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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 8, 2012 08:40AM

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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Sep 18, 2020 05:06PM Lexica wrote:

Awesome sbelizabeth! And thank you!

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 Chemotherapy AC + T (Taxol) Hormonal Therapy Aromasin (exemestane)
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Sep 24, 2020 09:22AM Serpentis wrote:

Another 5 years survivor here. I wish I was brave enough to visit and post on this forum more often, but at least I kept the promise to post every 5 years and do my bit in encouraging others that are at the beginning of this journey and looking for hope. Special thanks to yatcomw, sugarplum and all the other lovely ladies who helped me survive the darkest moments. Lots of love and ‘see’ you in 5 years time ;)

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Sep 24, 2020 08:07PM Castigame wrote:

Just had 3yr post all treatment ckup.

Considering my initial DX, bilateral I came a long way to be able to discontinue anti depressant. For the first time I did not have to take extra anti anxiety med before the check up. It will be a while to dare to get away from Ativan. But for now I am very proud that I am likely to get off of Celexa completely in the near future.

Life is good for me I cannot help pinching myself.

Mimi Dx 1/11/2017, IDC: Papillary/IDC: Cribriform, Right, 3cm, Stage IIIA, Grade 2, 4/17 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC) Dx 1/11/2017, IDC, Left, <1cm, Stage IA, 0/2 nodes Surgery 2/15/2017 Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Prophylactic ovary removal Chemotherapy 3/20/2017 Radiation Therapy 7/30/2017 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes, Chest wall Surgery 10/29/2017
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Sep 25, 2020 05:29AM - edited Sep 25, 2020 05:32AM by faith71

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Sep 25, 2020 05:34AM faith71 wrote:

On this day 5 years ago i had my mastectomy with 20 positive nodes.. and i'm happy to announce that i'm officially 5 years and out today :) Wishing everyone here a wonderful weekend, stay safe stay healthy!

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Sep 25, 2020 01:50PM KMom57 wrote:

faith71,thank you so much for returning to post. I so needed to hear that today. I actually spontaneously took a deep breath when I read your post. Thank you for the encouragement. And congrats.

Dx 10/2019, ILC, Left, 2cm, Stage IIIA, Grade 2, 8/11 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Hormonal Therapy 11/6/2019 Femara (letrozole) Surgery 2/15/2020 Prophylactic ovary removal Surgery 5/18/2020 Lymph node removal: Left; Mastectomy: Left; Prophylactic mastectomy: Right Chemotherapy 7/31/2020 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Hormonal Therapy Femara (letrozole) Radiation Therapy Breast, Lymph nodes, Chest wall
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Sep 30, 2020 06:00PM lauren32 wrote:

Hi there to all the brave ladies,

Years ago I came here a lot to try to believe that I would make it out the other side and enjoy life again and I'm happy to report I'm doing just that! 😊 I'll always be thankful for the stories of hope that others shared that made me feel that could be a possibility.

Six years ago I was diagnosed at age 32 with an aggressive 1cm tumour that had spread to 6 of my lymph nodes. Later I discovered I have the Brca2 gene. I had a single mastectomy, chemo, radiation, then another prophylactic mastectomy and a complete hysterectomy. I'm now considering possible reconstruction. I've been on Aromasin since I started radiation and was originally on Zoladex injections . I've also had Zometa infusions twice a year as I have osteoporosis. I was so depressed that year of treatment and so fearful for my two small children and husband. I started on an anti depressant and sleeping tablets and I finally managed to get off the sleeping tablets a year ago. I still take the low dose anti depressant.

I struggled to see six days ahead at that time and now suddenly it is six years later. I've packed in a whole lot of living since then and our family has had the most wonderful adventure for the last four years after we took a leap of faith and moved to West Africa for my husband's work. I still get anxious and find it difficult when it comes to check ups and scans and if I feel strange pain, and when I hear of friends who are struggling but for the most part I don't think about cancer much - I'm too focused on Choosing Joy and Living. Time certainly helps so if you are in the thick of things just allow yourself to feel it all, I honestly think I cried every single day for a solid year often more than once a day!

