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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 05:09PM - edited Dec 5, 2013 09:07PM by AlwaysHope

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Feb 10, 2020 03:39AM 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 08:14AM 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 06:28PM ilovemymom4ever wrote:

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

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Feb 11, 2020 06:03AM - edited Feb 11, 2020 06:03AM 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 06:34AM 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 07:25AM 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 11:16AM 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 01:37AM 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 06:49AM 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 08:59AM 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 09:48PM 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 09:41PM - edited Feb 16, 2020 09:44PM 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 12/5/1997 CAF Hormonal Therapy Radiation Therapy
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Feb 16, 2020 10:31PM 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 16, 2020 10:34PM 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- (FISH) Chemotherapy 4/3/2019 TAC Hormonal Therapy 8/13/2019 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Radiation Therapy 8/13/2019 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes Surgery 11/17/2019 Prophylactic ovary removal Hormonal Therapy 11/29/2019 Femara (letrozole)
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Feb 17, 2020 04:52PM 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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10 hours ago 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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8 hours ago 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 11/17/2016 AC + T (Taxol) Surgery 5/10/2017 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left Hormonal Therapy 5/20/2017 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Hormonal Therapy 7/10/2017 Aromasin (exemestane) Radiation Therapy 7/11/2017 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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4 hours ago 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 5/31/2012 Lymph node removal: Left; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Surgery 10/31/2012 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Dx 12/23/2015, IDC, Left, 2cm, Grade 2, 10/14 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 1/18/2016 Lymph node removal: Left, Underarm/Axillary Surgery 1/18/2016 Prophylactic ovary removal Radiation Therapy 2/10/2016 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes, Chest wall Chemotherapy 3/31/2016 Taxotere (docetaxel) Hormonal Therapy Arimidex (anastrozole)
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3 hours ago 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- (FISH) Chemotherapy 4/3/2019 TAC Hormonal Therapy 8/13/2019 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Radiation Therapy 8/13/2019 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes Surgery 11/17/2019 Prophylactic ovary removal Hormonal Therapy 11/29/2019 Femara (letrozole)

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