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Posted on: Mar 15, 2020 02:12PM - edited Mar 15, 2020 02:14PM by JaneQPoppy

JaneQPoppy wrote:

Not sure what forum to put this in...

I'm at the end of five years post-lumpectomy and have my regular annual mammogram scheduled in two weeks. Annual visit with onc three weeks after that. I don't really want to go into a medical facility right now for anything that's not an emergency. I've left a voicemail (today's Sunday) with the onc's nurse, asking if we can postpone both visits. For how long? Well, I don't know... nobody knows how long the serious risk of COVID is going to go on or how bad it's going to get. I'm 71 and also have type 2 diabetes. I'm retired and pretty much staying home. I don't want to expose myself to whatever might be flying/crawling around the one facility where I get mammograms and the other one where my onc's office is. I usually wait for the onc for an hour and a half and see her for 15 minutes. She feels my boobs, and I'm outta there. Surely we can skip or delay under the circumstances?

I've had clear mammograms for the last four years. One year I did have to have a biopsy, but it turned out to be nothing (THAT was scary). I've been on Arimidex for the whole five years and have been soooo looking forward to stopping it! Sigh. Maybe she'll give me the go-ahead to let this prescription run out even if I don't see her til later this year.

Anyone else thinking along these lines, i.e., avoiding the doctor's physical office during these trying times?

Dx 3/2015, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/5 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 3/12/2015 Lumpectomy: Left Radiation Therapy 6/10/2015 Whole-breast: Breast Hormonal Therapy 7/14/2015 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Mar 15, 2020 05:15PM MinusTwo wrote:

Jane - If it were me, I'd sure delay the mammogram for now given your risk factors. You're over 5 years out. Do you see the MO once a year or every 6 months? I'd call them, but likely delay that visit too unless you have any urgent issues to discuss.

Do you have access to "My Chart"? That is really a wonderful way to interact with docs - even before the virus.

That said, I'm wrestling with whether to cancel an eye doc appointment to finally get glasses after cataract surgery last fall & laser surgery last month (long story). I know if I cancel, it will be at least 3 months before I can get another appointment. Since I don't expect this virus to 'melt away', that will still be problematic for people at high risk. Hard choices!!! Good luck with your decision.

2/15/11 BMX-DCIS 2SNB clear-TEs; 9/15/11-410gummies; 3/20/13 recurrance-5.5cm,mets to lymphs, Stage IIIB IDC ER/PRneg,HER2+; TCH/Perjeta/Neulasta x6; ALND 9/24/13 1/18 nodes 4.5cm; AC chemo 10/30/13 x3; herceptin again; Rads Feb2014
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Mar 15, 2020 05:41PM JaneQPoppy wrote:

MinusTwo, I see her every year. I saw her every 6 months for the first two years. I'll talk to the onc's nurse when she calls me back. She's like a first sergeant and runs a taut ship-- excuse my mixed military metaphors.

I did use My Chart to cancel my other appointment, but I've gone into the "sent" folder several times since I sent the message and it says "has not been read by staff yet." My Chart messages only work if the staff reads them, right? Loopy

I'd certainly keep my eyeglass appointment if I were you. There won't be a crowd there, you won't be there long, and you can easily keep a distance from everyone except the person who measures your face. You really want to enjoy the benefits of your cataract surgery and not have to wait any longer. I had both mine done, and when I renewed my driver's license, I took the eye test without my glasses. Wheee!

Dx 3/2015, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/5 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 3/12/2015 Lumpectomy: Left Radiation Therapy 6/10/2015 Whole-breast: Breast Hormonal Therapy 7/14/2015 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Mar 15, 2020 09:46PM MinusTwo wrote:

Jane - Good for you. If they're not answering My Chart, I'd give them a call first thing in the AM.

My hesitation about the eye doc is two fold. I have a friend who is 85 and PCP said she could safely see any of her docs except an ophthalmologist. Faces are too close. The other issue is I'm in Houston and my doc is at the medical center - three trillion people. 18-20 elevators in her building. Well, maybe a bit of exaggeration. Three million - unless they're all staying home because they're scared.

2/15/11 BMX-DCIS 2SNB clear-TEs; 9/15/11-410gummies; 3/20/13 recurrance-5.5cm,mets to lymphs, Stage IIIB IDC ER/PRneg,HER2+; TCH/Perjeta/Neulasta x6; ALND 9/24/13 1/18 nodes 4.5cm; AC chemo 10/30/13 x3; herceptin again; Rads Feb2014
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Mar 15, 2020 09:49PM AliceBastable wrote:

I have an appointment at the end of this month with my PCP that I'm thinking of cancelling. She's been seeing me every three months for general stuff, nothing dire. I'm a type 2 diabetic but I do okay with a daily Metformin, and I've got a good supply. My blood pressure is well-controlled over the last year or so. Mostly she just bitches about my weight. 🙄 I think I can pass on that for now. I'll probably wait and see what's going on this week on the news, and what general advice we get on going places. I may also cancel my regular MO appointment at the end of April if things are still screwy corona-wise, but I don't have to decide for awhile.

