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Nov 3, 2018 01:07PM
No one gets their final staging until after surgery. They may think you are a stage 2, but if your breast tumor is large, you may end up as a stage 3. Conversely, if your tumor is tiny, and the axillary nodes are the only ones with cancer, you could be restated as a 1B. Since you will be treated as a TN (triple negative) you probably won't know your final staging until about May of next year, after neoadjuvant chemo and surgery.
As far as the chemo goes, it's very doable. As a TN I had the standard 4 rounds of bi-weekly Adriamycin/Cytoxan followed by 8 weekly rounds of Taxol. You will lose your hair, but that's doable as well. Wigs aren't so bad in wintertime🙂.
Good luck to you. We're here for you..
8/30/2016, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 1/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
8/30/2016, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 3, 0/1 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2-
9/6/2016, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 1/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
9/28/2016 AC + T (Taxol)
4/4/2017 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): DIEP flap; Reconstruction (right): DIEP flap