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Topic: Stage III Cancer Survivors .... 10+ Years and Out

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

Posted on: Dec 5, 2013 07:09PM - edited Dec 5, 2013 11:07PM by AlwaysHope

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Feb 10, 2020 05:39AM ilovemymom4ever wrote:

hi. Can i ask a question? Again, my mom has stage IIIB ER+/PR- HER2+ breast ca. She had 6 cycles of chemo, the tumor shrunk but not so much. Has anyone experienced this also but got operated on and NED up to now

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Feb 10, 2020 10:14AM sbelizabeth wrote:

Those of us with estrogen-receptor positive tumors rarely achieve pathological complete response (PCR) with neoadjuvant chemo. I did six cycles of TAC chemo and there were lots of cancer cells found in the lymphatic channels of my breast after the mastectomy. I've been NED since then, and that was 8 years ago.

pinkribbonandwheels.wordpress.... Dx 10/20/2011, IDC/IBC, Left, 1cm, Stage IIIA, 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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Feb 10, 2020 08:28PM ilovemymom4ever wrote:

thank you. Im just so scared for my mom. I would do anything for her

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Feb 11, 2020 08:03AM - edited Feb 11, 2020 08:03AM by Flo80

I am hormone positive and did not get pcr. My oncologist told me that Harmon's positive people hardly achieve pcr. There are so many members who did not pcr but are thriving and living a healthy life. I wish good health and happiness for your mom

Dx 6/13/2019, DCIS/IDC, Left, 5cm, Grade 2, ER+/PR+
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Feb 11, 2020 08:34AM ilovemymom4ever wrote:

thank you so much Flo80! She'll be having her scans tomorrow in preparation for her surgery. She just finished her neoadjuvant chemo. im hoping and praying for clear results.

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Feb 11, 2020 09:25AM NancyD wrote:

I had four rounds of neoadjuvant TAC, had some reduction in the size of my tumor, but not a complete response. Based on the findings after surgery, my onc recommended two additional rounds of TAC before my radiation and hormonal treatment.

I’ve been NED since then. Coming up on twelve years in a few weeks

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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Feb 11, 2020 01:16PM sbelizabeth wrote:

Two more rounds of TAC chemo! Wow. My question for my onc would have been--if it didn't work that great for the first six rounds, why would it be effective for two more?

I had to talk long and hard, but I got my onc to give me six rounds of navelbine/capecitabine after surgery. It was based on recently released research.

pinkribbonandwheels.wordpress.... Dx 10/20/2011, IDC/IBC, Left, 1cm, Stage IIIA, 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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Feb 12, 2020 03:37AM ilovemymom4ever wrote:

she doesn't feel anything so far. She feels normal except for the fact that her right breast smells bad. She just had her abdominal ultrasound and chest CT scan. Pls help me pray for normal result

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Feb 13, 2020 08:49AM NancyD wrote:

sbelizabeth, the first four chemo doses didn't bring a complete response, but it was significant enough that my onc felt the two additional rounds after surgery would be beneficial. He called it a "clean-up". A subsequent PET scan a year later (before reconstruction) showed no activity.

I haven't had another PET scan in ten years. Some aches and pains that have been diagnosed as osteoarthritis.

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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Feb 13, 2020 10:59AM ilovemymom4ever wrote:

nancyD,


how long before you got surgery? I mean after 4 rounds of chemo, how long did you take a rest before surgery

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Feb 13, 2020 11:48PM sbelizabeth wrote:

NancyD, I understand now. I had six rounds of TAC before surgery, and the surgical path report stated "extensive tumor emboli in dermal lympahtics" in the breast. Clean margins, though. I had PET scans at years 1 and 2 following treatment completion, and I always held my breath until the report came back. Thank you, God.

Ilovemymom4ever, my last chemo was on March 31 and I had the mastectomy on April 15.

pinkribbonandwheels.wordpress.... Dx 10/20/2011, IDC/IBC, Left, 1cm, Stage IIIA, 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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Feb 16, 2020 11:41PM - edited Feb 16, 2020 11:44PM by scar1888

I had to share that as of Oct. 24, 2019, I became a 22 year breast cancer survivor! Do not ever, ever give up! There was no test for HER 2/ or dye to locate the cancerous lymph nodes or ports for chemo treatments. Just feel very very lucky! Blessings to each of you!

Dx 10/23/1997, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IIIA, Grade 3, 4/22 nodes, ER+ Surgery 11/24/1997 Lymph node removal: Left; Mastectomy: Left Chemotherapy 12/6/1997 CAF Hormonal Therapy Radiation Therapy
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Feb 17, 2020 12:31AM Bakerstreet wrote:

Your post is such a positive light for all, thank you for coming back scar1888! Many more happy and healthy years to you

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Feb 17, 2020 12:34AM Francesca30 wrote:

congratulations Scar! Feeling extra hopeful because of you.

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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Feb 17, 2020 06:52PM NancyD wrote:

Wow, Scar! I hope to be like you. I know that it's a day by day, year by year thing, though. As long as I can walk around without any symptoms, I consider myself a survivor and thrive-or.


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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Feb 22, 2020 11:20AM NancyD wrote:

Time to post my annual checkin...twelve years ago I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I’m still NED, albeit a few aches and pains associated with growing older. Keep the faith!


