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Nov 27, 2015 08:41PM
Dec 4, 2015 01:02PM
So nice, in a not-so-nice arena, to see other T3N0M0 people. I've been feeling very weird because it would seem that the larger the tumor, even if low grade, the greater the chance of metastasis simply because it's been around a long time: MD said 8-10 years. I agree that it is hard to believe there was no node involvement with a large tumor.
HX: 66 years old at dx, no uterus since 1977, no ovaries since 1983. Horrendous hot flashes led to daily Premarin until dx in September, 2013. All MDs I saw, in 3 states and Canada, had prescribed Premarin without question because research was on women with all their parts, using a progesterone/estrogen combo. My cholesterol, blood pressure, bones, skin, libido and energy were great. Newly married in 2010 and living as honeymooners.
I noticed a thickening in right breast, with normal digital mam and ultrasound, although with the density disclaimer for my extremely dense breasts. I paid out-of-pocket for a tomosynthesis mammogram in September, 2013, which showed 3 "small" areas in right, 1 in left.
Bottom line was ILC, 7.2 x 3 cm, Grade 1, 0/1 nodes. Oncotype 11, therefore no chemo. (Doesn't feel like I "really" had cancer since I didn't do chemo.) Had lumpectomy, then re-excision to get clear margins. 33 rads, including 8 boosts. Cosmetically, I'm just like I was before the cancer had bulked up my boob to match the size of my left. My right had always been 1 cup smaller than my left, so now I'm back where I started from. BS did an amazing job ---- said in 25 years she had not removed that much tissue with a good cosmetic result. Glad to be her experiment:))
On Arimidex for 21 months. SE have led to Prozac (for hot flashes), Lipitor (cholesterol), Atenolol (HBP) and a multitude of OTC supplements. Bones are still fine. Energy is 50%.... but then again, I am 68 and just got back from 3 weeks in China, Vietnam and Cambodia, after a month in Kenya and Tanzania. Vegas in 2 weeks. Maybe energy is okay, just not 35 anymore? Revisionist history of what I "used to be?"
MO called me "cured," then switched to saying I "might be one of those who is cured." He acknowledged that he might possibly be wrong, but probably isn't. Oddly, I believe I am not going to have a recurrence, but feel uncomfortable thinking that. I am waiting for the shoe to drop, but living as if it won't.
9/19/2013, ILC, Right, 6cm+, Stage IIB, Grade 1, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
10/23/2013 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Sentinel
11/5/2013 Lumpectomy: Right
2/24/2014 Arimidex (anastrozole)