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Jan 29, 2013 09:28PM Cyborg wrote:

Sig
It has taken a year and a half and they are coming in a little bit more all of the time
The tattooing sounds cool!

Winning!!! Dx 2/23/2011, ILC, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 2/5 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Feb 1, 2013 07:52AM barbe1958 wrote:

I can vouch for mumito`s brows as I saw them in person. She looks about 7 years younger with darker brows!!

Religion is for people who are afraid of hell, spirituality is for people who have already been there. (Lakota Nation) Dx 12/10/2008
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Feb 2, 2013 10:54AM JTilCT wrote:

These are some great tips.  I have considered the eyebrow tattooing but am so afraid the artist will mess them up and I will be stuck with them.  In the meantime, I use the Bobbi Brown Natural Brow Shaper to color them in and I do get many compliments.  I may try the Benefit brand to see how they compare.  I take Bio-Sil and have seen an improvement in my nails.  Skin was grey and flaky so I started using heavier moisturizer.  I would like to try the Clarisonic as many of you recommended.  I found an under eye cream with a luminous finish (Origins GinZing) but would love to find a moisturizer or primer with the same luminessence (sp?).  Anyway, any recommendations?

As for hair, on my last trip west I had a Navajo guide talk to me about yucca so I found a yucca shampoo at Target and have been using it, I started on bare scalp.  I have almost 1" growth now and it seems thicker and is really soft.  Don't know if this is from the shampoo, but it is straight this time!  Last time it was curly and I did not like!

ps. what does pfc stand for?

Dx 2/2007, 1cm, Stage IA, ER+/PR-, HER2- Surgery 03/12/2007 Lumpectomy in one or both breasts: Lumpectomy in my right breast Chemotherapy 05/09/2007 Cytoxan (chemical name: cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (chemical name: docetaxel) Hormonal Therapy 08/31/2007 Dx 7/2012, Stage IV, ER+/PR-, HER2- Chemotherapy 08/09/2012 CEF: Cytoxan, Ellence, and fluorouracil Hormonal Therapy 10/31/2012 Femara (chemical name: letrozole, class: aromatase inhibitor) Chemotherapy 06/04/2013 Xeloda (chemical name: capecitabine) Chemotherapy 10/25/2013 Doxil (chemical name: doxorubicin) Chemotherapy 07/27/2014 CMF: Cytoxan, methotrexate, and fluorouracil Chemotherapy 10/21/2014 Ixempra (chemical name: ixabepilone) Chemotherapy 02/02/2015 CEF: Cytoxan, Ellence, and fluorouracil Radiation Therapy
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Feb 2, 2013 12:11PM FLwarrior wrote:

JTilCT, pfc can be Post Final Chemo or Post Fu**ing Chemo take your pick.  They are used interchangably here.

I think I would be affraid to do the tatoo thing to.  You would have to know the artist and be familiar witht their work.

FLwarrior Dx 1/31/2011, ILC, Stage II, Grade 2, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Feb 2, 2013 03:34PM JTilCT wrote:

Thanks, the F word was the first thing I thought of.

Dx 2/2007, 1cm, Stage IA, ER+/PR-, HER2- Surgery 03/12/2007 Lumpectomy in one or both breasts: Lumpectomy in my right breast Chemotherapy 05/09/2007 Cytoxan (chemical name: cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (chemical name: docetaxel) Hormonal Therapy 08/31/2007 Dx 7/2012, Stage IV, ER+/PR-, HER2- Chemotherapy 08/09/2012 CEF: Cytoxan, Ellence, and fluorouracil Hormonal Therapy 10/31/2012 Femara (chemical name: letrozole, class: aromatase inhibitor) Chemotherapy 06/04/2013 Xeloda (chemical name: capecitabine) Chemotherapy 10/25/2013 Doxil (chemical name: doxorubicin) Chemotherapy 07/27/2014 CMF: Cytoxan, methotrexate, and fluorouracil Chemotherapy 10/21/2014 Ixempra (chemical name: ixabepilone) Chemotherapy 02/02/2015 CEF: Cytoxan, Ellence, and fluorouracil Radiation Therapy
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Feb 3, 2013 12:34AM Cyborg wrote:

I like the Origins creamy sunscreen- I think it has a brightening luminous effect. I have gone through many jars! It's called BRIGHTER BY NATURE.

