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Topic: 14 positive nodes ... can i survive?

Forum: Stage III Breast Cancer — You are not alone. Meet others who have Stage III breast cancer.

Posted on: Nov 28, 2012 12:55PM

Syl1969 wrote:

I had a occult breast cancer for many years, never left in any examination, until they found a positive node in armpit. Surprise ... in the operation were 14 positive nodes ... I have a lot of fear, someone tell me that I can survive please!

Surgery 10/21/2011 Lymph node removal: Left, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Left Dx 9/16/2012, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIIC, Grade 2, 14/22 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 12/11/2012 AC + T (Taxol)
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Nov 28, 2012 12:57PM geewhiz wrote:

You will survive and thrive. I had tons of positive nodes, all clumped together. They couldnt really be sure how many, because there was so much cancer. I am here, and very much alive. And you will be too.
Deep breaths and a day at a time.
Hugs my dear!!

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Nov 28, 2012 12:59PM ali68 wrote:

Hi Hun, yes you can and lots of us are still here. I had 10 + not quite sure how many as my chemo gave me a complete response before surgery.

I'm doing great, what's your plan.

Dx 12/7/2011, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIIA, Grade 3, 9/32 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- Chemotherapy 1/12/2012 Fluorouracil (5-fluorouracil, 5-FU, Adrucil), Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 6/18/2012 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Left, Underarm/Axillary Hormonal Therapy 7/24/2012 Radiation Therapy 8/1/2012 Breast, Lymph nodes
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Nov 28, 2012 02:29PM Syl1969 wrote:

Thank you very much for your words, I need positive news to keep hope ....my first chemo is on Monday and I hope to be brave.

Surgery 10/21/2011 Lymph node removal: Left, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Left Dx 9/16/2012, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIIC, Grade 2, 14/22 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 12/11/2012 AC + T (Taxol)
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Nov 28, 2012 02:38PM ali68 wrote:

Hun, you will be fine, yes it's frightening but you can do it.
Drink lots of water and I mean lots it will stop you feeling sick and also it flushes the chemo out quickly. Make sure you take your meds, very important.

Don't have big meals only little snacks.

Are you having cold cap or buzzing your hair?

On day three you will feel tired and a bit yucky but the first is ok.

Just think it's going to make you better and your kicking the shit out of your cancer.

Dx 12/7/2011, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIIA, Grade 3, 9/32 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- Chemotherapy 1/12/2012 Fluorouracil (5-fluorouracil, 5-FU, Adrucil), Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 6/18/2012 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Left, Underarm/Axillary Hormonal Therapy 7/24/2012 Radiation Therapy 8/1/2012 Breast, Lymph nodes
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Nov 28, 2012 04:15PM Josiekat wrote:

I had tons of huge, cancery nodes. I also had inoperable ones in my sternum. Here I am, a year (almost) after diagnosis. I feel great.
You will too. The first couple of weeks are the hardest.
Hugs to you. Xoxoxo

Dx 12/6/2011, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIIC, Grade 3, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Nov 29, 2012 08:34AM Momine wrote:

Syl, you don't even have to be brave, you just have to show up ;)

Sorry you are dealing with this, but you will find a lot of support on these boards.

Chemo sucks, but that too shall pass. I am almost a year out form my last chemo and life is good. I "only" had 7 nodes, but I plan to stick around a good while longer.

Dx 6/1/2011, ILC, 5cm, Stage IIIB, Grade 2, 7/23 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 6/19/2011 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Ellence (epirubicin), Fluorouracil (5-fluorouracil, 5-FU, Adrucil), Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 9/12/2011 Mastectomy: Left, Right Radiation Therapy 1/8/2012 Surgery 3/7/2012 Prophylactic ovary removal Hormonal Therapy 3/31/2012 Femara (letrozole)
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Nov 29, 2012 10:54AM lkc wrote:

I had alot of nasty nodes too. 2 of my nodes were totally replaced by tumor. That was 7.5 yrs ago, and I am well.

Take good care of yourself . You wil get through this time. Come her often for support and we'll all help you.

Linda K dx'd May 05 Stage IIIC erpr-, her pos, 12 pos nodes
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Nov 29, 2012 11:14AM beth1965 wrote:

Hi i had 17 positive nodes with two with tumors in them 1 cm and 2 cm leaking cancer into my tissue

i also had 9 cm  tumor in breast.

