Lumpectomy; Lymph node removal Radiation Therapy 5/28/2018 Breast Hormonal Therapy 7/1/2018 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Jun 14, 2018 03:49PM jo6359 wrote:

Inna- it's okay to feel a bit weepy every now and then. But yes our prognosis is great.

Dx 1/29/2018, DCIS, Right, Stage 0 Dx 1/29/2018, IDC, Right, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 1/18 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2+ (FISH) Targeted Therapy 2/15/2018 Perjeta (pertuzumab) Targeted Therapy 2/15/2018 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Chemotherapy 2/15/2018 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel)
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Jun 14, 2018 04:03PM jo6359 wrote:

I would like to share a wonderful experience with you. Today, I ran out of gas approximately 20 ft from the pump. Yes, I've been running on empty for 3 days now but the smell of gasoline irritates me. Of course I did not have a gas container. Being resourceful, I dumped out my cranberry juice and figured I would use that. This particular gas station did not accept credit cards or debit cards at the pump so I had to go inside. The store employee informed me I could not put gas in my container because she could only sell gas if the car is in front of the pump. I attempted to explain to her I ran out of gas approximately 20 feet from the pump. No exceptions to the rule she would not allow me to buy gas. There were two young gentleman who looked really rough pumping gas. I explained my situation to them and offered them my measly $2 to pump some gas in my container. These young men were fantastic. Firstly, they lectured me on approaching strange men in a dangerous neighborhood and that I needed to be more careful. Then they graciously gave me a container of gas and would not accept any money. So I had a fantastic day. Sometimes if you approach situations with humor and kindness It's given back to you in spades.

Dx 1/29/2018, DCIS, Right, Stage 0 Dx 1/29/2018, IDC, Right, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 1/18 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2+ (FISH) Targeted Therapy 2/15/2018 Perjeta (pertuzumab) Targeted Therapy 2/15/2018 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Chemotherapy 2/15/2018 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel)
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Jun 14, 2018 06:55PM nonomimi5 wrote:

jo,

that brought a smile to my face. what a nice story. we need more stories like that. I am so glad you had a great day. little pleasures, little miracles!

Dx 3/23/2018, DCIS/IDC/IDC: Tubular, Right, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC) Surgery 4/30/2018 Lumpectomy; Lymph node removal Radiation Therapy 5/28/2018 Breast Hormonal Therapy 7/1/2018 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Jun 15, 2018 04:03AM SLL101984 wrote:

I just found his group a day or so before my first oncology appointment and to my surprise she actually down graded my diagnosis so stage 1a! This however seems to be one of the most active threads so if it’s ok I think I may hang around here still???

Dx 4/18/2018, ILC, Left, 2cm, Stage IA, 0/5 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 5/21/2018 Lymph node removal; Mastectomy: Left; Prophylactic mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement
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Jun 15, 2018 04:25AM InnaB2018 wrote:

Thanks, guys! The infusion went fine. Turned out that my dizziness after the first one was a SE of olanzapine, which I took at night, as directed. Now it’s off my meds list and I woke up today with a clear head! Whew! Zofran worked just as well. Expecting to lose my hair any day now... it already started falling out elsewhere on my body and definitely thinned a bit close to my part. Well, I guess I am ready for it

Dx 3/26/2018, IDC, Right, 3cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 1/18 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 4/24/2018 Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Chemotherapy 6/1/2018 AC + T (Taxol) Radiation Therapy 10/7/2018 3DCRT: Breast, Lymph nodes, Chest wall
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Jun 15, 2018 06:26AM nonomimi5 wrote:

SLL = Welcome and congrats that your stage was downgraded. In my case, I was stage 1 before surgery, but became stage 2 after :( but they are both treatable so grateful for that.

Ina - Glad to hear the infusion went well, and you figured out what was causing the dizziness. You're going to look great with or without your hair my friend. Good luck and will be praying for you.

