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Mar 19, 2008 07:18PM
I understand how you feel, I have been watching mom fight BC for 4 years. She was initially dx Aug 04 with Left Breast DCIS with .5mm microinvasion, Stage 1, grade 1, Her2+++, clear nodes, clear margins after mastectomy, 4 rounds of toxic chemo that put her in the hospital in isolation. She was not given Herceptin back then as it was not given to early stagers. She was told you are cured and go home enjoy your life, we did that. Then after having a failed TRAM flap with problems, she underwent a PET scan. It was at this time Sept 07 she was dx with Stage 4 mets to the liver and bones. When we sat in the room and were told this, the bottom fell out of my world, and my mom's. We couldn't believe it, how could this happen, my mom had such a small cancer. It is hard to receive the news, I can tell you it does get better with time, my mom is doing very well she is responding to treatment and after 5 months she is 2 tiny spots away from NED. Remember there is always hope, do not listen to statistics, each person is there own individual. There are people alove with mets that have been for 5, 10, 15 years and counting. So, as hard as it is right now, just know that things will get better especially once you start seeing good news with scans and that treatment is working.
If you need to chat, drop me a line anytime as I know exactly what you are going through.
Hugs to you and mom,
My mom was dx 8/2004 DCIS with 4mm of IDC, Stage 1, 0 Nodes, Grade 1, Her2+++ cancer. Left side mastectomy with 4 rounds A/C. 9/2007 Mets to Liver and Bones. 2/28/10 craniotomy confirm brain mets 3/1/10 begun Tykerb 3/15/10 WBR and Xeloda.
11/12/2004 Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): Free TRAM flap
11/14/2004 Adriamycin (doxorubicin), Taxol (paclitaxel), Xeloda (capecitabine)
9/29/2007, IDC, <1cm, Stage IV, Grade 1, 0/1 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2+
1/23/2010 Tykerb (lapatinib)