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Mar 25, 2019 10:27AM
Sorry about your moms diagnosis and angst. What a shock to have BC show up again after so many years!
I was Dx a second time in the other breast after 13 years. The first time I had a mastectomy ,rads, and AC-T chemo and hormone therapy.
This time the BS told me I only needed a lumpectomy, but I decided to have a mastectomy for ease of mind of local recurrance. It was a good thing I did, because tiny tumors that were not showing up on the imaging were in my breast. I did not need radiation or chemo this time around, just hormone therapy again. The BS told me I would need chemo and radiation. And she told me I had 5 new primaries that act independently of each other.
My MO told me if I had been older (I was 54 at second Dx) she wouldn't even have treated my BC at all. She said the multitumors are common and didn't even seem worried. My tumors were tiny, hormone positive and grade 2. My oncotype was 14. But due to my relatively "young" age, she prescribed the hormone therapy. So the BS scared me and over reacted. The MO was calm and I don't even see the MO at visits. I see the nurse practitioner. I did ask the MO if I was to have chemo, she said I could have it. But I didn't need it.
So for your mom to say she can't have chemo again seems weird to me. Unless she has some health issue or something. Anyways, I agree with the other ladies here. The BS is for surgery and not prognosis or treatment. The MO is your best source of reality.
Hugs to you and your mom. It sucks anyways.
3/29/2004, IDC, Right, 6cm+, Stage IIIA, Grade 3, 2/18 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
3/31/2004 Lymph node removal: Right, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Right
5/31/2004 AC + T (Taxol)
11/30/2004 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes, Chest wall
1/25/2017, LCIS/DCIS/ILC/IDC/IDC: Mucinous/IDC: Cribriform, Left, <1cm, Stage IB, Grade 2, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
3/7/2017 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Fat grafting
Aromasin (exemestane), Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)