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Topic: Stage III Cancer Survivors ...Five + Years and Out.

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

Posted on: Dec 9, 2012 12:40AM

AlwaysHope wrote:

A place to post hope for those who are stage 3. Please posts your stories of HOPE for those just starting this journey.

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Nov 9, 2019 11:34AM mpv459 wrote:

Kmur… These posts are so helpful, thank you.. I am just like you, afraid to look to far ahead. I am in radiation and then will start estrogen blockers.. Wishing you bunches of happy days ahead.

mpv459
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Nov 13, 2019 02:19AM Lexica wrote:

Kim, thank you so much for checking back in and CONGRATS!

Diagnosed at 34. 2 years of Ibrance via PALLAS trial (ends 4/2020) Dx 7/2017, IDC, Left, Stage IIIC, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC) Surgery 12/15/2017 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left; Prophylactic mastectomy: Right Dx 12/27/2017, DCIS/IDC, Left, 6cm+, Stage IIIA, Grade 3, 5/11 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC) Radiation Therapy 1/16/2018 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes, Chest wall Hormonal Therapy Aromasin (exemestane) Chemotherapy AC + T (Taxol)
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Nov 13, 2019 09:03AM Bob7637 wrote:

Your post on 5 yrs and out made me smile

My name is Bob I go by 1 Bravo Whiskey (1 Breasted Warrior) I am a 4 yr survivor of stage 3 triple Pos Male Breast Cancer. Had the surgery with a lot of nodes taken, 30 weeks chemo, 12 weeks of radiation, was rock bottom sick. I set my goals high for recovery, this yr did 2 5k runs, 3rd yr of the 26 mile Closer to free bike ride, and started skydiving, did 6 jumps from 14k feet this summer (yes I wore a sleeve) working to get my skydiving license by my 5th yr May 25th 2020 anniversary. My expiration date stamped on my butt readable only by god came and went. I am doing everything on my and my wife wish list.Cancer and treatment I wouldn't wish on anybody, but was the best worst thing that ever happened to me as I now enjoy every breath I take. Skydiving has just enhanced my enjoyment of life. To all out there never give up, positive attitude helps with your altitude! I hope to finish my AFF and skydive in every state and talk to as many as I can about my cancer that will listen so that they may be more aware that it can happen to them and get treatment early. I new something was wrong and waited 6 months longer than I should have. I wait no longer I JUMP into things full bore now!!

Blue Sky's to all!

Robert Huebner
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Nov 13, 2019 09:52AM Euphoriaa wrote:

Kim and Bob, you are such an inspiration. Congrats on your goals!

Dx 9/24/2018, IDC, Left, 3cm, Stage IIA, Grade 1, 1/8 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC) Hormonal Therapy Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Radiation Therapy Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes, Chest wall Chemotherapy AC + T (Taxol)
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Nov 13, 2019 10:36AM mpv459 wrote:

Hi Bob: Thank you for your inspiring story. You are a rock star !!!!!!

mpv459
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Nov 13, 2019 01:45PM kdrake1007 wrote:

@Kmur,

Thank you, thank you, thank you! Your stats are so similar to mine, and provide such hope to me. I'm just over a year out of chemo and just short of 2 years on my diagnosis. I'm doing a clinical trial and I think this has kept my head in the "cancer" space for longer than it would have if I wasn't doing the trial. As there have been since March 2018, there are good days and bad days. Today was a badish day, so I'm back here looking for hope. You and so many others have provided it!

Smile

Kim


Dx 3/15/2018, IDC: Tubular, Right, 1cm, Stage IIIA, Grade 3, 4/21 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC) Surgery 4/16/2018 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Surgery 4/26/2018 Lymph node removal: Underarm/Axillary Chemotherapy 5/31/2018 AC + T (Taxol) Radiation Therapy 11/15/2018 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes Hormonal Therapy 1/9/2019 Arimidex (anastrozole) Targeted Therapy 1/31/2019 Verzenio
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Nov 14, 2019 12:41AM kmur wrote:

Hi You all , had to jump back on to say thank you for your good wishes. I check in a few times after posting the yearly ( still here post!! ) haha Had to say I said stage "3ers" because of folks like you Bob, it is all of us men, young, healthy, no history etc etc etc ...you all know this. Just had to say ...This place this thread made me feel it was possible . So important for you to know , don't forget to live . Bob , you are awesome! I would be scared out of my mind to jump from a really great plane and running .... I just started kinda jogging a mile or so! If chased by a bear I can tell you how that would end for sure! Truly wonderful your spin on cancer ( Take that cancer...he will see you jumping from a plane ) These are the stories I hope newly diagnosed folks see and maybe they will see we are here.

