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Canadian health care, clinical trials, and life in general in the north.

Posted on: Dec 19, 2011 06:17AM

suz45 wrote:

I'm wondering how many West Coast Gals we currently have on here. It makes it a little easier to compare notes as our health-care is provincial. Would be nice to share tips and such to each other as we wade though the health-care Bureaucracy.

I'm in Richmond BC (a part of the Vancouver Lower Mainland) and the majority of my treatment has been at Vancouver General Hospital and Vancouver Cancer Agency.. with a few small surgical procedures done at UBC and my original Lumpectomy at Richmond General. My GP is also in Richmond. Ive been on the BCO boards since 2007 with a few breaks.

Please pipe in even if only to let us know your here Wink

Hugs Suz

Laugh your heart out, dance in the rain, cherish the memories & ignore the pain, love and learn, forget & forgive. Remember you only have one life to Live. Dx 11/25/2010, IDC, 6cm+, Stage IV, 8/23 nodes, mets, ER-/PR-, HER2-
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Sep 16, 2018 11:29PM DearLife wrote:

I would love to meet everyone. Not sure where or when we could gather...I live in the gulf islands but could come to Vancouver or Victoria anytime in November or December.

Pearl

I've looked at clouds from both sides now. Joni Mitchell Dx 12/1/1998, LCIS, Right Dx 1/9/2018, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC) Surgery 2/26/2018 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Dx 3/1/2018, DCIS/IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC) Hormonal Therapy 4/17/2018 Femara (letrozole) Radiation Therapy Whole-breast: Breast
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Sep 17, 2018 10:29AM koshka1 wrote:

ok stay tuned.... maybe I’ll create another thread and see if we can get more,


Any suggestions on where to meet? Maybe a Saturday or Sunday brunch

Dx 12/2007, IDC, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Sep 19, 2018 04:46PM NVDobie wrote:

Aphrodite's Organic Cafe in Kitslano or Heirloom vegetarian Restaurant on Granville and 12th could be options to consider? Also Bluhouse Cafe in Deep Cove?

You can probably tell I have been compiling organic restaurants in town. :-)

I live in North Van but can go wherever you ladies want to meet.

Dx 12/6/2017, DCIS/IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 1/5/2018 Lumpectomy: Left Chemotherapy 3/7/2018 Abraxane (albumin-bound or nab-paclitaxel) Chemotherapy 3/8/2018 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 6/10/2018 Lumpectomy: Left Radiation Therapy 7/30/2018 Whole-breast: Breast Hormonal Therapy 9/11/2018 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Surgery
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Sep 19, 2018 06:34PM - edited Sep 19, 2018 06:51PM by marianelizabeth

with any calendar luck I could be there but not on a weekend. I am in Vancouver October 14-18

breastcancereh.blogspot.ca Dx 7/27/2012, IDC, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 9/7/2012 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel Dx 9/21/2012, IDC, 3cm, Stage IIIA, Grade 3, 7/14 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 10/15/2012 AC + T (Taxol) Surgery 3/5/2013 Lymph node removal: Right, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Hormonal Therapy 4/29/2013 Arimidex (anastrozole) Radiation Therapy 5/7/2013 Breast, Lymph nodes Surgery 12/6/2013 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Surgery 12/12/2016 Reconstruction (right): Fat grafting, Silicone implant Surgery 6/26/2017 Reconstruction (right) Dx 8/22/2017, IDC, Right, 4cm, Stage IV, metastasized to other, 7/14 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC) Radiation Therapy 9/8/2017 Dx Dx DCIS
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Sep 20, 2018 12:04PM DearLife wrote:

Vegetarian brunch sounds good to me! But I will be away until October 19.

I've looked at clouds from both sides now. Joni Mitchell Dx 12/1/1998, LCIS, Right Dx 1/9/2018, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC) Surgery 2/26/2018 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Dx 3/1/2018, DCIS/IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC) Hormonal Therapy 4/17/2018 Femara (letrozole) Radiation Therapy Whole-breast: Breast
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Sep 20, 2018 12:53PM NVDobie wrote:

ladies,

Does anyone know about bonus entitlement while on long term disability leave? I started LTD mid year, wondering whether it would make any difference in when I return to work when it comes to bonus entitlement for 2018. I.e. would there be advantages to return to work before the year end.

