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Sep 12, 2019 11:59PM
Sep 13, 2019 12:02AM
TJF, I have a somewhat similar issue. My cancer was only identified in my right breast and one lymph node initially. After surgery I was found to have IDC and DCIS is my left breast as well. (I had a BMX but we thought the cancer was only on my right side). Anyway, because nothing was suspected on the left, no sentinel node testing was done on that side. After surgery it is to late to do testing and no nodes were found in the tissue that was removed. I discussed it with my team and it was decided that I would not do a full node dissection but would instead just monitor the lymph nodes with ultrasound annually and through manual exams with my MO and BS. We believed the risk of dissection and lymphedema outweighed the benefit at this point. I pray everyday that I made the right decision. I am also taking Aromasin as my cancer is Er+. I am two years out and am closely monitored but everything is ok so far.
I had pre-adjuvant chemo and I had a node on my right side that was positive at biopsy but was negative when it was removed so we are also hoping that if anything was on the left side would have been cleaned up by the chemo as well. I had radiation but only on the right side.
Not exactly the same situation as you but I hope this helps. Did they order an oncotype test on your biopsy? That should give you more information as to whether or not chemo will be beneficial.
Diagnosed at 50. Currently 53. Oncotype score 39. One node positive at diagnosis negative after preadjuvent chemo. Bilateral cancer discovered at BMX. Left breast was supposed to be prophylactic. :-(
12/3/2016, IDC, Right, 3cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
1/19/2017 AC + T (Taxol)
6/22/2017, IDC, Left, <1cm, Stage IB, Grade 1, 0/0 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
6/22/2017, DCIS, Left, <1cm, Stage 0, Grade 1
6/22/2017 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant
8/22/2017 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes, Chest wall
9/9/2018 Aromasin (exemestane)