I've seen that kidney disease puts a person on the more-endangered list, but I don't have actual kidney disease - I'm just operating on one kidney because the other was removed in September 2018. My numbers show stage 3 ( out of 5), but the nephrologist I saw in February said that's pretty normal for a uni-kidney patient. I guess I'll just keep my liquid level up.

Endometrial cancer 2010, basal cell multiples, breast cancer 2018, kidney cancer 2018. Boring. Hope it stays that way. Dx 5/2018, ILC, Left, 2cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 1/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 7/11/2018 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Surgery 8/8/2018 Radiation Therapy 10/29/2018 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes
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Mar 15, 2020 09:51PM MinusTwo wrote:

Alice - I too am waiting to get closer to the appointments. But glad you're not going to put yourself at risk.

2/15/11 BMX-DCIS 2SNB clear-TEs; 9/15/11-410gummies; 3/20/13 recurrance-5.5cm,mets to lymphs, Stage IIIB IDC ER/PRneg,HER2+; TCH/Perjeta/Neulasta x6; ALND 9/24/13 1/18 nodes 4.5cm; AC chemo 10/30/13 x3; herceptin again; Rads Feb2014
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Mar 16, 2020 08:30AM Yogatyme wrote:

My husband got an email from our Vet saying they were still open but asked that people not come into the clinic but rather stay in their cars with their animal. Someone from the clinic will come out when an exam room was ready and would escort you & animal in but they want no one in the waiting room. I got an email from my bc clinic with info about how they are managing but nothing as directive as the Vet.

Yogatyme Surgery 3/3/2019 Prophylactic ovary removal Dx 7/19/2019, IDC: Papillary, Right, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/5 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 8/13/2019 Mastectomy: Left, Right
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Mar 16, 2020 08:58AM CinD wrote:

Jane, I'm in a similar position. My yearly mammogram is scheduled for later this week. It should have been done in February, but things popped up that prevented it. I'm 10 years out and just finishing Tamoxifen. I've had lung problems and have had pneumonia a couple of times. I talked it over with the husband today, and we think it will be best to postpone. I'm calling the imaging center this morning and asking for an early June appointment. Good luck with whatever you decide.

Lt Lump then Lt MX + AND, OncotypeDX Score 11 Distant Rate 8%, TCx4, Tamox Dx 10/26/2009, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 1/16 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Mar 16, 2020 09:02AM Ingerp wrote:

I have ophthalmologist and gyn appts this week and did not know what to do. Both are follow-ups, so not crucial. I had a (coronavirus-related) meeting pop up today for when my oph appt is so I decided to cancel that one. Gyn is on Friday--guess I'll see where things are Thursday-ish. Difficult to know which way to go on all this stuff.

Dx 3/11/2016, DCIS, Left, 6cm+, Stage 0, Grade 3, ER-/PR- Surgery 3/22/2016 Lumpectomy Surgery 4/19/2016 Lumpectomy: Left Radiation Therapy 5/17/2016 Whole-breast: Breast Dx 3/2/2018, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+ (FISH) Surgery 3/12/2018 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Chemotherapy 5/17/2018 Taxol (paclitaxel) Targeted Therapy 5/17/2018 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Radiation Therapy 8/19/2018 Whole-breast: Breast
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Mar 16, 2020 09:19AM pesky904 wrote:

I just canceled my dentist appointment for today. I also have an eye appointment coming up that I'm rescheduling. It's hard to know what to do and there's such limited information. Last week this seemed like everything was just going to be "take precaution" but then last Thursday it was like a switch flipped and it got "real" real fast. Schools are closed for weeks, and last night we got word basically the entire town has shut down. Gyms are closed, many stores are closed.

Maybe in two weeks, I'll feel more comfortable rescheduling everything.

​dx 6/17 stage III TNBC 6cm tumor Taxol 7-8/17 tumor grew to 10cm AC 9-10/17 tumor shrunk to 3cm DMX 11/17 expanders placed Rads 33 doses + cisplatin 1/18 Cisplatin discontinued due to SEs Xeloda 4-10/2018 Exch surgery 11/18
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Mar 16, 2020 10:38AM bcincolorado wrote:

We care calling today to cancel my onco follow-up appointment as well as appointments we have at 2 other places for neurology appointments. DH is a transplant patient and even though not in treatment currently as someone almost 60 with other health issues we re both in risk categories and trying to social distance if we can. DH actually had his doctors cancel his appointments and say not to come in.