Thanks for any tips and suggestions

P.S. how long did you ladies have between finishing radiation and return to work?

Thanks

Dx 12/6/2017, DCIS/IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 1/5/2018 Lumpectomy: Left Chemotherapy 3/7/2018 Abraxane (albumin-bound or nab-paclitaxel) Chemotherapy 3/8/2018 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 6/10/2018 Lumpectomy: Left Radiation Therapy 7/30/2018 Whole-breast: Breast Hormonal Therapy 9/11/2018 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Surgery
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Sep 23, 2018 02:52PM koshka1 wrote:

what if we did something in November so we have enough time to plan?


Marianne could you make November? I would love to see you?


I will eat anywhere :

Dx 12/2007, IDC, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Sep 23, 2018 11:23PM Walden1 wrote:

Anyone in the Vancouver area have a good recommendation for mastectomy bras or stores that sell them? I need a size that seems to be hard to get 34F. My local specialist shop will order the sizes I need, but it seems there is only one style of bra they can order for me and the wait is extremely long. Anyone know a local shop that has good selection, or an online shop

Dx 12/28/2017, DCIS/IDC, Right, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 0/7 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 1/10/2018 AC + T (Taxol) Surgery 5/2/2018 Mastectomy: Right Radiation Therapy Hormonal Therapy Aromasin (exemestane), Zoladex (goserelin)
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Sep 24, 2018 12:22AM wrenn wrote:

Walden I had great service from Nightingale on W. Broadway.

https://nightingalemedical.ca/pages/mastectomy?gclid=CjwKCAjw85zdBRB6EiwAov3RirOY764b-gfkJ_zhHzyib2DHu0nTaqbnZ4ln81rCcb_ofeky6oG0exoC5iIQAvD_BwE

Metaplastic IDC Triple negative...Tumour is 1.5cm. BMX Aug. 16th. Chemo cancelled after one dose due to complications. Dx 7/25/2013, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 3, 0/6 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2- Surgery 8/16/2013 Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Left, Right
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Sep 27, 2018 01:32PM BlueSky1969 wrote:

Hi all;

I've been trying to reintegrate into life: spending time w my boys, trying to get through my piles admin and mail I avoided while recovering. I set a date of Oct 1st to begin work. I thought that would give me lots of time to restore my energy. Funny thing though - I've been exhausted and I don't understand why. Exhausted, irritated. I think some of it is the tamoxifen?

I've been on tamoxifen since July. I've developed recent pain in my L hip, have bone scan sked'd in early Oct. Got myself a little whipped up about it last night - I'm sure it's SE from tamoxifen or something else...but was thrown into a bit of angst last night.

I would love to meet up! Look forward to it.

Very best to you all,

P

PS: the women at Nightingale were great - I didn't realize you need an appointment though...


Dx 3/28/2018, IDC, Right, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC) Surgery 5/1/2018 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Dx 5/15/2018, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/6 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC) Hormonal Therapy 7/10/2018 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Surgery 1/28/2019 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant
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Sep 27, 2018 08:20PM stellamaris wrote:

i would also love to meet up.

Dx 10/5/2015, ILC, Right, 4cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- Surgery 10/30/2015 Lumpectomy: Right Surgery 12/2/2015 Lumpectomy: Right Hormonal Therapy 12/18/2015 Femara (letrozole) Surgery 2/11/2016 Lumpectomy: Right Surgery 3/24/2016 Mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (right): DIEP flap
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Sep 28, 2018 01:29AM Pots wrote:

I too love the idea of meeting up this fall. For any of you thinking about going back to work after chemo and radiation, my advice is to give yourself lots of time to recover. I thought I would bounce back quickly and was surprised at how little energy I had. I finished chemo and rads in April 2014 and thought I would be ready to got back to work in the fall. Nope. I went back in March 2015 and should have waited until May. Also if you can do a return transition and a work hardening program, do it. What you think you can do and what you actually can do are two different things. When you go back to work, people will expect you to be back to “normal”....they won’t see how much effort and energy it takes for you to get through the day.