I've had an incredible oncologist at my side who truly cares and that has also helped hugely. Frustratingly I find it very hard to lose weight on Aromasin and have also developed metabolic syndrome with insulin resistance during this time so I'm on glucophage/metformin. I have put on 10kg since finishing treatment and despite being active, trying to eat healthy and exercising I can't seem to lose the weight. But I walk a lot and do strength training as I know that is really good to try to prevent recurrence and it keeps me sane mentally ! I drink two cups of green tea a day and I became a pescatarian and I don't miss meat. I do eat some dairy but try to limit it. I take a low dose aspirin everyday. I also juiced vegetables for a few years but don't do that anymore. I don't think there's a recipe to this as I look at friends who have had the same treatment and who have tried so hard to stay healthy and it breaks my heart to see some who are still fighting and struggling, but I try to do what is in my power to support my body. I hope that my story offers hope to the newly diagnosed and pray for continued health for all of us. Lauren

Dx 9/30/2014, IDC, 1cm, Stage IIIA, Grade 2, 6/18 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Sep 30, 2020 08:53PM sbelizabeth wrote:

Lauren, I took an SSRI antidepressant, paroxetine (Paxil), from 2011 until January 2020. I originally started it because I was overwhelmed with treatment and stayed on it to control the hot flashes from the letrozole. I made up my mind last December to wean myself off. I did it very gradually, cutting pills in half and in quarters. As soon as it was out of my system, I dropped 10 lbs almost overnight. Now I'm walking an hour a day and limiting calorie intake to an eight-hour window, usually noon to 8.

I've lost 25 lbs since January. I believe the paroxetine was preventing me from losing any weight, no matter how hard I tried. The letrozole probably makes losing weight difficult too, but I'm not willing to risk coming off it.

pinkribbonandwheels.wordpress.... Dx 10/20/2011, IDC/IBC, Left, 1cm, Stage IIIB, Grade 2, 6/28 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 12/15/2011 Adriamycin (doxorubicin), Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 4/18/2012 Mastectomy: Left Radiation Therapy 5/21/2012 Breast, Lymph nodes Hormonal Therapy 7/19/2012 Femara (letrozole) Surgery 4/15/2013 Reconstruction (left): DIEP flap; Reconstruction (right): DIEP flap
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Sep 30, 2020 09:09PM Kamboka wrote:

Lauren: I've lived in West Africa and was actually diagnosed there in 2019. I've not traveled back yet d/t COVID. Take care of yourself and enjoy your adventure!

Dx 1/4/2019, IDC, Left, 6cm+, Stage IIIA, Grade 3, 1/7 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH) Chemotherapy 3/14/2019 AC + T (Taxol) Surgery 7/8/2019 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Sentinel, Underarm/Axillary Dx 7/9/2019, DCIS, Left, Stage 0, Grade 3 Surgery 7/23/2019 Lumpectomy; Lymph node removal: Underarm/Axillary Radiation Therapy 10/1/2019 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes Hormonal Therapy 11/21/2019 Femara (letrozole)
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Oct 11, 2020 10:13PM 7of9 wrote:

fairh...20 positive nodes...you doubled me up! I am 4 1/2 yrs out from recurrence in 10 nodes. God bless you and keep rolling baby!

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 11, 2020 01:26PM - edited Dec 11, 2020 01:27PM by wifeandmomof1

After getting my latest "all good" bone density results I thought I'd visit and post today. I am officially 6 yrs from diagnosis and 5 yrs from end of treatment. My then 6 year old is now 12! I have a lump in my throat just thinking about everything we all go through with this diagnosis, physically and mentally. To all the ladies in the middle of their storm, hold onto hope because hope can and does blossom into survivorship. Xo.

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Dec 11, 2020 04:12PM Leidy wrote:

Diagnosed on my birthday in 2015. Still here. Woot!

Dx 2/6/2015, IDC, Right, 6cm+, Grade 2, 12/29 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- Chemotherapy 3/2/2015 AC + T (Taxol) Surgery 8/18/2015 Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Left Radiation Therapy 9/25/2015 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes, Chest wall
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Dec 12, 2020 02:41PM NancyD wrote:

Congratulations wifeandmomof1 and Leidy!

Life is good. It's not perfect. but it's good. Dx 2/22/2008, IDC, Left, Stage IIIA, Grade 2, 4/10 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 3/22/2008 Adriamycin (doxorubicin), Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 7/11/2008 Mastectomy: Left; Prophylactic mastectomy: Right Hormonal Therapy 9/1/2008 Arimidex (anastrozole) Radiation Therapy 9/5/2008 Breast, Lymph nodes Surgery 1/28/2010 Reconstruction (left): DIEP flap; Reconstruction (right): DIEP flap
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Dec 18, 2020 08:21PM Lottanodes wrote:

I forgot to check in this year! I'm still going after 25 years and just as ornery as ever. Keep your hopes up and you will eventually believe that you are done with BC (or that it's done with you).