Dx 8/2009, IDC, Left, 5cm, Stage IIA, Grade 1, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 1/6/2010 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Left Hormonal Therapy 1/14/2010 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Hormonal Therapy 1/29/2016 Femara (letrozole)
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Mar 16, 2020 04:26PM JaneQPoppy wrote:

This thing really is moving fast!

My onc's nurse called me back this morning and agreed that postponing my mammogram is fine. My appt with the onc is at the end of April and we left that for now, subject to more changes in the situation. I called to change the mammogram and the person there said they're rescheduling all of them for June. So they're on top of things.

I also canceled the wellness visit. I want to STAY well.

In other happy news: I called the mail-order pharmacy and canceled my prescription for Arimidex!! Hooray!! I have enough on hand for three more months and then I'm at the end of five years and DONE! :-)

Dx 3/2015, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/5 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 3/12/2015 Lumpectomy: Left Radiation Therapy 6/10/2015 Whole-breast: Breast Hormonal Therapy 7/14/2015 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Mar 16, 2020 04:55PM AliceBastable wrote:

JaneQPoppy

Congratulations on nearing the Arimidex finish line! I hope things have returned to normal by then so you can celebrate!

I've decided to cancel my PCP appointment. Maybe I'd go if it was in a free-standing building, but it's in a large medical complex with lots of lobby and elevator traffic. No matter how clean they keep it, they can't sanitize after every person.

Endometrial cancer 2010, basal cell multiples, breast cancer 2018, kidney cancer 2018. Boring. Hope it stays that way. Dx 5/2018, ILC, Left, 2cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 1/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 7/11/2018 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Surgery 8/8/2018 Radiation Therapy 10/29/2018 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes
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Mar 16, 2020 09:25PM Dani444 wrote:

I am supposed to see my PS,MO, RO, and dermatologist all in April. My worry is the fact that I work in the emergency room. It worries me that I am in contact with covid pt’s without knowing it. We have had very specific guidelines for testing but things are changing. I would not want to sit in a busy waiting room at the MO office and potentially put anyone in harms way. I plan to call when it gets closer to see what they think. Wishing everyone the best during these difficult times.

DX @ 46, premenopausal, mammaprint low risk Dx 8/21/2018, LCIS/ILC, Right, 4cm, Stage IB, Grade 2, 2/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC) Surgery 10/24/2018 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant Radiation Therapy 12/5/2018 Lymph nodes, Chest wall Surgery 8/19/2020 Prophylactic mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant Surgery 4/18/2021 Reconstruction (left): Fat grafting; Reconstruction (right): Fat grafting Hormonal Therapy Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Mar 17, 2020 12:52AM DebraC wrote:

Hi, I’m a year out from lumpectomy, chemo and radiation. I regularly babysit my 3 1/2 year old grandson once a week. He’s been going to preschool, his last day was Friday. Now shut down til mid April. im not sure if I should watch him or not. My husband is 68 and good health. Although yesterday he started feeling off. No fever, but lots of fatigue.
SF Bay Area is going on shelter in place (lock down) for 3 weeks. We don’t live there but close enough.


Not sure what I should do.

Debbie - Dx age 55 Oncotype 63 Dx 1/9/2019, DCIS/IDC, Right, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- (IHC) Surgery 1/23/2019 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Surgery 3/5/2019 Lumpectomy Chemotherapy 4/2/2019 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Radiation Therapy 6/26/2019 Whole-breast: Breast Hormonal Therapy 8/1/2019 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Mar 17, 2020 05:52AM Rah2464 wrote:

I had surgery planned this Thursday to attempt to eliminate a pain issue I am having with my reconstruction (nipple sparing direct to implant). The surgery has been deemed non-essential and cancelled indefinitely to allow doctors and nurses to focus on patient care with Covid 19 or other life threatening emergencies. I was anxious about going ahead with the surgery given everything going on and it was a relief to have the decision made for me by the doctors. I figure I have dealt with the pain this long, a few more months won't matter that much.


Dx 5/23/2018, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC) Surgery 6/26/2018 Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant Hormonal Therapy 7/26/2018 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Mar 17, 2020 04:36PM Salamandra wrote:

Dani, thank you for the work you do, and the risks you take to do it. Heart

DebraC, I think that if your grandson's childcare can be managed without you, it would be better not to risk it.

