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Jun 12, 2019 02:42AM
Jun 12, 2019 02:44AM
First of all, please read beesie's posts carefully. She is not only very good at ferreting out research but explains what much of it means in clear, but not dumbed down, language. Trust me on this one!
This next part is not intended to scare you as I firmly believe you are in charge of your decisions, not doctors. I have had annual mammograms for years, even once had a fine needle aspiration, all were negative. I was 55, great career, happy wonderful adult kids, not overweight, good but not compulsive diet. Though I did not know it at the time of dx, I was to test negative for all currently known mutations (about 34). I was surprised when I got called back, had two types of biopsies, bilateral mx, and then through an unrelated PET scan, a bone met (biopsy confirmed) was found and it was still grade 1.That was just 6 weeks post surgery! Now, I fully realize that my story is an anomaly and far from what one would have expected. My real point is that bc has so many variables and permutations that all kinds of stuff could happen. Everyone has to figure out how much risk they're willing to accept and commit not to have regrets. In my mind, that's what bc choices boil down to.
All the best
PS: I would urge you to consider your family, especially your children. I say this as a mother, grandmother and first grade teacher.That biopsy will let you know what's going on which might help you make an informed choice about tx. I say informed, not to imply you're not, but I think there's a perspective change when you are really going through it.
Bilateral mx 9/7/11 with one step ns reconstruction. As of 11/21/11, 2cm met to upper left femur
7/8/2011, IDC, Left, 4cm, Grade 1, 1/15 nodes, mets, ER+/PR+, HER2-
9/7/2011 Lymph node removal: Left; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right)
11/2011, IDC, Left, 4cm, Stage IV, Grade 1, 1/15 nodes, mets, ER+/PR+, HER2-
11/21/2011 Arimidex (anastrozole)
6/19/2014 Femara (letrozole)