Kim , it makes me happy to know , posting can just lift a bad day. Sometimes I would read this thread over again . Sadly, when I heard things like " Jane is so strong , so positive " ( this is a make believe name ) I thought wow , Im super glad she is strong cause I'm scared half to death. Anyway, I think it is ok to be where you are at that moment . I found in my scared to death moments , a person or situation was planted on my path and I felt better for that . So if in a very small way , I can make someone feell hopeful , that would make it ok .As Bob said, cancer is not something I wanted to have but it has given me gifts too . Friends I never would have met ( one from what we called the chemo lounge I call her chemo Kim ( we are both Kim ) She gave me her emend as I exploded my pill all over the floor trying to open the package it was an expensive pill in a really great hard to open package ) Bob found running and plane leaping !! So great !! I found art . I could not draw a circle but today I am full on painting and sculpting old Santa's and have sent my art in many places . Cancer changes the view and opened my eyes . I wish you good days and hope. With satge three grade three positive nodes ( all the negative boxes checked off ) still here . Still not going to poke the bear as it could still hear me but you hang in there and the further you get , the more you will forget all this yucky stuff . Love to you all . Thinking of you and now I have to find that ten year thread and aggravate them! May stick around here a few more times but if you do not hear from me , I have moved on over

Kim Dx 4/7/2010, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIIA, Grade 3, 4/19 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Nov 15, 2019 05:44AM Bob7637 wrote:

My wife had it framed for me:

"My scars tell a story. They are a reminder of times when life tried to break me but failed. They are the markings of where the structure of my charecter was welded"

By. Steve Maraboli

Robert Huebner
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Nov 24, 2019 08:47AM Noor46 wrote:

When I heard I had IBC, Stage III breastcancer, the only thing I could think was that I would never live another 5 years. This thread and others on BCO gave me hope on a good outcome.

I am 5 years out now and NED! This hole experience made me think about what I wanted to do with my life and I made a radical career change, which I doubt I would have dared to do without cancer.

You can do it too!

Noor

L'air du paradis est celui qui souffle entre les oreilles d'un cheval. The wind of heaven is that which blows between a horse's ears. Arabian Proverb Dx 11/19/2014, IBC, 5cm, Stage IIIB, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 12/28/2014 CEF Chemotherapy 3/23/2015 Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 6/23/2015 Mastectomy: Right Radiation Therapy 8/17/2015 Whole-breast: Lymph nodes, Chest wall Hormonal Therapy 9/22/2015 Femara (letrozole)
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Dec 9, 2019 07:37AM ErenTo wrote:

Today is 5 years for me! When I was first diagnosed, thinking 5 years ahead was not something I could even go there and posting in this thread seemed out of reach. I didn't necessarily think I'd be dead or alive, but all I could think about was making it to the next 6-month milestone. First 2-3 years were the most terrifying and I still don't think about the 10-year mark. One year at a time at this point. But I'm glad to have made it so far, it's a milestone and I am officially part of the 5-year stage 3 survival statistics!