Dx 7/2013, Right, 3cm, Stage IIIB, Grade 2, 5/20 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- Dx 5/2017, Right, Stage IV, metastasized to other, ER+/PR-, HER2- Dx 3/2018, Right, Stage IV, metastasized to lungs/other Hormonal Therapy Femara (letrozole) Chemotherapy Fluorouracil (5-fluorouracil, 5-FU, Adrucil), Taxotere (docetaxel) Targeted Therapy Ibrance (palbociclib) Chemotherapy Taxol (paclitaxel)
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Sep 28, 2018 04:31PM moth wrote:

Hello my west coast peeps!

Just popping in quickly to say hi!

Yes, I'd love to meet up - I just need notice to shoehorn it into my schedule.

I started nursing school Sep 4th, finished rads on the 11th. Had my follow up with the MO today and found out I have osteoporosis ---- booooo :( ----so I'm being referred to an endocrinologist who will probably want to start me on Prolia or Zometa. And I'm putting the gym membership/weight training item higher up on my 'to organize' list. I wasn't expecting it as I've been active, fit and outdoors a lot all my life but I guess the "small, pale north european woman" genes are working against me..

School has been good so far, super busy, already had lots of assignments, already behind on my reading lol. First midterm is on Monday - eeek. I feel ancient some days - no surprise since I am ancient compared to all the young ones in my class! But I'm enjoying it and it definitely means there is very little opportunity to obsess about being sick because I literally just don't have the time!

My energy levels are fine but I need to tinker a bit with my schedule as I'm not sleeping enough and I still haven't got all our family & dog routines down into a comfortable pattern. Breast is still burned and itchy post rads so I'm still dealing with lotion several times daily and trying to avoid scratching it like a mad woman - especially in public!

hugs for everyone

m



Dx at 50; Left, IDC, 1.7 cm, Stage I, Grade 3, 0/5 nodes, very weakly ER+, being treated as TNBC Surgery 12/12/2017 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Chemotherapy 2/14/2018 AC + T (Taxol) Radiation Therapy 8/13/2018 Whole-breast: Breast
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Sep 28, 2018 04:58PM wrenn wrote:

Moth, I am so impressed with your determination to get this done. You sound good so I guess you are managing it all. I start to panic about not having ready made meals and I am rarely further than my recliner so it's silly. I love that your school has backup meals for you. I am sure you will do well.

Glad rads are done and sounds like energy not bad.

I will try to do the get together but I have social phobia. Most don't believe that since I am so combative online. I do want to meet you women and will play it by ear.

Enjoy this perfect weather everyone. xo

Metaplastic IDC Triple negative...Tumour is 1.5cm. BMX Aug. 16th. Chemo cancelled after one dose due to complications. Dx 7/25/2013, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 3, 0/6 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2- Surgery 8/16/2013 Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Left, Right
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Sep 28, 2018 10:42PM NVDobie wrote:

Hi, pots

Thanks for the insight on returning to work. I finished chemo in March, rads in Aug. insurance company had me pencilled down for returning to work in Nov. 6, I assume they picked the date because it’s about 6 months mark for LTD.

Was thinking skipping the gradual return by returning in Dec instead of Nov. hard to do my job part time. But I can probably work from home if needed, which will be helpful.

Moth

Sorry about the osteoporosis. Good to hear you finished rads, my breast is almost back to normal now. 4 weeks after my last treatment. Itching goes away after a week or so, skin peeling didn’t hurt but made some areas tender.

Will you be taking Tamoxifen? Supposed to be better for our bones vs. other options.

How did your MO decide to check for oste? I am curious as my MO didn’t ask any questions nor ordered any test for baseline prior to tamoxifen.