Winning!!! Dx 2/23/2011, ILC, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 2/5 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Feb 10, 2013 09:13AM slg76 wrote:

Yes I agree that although I'm tempted to get my eyebrows tatooed I am scared about the outcome being permanant even if I don't like it.  For now I just fill them in with makeup.  I suppose they may still thicken up a bit.  Its been two years since chemo now.  

I second the recommendation for a clarisonic brush.  I got one for christmas and my skin looks so much better and smoother.  I use the brush with neutrogena cleanser and then use NeriumAD night cream.  Could not be happier with how my skin is looking!!!

Dx 5/2010, IDC, Stage IIIA, 0/8 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 05/31/2010 Adriamycin (chemical name: doxorubicin), Cytoxan (chemical name: cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (chemical name: docetaxel) Surgery 12/11/2010 Lumpectomy in one or both breasts: Lumpectomy in my right breast; Lymph node removal (also called dissection): Underarm (axillary) lymph node removal (also called dissection) , Lymph node removal (also called dissection) on my right side Hormonal Therapy 02/14/2011 Radiation Therapy
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Feb 10, 2013 10:20AM Cyborg wrote:

Hmmmm on the clarisonic

Winning!!! Dx 2/23/2011, ILC, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 2/5 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Mar 17, 2013 06:15PM MariannaLaFrance wrote:

Hi everyone

i rarely come to this site anymore, mainly because it's so darn hard to navigate, and we've lost so many ladies.

however, wanted to weigh in on a few things and ask a few questions to the group:



  1. Clarisonic- ROCKS. Love it. I use it with a Turmeric based face wash every other day. My skin looks great when I do this.
  2. Just bought Hylaruonic Acid Serum, anxious to try it. 
  3. I am a Vitamin "B", aka Botox user. LOVE IT. Any others?
  4. Wondering about Restylane injections-- anyone had these? I am not apt to use a lot of products that are not tested, tested, tested, so wondering if anyone has experience with that.
  5. Can you tell I am freaking out about wrinkles?
Dx 1/26/2010, DCIS, <1cm, Stage 0, Grade 1, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Mar 17, 2013 08:02PM Ariom wrote:

What a great thread this is.

I worked for many years in the cosmetics business for many top houses, and had my own business doing hair and makeup for weddings and events. Did a stint of makeup at a TV station too.

I was approached recently at a Cancer Forum to be a volunteer for "Look Good Feel Better". I have decided to give it a go, and am waiting for information on their workshops etc.

I have been fortunate, and haven't had to have chemo or rads after my Mx, but I am always careful as to the cosmetics I use myself. I try to stay away from parabens, and mineral oils, etc

I like a really natural look for makeup, and am usually drawn to the brown and the taupe colors for most eye colors. I never go without a highlighter, and have found that YBF cosmetics have replaced almost every other brand for me now. They are available on most shopping networks and are anvery reasonable price.

Stacey, the owner of the company has devised a pretty foolproof range which has a few "Hero" products. Her Yellow Powder and Neutralizing Creme are fantastic, and can delete dark circles! Her eyebrow pencil is great, although I am a devotee of Smashbox Brow Tech with the wax and the powder. Her eyeshadows are subtle, and she does compacts with all matte colors. Even when she does a Shimmer Shadow, it never has sparkles, not that I have seen, anyway. The eye pencils in this range are very soft and have a smudger on the end, so you don't need to be perfect at drawing a line. I have tried just about everything in the range, and haven't returned a thing.

If I learn anything that I feel is relevant from these workshops, I'll let you all know.

Dx Mondors Disease (cording) after Umx and "Dog Ear" removed 14 months post UMx .................. The Dx shuffles you like a deck of cards and then deals you a new hand! Dx 11/2012, DCIS, 1cm, Stage 0, Grade 3, 0/1 nodes Surgery 12/18/2012 Mastectomy of one or both breasts: Mastectomy of my right breast; Lymph node removal (also called dissection): Sentinel lymph node removal (also called dissection) , Lymph node removal (also called dissection) on my right side
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Mar 17, 2013 08:48PM slg76 wrote:

hello all.  Marianna LaFrance...where are you located?  I know several botox/restylane users who no longer get injections because they started using a new wrinkle cream.  The Nerium cream is wonderful and has made me look much younger (my hubby too).  I use this religously with a mild cleanser and my clarisonic.  But, it is currently only available in the US.  If you are in the US check it out...www.gerdes.theneriumlook.com.   It is botanically based, no parabens, and has a fair amount of testing behind it.  I'll have to ask around to see how my restylane friends feel about thier injections.  

