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Posted on: Feb 14, 2012 06:19AM

Eileenohio wrote:

Watching GMA this morning. Gosh Robin Roberts looks great. I know she had chemo for early stage BC but I was wondering if anyone knows the exact details. Why did she need chemo for early BC ?

Thanks

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Feb 14, 2012 06:22AM BelaT wrote:

I want to know too. I searched but never found anything

Dx 12/15/2011, DCIS, 1cm, Stage I, Grade 1, 0/5 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Feb 14, 2012 06:32AM desertstorm2014 wrote:

Here is are good articles:

http://www.prevention.com/health/health-concerns/robin-roberts-exclusive-interview-surviving-breast-cancer

abcnews.go.com/GMA/OnCallPlusBreastCancerNews/story?id=4141823&page=1#.Tzpv8sj4WSo

She had 6 weeks of radiation and 8 chemo treatments over 8 months, the cancer was triple negative.  Maybe that's why?

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Feb 14, 2012 06:50AM Leah_S wrote:

I haven't read the articles, but I do know that Stage II is considered early stage. Most oncs recommend chemo for Stage II.

Leah

Dx 11/3/2008, IDC, 1cm, Stage IV, Grade 3, 6/17 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Feb 14, 2012 06:57AM lago wrote:

Early stage goes all the way to some levels of stage III. Stage I many times has chemo recommended. Treatment is not only based on stage but biology of the tumor, age, lymph node status, health of the patient etc. Its complicated.

DONE!! alturl.com/3o9ni • Tattoos 2.7.2012 • Nipples 10.6.2011 • Exchange 6.24.2011 • Chemo 1.18. 2011 • BMX 8.31.2010 Dx 7/13/2010, IDC, 5cm, Stage IIb, Grade 3, 0/14 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+
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Feb 14, 2012 07:07AM SpecialK wrote:

She had triple negative BC - surgery, chemo and radiation are the only tools available, she can't take Tamoxifen or an AI, it has to be treated aggressively.

Dx 9/27/2010, DCIS, Stage 0, Grade 3 Dx 9/27/2010, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIb, Grade 3, 2/14 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+ Hormonal Therapy 07/31/2011 Femara (chemical name: letrozole, class: aromatase inhibitor) Hormonal Therapy 06/19/2012 Arimidex (chemical name: anastrozole, class: aromatase inhibitor) Hormonal Therapy 07/17/2013 Femara (chemical name: letrozole, class: aromatase inhibitor) Targeted Therapy 02/16/2011 Herceptin (chemical name: trastuzumab) Surgery 01/20/2011 Reconstruction of my left breast Surgery 07/19/2011 Reconstruction of my left breast: Tissue expander placement Surgery 02/23/2012 Reconstruction of my left breast; Reconstruction of my right breast Surgery 12/13/2010 Reconstruction of my left breast; Reconstruction of my right breast Surgery 12/13/2012 Reconstruction of my left breast; Reconstruction of my right breast Surgery 03/06/2014 Reconstruction of my left breast; Reconstruction of my right breast Surgery 04/01/2014 Reconstruction of my left breast Surgery 11/12/2014 Reconstruction of my left breast Surgery 05/08/2014 Reconstruction of my left breast Surgery 10/31/2010 Mastectomy of one or both breasts: Mastectomy of my left breast, Mastectomy of my right breast; Reconstruction of my left breast: Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction of my right breast: Tissue expander placement Surgery 12/05/2010 Lymph node removal (also called dissection): Underarm (axillary) lymph node removal (also called dissection) , Lymph node removal (also called dissection) on my right side Surgery 12/20/2010 Reconstruction of my left breast Surgery 01/06/2011 Reconstruction of my left breast Chemotherapy 02/16/2011 Carboplatin (brand name: Paraplatin), Taxotere (chemical name: docetaxel)
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Feb 14, 2012 07:10AM BelaT wrote:

wonder what cocktails she had and where did she go

Dx 12/15/2011, DCIS, 1cm, Stage I, Grade 1, 0/5 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Feb 14, 2012 07:20AM jacee wrote:

I know she says she had 8 months of chemo, and she mentions having Adriamyacin. Followed by 5 weeks of rads.