Survived an unexplained sudden cardiac arrest b/w surgery and chemo (while attending a chemo info session at the hospital). Code blue, CPR, induced coma, ICU, ICD. Escaped alive with heart and brain unscathed! Dx 12/8/2014, IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IIIA, Grade 3, 6/13 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH) Surgery 1/12/2015 Lumpectomy: Left Chemotherapy 3/20/2015 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Ellence (epirubicin), Fluorouracil (5-fluorouracil, 5-FU, Adrucil), Taxotere (docetaxel) Hormonal Therapy 7/23/2015 Arimidex (anastrozole), Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone), Zoladex (goserelin) Radiation Therapy 8/4/2015 Breast, Lymph nodes
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Dec 9, 2019 01:35PM Flo80 wrote:

Hi Noor I also had stage 3 b and just had my mastectomy. Before surgery I had a mass of 5.2 and chemotherapy reduced it to 3.2 . I still had 9 nodes positive and I am Er +Pr+ and hert negative. My surgeon had diagnosed me with IBC but my oncologist says no. But still I am getting the same treatment. I will start radiation soon. Just wanted to know did you have any positives nodes after surgery and did you get any additional treatment for th

Dx 6/13/2019, DCIS/IDC, Left, 5cm, Grade 2, ER+/PR+
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Dec 9, 2019 02:19PM Lottanodes wrote:

I forgot to post on Thanksgiving. I was discharged from the hospital on Thanksgiving Day 24 years ago after a left mastectomy. I was blinded by the brightness of the sun on the drive home. It felt surreal - a gorgeous California day and I felt like crap in every way. I don't know if I thought at the time that it was strange that my ex fiance dropped off Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings which had been prepared by his current fiance. My sister who missed dinner with her family to take care of me really enjoyed the feast. It's funny what you remember over time. I'm thankful that many of the awful, depressing, fearful things have faded and the random oddities remain.

Lotta Nodes Dx 11/21/1995, IDC, 6cm+, Stage IIIA, 22/23 nodes, ER-/PR- Surgery 11/21/1995 Lymph node removal: Left, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Left Chemotherapy 12/26/1995 Adriamycin (doxorubicin), Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Fluorouracil (5-fluorouracil, 5-FU, Adrucil) Radiation Therapy 8/15/1996 Breast, Lymph nodes
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Dec 9, 2019 09:53PM Flo80 wrote:

Thank you lotanodes it gives us a lot of hope

Dx 6/13/2019, DCIS/IDC, Left, 5cm, Grade 2, ER+/PR+
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Dec 10, 2019 08:50AM - edited Dec 10, 2019 09:03AM by IAmElaine

Lottanodes, a big heartfelt CONGRATULATIONS on your 24 year milestone!! That is simply awesome.

BTW, thanks for the chuckle I got when I read of your Thanksgiving feast fiasco all those 24 years ago!

Smile

Diagnosed March 1, 2004 with stage 3C ILC, 7cm tumor with 11+ nodes
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Dec 12, 2019 12:51PM - edited Dec 12, 2019 01:15PM by 7of9

hi lotanodes!! You reached out to me years ago...thank you!!! chasing your record!


Flo80....here I am almost 4yrs after recurrence...10 pos nodes. Yuck. No sign of it though no scans in almost 2 yrs so should be pushing for some. Meanwhile my days are spent keeping up with my now 10 yr old (2 at diagnosis originally) and giving my insensitive snobby selfish inlaws crap at Christmas. Yay! Im still here to torture them. The good life...lololol

If you're going through hell, keep on going. You might get out before the devil even knows you're there. Dx 1/18/2012, IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 6/1/2012 Lymph node removal: Left; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Surgery 11/1/2012 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Dx 12/23/2015, IDC, Left, 2cm, Grade 2, 10/14 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 1/19/2016 Lymph node removal: Left, Underarm/Axillary Surgery 1/19/2016 Prophylactic ovary removal Radiation Therapy 2/11/2016 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes, Chest wall Chemotherapy 4/1/2016 Taxotere (docetaxel) Hormonal Therapy Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Dec 13, 2019 12:05PM Flo80 wrote:

Thank you so much 70f9 and gives me a lot of hope

Dx 6/13/2019, DCIS/IDC, Left, 5cm, Grade 2, ER+/PR+
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Dec 18, 2019 01:31PM Darumama wrote:

My 5 year anniversary came up a few days ago and it’s been on my mind a lot this week. Getting diagnosed during the holiday season was weird. I was in such turmoil in what is normally a happy time of year. This thread gave me a lot of hope when I was in that dark place, so by adding another voice to the chorus of survivors I want to pass some of that hope on. I won’t surgar coat it, it was a year from hell, but then life slowly got back to a new normal. When my pathology report came in after my surgery I spent a lot of time looking at statistics and focusing on survival rates. If I have any advice to someone newly diagnosed, it would be to avoid that and focus on your own situation. I’ve had 3 PET scans since my treatment to check out various concerns, but all have been NED. I follow up with my oncologist 2-3 times per year and the surgeons once a year. My doctor dangles the possibility of staying on arimidex for ten years and that’s OK by me. My kids were in elementary school when I was diagnosed, now they’re teenagers. My goal used to be to make it to their high school graduation, now I want to see weddings, grandchildren, retirement too.
Fall down seven times, get up eight. Japanese proverb Dx 12/15/2014, IDC, Right, 4cm, Stage IIIA, Grade 2, 7/13 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 1/19/2015 Lymph node removal: Right, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Chemotherapy 2/26/2015 AC + T (Taxol) Radiation Therapy 6/18/2015 Whole-breast: Chest wall Hormonal Therapy 7/8/2015 Arimidex (anastrozole) Hormonal Therapy Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Dec 18, 2019 03:54PM Flo80 wrote:

Thanks Darumama and this gives me a lot of hope

Dx 6/13/2019, DCIS/IDC, Left, 5cm, Grade 2, ER+/PR+
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Dec 19, 2019 03:55PM Newnorm wrote:

Thanks for posting Darumama. My cancerversary is coming up in 4 days (23 Dec) and I too think a lot about that day as it nears. I'm only three years out, but every year is a blessing. I've just been today to the Remembrance Service for one of the families from last weeks volcano tragedy in New Zealand who's sons (16 & 13) went to my boys school. Just like that, the whole family were killed when that volcano erupted. So today I feel blessed that, although cancer hit me hard, I'm still here today. And these boards continue to help me on a regular basis.

Dx 12/23/2016, IDC, Left, 6cm+, Stage IIIB, Grade 2, 6/17 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 1/5/2017 AC + T (Taxol) Hormonal Therapy 7/27/2017 Femara (letrozole), Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Surgery 7/27/2017 Lymph node removal: Left; Mastectomy Radiation Therapy Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes, Chest wall
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Dec 19, 2019 10:14PM Flo80 wrote:

Congratulations Newnorm and I am sorry to hear about the tragedy that took place in NewZealand. Life is so unpredictable and short. Wishing you many years of good health.


Dx 6/13/2019, DCIS/IDC, Left, 5cm, Grade 2, ER+/PR+
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Dec 22, 2019 09:09AM AliceS wrote:

Five year survivor Stage 3 Her2+ October 16 this year!!!! I don't think of it as often anymore....SOOOO grateful for every wonderful day. In the early days, corresponded with many on this site and that helso much....your encouraging words were a lifesaver❤️❤️❤️

Best wishes, love to all

Dx 10/2014, Right, 1cm, Stage IIIA, Grade 3, 4/24 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2+ (FISH) Dx 10/9/2014, Right, 1cm, Stage IIIA, Grade 3, 4/24 nodes, ER-, HER2+ (FISH) Targeted Therapy 11/12/2014 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Chemotherapy 11/12/2014 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel) Radiation Therapy
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Dec 23, 2019 11:20PM - edited Dec 24, 2019 02:58AM by raleighgirl

Hi there,


I can't believe this day is here. 5 years today for me! I have read these posts religiously for the past five years, hoping that one day I would be able to post as well.

I was diagnosed at age 37 and had a seven month old baby and nineteen month old child. I had a total of ten tumors spanning ten cm. I also had lymph node invasion. I was so surprised that I had a compete response after chemo!

I did not do fertility preservation prior to chemo and was told the chances of conceiving again for me were slim. For several years I mourned the third child I always wanted. Low and behold, in February of last year I got pregnant and had a little girl on thanksgiving day. I now have a baby who is a year old and is adored by my now 5 and 6 year olds. I am so grateful for each day and have spent the last four years raising money for Making Strides. To date, my husband and I have raised close to 70k dollars. Having breast cancer has really given me a purpose to help raise money for research that will hopefully benefit others who will be diagnosed as well. Cheers to all of you!