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 19, 2020 08:21AM Francesca30 wrote:

congratulations wifeandmom,Leidy, and lottanodes! such inspiring ladies ❤️

Surgery 3/13/2019 Lymph node removal: Left, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Left Dx 3/14/2019, IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IIIA, Grade 2, 13/20 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 4/3/2019 TAC Radiation Therapy 8/13/2019 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes Hormonal Therapy 8/13/2019 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Surgery 11/17/2019 Prophylactic ovary removal Hormonal Therapy 11/29/2019 Femara (letrozole) Surgery 7/30/2020 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant
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Dec 19, 2020 02:03PM KMom57 wrote:

Lotta nodes, wife and mom, and leído....you’ve no idea how much I needed to read that today. Thank you for coming back and posting. Happy for you all.

Dx 10/2019, ILC, Left, 2cm, Stage IIIA, Grade 2, 8/11 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Hormonal Therapy 11/6/2019 Femara (letrozole) Surgery 2/15/2020 Prophylactic ovary removal Surgery 5/18/2020 Lymph node removal: Left; Mastectomy: Left; Prophylactic mastectomy: Right Chemotherapy 7/31/2020 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Hormonal Therapy Femara (letrozole) Radiation Therapy Breast, Lymph nodes, Chest wall
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Dec 19, 2020 02:04PM Castigame wrote:

Lottanodes,

Thank you.

Happy holidays to all my extended diarrhea sisters. (I call breast cancer extended diarrhea)





Mimi Dx 1/11/2017, IDC: Papillary/IDC: Cribriform, Right, 3cm, Stage IIIA, Grade 2, 4/17 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC) Dx 1/11/2017, IDC, Left, <1cm, Stage IA, 0/2 nodes Surgery 2/15/2017 Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Prophylactic ovary removal Chemotherapy 3/20/2017 Radiation Therapy 7/30/2017 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes, Chest wall Surgery 10/29/2017
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Dec 23, 2020 05:10PM - edited Dec 23, 2020 05:11PM by raleighgirl

Today marks 6 years for me! A stage three diagnosis, ten tumors with a 10cm span. Was 37 years old with a 19 month old and seven month old. Had a complete response to chemo and to top it off, had another baby naturally two years ago! Life is good

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, 2020 06:28AM NancyD wrote:

Well done, Raleighgirl

Life is good. It's not perfect. but it's good. Dx 2/22/2008, IDC, Left, Stage IIIA, Grade 2, 4/10 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 3/22/2008 Adriamycin (doxorubicin), Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 7/11/2008 Mastectomy: Left; Prophylactic mastectomy: Right Hormonal Therapy 9/1/2008 Arimidex (anastrozole) Radiation Therapy 9/5/2008 Breast, Lymph nodes Surgery 1/28/2010 Reconstruction (left): DIEP flap; Reconstruction (right): DIEP flap
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Dec 25, 2020 10:01AM amanda6 wrote:

aww, so wonderful to read this Christmas morning...keep on keeping on to all of us :)!

Dx 2/2010, Left, 2cm, Stage IIIA, 4/10 nodes, ER+, HER2- Radiation Therapy 8/29/2010 Breast, Lymph nodes Hormonal Therapy Femara (letrozole) Surgery Lumpectomy; Lymph node removal Chemotherapy Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel)
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Jan 12, 2021 02:31PM AB45 wrote:

Hi All

I am a newly diagnosed breast cancer 45 year old women. I went into my lumpectomy surgery as stage 1 and after surgical pathology landed on stage 3. None of my scans showed positive lymph nodes but I had 7 out of 7 to include both sentinel nodes. I have a tumor less than 2 cm but lymph nodes brought me to a stage 3. I am hormone positive and her 2- it has all be so scary especially thinking about mortality. First thoughts are death sentence because of high lymph nodes, has anyone experienced such high number of nodes?

Thanks

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Jan 12, 2021 03:25PM notmargaret wrote:

AB45,

This group definitely understands what you’re going through. I went into surgery a Stage 2 and came out a 3. I was devastated. I ended up with 8 positive nodes and a 9 cm tumor. My diagnosis was a little over 4 years ago and I remain NED. Hang in there. The early days are really difficult. Reading hopeful anecdotes really helped me. I hope they do the same for you. I also found strength in focusing on things within my control, like exercise, diet, meditation, a support group, etc.