My body has cancer, my spirit does not! Dx 4/27/2009, IDC, <1cm, Stage IIa, Grade 1, 3/11 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Hormonal Therapy 01/03/2010 Femara (chemical name: letrozole, class: aromatase inhibitor) Surgery 10/08/2011 Reconstruction of my left breast: Nipple reconstruction; Reconstruction of my right breast: Nipple reconstruction Surgery 09/08/2010 Prophylactic (also called preventive) mastectomy of one or both breasts : Prophylactic (also called preventive) mastectomy of my left breast ; Reconstruction of my left breast: DIEP flap; Reconstruction of my right breast: DIEP flap Surgery 06/05/2009 Mastectomy of one or both breasts: Mastectomy of my right breast; Lymph node removal (also called dissection): Underarm (axillary) lymph node removal (also called dissection) , Lymph node removal (also called dissection) on my right side Surgery 05/04/2009 Prophylactic (also called preventive) removal of the ovaries Radiation Therapy 02/11/2010 Chemotherapy 07/05/2009 AC + T (Taxol): Adriamycin and Cytoxan, plus Taxol
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Feb 14, 2012 12:02PM LRM216 wrote:

Yes, she is triple negative, and that is the gold standard of treatment for those of us that are, no matter what whether State 1, II or III.  I was Stage 1 and I went through, surgery,  5 months of DD A/C and 4 rounds of Taxol (was switched from Taxol to Taxotere after first round), followed by 33 rads.  I wish she would speak of her cancer more often as she could be such an excellent spokesperson for us Triple Negs, but all she will do is ocassionally admit she had breast cancer - never gives any more info than that.  It's too bad, with her being in the public eye and all, I find that disappointing.  She had her treatments at Memorial Sloan Kettering in NYC, and as far as I know, she is still going there.

Life isn't about waiting for the storm to end, it's about learning to dance in the rain ... Age 62 at diagnose Dx 2/23/2009, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage Ia, Grade 3, 0/1 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2- (FISH) Surgery 03/06/2009 Lumpectomy in one or both breasts: Lumpectomy in my right breast Radiation Therapy 10/20/2009 Chemotherapy 04/24/2009 Adriamycin (chemical name: doxorubicin), Cytoxan (chemical name: cyclophosphamide), Taxol (chemical name: paclitaxel), Taxotere (chemical name: docetaxel)
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Feb 14, 2012 12:07PM BelaT wrote:

5 months of AC? DD ? I am thinking its a lot. I wish she would talk more too. 

Dx 12/15/2011, DCIS, 1cm, Stage I, Grade 1, 0/5 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Feb 14, 2012 12:10PM kathleen1966 wrote:

Yes, I love her.  I wish she would talk about it more.  I think it was a serious invasive cancer.  I don't know if it went to nodes.

Dx 7/26/2010, IDC, 1cm, Stage IIIa, Grade 2, 4/15 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2+ Dx 7/26/2010, DCIS, 6cm+, Stage IIIa, Grade 2, 4/15 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2+ Dx 7/26/2010, Paget's, 1cm, Stage IIIa, Grade 2, 4/15 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2+ Targeted Therapy 09/06/2010 Herceptin (chemical name: trastuzumab) Surgery 08/22/2010 Mastectomy of one or both breasts: Mastectomy of my left breast; Lymph node removal (also called dissection): Underarm (axillary) lymph node removal (also called dissection) , Sentinel lymph node removal (also called dissection) , Lymph node removal (also called dissection) on my left side Radiation Therapy 02/28/2011 Chemotherapy 09/06/2010 Carboplatin (brand name: Paraplatin), Taxotere (chemical name: docetaxel)
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Feb 14, 2012 12:29PM , edited Feb 14, 2012 12:32PM by AnnNYC

I know she was triple negative, and one of her chemos was the "red devil" (adriamycin, right?) because I saw her talk about it on GMA in 2007-2008.  I know exactly where she went, because she's had her onc* on GMA also, and showed scenes from the chemo suite there.  Don't know if any of these clips are still available on GMA, but they were in 2008.

*Her onc = Ruth Oratz, who's also on the medical advisory board here at BCO. 

Edit to add: LRM216, I don't believe she had treatments at Memorial Sloan-Kettering.  She had her initial surgery at Lenox Hill Hospital (maybe that surgeon was also affiliated with MSKCC?), and her med onc for chemo was Dr. Oratz, who is affiliated with NYU but provides chemo in her private offices.

Dx 3/9/2007, IDC, <1cm, Stage I, Grade 2, 0/5 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Feb 14, 2012 12:37PM SpecialK wrote:

According to her bio she did 8 chemo treatments, not 8 months of chemo.  She had surgery in August of '07, and had completed chemo in January of '08.  She moved on to rads which was done in March of '08.