Rah2464, I'm sorry you'll have to deal with the pain for longer. I hope it won't be too bad.

Wishing strength all around!

Dx at 39. 1.8cm. Oncotype 9. Dx 9/19/2018, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH) Surgery 10/18/2018 Lumpectomy; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Hormonal Therapy 11/1/2018 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Radiation Therapy 12/3/2018 Whole-breast: Breast Hormonal Therapy 12/19/2019 Fareston (toremifene)
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Mar 18, 2020 03:28PM Rah2464 wrote:

Thanks Salamandra!

Dx 5/23/2018, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC) Surgery 6/26/2018 Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant Hormonal Therapy 7/26/2018 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Mar 19, 2020 11:42PM Padug wrote:

I am suppose to start radiation next week -5 days a week for 5 to 6 weeks at a major hospital in a major city - a hospital where they are testing and treating COVID. I am home because my work closed to slow down the spread of the virus. I live in a rural area with a small population and currently am having very little contact with anyone other than my husband. Should I go in 5 days a week and increase my risk of exposure? The hospital said they were not going to put off my radiation, but all support services for cancer patients are suspended for 6 weeks. If I postpone, I don’t know if things will be any better or worse with the virus situation latter and it will delay my reconstruction. I have a tissue expander that has been in since October. How long can that stay in? The radiation will scar part of my lung - putting me more at risk? Wondering what to do

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Mar 19, 2020 11:53PM - edited Mar 19, 2020 11:55PM by AnnC2019

Hi Padug,

I've had my TE in since August and finished radiation mid-December. I would also like to know how long I can keep this in. I have some radiation damage to my lungs after 25 sessions, so that could impact me if I get covid 19.

Dx 6/19/2019, ILC, Right, 3cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 1/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH) Hormonal Therapy 8/14/2019 Arimidex (anastrozole) Surgery 8/27/2019 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Radiation Therapy 11/4/2019 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes, Chest wall Surgery 7/21/2020 Prophylactic mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement Surgery 12/22/2020 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant Radiation Therapy Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes, Chest wall Surgery Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant
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Mar 20, 2020 08:46AM flashlight wrote:

I received a called yesterday from my MO office. All follow up appointments are cancelled until May and Mammograms will be scheduled for the 2nd half of the year. They have a staff available to answer questions/problems. I would give your surgeon a call. Padug I would call your RO and find out what their plan is and how they are keeping their patients safe. Where I went it was a separate entrance/parking lot from the main hospital. Maybe they would agree to letting you start at a later date. Good luck.

Dx 11/15/2018, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- Dx DCIS, Left, <1cm, Stage 0, Grade 1, 0/1 nodes Radiation Therapy Whole-breast Hormonal Therapy Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Surgery Lumpectomy: Left
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Mar 20, 2020 12:25PM Salamandra wrote:

Hey Padug,

I would not expect things to be better in 6 weeks - I think it's likely that hospitals will still be dealing with extremely high covid19 related caseloads.

I would expect your reconstruction to be delayed in any case.

Dx at 39. 1.8cm. Oncotype 9. Dx 9/19/2018, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH) Surgery 10/18/2018 Lumpectomy; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Hormonal Therapy 11/1/2018 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Radiation Therapy 12/3/2018 Whole-breast: Breast Hormonal Therapy 12/19/2019 Fareston (toremifene)
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Mar 20, 2020 08:11PM thisiknow wrote:

Wishing the best for everyone here. My one dream did come true... having a clean Calendar with no appts of any kind for a long time (really didn't want to get it this way though). I only had to postpone my baseline Mammo, which happened to be on the same day that the hospital closed all but one entrance. I just didn't feel good about going in and out of that one door.

So here's hoping that all of us can avoid this virus, or at the least get a mild overcome-able case with an immunity from it. God bless you all!

Age 72 @dx - Oncotype 4 & 15 Dx 7/14/2019, DCIS/IDC, Both breasts, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH) Surgery 9/9/2019 Lumpectomy: Left, Right; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Radiation Therapy 10/27/2019 Whole-breast: Breast Hormonal Therapy 12/17/2019 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Mar 20, 2020 10:19PM bcincolorado wrote:

AnnC2019 you may want to check with your doctors about that since you are in the mid reconstruction. You do not want to expose to additional germs if you do not have to at this point if ok to left it alone for a bit even though not how you want to finish with your outcome from your cancer surgeries at this point. You may be able to email or send a message even online since I know our docs here do that. Best wishes too.