Notmargar

Dx 12/2016, ILC, Left, 6cm+, Stage IIIA, Grade 2, 8/27 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- Surgery 3/29/2017 Prophylactic ovary removal Surgery 8/30/2017 Lymph node removal; Mastectomy Radiation Therapy 10/16/2017 Whole-breast: Lymph nodes, Chest wall Targeted Therapy 12/11/2017 Ibrance (palbociclib) Hormonal Therapy Arimidex (anastrozole) Chemotherapy AC + T (Taxol)
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Jan 12, 2021 04:09PM - edited Jan 13, 2021 08:43AM by Juju-mar

thank you all for posting your success stories. I am half way through chemo 8 done, 8 more to go, the mastectomy, then radiation, then Tamoxifen an having a low day..These successful stories have made my day! Thank you! I hope to join the 5 yr club, then the 10 yr club etc 😊

Julie

Dx 8/27/2020, IDC, Right, 6cm+, Stage IIIA, Grade 3, 2/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 10/27/2020 Adriamycin (doxorubicin), Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxol (paclitaxel) Radiation Therapy 6/14/2021 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes
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Jan 12, 2021 04:10PM Juju-mar wrote:

I should also add I went into lumpectomy with Stage 2, grade 2, no lymph nodes, but came out of surgery stage 3A, grade 3, 2 + lymph nodes! How everything changed in the 5 weeks from diagnosis to lumpectomy

Dx 8/27/2020, IDC, Right, 6cm+, Stage IIIA, Grade 3, 2/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 10/27/2020 Adriamycin (doxorubicin), Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxol (paclitaxel) Radiation Therapy 6/14/2021 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes
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Jan 12, 2021 06:04PM sbelizabeth wrote:

Jujumartin, I went into my lumpectomy expecting Stage 1, no nodes. Turned out to be Stage 3B, many nodes involved...big guns chemo, mastectomy, radiation, reconstruction... That was almost 10 years ago and I'm healthy and thriving. There is hope, with better days ahead. SB

pinkribbonandwheels.wordpress.... Dx 10/20/2011, IDC/IBC, Left, 1cm, Stage IIIB, Grade 2, 6/28 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 12/15/2011 Adriamycin (doxorubicin), Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 4/18/2012 Mastectomy: Left Radiation Therapy 5/21/2012 Breast, Lymph nodes Hormonal Therapy 7/19/2012 Femara (letrozole) Surgery 4/15/2013 Reconstruction (left): DIEP flap; Reconstruction (right): DIEP flap
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Jan 12, 2021 07:46PM Juju-mar wrote:

Sbelizabeth, thank you so much for your story! It gives me hope. Glad you are in the 10 year club 😊

Julie

Dx 8/27/2020, IDC, Right, 6cm+, Stage IIIA, Grade 3, 2/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 10/27/2020 Adriamycin (doxorubicin), Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxol (paclitaxel) Radiation Therapy 6/14/2021 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes
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Jan 12, 2021 11:00PM amanda6 wrote:

love reading everyone's story...11 years out next month. Also got bumped from a stage 2 to a 3a after a lumpectomy. 4 years ago I was diagnosed with radiation induced heart disease & had open heart surgery to repair my mitral valve & a maze procedure to eliminate heart arrhythmias. I'm fine now, but I do think there needs to be more awareness of the possibilities of heart problems as the result of cancer therapy... from both chemo & radiation. My best to all :)!

Dx 2/2010, Left, 2cm, Stage IIIA, 4/10 nodes, ER+, HER2- Radiation Therapy 8/29/2010 Breast, Lymph nodes Hormonal Therapy Femara (letrozole) Surgery Lumpectomy; Lymph node removal Chemotherapy Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel)
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Feb 4, 2021 07:52AM - edited Feb 4, 2021 07:53AM by karen1956

Yesterday (02/03/2021) I joined the 15 year club. Life is good!!!

Karen in Denver, Dx 02/03/2006, ILC, stage IIIa, ER/PR+, HER2-,
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Feb 4, 2021 04:18PM Juju-mar wrote:

yea! Congratulations and thank you for sharing. I am similar diagnosis and it's so good to know women are living long healthy lives!

Julie

Dx 8/27/2020, IDC, Right, 6cm+, Stage IIIA, Grade 3, 2/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 10/27/2020 Adriamycin (doxorubicin), Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxol (paclitaxel) Radiation Therapy 6/14/2021 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes
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Feb 4, 2021 11:35PM mpv459 wrote:

HI.. I had a 8cm tumor and 14/31 nodes with all kinds of other bad stuff. I did surgery, ACT and 30 Rads. Now on hormone blocker and I am almost 2 years out. I know thats not very long, but so far, so good.

mpv459

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