Dx 12/6/2017, DCIS/IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 1/5/2018 Lumpectomy: Left Chemotherapy 3/7/2018 Abraxane (albumin-bound or nab-paclitaxel) Chemotherapy 3/8/2018 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 6/10/2018 Lumpectomy: Left Radiation Therapy 7/30/2018 Whole-breast: Breast Hormonal Therapy 9/11/2018 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Surgery
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Sep 28, 2018 11:01PM moth wrote:

NVDobie - I'm not going to be taking tamoxifen; I'm so weakly ER+ that most of the consensus is that there is no evidence it would do any good so in consult with the MO, we decided against it.

BUT, while we were considering it my MO said we'd need a baseline bone scan. It's called a DEXA scan, super easy, fast, and very low xray radiation. So low that the tech doesn't leave the room and you don't get garbed in lead aprons.

Honestly, I'd get your MO or GP to order it. Chemo can cause osteoporosis - cyclophosphamide for sure, not certain about the other ones. For sure you qualify for it as a breast cancer patient and esp if taking hormonal therapy.

Dx at 50; Left, IDC, 1.7 cm, Stage I, Grade 3, 0/5 nodes, very weakly ER+, being treated as TNBC Surgery 12/12/2017 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Chemotherapy 2/14/2018 AC + T (Taxol) Radiation Therapy 8/13/2018 Whole-breast: Breast
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Sep 29, 2018 03:37AM DearLife wrote:

Moth so sorry about your osteoporosis but it can be managed and sometimes reversed. The surgeon told my husband his spine was “like eggshells” when osteo was discovered after a fall. He had Aclasta infusions and had 23% improvement after one year, then 26% improvement the second year. He is now off all meds except Tums. Which we need since we are travelling in France right now😃.

(Trying to stay on a somewhat healthy diet but hard with the fabulous local cheeses and crusty baguettes. Oh, and good wine!)

I am happy to hear you are living your dream and have gone back to school!

Hope we can all meet up in November.

Best wishes to all ❤️.


I've looked at clouds from both sides now. Joni Mitchell Dx 12/1/1998, LCIS, Right Dx 1/9/2018, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC) Surgery 2/26/2018 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Dx 3/1/2018, DCIS/IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC) Hormonal Therapy 4/17/2018 Femara (letrozole) Radiation Therapy Whole-breast: Breast
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Sep 29, 2018 09:55PM NVDobie wrote:

Hi, moth

Thanks for the tip. Will ask my MO at next appointment. Tamoxifen is said to be bone friendly, MO actually said it may make my chemo induced rheumatism better.

I am on the alert for other more serious side effect from Tamoxifen tho. So will do ultrasound every 6 months to check on Uterus and ovary.

A friend of mine is taking Prolia to treat the bone loss from AI. it is not covered by MSP, some insurance coveres 50%. its an injection every 6 months. But Prolia does have its own risk, although rare, some side effect is severe. And once you stop, the bone declines again.

Dx 12/6/2017, DCIS/IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 1/5/2018 Lumpectomy: Left Chemotherapy 3/7/2018 Abraxane (albumin-bound or nab-paclitaxel) Chemotherapy 3/8/2018 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 6/10/2018 Lumpectomy: Left Radiation Therapy 7/30/2018 Whole-breast: Breast Hormonal Therapy 9/11/2018 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Surgery
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Sep 29, 2018 10:33PM marianelizabeth wrote:

I have been on Prolia for 2 years and got 4.5% bone growth back in first year~~have not had a bone density test this year as way too much other medical stuff going on. No S/E of note and my dentist is aware. Costco is the cheapest by $100 usually.

breastcancereh.blogspot.ca Dx 7/27/2012, IDC, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 9/7/2012 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel Dx 9/21/2012, IDC, 3cm, Stage IIIA, Grade 3, 7/14 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 10/15/2012 AC + T (Taxol) Surgery 3/5/2013 Lymph node removal: Right, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Hormonal Therapy 4/29/2013 Arimidex (anastrozole) Radiation Therapy 5/7/2013 Breast, Lymph nodes Surgery 12/6/2013 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Surgery 12/12/2016 Reconstruction (right): Fat grafting, Silicone implant Surgery 6/26/2017 Reconstruction (right) Dx 8/22/2017, IDC, Right, 4cm, Stage IV, metastasized to other, 7/14 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC) Radiation Therapy 9/8/2017 Dx Dx DCIS
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Sep 30, 2018 08:26PM NVDobie wrote:

https://community.breastcancer.org/forum/120/topic...

here is an thread on Prolia.

