Posted on: Apr 30, 2008 04:40PM
Posted on: Apr 30, 2008 04:40PM
Long-Term BC Survivors: Hooray for them and may all of us live long enough to be in this great groupl
Betty Ford - 34 years! (diagnosed in 1974)
Nancy Reagan - 21 years!
Shirley Temple-Black 36 years! (diagnosed in 1972)
Ruby Dee - over 30 years!
Sandra Day O'Connor - 26 years! (diagnosed in 1982)
Jill Eikenberry - 22 years!
Kate Jackson - 21 years!
Ann Jillian - 23 years! (diagnosed in 1985 at 35 years old; had a child in 1992)
Richard Roundtree - 15 years!
Marcia Wallace - 23 years!
Diahann Carroll - 10 years!
Rue McClanehan - 11 years!
Olivia Newton John - 15 years!
Linda Ellerbee - 17 years!
If there are other famous long-term survivors' that I've missed, please add to the list.
Apr 17, 2015 08:04AM katcar0001 wrote:
My aunt (by marriage) is an 18 year survivor of IDC--only had a mastectomy, no chemo or rads or hormonal therapy. She cried after they sent her home when she realized they weren't giving her chemo. But she has been fine all these years. Her mother was also a long time survivor (died of another cause) and was on Tamoxifen.
Aug 2, 2015 11:49PM suladog wrote:
Just checking in 25 year survivor here, I had TN breast cancer in 1990, no nodal involvement, a mx and 8 rounds of CMF
Jan 7, 2018 03:26PM nez_khot wrote:
Very Inspiring to know you are in your 16th year of Cancer free survival.
Were you Her2+ what was your ER PR state and what stage were you at?
Also all these years did you do anything specific for lifestyle and diet ?
What treatment did you do, I mean what chemo drugs, how many cycles , radiation etc.
can we connect over the phone if you are comfortable talking.
Jan 8, 2018 09:43AM - edited Jan 8, 2018 09:46AM by dogsandjogs
Got a message from Neha Knot today and it reminded me to check in. To recap: 11mm breast cancer in right breast in 1982. Felt a lump and went to a surgeon whom I had gone to previously to have breast cysts drained from time to time in his office. This lump felt different; eg. hard, irregular, non-moveable. He removed it in his office and sent it in. Verdict was cancer. I then went for a bone scan and kidney scan because he told me if cancer was found elsewhere there would be no point in doing the surgery!! Luckily the scans were negative and I had the surgery about a week later. I had decided to have a modified radical mastectomy (no removal of the muscle which was sometimes done). They removed and dissected 17 lymph nodes, none were malignant. I had the reconstruction done right after the surgery and the 2nd part done the following year. Reconstruction was so easy in those days. I had no lymphedema. Didn't even know the word in those days.
Follow-up were annual mammograms (on the OTHER breast only) and annual blood tests.
Then in 2010 I felt a lump in the other breast. Had the lumpectomy and decided to not do radiation. Tried Aromasin for 2 moths, but the side effects were just too hard to deal with.
I only have a mammogram every other year.Both cancers were missed by yearly mammograms so I don't think they really work for me. Am trying to get my insurance to pay for MRI's instead.
Feb 13, 2019 03:29PM - edited Feb 13, 2019 03:30PM by conscorner
I was diagnosed in 2007 with invasive lobular stage 1, grade 2. At first it was going to be a lumpectomy, but after the MRI, it turned into a mastectomy. I opted for both breasts. I never had chemo or radiation. I was given tamoxifen and zolodex shots. It was 11 years last September and I'm grateful to be here. Back in 2007, I celebrated my 53rd birthday in the hospital. I'm 64 now, thankful.Long Term BC Survivors