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Nov 14, 2017 08:17PM
Just to relate my wife's experience along the same line. She was diagnosed Stage 4 right off in Dec 2012. Large tumor in the right breast with cancer in one lymph node and a small met to her spine. She was given AC and would have had Taxol, but suffered an extreme allergic reaction to it. Oncologist recommended against a mastectomy. After all that she was on AL's for a bit, but too much SE's. She was then put on tamoxifen. Well, after 8 months her estrogen positive (ER+PR+HER2-) cancer in the breast went crazy and was removed. Biopsy showed her 100% estrogen positive grade 1 had, at it's core a 30% estrogen positive, grade 3 tumor. 19 lymph nodes were removed and 9 of those had triple negative breast cancer.
Right now she's on Xeloda as she's got numerous triple negative mets to her spine and hip bone. Maybe, if the oncologist had recommended having the breast removed right off none of this other stuff would have happened.
11/12/2012, IDC, Right, 4cm, Stage IV, metastasized to bone, Grade 1, 9/19 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
11/9/2014, Right, Stage IV, Grade 1, ER-/PR-, HER2-
11/15/2016, IDC, Stage IV, metastasized to bone, Grade 1, ER-/PR-, HER2-
Lymph node removal: Sentinel, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Right
Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes, Chest wall
Aromasin (exemestane), Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)