Dx 9/27/2010, DCIS, Stage 0, Grade 3 Dx 9/27/2010, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIb, Grade 3, 2/14 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+ Hormonal Therapy 07/31/2011 Femara (chemical name: letrozole, class: aromatase inhibitor) Hormonal Therapy 06/19/2012 Arimidex (chemical name: anastrozole, class: aromatase inhibitor) Hormonal Therapy 07/17/2013 Femara (chemical name: letrozole, class: aromatase inhibitor) Targeted Therapy 02/16/2011 Herceptin (chemical name: trastuzumab) Surgery 01/20/2011 Reconstruction of my left breast Surgery 07/19/2011 Reconstruction of my left breast: Tissue expander placement Surgery 02/23/2012 Reconstruction of my left breast; Reconstruction of my right breast Surgery 12/13/2010 Reconstruction of my left breast; Reconstruction of my right breast Surgery 12/13/2012 Reconstruction of my left breast; Reconstruction of my right breast Surgery 03/06/2014 Reconstruction of my left breast; Reconstruction of my right breast Surgery 04/01/2014 Reconstruction of my left breast Surgery 11/12/2014 Reconstruction of my left breast Surgery 05/08/2014 Reconstruction of my left breast Surgery 10/31/2010 Mastectomy of one or both breasts: Mastectomy of my left breast, Mastectomy of my right breast; Reconstruction of my left breast: Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction of my right breast: Tissue expander placement Surgery 12/05/2010 Lymph node removal (also called dissection): Underarm (axillary) lymph node removal (also called dissection) , Lymph node removal (also called dissection) on my right side Surgery 12/20/2010 Reconstruction of my left breast Surgery 01/06/2011 Reconstruction of my left breast Chemotherapy 02/16/2011 Carboplatin (brand name: Paraplatin), Taxotere (chemical name: docetaxel)
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Feb 14, 2012 12:37PM BelaT wrote:

She is not prt of sloan kettering.

Dx 12/15/2011, DCIS, 1cm, Stage I, Grade 1, 0/5 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Feb 14, 2012 12:42PM AnnNYC wrote:

Here's a link to her "last day of chemo" story -- I can't see a video clip on my browser, but the whole clip is transcribed on this page:

http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/OnCallPlusBreastCancerNews/story?id=4141823&page=1

(same link CarpeDiem provided above)

Dx 3/9/2007, IDC, <1cm, Stage I, Grade 2, 0/5 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Feb 14, 2012 12:57PM Eileenohio wrote:

Thanks everyone. Wow she had 8 chemo treatments. She did work during her treatment so apparently her side effects were  manageable.  She is an inspiration,I too wish she would give more details.                                        

Dx 12/9/2011, 1cm, Stage I, Grade 2, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+ Targeted Therapy 02/14/2012 Herceptin (chemical name: trastuzumab) Hormonal Therapy 08/01/2012 Chemotherapy 02/14/2012 Carboplatin (brand name: Paraplatin), Taxotere (chemical name: docetaxel)
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Feb 14, 2012 01:00PM , edited Feb 14, 2012 01:02PM by SpecialK

eileen - most likely two different chemos - Adriamycin/Cytoxan for 4 rounds, then 4 of a taxane.  An aggressive approach, but she was triple negative and this would be a pretty standard treatment for that. 

She does speak, I believe, because I think she came to a BC/Ovarian cancer conference here in Tampa a few years ago that is sponsored by Moffitt Cancer Center.  She was the keynote speaker during the luncheon.

Dx 9/27/2010, DCIS, Stage 0, Grade 3 Dx 9/27/2010, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIb, Grade 3, 2/14 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+ Hormonal Therapy 07/31/2011 Femara (chemical name: letrozole, class: aromatase inhibitor) Hormonal Therapy 06/19/2012 Arimidex (chemical name: anastrozole, class: aromatase inhibitor) Hormonal Therapy 07/17/2013 Femara (chemical name: letrozole, class: aromatase inhibitor) Targeted Therapy 02/16/2011 Herceptin (chemical name: trastuzumab) Surgery 01/20/2011 Reconstruction of my left breast Surgery 07/19/2011 Reconstruction of my left breast: Tissue expander placement Surgery 02/23/2012 Reconstruction of my left breast; Reconstruction of my right breast Surgery 12/13/2010 Reconstruction of my left breast; Reconstruction of my right breast Surgery 12/13/2012 Reconstruction of my left breast; Reconstruction of my right breast Surgery 03/06/2014 Reconstruction of my left breast; Reconstruction of my right breast Surgery 04/01/2014 Reconstruction of my left breast Surgery 11/12/2014 Reconstruction of my left breast Surgery 05/08/2014 Reconstruction of my left breast Surgery 10/31/2010 Mastectomy of one or both breasts: Mastectomy of my left breast, Mastectomy of my right breast; Reconstruction of my left breast: Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction of my right breast: Tissue expander placement Surgery 12/05/2010 Lymph node removal (also called dissection): Underarm (axillary) lymph node removal (also called dissection) , Lymph node removal (also called dissection) on my right side Surgery 12/20/2010 Reconstruction of my left breast Surgery 01/06/2011 Reconstruction of my left breast Chemotherapy 02/16/2011 Carboplatin (brand name: Paraplatin), Taxotere (chemical name: docetaxel)
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Feb 14, 2012 03:37PM jacee wrote:

She says she did 8 chemo treatments over 8 months. Just doesn't say the combination.

