Topic: Any long term lumpectomy survivors?

Forum: Who or What Inspires You? — Share your personal story, diagnosis, and treatment path, and stories of survival, hope, and success to encourage and inspire others!

Posted on: Mar 27, 2008 07:07PM

Posted on: Mar 27, 2008 07:07PM

duff0015 wrote:

Would love to hear your stories!  Especially, if you were young at diagnosis. 

Thanks for being an inspiration!  :)  

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Jun 23, 2008 11:58PM Rainenz wrote:

Will I am over 11years since I had a Lumpectomy of my left breast with auxillery clearance 6/14 pos nodes followed by chemo and rads. Am doing fine with no other problems in that breast, but did get a new primary in the right breast 2yrs ago and had to start treatment all over again.  This time after a failed lumpectomy I had to have a mastectomy as no clear margins and unbelievably I had 29 positive nodes this time, so my theroy is thay they were doing there job and hopefully stopped it from going elsewhere.  Have completed chemo and rads again, now just a watching game as am triple neg so no other treatments are available to me unless it show up again.  Was 1st dx at the age of 42.

Dx 1/1997 3.5cm Medullary, Grade 3, 6/14 nodes er-/pr-, her2 - Dx 6/2006, IDC, 3cm, Stage IIIC, Grade 3, 29/34 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2-
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Jun 24, 2008 04:49PM Aug242007 wrote:

I had a lumpectomy 9/07 just had my first mammogram and they have found possible DCIS or another IDC.  Anyone noticed that almost everyone who has a lumpectomy ends up with a mastectomy?  Bad part is with the recurrence you may get to have chemo.  If I had this to do over, I would do a bilateral mastectomy.

IDC 2.2 cm 2007 lumpectomy then BMX 2008, Oncotype 11, AIs for 10 years, Chris Rock states "the U.S. will never cure cancer, the money is in the medicine". Dx 8/24/2007, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 1, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Hormonal Therapy 12/19/2007 Surgery Mastectomy Surgery Lumpectomy Radiation Therapy
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Jun 24, 2008 10:58PM momtothree wrote:

I had a lumpectomy with axilary node disection in 1997. I was 36 years old at the time. So far so good!!!

Julie
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Jun 25, 2008 11:00PM - edited Jun 25, 2008 11:01PM by beesie.is.out-of-office

It's wonderful to hear from the long-term survivors! 

What everyone should keep in mind that there are lots and lots of long-term survivors who had successful lumpectomies and never had to deal with breast cancer again.  I know of many.  But this is a breast cancer support discussion board and those women don't have any reason to be here - they are happily off living their lives. 

For the most part, the women who are here are those currently going through treatment or those who've just recently completed treatment.  It's true that many of those who come here with a recurrence or 2nd bout of BC may have a mastectomy after originally having had a lumpectomy, but that sure doesn't mean that every lumpectomy patient will eventually have a recurrence and need to have a mastectomy.  Quite the opposite, in fact, but we just don't hear from all those other women.  With the exception of a few wonderful long-term survivors who've stayed on this board to offer advice and support, most of those women are long gone and have no reason to come back here.

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Jul 24, 2008 12:13AM phillygirl wrote:

I had lumpectomy, radiation and chemo in 1996, and I'm fine so far.

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Jul 25, 2008 02:16AM dalen wrote:

hi i just got diagnosed w/ breast cancer i'm 36yrs old my doctor said i got it at the early stage on thursday is my surgery my doctor advice is to have lumpectomy w/ radiation therapy but my friend suggested to go w/ masctectomy now i'm so confused. i wanna get out of this i dont know what to do.

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Jul 25, 2008 01:37PM - edited Jul 25, 2008 01:38PM by pinoideae

 40 at diagnosis, 1.9 cm tumor, lumpectomy, chemo, radiation, then chemo again.  So far so good.

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Jul 29, 2008 10:31PM Pharmmom wrote:

My mom was 50 at diagnosis.  Had radiation and lumpectomy in......1988!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  :) :) 

Dx 10/11/2002, IDC, 1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 3/17 nodes, ER+, HER2+
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Sep 13, 2008 12:42PM KLG wrote:

Thank you, Bessie.  I sometimes am very concerned because there aren't many Stage IV survivors here.  I had a lumpectomy in May 2008 and am getting ready to receive my last chemo

treatment out of 4; then I have radiation.  I'm really just beginning and appreciate your insite as to why we don't hear from more survivors.  I wish more Stage IV survivors would speak up. 

Karen Dx 5/16/2008, ILC, 2cm, Stage IV, Grade 2, 5/12 nodes, mets, ER+/PR-, HER2-
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Sep 13, 2008 12:58PM KLG wrote:

dalen,

You need to read the latest on lumpectomy vs masectomy and discuss it with your surgeon.  I have Stage IV and had a lumpectomy last May.   Many friends and family  have well intended advice.  It does become very confusing and is very scary.   The one thing I have discovered is that every person reacts differently to treatments.  It's best to do your own research, then discuss with your doctor what you found, and together decide what is best for YOU. 

The best of luck to you. 

Karen Dx 5/16/2008, ILC, 2cm, Stage IV, Grade 2, 5/12 nodes, mets, ER+/PR-, HER2-

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