Dx 12/6/2017, DCIS/IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 1/5/2018 Lumpectomy: Left Chemotherapy 3/7/2018 Abraxane (albumin-bound or nab-paclitaxel) Chemotherapy 3/8/2018 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 6/10/2018 Lumpectomy: Left Radiation Therapy 7/30/2018 Whole-breast: Breast Hormonal Therapy 9/11/2018 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Surgery
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Oct 1, 2018 12:34PM moth wrote:

thx for that NVDobie.

I just had my bloodwork and my wbc's are still so low :( They've not really budged since I finished chemo on July 20. Now I'm scared of being out and about at the school. I called my MO and left a msg asking if they could give me more grastofil shots.

Dx at 50; Left, IDC, 1.7 cm, Stage I, Grade 3, 0/5 nodes, very weakly ER+, being treated as TNBC Surgery 12/12/2017 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Chemotherapy 2/14/2018 AC + T (Taxol) Radiation Therapy 8/13/2018 Whole-breast: Breast
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Oct 1, 2018 11:20PM NVDobie wrote:

moth

Are you open to complementary therapy? Have you heard of Moxibustion ? One of the benefits is boost WBC. Less invasive than Acupuncture

I do it at home myself throughout the treatments, still doing it now as part of maintence routine.

Also maybe check out dry Logan fruit and dry Chinese dates both are food items you can find at Chinese supermarket but also widely used as Medicinal purposes.Both help in boosting blood creation.

I am an student of Chinese medicine at night. :-)


Dx 12/6/2017, DCIS/IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 1/5/2018 Lumpectomy: Left Chemotherapy 3/7/2018 Abraxane (albumin-bound or nab-paclitaxel) Chemotherapy 3/8/2018 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 6/10/2018 Lumpectomy: Left Radiation Therapy 7/30/2018 Whole-breast: Breast Hormonal Therapy 9/11/2018 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Surgery
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Oct 1, 2018 11:39PM NVDobie wrote:

looks like this. Smell is strong but there are also smoke /smell free ones.


Dx 12/6/2017, DCIS/IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 1/5/2018 Lumpectomy: Left Chemotherapy 3/7/2018 Abraxane (albumin-bound or nab-paclitaxel) Chemotherapy 3/8/2018 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 6/10/2018 Lumpectomy: Left Radiation Therapy 7/30/2018 Whole-breast: Breast Hormonal Therapy 9/11/2018 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Surgery
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Oct 4, 2018 12:22AM van2018 wrote:

Hello everyone, I went to see my PS today. I'm getting a BMX with reconstruction later this month. PS wants me to make a decision on tissue expander vs direct to implant by Friday! I'm doing some research now but thought I'd see if anyone local has had to make that decision and can offer any insights. Thank you!

Dx 4/21/2018, IDC, Right, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2+ (IHC) Chemotherapy 5/21/2018 AC + T (Taxol) Targeted Therapy 7/16/2018 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Targeted Therapy Perjeta (pertuzumab)
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Oct 4, 2018 02:15AM - edited Oct 4, 2018 02:18AM by akmom

Hi van2018 and welcome to the club. I had BMX without reconstruction so can't help you there, but no doubt others will chime in. Who is your PS?