Dx 5/2010, IDC, Stage IIIA, 0/8 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 05/31/2010 Adriamycin (chemical name: doxorubicin), Cytoxan (chemical name: cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (chemical name: docetaxel) Surgery 12/11/2010 Lumpectomy in one or both breasts: Lumpectomy in my right breast; Lymph node removal (also called dissection): Underarm (axillary) lymph node removal (also called dissection) , Lymph node removal (also called dissection) on my right side Hormonal Therapy 02/14/2011 Radiation Therapy
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Mar 17, 2013 11:20PM LeeA wrote:

Marianna, I love the Clarisonic as well.  I started using it in late December, just before starting chemotherapy.  Do you mind sharing the name of your tumeric based cleanser?  I am a curcumin/turmeric lover (looking forward to once again taking curcumin with bioperine once chemotherapy ends). 

Re: Botox - I had it injected a few times about a decade ago.  I just wasn't that thrilled with it but it's hard for me to describe exactly why I didn't end up wanting to do it again.  



sig76, I just took a screenshot of your post about Nerium.  Thanks for the info.  I'm going to Google it right now.  



God is with you in all that you do. Dx 10/9/2012, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 1/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+ Chemotherapy 01/01/2013 Carboplatin (brand name: Paraplatin), Taxotere (chemical name: docetaxel) Radiation Therapy 07/29/2013 Partial-breast radiation: 3-D conformal external beam radiation (also called 3DCRT) Hormonal Therapy 10/09/2013 Arimidex (chemical name: anastrozole, class: aromatase inhibitor)
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Mar 18, 2013 07:03AM barbe1958 wrote:

Ariom, anyone diagnosed with cancer can go to the LGFB session, but I bet they want you there for your own knowledge!! The volunteers are just "normal" every day ladies who want to help somehow. Perhaps they want you to LEAD the session???? You'd be GREAT!

Religion is for people who are afraid of hell, spirituality is for people who have already been there. (Lakota Nation) Dx 12/10/2008
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Mar 18, 2013 12:57PM Wren44 wrote:

Ok, Spring is coming and I'm still searching for a safe, non-greasy sun protection lotion. I want something I can wear on my face under makeup. I'm willing to slather on Badger if I'm going to be outside, but not for every day on my face. My skin is fairly oily and about midday it has combined with the Badger and begun to run into my eyes, where it really stings. I have had basal cell on my forehead and do wear hats, but I'm not sure that's enough protection.

Lumpectomy & reexcision followed by mastectomy of right breast. Anastrasole. Dx 11/11/2011, IDC, <1cm, Stage IB, Grade 1, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- Dx 2/1/2012, IDC, <1cm, Stage IB, Grade 2, 0/0 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Mar 18, 2013 07:04PM WaveWhisperer wrote:

Wren44, I think Neutrogena makes an oil-free sunscreen, with a fairly high SPF, that you might try. I've had almost a dozen basal cells on my face and 3 Mohs surgeries -- and I live in the Caribbean most of the year - so I have to be very, very careful. For outside, I use Blue Lizard for the face, made in Australia and sold by my dermatologist. But it definitely leaves a white mask on your face. I'm not sure whether makeup would cover it or not.

Lumpectomy 10/29/2011. TCx4 12/20;1/11;1/31;2/21/12. Started rads 3/19/12. Was in clnical trial testing 3-week course vs. standard 6-week course of rads. Took Arimidex for 2 years, now on Aromasin. Dx 10/14/2011, IDC, 1cm, Stage IB, Grade 3, 1/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Hormonal Therapy 07/07/2013 Aromasin (chemical name: exemestane, class: aromatase inhibitor)
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Mar 18, 2013 07:21PM lago wrote:

I use the Neutrogena stuff. It can go on a little white though but not bad. Also some of the stuff they use for babies might be good. I know I have sensitive skin so a lot of this stuff makes me break out. The Neutrogena doesn't.