Dx 3/23/2018, DCIS/IDC/IDC: Tubular, Right, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC) Surgery 4/30/2018 Lumpectomy; Lymph node removal Radiation Therapy 5/28/2018 Breast Hormonal Therapy 7/1/2018 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Jun 15, 2018 07:03AM InnaB2018 wrote:

Thanks, nonomimi, that’s exactly wat my husband says! But he’s never seen me bold yet, he might change his opinion soon

Dx 3/26/2018, IDC, Right, 3cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 1/18 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 4/24/2018 Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Chemotherapy 6/1/2018 AC + T (Taxol) Radiation Therapy 10/7/2018 3DCRT: Breast, Lymph nodes, Chest wall
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Jun 15, 2018 06:43PM nonomimi5 wrote:

well then, you should dump him if he doesn't like it. does he have hair?

Dx 3/23/2018, DCIS/IDC/IDC: Tubular, Right, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC) Surgery 4/30/2018 Lumpectomy; Lymph node removal Radiation Therapy 5/28/2018 Breast Hormonal Therapy 7/1/2018 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Jun 15, 2018 08:37PM ruthbru wrote:

I had my hair dresser buzz my hair and walked out of the salon wearing a very cute wig so DH didn't see my bald look until that evening. In an attempt to be nice, he said, "You look cute, you look kind of like Granny Clampett (from the old T.V. show Beverly Hillbillies). I looked horrified, then he looked horrified because his compliment came out totally wrong, and then we both dissolved into hysterical laughter. (Just for the record, I did NOT look cute, I looked more like an escaped convict Shocked).

"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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Jun 15, 2018 08:43PM ruthbru wrote:

Stick around, SLL!

I've been on vacation, but want to say that a port is a good idea because you will never want to have blood draws, IVs etc ever again your 'bad' arm, so that means you want to protect the integrity of your 'good' arm as well.


"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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Jun 15, 2018 08:57PM nonomimi5 wrote:

Ruthbru - you are so cute!

Dx 3/23/2018, DCIS/IDC/IDC: Tubular, Right, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC) Surgery 4/30/2018 Lumpectomy; Lymph node removal Radiation Therapy 5/28/2018 Breast Hormonal Therapy 7/1/2018 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Jun 15, 2018 09:01PM ruthbru wrote:

Having a rather warped sense of humor is helpful in getting through unpleasant situations!Winking

"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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Jun 16, 2018 04:02AM InnaB2018 wrote:

I will never dump my husband, I am just not looking forward for him to see me bald! He already nursed me through three very difficult surgeries plus this recent cancer nightmare. He’s more prepared for everything than I am. And yes, he has a small bald spot himself 😋. Everybody likes my wig and chemo hats though, so it might be ok. Losing pubic hair is a little creepy, considering how much money I spent trying to get rid of it. That one I am willing to part with, it’s just feels weird to find the clumps in the toilet bowl.


Dx 3/26/2018, IDC, Right, 3cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 1/18 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 4/24/2018 Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Chemotherapy 6/1/2018 AC + T (Taxol) Radiation Therapy 10/7/2018 3DCRT: Breast, Lymph nodes, Chest wall
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Jun 16, 2018 10:07AM nonomimi5 wrote:

Inna - Your husband is going to love you no matter what....maybe even more with the bald pubic part!

Shocked

Have fun reinventing yourself with the wigs and hats! Enjoy your weekend


Dx 3/23/2018, DCIS/IDC/IDC: Tubular, Right, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC) Surgery 4/30/2018 Lumpectomy; Lymph node removal Radiation Therapy 5/28/2018 Breast Hormonal Therapy 7/1/2018 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Jun 16, 2018 09:53PM cccmc2 wrote:

does anyone know the protocol for getting radiation? I’m not sure why I’m not getting it. Dr says I don’t need it, but I see other stage 2a/b getting it. I need to ask more questions next time! Not that I’m wishong for it, but I want to have all possible treatments if they are deemed effective/hellful

Dx 3/30/2018, IDC, Right, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, ER-/PR-, HER2- (IHC) Surgery 4/9/2018 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Right Chemotherapy AC + T (Taxol)
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Jun 16, 2018 10:02PM ruthbru wrote:

If you have a lumpectomy, radiation is a must. If you have a mastectomy you often can skip radiation depending on the tumor size, how close it was to the chest wall, lymph node involvement etc.