[Edit - just saw from your previous post that it is Dr. Van Laeken]

Surgery 2/11/2012 Lumpectomy: Right Dx 2/24/2012, DCIS, Right, <1cm, Stage 0, Grade 2 Radiation Therapy 4/9/2012 Whole-breast Dx 8/14/2018, DCIS, Left, 1cm, Stage 0, Grade 2 Dx 8/14/2018, IDC, Right, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 8/14/2018 Mastectomy: Left, Right Hormonal Therapy 9/10/2018 Femara (letrozole)
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Oct 4, 2018 08:27PM BlueSky1969 wrote:

Hi Van2018;

I had a R MX with a TE placement on May 1st at MSJ. I've been waiting for a second surgery date, none yet. (My original PS moved in Aug to the Maritimes because he couldn't afford to buy a house!).

I am pleased with the team I had, my healing has been great - just waiting on a 2nd stage surgery date. I guess that's the drawback: it extends the process physically and psychologically. The TE is fine, some discomfort.

Please feel free to PM me with any questions.

Dx 3/28/2018, IDC, Right, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC) Surgery 5/1/2018 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Dx 5/15/2018, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/6 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC) Hormonal Therapy 7/10/2018 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Surgery 1/28/2019 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant
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Oct 15, 2018 05:43PM NVDobie wrote:

How is everyone doing? We are getting some great sunny days lately. So nice

Does anyone here have experience or the knowledge on use of the clips during lumpectomy? I had a re-excision done by Doc Davis following a lumpectomy 6 months prior due to close margin.

Reading her operative report, it was mentioned she did not see any clips from previous surgery, and she also mentioned she placed the clips after she completed the dissection.

What is this clip the surgeon referring to?


Thanks in advance for any insights


Dx 12/6/2017, DCIS/IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 1/5/2018 Lumpectomy: Left Chemotherapy 3/7/2018 Abraxane (albumin-bound or nab-paclitaxel) Chemotherapy 3/8/2018 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 6/10/2018 Lumpectomy: Left Radiation Therapy 7/30/2018 Whole-breast: Breast Hormonal Therapy 9/11/2018 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Surgery
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Oct 15, 2018 11:26PM moth wrote:

NVDobie - I have clips. They're just little markers left to indicate the edges of where the surgeon operated. I don't think all surgeons do it but mine did. I have clips on the lumpectomy site and in my R breast, after they did the stereotactic biopsy, they placed a clip in as a marker as well so in future we know where they were looking at wonky tissue. They're non reactive, safe to have MRI after etc.

hth!

Dx at 50; Left, IDC, 1.7 cm, Stage I, Grade 3, 0/5 nodes, very weakly ER+, being treated as TNBC Surgery 12/12/2017 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Chemotherapy 2/14/2018 AC + T (Taxol) Radiation Therapy 8/13/2018 Whole-breast: Breast
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Oct 16, 2018 01:48AM runor wrote:

NVDobie, I had clips placed after my lumpectomy. Then things bled badly, the clips got messed up when the surgeon went back in to re-stitch everything and placed more clips. I have clips where she removed the lymph node. On a mammogram, it looks like I got shot in the boob during duck hunting season. I counted 13 clips, like a gunshot wound. That's the story I'm going with. Gunshot injury to boob. Someone mistook it for a mallard.

Dx 3/23/2017, IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 4/12/2017 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Radiation Therapy 7/5/2017 Whole-breast: Breast Hormonal Therapy Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Oct 19, 2018 11:04PM NVDobie wrote:

Hi, moth, runor

Thanks for sharing the info on clips. Surgeon didnt mention anything. Maybe she should given she did put some foreign body in to my boobs. Well. Not much i could now.

I read up on line, it sounds like a old school approach and supposedly can be useful for guiding radiation locations.

Hope everyone is doing well.

Dx 12/6/2017, DCIS/IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 1/5/2018 Lumpectomy: Left Chemotherapy 3/7/2018 Abraxane (albumin-bound or nab-paclitaxel) Chemotherapy 3/8/2018 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 6/10/2018 Lumpectomy: Left Radiation Therapy 7/30/2018 Whole-breast: Breast Hormonal Therapy 9/11/2018 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Surgery

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