Dx 12/23/2014, IDC, 4cm, Grade 3, ER-, HER2+ Targeted Therapy 1/15/2015 Perjeta (pertuzumab) Targeted Therapy 1/15/2015 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Chemotherapy 1/15/2015 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel)
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Dec 25, 2019 02:00PM HoneyBeaw wrote:

Raleigh that is wonderful news. I pray you have many more years for those sweet babies of yours

Surgery 11/28/2016 Lumpectomy: Left Dx 12/5/2016, IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 1/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 12/26/2016 Lymph node removal: Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Left Chemotherapy 1/16/2017 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel)
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Jan 15, 2020 07:14AM Orlandpk1965 wrote:

Hello: I've reached 9 years. 9 BLESSED years. I'm doing great and still on tamoxifen. I never thought I would be here to post this. Soon all of you will. God Bless all of you.

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Jan 15, 2020 02:28PM Ausykaren wrote:

Congratulations Orlandpk1965. What was your diagnosis?


Dx 2/2017, IDC, Right, 4cm, Stage IIIC, Grade 3, 11/19 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Jan 17, 2020 05:23AM Flo80 wrote:

Hi friends did anyone of you have her2- before mastectomy and become her2+ later. I am her2 positive now and had 8 lymph nodes positive. I want to take kadcyla but since I did not receive herceptin before surgery my oncologist is apprehensive and wants me to take herceptin and Parjeta. She will seek a second opinion for me as well. Anyone here with a similar situation

Dx 6/13/2019, DCIS/IDC, Left, 5cm, Grade 2, ER+/PR+
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Jan 25, 2020 08:25AM orlandpark65 wrote:

Stage III, 15 + nodes 6cm in the right breast, mastecomy, 1 mil starting in the left. er/pr+ her2 neg


Dx 1/11/2011, IDC, 6cm+, Stage IIIB, Grade 2, 15/20 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Jan 29, 2020 11:04AM - edited Jan 29, 2020 11:05AM by 7of9

thanks Orland park...3 yrs behind you! Keep leading the way!

If you're going through hell, keep on going. You might get out before the devil even knows you're there. Dx 1/18/2012, IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 6/1/2012 Lymph node removal: Left; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Surgery 11/1/2012 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Dx 12/23/2015, IDC, Left, 2cm, Grade 2, 10/14 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 1/19/2016 Lymph node removal: Left, Underarm/Axillary Surgery 1/19/2016 Prophylactic ovary removal Radiation Therapy 2/11/2016 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes, Chest wall Chemotherapy 4/1/2016 Taxotere (docetaxel) Hormonal Therapy Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Jan 31, 2020 11:55AM - edited Jan 31, 2020 11:55AM by ash123

Five Years Out This Feb 2020

Hi, I have been a silent reader of this forum and cannot express how much strength I gained from this site. I am thankful to all who write here and try to give back hope to all who suffer or suffered from this nasty disease. I am out for 5 years, taking tamoxifen and hope to now switch to letrazole if my oncologist agrees, doing full time job and enjoying life. Still scared at times but grateful. There is life after Breast Cancer diagnosis. At one point I could not believe that I would survive. My chemotherapy, mastectomy and radiation all were uneventful, still there were dark days where you just get frozen.Cancer made me realize that we all are here for a limited time and everyday is an opportunity to do better.My life is so far serene with less drama and I try to enjoy each day, My advice just take one day at a time. Soon you will leave it behind. Love to all

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Jan 31, 2020 12:27PM neeli wrote:

Congratulations ash123!

Dx 4/24/2019, DCIS/IDC, Right, Grade 3, 3/10 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+ (IHC) Targeted Therapy 6/4/2019 Perjeta (pertuzumab) Chemotherapy 6/4/2019 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel) Targeted Therapy 6/5/2019 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Surgery 10/16/2019 Mastectomy: Right Targeted Therapy 11/6/2019 Kadcyla (T-DM1, ado-trastuzumab) Radiation Therapy 12/4/2019 Whole-breast: Breast, Chest wall

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