Dx 8/2009, IDC, Left, 5cm, Stage IIA, Grade 1, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 1/6/2010 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Left Hormonal Therapy 1/14/2010 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Hormonal Therapy 1/29/2016 Femara (letrozole)
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Mar 20, 2020 10:28PM jessie123 wrote:

I struggled for so long trying to decide whether or not to go to my first MRI after surgery which was last Monday. On the morning of the MRI I called and canceled because to me the danger of COVID-19 was greater than putting off my MRI 4 months or so. I know that I'm taking a chance, but I figure I probably had that cancer for years before it was discovered andI I lived --- plus my surgery wasn't performed for 4 months after I found the cancer and I lived that time also. To me what is so potentially dangerous at this time is the lack of testing and the many medical people who may be infected and don't yet show symptoms.


Dx 11/2018, LCIS/ILC, Left, 2cm, Stage IB, Grade 2, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 2/21/2019 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Radiation Therapy 4/15/2019 Whole-breast: Breast
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Mar 20, 2020 11:14PM sweetp6217 wrote:

IMO, "mychart" is for the birds, right now. I found out that my medical groups are triaging over the phone, so at least I can get my words out.

Dx 7/7/2017, IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 1/2 nodes, HER2+ (FISH) Targeted Therapy 7/26/2017 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Chemotherapy 7/26/2017 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 1/3/2018 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Sentinel, Underarm/Axillary Radiation Therapy 2/20/2018 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes Hormonal Therapy 4/13/2018 Femara (letrozole)
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Mar 20, 2020 11:29PM Recovery95 wrote:

I am 9 months out of lumpectomy and 6 months out of radiation treatments, had 3 d mammogram in December that was clear. My medical oncologist has seen me every 3 months. I had follow up appt scheduled for 3/16/20 but her office called a few days prior to cancel it, said they would call me back and reschedule but don,t know when. This all has been real scary, I am 64 live alone. My husband died from cancer 2 years ago, l do have family that live close but am concerned about exposure to virus. I live in rural Texas hill county. Glad to have all you you for support. Please take care of youselves

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Mar 21, 2020 02:41AM MinusTwo wrote:

Sweetpea - I have 3 of 4 docs at different hospitals/clinics who are answering my questions on my chart before 24 hours has passed. Sorry you're not having good luck.

My PCP cancelled for next week & asked if I wanted to reschedule or do a teleconference. I'll see her in August. I cancelled the eye doc and rescheduled for the end of May. Might not be far enough down the road, but it's a start.

2/15/11 BMX-DCIS 2SNB clear-TEs; 9/15/11-410gummies; 3/20/13 recurrance-5.5cm,mets to lymphs, Stage IIIB IDC ER/PRneg,HER2+; TCH/Perjeta/Neulasta x6; ALND 9/24/13 1/18 nodes 4.5cm; AC chemo 10/30/13 x3; herceptin again; Rads Feb2014
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Mar 21, 2020 04:31AM AliceBastable wrote:

thisiknow

I cancelled an appointment with my primary doc, and realized it's my first appointment-free month since last August. I'll take the break!

jessie123

At Stage 1b with no nodes, and ER+/PR+ Her-, it would be highly unlikely for you to have a recurrence or mets, especially this soon.

Endometrial cancer 2010, basal cell multiples, breast cancer 2018, kidney cancer 2018. Boring. Hope it stays that way. Dx 5/2018, ILC, Left, 2cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 1/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 7/11/2018 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Surgery 8/8/2018 Radiation Therapy 10/29/2018 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes
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Mar 21, 2020 12:04PM jcerroni241 wrote:

I am wondering about your spouses- is anyone concerned with them working and bringing any illness home?

Mine works in hvac service field- and we are not sure if he should continue working, as me and my daughter stay home.

What are your thoughts?

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Mar 21, 2020 12:20PM Salamandra wrote:

jcerroni241,

That is a very valid concern, and part of the reason that governments are starting to shut down nonessential businesses.

If your husband's work is deemed essential (as hvac for medical and logistical facilities might be), then the question will remain. I know of some families where people are actually moving apart for this shelter in place, so that people doing vital (financially necessary) work can keep doing it and medically vulnerable people can be as protected as possible.

That said, if you and your daughter don't have any additional health risks, then just having him be very careful coming inside and with cleaning and hygiene might be a reasonable precaution while he keeps going to work.

Dx at 39. 1.8cm. Oncotype 9. Dx 9/19/2018, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH) Surgery 10/18/2018 Lumpectomy; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Hormonal Therapy 11/1/2018 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Radiation Therapy 12/3/2018 Whole-breast: Breast Hormonal Therapy 12/19/2019 Fareston (toremifene)

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