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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Feb 22, 2020 12:52PM stephilosphy00 wrote:

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!

Dx at 29. Original mass 2.5 cm. Biopsy MRI and PET/CT confirmed 1 node involved. Ki-67 score 7.5%. ER100% PR100%. Genetic testing negative. Restaged to stage IIA post surgery. Chose to do 6 cycles of Xeloda to prevent recurrence!! Dx 11/9/2016, DCIS/IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 1/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 11/18/2016 AC + T (Taxol) Surgery 5/10/2017 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left Hormonal Therapy 5/21/2017 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Hormonal Therapy 7/11/2017 Aromasin (exemestane) Radiation Therapy 7/12/2017 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes, Chest wall Surgery 4/3/2018 Prophylactic mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (left): DIEP flap; Reconstruction (right): DIEP flap Hormonal Therapy Zoladex (goserelin)
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Feb 22, 2020 05:04PM 7of9 wrote:

12 yrs!!! That would get me to my sons graduation ( from recurrence 4 yrs ago). Lead 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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Feb 22, 2020 06:18PM Francesca30 wrote:

congratulations Nancy! Coming up with my first year this month and stories like yours keep me strong and hopeful .

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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Feb 23, 2020 02:42AM - edited Feb 23, 2020 02:43AM by ilovemymom4ever

Hi.


there were many lymph nodes removed from my mom's surgery. Im scared about how many ppl can survive when there are numerous lymph node involvement. :( she became stage IIIC

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Feb 23, 2020 01:26PM Artista928 wrote:

I've seen people here with a lot of nodes removed. They're ok. She shouldn't have blood pressure or any type of needle on that arm. I've had 4 removed and give my right arm for IV, blood draws if they can't use my port, blood pressure. I don't wear tight sleeves either. Read about lymphedema in the forums for more info. People who have it are talking about it there.

Dx'd at 50. Doing it all, all by myself. Stopped Letrozole after 5 weeks. Debilitating se's. Back on Tamox now. Dx 6/2/2015, IDC, Left, 6cm+, Stage IIIA, Grade 3, 1/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (DUAL) Surgery 8/6/2015 Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left; Prophylactic mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Chemotherapy 11/3/2015 AC + T (Taxotere) Radiation Therapy 5/2/2016 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes, Chest wall Hormonal Therapy 6/28/2016 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Surgery 12/9/2016 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant Hormonal Therapy 2/14/2017 Femara (letrozole) Hormonal Therapy 3/26/2017 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Surgery 9/1/2017 Reconstruction (right): Fat grafting, Silicone implant
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Feb 23, 2020 04:09PM - edited Feb 23, 2020 04:09PM by ilovemymom4ever

@Artista928,


im not really worried about the lymphedema, but im worried about how advanced the cancer may be. That's what im worried about

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Feb 23, 2020 07:15PM - edited Feb 23, 2020 07:27PM by mpv459

I was diagnosed and had surgery almost a year ago. How many lymph nodes did they remove and how many had cancer?? I had 14/31.. So far, so good.

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Feb 24, 2020 08:59AM ilovemymom4ever wrote:

mpv459


The surgeon said nothing about how many lymph nodes, but he said he took out many and hoping not all will be positive :(

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Feb 24, 2020 07:15PM mpv459 wrote:

Keep me updated and best wishes.. My diagnosis did not look good but I take each day...squeeze everything I can out of it and pray for the next. I had 8cm tumor and 14 lymph nodes. Hardly gets any worse than that. The cancer was isolated to the lymphnodes so far. I had surgery, occupational therapy, 16 rounds of chemo, 30 rounds of radiation and I am currently on hormone blockers and zometa... Its rough but I am 60 and I made it through all of it. Your mom will too. She needs lots of positive vibes and love and a great team. I am sure she has all of those. I am a week short of a year from diagnosis, walking 4 miles a day, exercising and living. Keep your chin up. Sorry to put this on the 10 year page.. Hopefully I will belong here some day with the rest of the brave ladies.

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Feb 24, 2020 10:05PM NancyD wrote:

ilovemymom4ever, women have differing numbers of lymph nodes. Some have a lot, so it might sound scary if they say they removed a lot. Don't let that scare you. While they only took ten out when I had my mastectomy, four of those showed signs of cancer and one was actually bursting with cancer cells. That scared me more than anything else.

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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Feb 25, 2020 07:26AM - edited Feb 25, 2020 07:27AM by ilovemymom4ever

@mv459, Sure i 'll keepyou updated. Do you mind if i ask what stage were you after surgery? God bless you!


@NancyD, thank you for being positive

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Feb 25, 2020 07:47AM ilovemymom4ever wrote:

mom's CT scan prior to surgery showed internal necrosis of the breast tumor. What does that mean

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Feb 25, 2020 10:54PM - edited Feb 25, 2020 11:00PM by mpv459

I was Stage 3C. Internal necrosis refers to dead cancer cells in the breast tissue. Probably because she had chemo first. I had surgery first, then chemo. Sending good wishes and prayers to you and your mom. In time it really does all get better.



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Feb 25, 2020 11:02PM ilovemymom4ever wrote:

mvp459, thank you. God bless you!


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