I am still here so far i had surgery,dose-dense chemo,radiation and now have started hormomal therapy(tamoxifen)

many others out there like me still kicking around -so will you  

Looking for hope Dx 1/18/2012, ILC, Left, 6cm+, Stage IIIC, Grade 3, 17/29 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- Surgery 2/13/2012 Mastectomy: Left, Right Chemotherapy 3/5/2012 AC + T (Taxol) Radiation Therapy 8/12/2012 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes Hormonal Therapy 12/18/2012 Arimidex (anastrozole) Dx 8/8/2021, ILC, Stage IV, metastasized to bone Hormonal Therapy 8/19/2021 Faslodex (fulvestrant) Targeted Therapy 10/14/2021 Kisqali Targeted Therapy
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Nov 29, 2012 12:15PM cowpower wrote:

I had six nodes, one over 3 cm. My tumor was 7.5 cm. I am surviving and so can you. Take care of yourself to keep as strong as possible while the treatments kick the cancer out of your body. We will al be here for you.

cowpower Dx 1/2012, IDC, 6cm+, Stage IIIA, 6/23 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 2/21/2012 Lymph node removal: Left, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Left Chemotherapy 3/26/2012 Adriamycin (doxorubicin), Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxol (paclitaxel), Taxotere (docetaxel) Hormonal Therapy 10/2/2012 Radiation Therapy 11/6/2012 Breast, Lymph nodes
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Nov 29, 2012 12:41PM GCE wrote:

12 positive nodes for me. I just finished my radiation treatment today and have 10 more Herceptins to go. Stay positive!

Dx 5/30/2012, IDC, 3cm, Stage IIIC, Grade 3, 12/19 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+
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Nov 29, 2012 01:52PM Syl1969 wrote:

Thank you all!, I know I should be positive and not see the statistics on the Internet ... I hope to be here many years for my two beautiful children.

Surgery 10/21/2011 Lymph node removal: Left, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Left Dx 9/16/2012, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIIC, Grade 2, 14/22 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 12/11/2012 AC + T (Taxol)
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Nov 30, 2012 12:15PM overjoyed4life wrote:

Hi,

I was Dx, 6/5/2010, ILC, 6cm, Stage IIIC, Grade 1, 22/29 nodes positive, margins not clear, ER+/PR+, HER2-. Six months of chemo before my right mastectomy, Jan. 2011. Ended radiation treatments, Mar. of 2011.   Just about all of the worse case scenario, right?  Yes my Doctors informed me of my MAJOR dilemma straightforward. In the beginning I was just like you, scared to death. If you would read some of my past postings you would see the panic in my writings. As time has passed it has gotten a lot easier to deal with. What a difference 2 1/2 years make. I celebrated my 50th birthday, and my 20th wedding anniversary. Now, I am just on Aromasin daily and Zometa every three months.  Don't read any of those stupid prognosis statistics, I HAVE NOT had a recurrence or mets.

Get lots of rest. Eat several small snacks per day. 

Drink lots of water, water, water to flush the body. 

Stay positive!!!! You will survive this!!!!! 

Hugs and Blessings

Sharon

Sharon Dx 6/5/2010, ILC, 5cm, Stage IIIC, Grade 1, 22/29 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 6/19/2010 Abraxane (albumin-bound or nab-paclitaxel), Adriamycin (doxorubicin), Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide) Surgery 1/10/2011 Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Right Radiation Therapy 1/31/2011 Hormonal Therapy 3/31/2011 Arimidex (anastrozole) Hormonal Therapy 7/30/2012 Aromasin (exemestane) Dx 6/30/2017, Stage IV, metastasized to bone
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Dec 4, 2012 04:23PM 3Cbrca wrote:

I had 22 positive nodes following neoadjuvant A/C and T. That was six+ years ago - and life is good.  You can do it!!

Dx 9/2006, IDC, 3cm, Stage IIIC, Grade 2, 22/35 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 10/16/2006 AC + T (Taxol) Surgery 4/30/2007 Lymph node removal: Right; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (right): Latissimus dorsi flap, Tissue expander placement Radiation Therapy 5/7/2007 Breast, Lymph nodes Hormonal Therapy 6/15/2007 Aromasin (exemestane)
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Dec 4, 2012 04:25PM sherry67 wrote:

3Cbrca,
That is awesome..thanks for sharing

Dx 12/2010, IDC, Right, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 11/23 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+ Targeted Therapy 3/4/2011 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Chemotherapy 3/4/2011 Abraxane (albumin-bound or nab-paclitaxel), Carboplatin (Paraplatin) Surgery 7/28/2011 Lymph node removal: Right, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Chemotherapy 9/4/2011 AC Radiation Therapy 11/22/2011 Breast, Lymph nodes Surgery 8/20/2012 Prophylactic ovary removal Surgery 2/15/2013 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Surgery 7/9/2013 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Hormonal Therapy 7/11/2014 Arimidex (anastrozole) Hormonal Therapy
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Dec 4, 2012 04:29PM - edited May 21, 2014 10:15AM by TectonicShift

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Dec 4, 2012 09:43PM Healing123 wrote:

3cbrca, Wow! Did u have more chemo after surgery?

Dx 6/20/2012, IDC, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 7/9/2012 AC + T (Taxol) Surgery 11/15/2012 Lymph node removal: Left, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Left
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Dec 9, 2012 05:53AM - edited Dec 9, 2012 05:53AM by JadeGirl

3Cbrca - I so needed to hear that!!  I had 33 positive nodes after a reoccurance, and just finished my annual course of herceptin (ER/PR-, her2+).  My doctor is pleased with how everything went, but is offering lapinitib/tyerbk as a further treatment option.  My insurance won't pay for it, and I am unsure if I want to live with more side effects and putting life on hold...I rather spend that money on a gym membership (with lots of cute trainers) or maybe a dream holiday.  Anyway, I will have to let him know this week.  

