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Topic: Stage III Cancer Survivors...15+ years and out

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

Posted on: Nov 22, 2015 11:02AM

weesa wrote:

Let's just see what happens here...This is a "build it and they will come" experiment. It's time.

If you are not a 15 year survivor but know the story of someone who is, please join in.

Sometimes I wonder if I am an old soul temporarily trapped in a breast cancer body. Dx 11/22/2002, IDC, 6cm+, Stage IIIA, Grade 2, 5/25 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 1/20/2003 Adriamycin (doxorubicin), Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Radiation Therapy 6/14/2003 Breast, Lymph nodes Hormonal Therapy 8/23/2003 Femara (letrozole) Surgery Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (right): Latissimus dorsi flap
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Jul 30, 2020 09:38AM sbelizabeth wrote:

I had a PET not long after all the treatments were finished, and another one a year later. My doctor was ok with ordering them and left it up to me. I felt well, and didn't want to expose myself to unnecessary radiation. It's been so many years since then I can hardly recall the scan anxiety I endured, but waiting for results wasn't fun.

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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Jul 30, 2020 10:31AM NancyD wrote:

benji69, I had a PET scan after my treatment, but before I had my DIEP reconstruction. I felt I would probably not go through with the recon if any metastasis showed up. My treatment ended with radiation in the Fall of 2008. I had a PET in late 2009 and I my recon surgery in January 2010. I haven't had any other PET scans since then.

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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Aug 21, 2020 05:20PM Benji69 wrote:

Thank you for your input. After two clean mammograms, an MRI, and a PET scan I “bravely “ had my port out today. I can’t believe I had it for two years. I feel like I can really accept that treatment is over. I know it will never be totally out of my mind but with the very helpful examples I see here I’m optimistic

Dx 7/17/2018, DCIS/IDC, Left, 5cm, Stage IIIA, Grade 2, 5/12 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC) Chemotherapy 8/15/2018 AC + T (Taxol) Surgery 2/19/2019 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel, Underarm/Axillary Radiation Therapy 4/8/2019 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes, Chest wall Hormonal Therapy Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Aug 21, 2020 09:20PM LeesaD wrote:

Congrats on your port removal Benji!!
Oncotype Score 3, 2/4 Sentinal Nodes micromestasis so pushed for ALND for 'peace of Mind' and surprise found 2/14 positive axillary nodes Dx 2/3/2017, IDC, Right, 3cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 4/18 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 3/26/2017 Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Surgery 4/16/2017 Lymph node removal: Underarm/Axillary Chemotherapy 5/8/2017 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Radiation Therapy 8/1/2017 Hormonal Therapy 9/7/2017 Arimidex (anastrozole), Zoladex (goserelin) Surgery 11/16/2017 Prophylactic ovary removal Surgery 1/29/2018 Reconstruction (left): Fat grafting, Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Fat grafting, Silicone implant
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Aug 21, 2020 09:50PM mpv459 wrote:

I am having mine removed on Monday. I finished radiation in December so I am 16 months out of treatment.. worried but trying to be confiident

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Aug 21, 2020 10:13PM Francesca30 wrote:

congratulations Benji! I just had mine taken out 3 weeks ago during my implant exchange. Had it in for 17 months , happy with my decision :)

Dx 3/14/2019, IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IIIA, Grade 2, 13/20 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 3/14/2019 Lymph node removal: Left, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Left Chemotherapy 4/4/2019 TAC Radiation Therapy 8/14/2019 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes Hormonal Therapy 8/14/2019 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Surgery 11/17/2019 Prophylactic ovary removal Hormonal Therapy 11/29/2019 Femara (letrozole) Surgery 7/31/2020 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant
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Aug 22, 2020 10:07AM - edited Aug 23, 2020 11:01AM by Castigame

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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 2/14/2017 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 14, 2020 07:10PM Texgirl wrote:

I would like to know what your Oncology visit is like now that you have reached 15 years plus. My last "exam" was a reading over my labs and talk about the fact they were perfect. No exam No breast check previous docs always did a head to toe checking nodes etc. I feel I am being ignored.

Dx 2/8/2005, ILC/IDC, Left, 6cm+, Stage IIIC, Grade 2, 22/22 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Sep 20, 2020 05:53AM maryannecb wrote:

My oncologst ordered to keep up my Zometa indefinitely at the 10 year mark. I have not formally seen him since. i do see the onc nurse prior to my Zometa. My GP has to be reminded I am a survivor and at my last exam had to be encouraged to do a breast exam !

Fists up! Dx 9/20/2005, IDC, 6cm+, Stage IIIA, Grade 2, 2/14 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2+

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