My body has cancer, my spirit does not! Dx 4/27/2009, IDC, <1cm, Stage IIa, Grade 1, 3/11 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Hormonal Therapy 01/03/2010 Femara (chemical name: letrozole, class: aromatase inhibitor) Surgery 10/08/2011 Reconstruction of my left breast: Nipple reconstruction; Reconstruction of my right breast: Nipple reconstruction Surgery 09/08/2010 Prophylactic (also called preventive) mastectomy of one or both breasts : Prophylactic (also called preventive) mastectomy of my left breast ; Reconstruction of my left breast: DIEP flap; Reconstruction of my right breast: DIEP flap Surgery 06/05/2009 Mastectomy of one or both breasts: Mastectomy of my right breast; Lymph node removal (also called dissection): Underarm (axillary) lymph node removal (also called dissection) , Lymph node removal (also called dissection) on my right side Surgery 05/04/2009 Prophylactic (also called preventive) removal of the ovaries Radiation Therapy 02/11/2010 Chemotherapy 07/05/2009 AC + T (Taxol): Adriamycin and Cytoxan, plus Taxol
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Feb 14, 2012 03:44PM Patty252555140415 wrote:

I also wish Robin and the other public figures, Olivia Newton John, Kate Jackson, Jacklyn Smith, Cheryl Crow just to name a few would speak out bout their tx , stage etc. How can we ask them to do this???

Dx 1/5/2011, IDC, 3cm, Stage IIa, Grade 3, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Hormonal Therapy 09/20/2011 Arimidex (chemical name: anastrozole, class: aromatase inhibitor) Surgery 02/14/2011 Lumpectomy in one or both breasts: Lumpectomy in my right breast; Lymph node removal (also called dissection): Sentinel lymph node removal (also called dissection) , Lymph node removal (also called dissection) on my right side Radiation Therapy 09/02/2011 Chemotherapy 04/20/2011 CMF: Cytoxan, methotrexate, and fluorouracil
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Feb 14, 2012 03:50PM jacee wrote:

I'm finding some women (2 friends of mine) don't even know their cancer characteristics They've gone through tx and recon and still don't know so much about their cancer, or what drugs they were given. I know I drive them crazy with all my questions...and always spewing out information. So hard for me to imagine, but to me, knowledge is power. For them, not so much.   So, I wonder how many of those women who are public figures even know???

My body has cancer, my spirit does not! Dx 4/27/2009, IDC, <1cm, Stage IIa, Grade 1, 3/11 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Hormonal Therapy 01/03/2010 Femara (chemical name: letrozole, class: aromatase inhibitor) Surgery 10/08/2011 Reconstruction of my left breast: Nipple reconstruction; Reconstruction of my right breast: Nipple reconstruction Surgery 09/08/2010 Prophylactic (also called preventive) mastectomy of one or both breasts : Prophylactic (also called preventive) mastectomy of my left breast ; Reconstruction of my left breast: DIEP flap; Reconstruction of my right breast: DIEP flap Surgery 06/05/2009 Mastectomy of one or both breasts: Mastectomy of my right breast; Lymph node removal (also called dissection): Underarm (axillary) lymph node removal (also called dissection) , Lymph node removal (also called dissection) on my right side Surgery 05/04/2009 Prophylactic (also called preventive) removal of the ovaries Radiation Therapy 02/11/2010 Chemotherapy 07/05/2009 AC + T (Taxol): Adriamycin and Cytoxan, plus Taxol
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Feb 14, 2012 04:01PM , edited Feb 14, 2012 04:01PM by lrr4993

I am sure they know the details. These are smart women. I am sure they just prefer to keep the details private. I am the same way. Being a public figure does not destroy your right to privacy.

Lisa Dx 8/6/2010, IDC, Stage Ib, Grade 3, 0/5 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2-
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Mar 30, 2012 02:16PM financegirl wrote:

I read her book after I was diagnosed. I think (can't swear) that she had ACT.  I know for a fact she had adriamycin b/c I remember her saying that the doctors told her that little hanging red bag would be the one that took her hair and she'd pee orangey red.  Also remember her saying that on her last chemo day the nurses surrounded her and they blew bubbles for her "graduation".