Out of curiousity, have you drastically changed the way you live after treatment?  I have made small changes here and there (e.g. don't eat meat, dairy, low sugar, bit more exercise, less harsh on myself) but am going to make bigger changes after NY.

Dx 9/2011, Stage IIIC, ER-/PR-, HER2+
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Dec 9, 2012 09:28AM LindaLou53 wrote:

I had 23 out of 23 nodes all positive with extranodal extension.  I just celebrated my 7 year anniversary and am still NED!  There is life after cancer....and a GOOD life! 

Life is not measured by how many breaths we take...but by the moments that take our breath away! ...I am a 14/9 yr survivor of 2 Primary BCs, 23/23 Positive Nodes (Zometa x 5 years) Started Paloma-3 Clinical Trial 4-14-14 Dx 7/14/2000, IDC, 1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 1, 2/7 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 8/11/2000 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel Chemotherapy 8/30/2000 AC + T (Taxol) Radiation Therapy 2/26/2001 Breast, Lymph nodes Hormonal Therapy 5/10/2001 Dx 11/21/2005, ILC, 5cm, Stage IIIC, Grade 1, 23/23 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- Surgery 12/5/2005 Lymph node removal: Left, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Left, Right Chemotherapy 12/23/2005 Taxotere (docetaxel), Xeloda (capecitabine) Hormonal Therapy 4/7/2006 Aromasin (exemestane) Radiation Therapy 4/7/2006 Breast, Lymph nodes Dx 3/21/2014, ILC, Stage IV, mets, ER+/PR-, HER2- Hormonal Therapy 4/14/2014 Faslodex (fulvestrant)
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Dec 9, 2012 06:08PM Syl1969 wrote:

I had my first chemo with taxotere and epirubicin, tolerates very well, just very tired and anxious ... I hope it stays that way!

Surgery 10/21/2011 Lymph node removal: Left, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Left Dx 9/16/2012, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIIC, Grade 2, 14/22 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 12/11/2012 AC + T (Taxol)
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Dec 10, 2012 09:46AM ChristineR66 wrote:

Hi ladies, so wonderful to hear everyones stories. I'm doing a 2nd round of chemo (carboplatinum, gemzar and herceptin) after 8/9 lymph nodes still showed cancer to the visible eye when I had my mastectomy. Seems the cancer flipped or orig pathology report didint show Her2+...would you believe?!?! Argh...but I'm doing well and each day gets a little easier. The initial diagnosis and shock back in April of this year was the worst. Hang in there ladies....just keep swimming, swimming, swimming :)

Dx 4/9/2012, IDC, 6cm+, Stage IIIA, Grade 2, 8/9 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 5/5/2012 AC + T (Taxol) Surgery 9/10/2012 Lymph node removal: Right, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Left, Right Dx 9/14/2012, IDC, 6cm+, Stage IIIA, Grade 2, 8/9 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2+ Chemotherapy 10/2/2012 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Gemzar (gemcitabine) Targeted Therapy 10/15/2012 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Hormonal Therapy 3/15/2013 Arimidex (anastrozole) Radiation Therapy 5/26/2013 Breast, Lymph nodes Hormonal Therapy 10/9/2013 Aromasin (exemestane)
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Dec 10, 2012 09:52AM ChristineR66 wrote:

Syl969...you can and ABSOLUTELY will survive!!! This is a journey...hang on and we will be there for you!!! XOXO

Dx 4/9/2012, IDC, 6cm+, Stage IIIA, Grade 2, 8/9 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 5/5/2012 AC + T (Taxol) Surgery 9/10/2012 Lymph node removal: Right, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Left, Right Dx 9/14/2012, IDC, 6cm+, Stage IIIA, Grade 2, 8/9 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2+ Chemotherapy 10/2/2012 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Gemzar (gemcitabine) Targeted Therapy 10/15/2012 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Hormonal Therapy 3/15/2013 Arimidex (anastrozole) Radiation Therapy 5/26/2013 Breast, Lymph nodes Hormonal Therapy 10/9/2013 Aromasin (exemestane)
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Dec 16, 2012 05:13PM ericam wrote:

It's wonderful reading all these success stories!!

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Dec 27, 2012 03:59AM zespri wrote:

Great to hear people's positive stories

Dx 11/2011, IDC, 1cm, Stage IIIA, Grade 1, 10/10 nodes, mets, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Jan 3, 2013 01:53AM Jubby wrote:

Loving these stories. Thanks for sharing ladies.

Dx 11/30/2012, IDC, 1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 1/17 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 12/13/2012 Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Right Chemotherapy 1/23/2013 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Ellence (epirubicin), Fluorouracil (5-fluorouracil, 5-FU, Adrucil), Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 8/22/2013 Prophylactic mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): SIEA flap; Reconstruction (right): SIEA flap

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