"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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Jun 16, 2018 10:17PM SCGirl50 wrote:

cccmc2 I only had radiation on the side with lymph node involvement even though I had cancer in both breasts.

Keep Pounding! Dx 9/13/2016, LCIS/DCIS/ILC/IDC, Both breasts, 1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 1/6 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 10/17/2016 Lymph node removal: Left, Right, Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Chemotherapy 12/7/2016 AC + T (Taxol) Radiation Therapy 3/27/2017 External: Lymph nodes, Chest wall Hormonal Therapy 6/10/2017 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Surgery 10/31/2017 Reconstruction (left): Stacked DIEP flap; Reconstruction (right): SGAP flap/hip flap
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Jun 16, 2018 10:31PM cccmc2 wrote:

THank you for the reply’s. I had no lymph node involvement and clear margins. I’m not sure how close to chest wall. I think the margin on that side was slightly smaller but still clear.

Dx 3/30/2018, IDC, Right, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, ER-/PR-, HER2- (IHC) Surgery 4/9/2018 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Right Chemotherapy AC + T (Taxol)
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Jun 17, 2018 05:07AM Wildcolonialgirl wrote:

ruthbru, you made me smile!  We have to find ways to treat this with humor even though it can be incredibly daunting at times.  

On the rads, I echo what others have said, with a clean mastectomy they sometimes don't recommend it.  But when there are lymph nodes involved, or you have a lumpectomy, it seems standard protocol.  

Starting rads tomorrow - have that usual mix of apprehension and a sense of "let's get this done."  I have depleted the East Coast's supply of moisturizer in preparation.....


Dx 1/2018, IDC, Left, 4cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 1/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH) Surgery 1/26/2018 Mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant Chemotherapy 3/1/2018 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Radiation Therapy 6/18/2018 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes, Chest wall Hormonal Therapy Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Jun 17, 2018 05:54PM ruthbru wrote:

Wild, I had chemo also, and actually felt my energy returning during rads. Hopefully it will be the same for you!

"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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Jun 18, 2018 06:43AM Wildcolonialgirl wrote:

Thanks, ruthbru!  Happy Monday to all!

Dx 1/2018, IDC, Left, 4cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 1/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH) Surgery 1/26/2018 Mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant Chemotherapy 3/1/2018 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Radiation Therapy 6/18/2018 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes, Chest wall Hormonal Therapy Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Jun 18, 2018 04:03PM MexicoHeather wrote:

Cccmc2: Radiation can be added if the location was close to the chest wall or there was cancer in the lymph nodes.

Dios es Amor. Dx 10/1/2016, IDC, Right, 3cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 3/17 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 12/5/2016 Lymph node removal: Right; Mastectomy: Right Surgery 12/5/2016 Lymph node removal: Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Right Chemotherapy 1/19/2017 AC + T (Taxol) Radiation Therapy 5/10/2017 Whole-breast: Lymph nodes, Chest wall Surgery 10/10/2017 Prophylactic ovary removal Hormonal Therapy Arimidex (anastrozole) Hormonal Therapy Femara (letrozole) Hormonal Therapy Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Jun 18, 2018 05:28PM InnaB2018 wrote:

Saw a radiation oncologist today. She confused the hell out of me. She said that in my case rads should be strongly considered, but not necessarily recommended. Basically, she kind of thinks they will be beneficial, but it’s ultimatelyup to me. What am I supposed to do with this info?

Dx 3/26/2018, IDC, Right, 3cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 1/18 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 4/24/2018 Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Chemotherapy 6/1/2018 AC + T (Taxol) Radiation Therapy 10/7/2018 3DCRT: Breast, Lymph nodes, Chest wall
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Jun 18, 2018 05:47PM nonomimi5 wrote:

Inna. That's is one crazy explanation. I would be confused as well. Can you ask your MO for her opinion

Dx 3/23/2018, DCIS/IDC/IDC: Tubular, Right, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC) Surgery 4/30/2018 Lumpectomy; Lymph node removal Radiation Therapy 5/28/2018 Breast Hormonal Therapy 7/1/2018 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)

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