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DONE!! alturl.com/3o9ni • Tattoos 2.7.2012 • Nipples 10.6.2011 • Exchange 6.24.2011 • Chemo 1.18. 2011 • BMX 8.31.2010 Dx 7/13/2010, IDC, 5cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 0/14 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+
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Mar 18, 2013 08:06PM slg76 wrote:

My husband is an airline pilot and we are very careful about him getting too much sun up at altitude.  He also uses Neutrogena sunscreen.  It doesn't make him break out and doesn't feel as greasy as most.  They make it in very high SFPs.   I've heard great things about blue lizzard but I don't think it is something you would want to wear everyday or under makeup.  Good luck!

Dx 5/2010, IDC, Stage IIIA, 0/8 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 05/31/2010 Adriamycin (chemical name: doxorubicin), Cytoxan (chemical name: cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (chemical name: docetaxel) Surgery 12/11/2010 Lumpectomy in one or both breasts: Lumpectomy in my right breast; Lymph node removal (also called dissection): Underarm (axillary) lymph node removal (also called dissection) , Lymph node removal (also called dissection) on my right side Hormonal Therapy 02/14/2011 Radiation Therapy
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Mar 19, 2013 02:29AM Ariom wrote:

Hi barbe, Thanks for that! yep, they want me to volunteer for my area. I would be happy to do that, because I know most of the volunteers are "Normal" as you said. LOL I think it was when they heard I had just had a Mx, and had the cosmetic experience that they appproached me. They were recruiting at the Forum because they need more people with experience.

I volunteered years ago in Melbourne when I worked for Clarins. I really enjoyed it. There aren't many volunteers for the region I live in now, but there are many women undergoing treatment, so it could be a really interesting thing to do.

We are very fortunate here that we have several McGrath Foundation breast nurses, and an enormous amount of support from different organisations that do lots of fundraising for BC , so the network is wide.

Dx Mondors Disease (cording) after Umx and "Dog Ear" removed 14 months post UMx .................. The Dx shuffles you like a deck of cards and then deals you a new hand! Dx 11/2012, DCIS, 1cm, Stage 0, Grade 3, 0/1 nodes Surgery 12/18/2012 Mastectomy of one or both breasts: Mastectomy of my right breast; Lymph node removal (also called dissection): Sentinel lymph node removal (also called dissection) , Lymph node removal (also called dissection) on my right side
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Mar 19, 2013 06:12AM WaveWhisperer wrote:

Thanks, Iago. That was exactly the Neutrogena sunscreen I was referring to.

Lumpectomy 10/29/2011. TCx4 12/20;1/11;1/31;2/21/12. Started rads 3/19/12. Was in clnical trial testing 3-week course vs. standard 6-week course of rads. Took Arimidex for 2 years, now on Aromasin. Dx 10/14/2011, IDC, 1cm, Stage IB, Grade 3, 1/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Hormonal Therapy 07/07/2013 Aromasin (chemical name: exemestane, class: aromatase inhibitor)
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Mar 19, 2013 01:29PM smo23915 wrote:

I have been using a moisturizer from Aveda- Botanical kinetics hydrating lotion.  I really like it and Aveda has no chemicals.  Only thing is it is expensive.

Sharon

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Mar 19, 2013 04:33PM Wren44 wrote:

I looked up the Neutrogena on ewg.org/skindeep and it rated a 7 (not good). I did find some makeup that's a 3 and contains sunscreen.

Lumpectomy & reexcision followed by mastectomy of right breast. Anastrasole. Dx 11/11/2011, IDC, <1cm, Stage IB, Grade 1, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- Dx 2/1/2012, IDC, <1cm, Stage IB, Grade 2, 0/0 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Mar 20, 2013 07:09AM WaveWhisperer wrote:

Another thing you might consider is TIZO, a ' facial mineral fusion' that's a matte-finish, flesh-colored sunscreen with spf of 40. My dermatologist recommended it, and it's what I use when I go out in public, I can use it instead of foundation.

Lumpectomy 10/29/2011. TCx4 12/20;1/11;1/31;2/21/12. Started rads 3/19/12. Was in clnical trial testing 3-week course vs. standard 6-week course of rads. Took Arimidex for 2 years, now on Aromasin. Dx 10/14/2011, IDC, 1cm, Stage IB, Grade 3, 1/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Hormonal Therapy 07/07/2013 Aromasin (chemical name: exemestane, class: aromatase inhibitor)
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Mar 21, 2013 07:15AM mumito wrote:

EsteLauder BB cream is a tinted moisturizer with SPF 30 perfect for daily running around.I use a heavier sportsblock like Neutrogena sport face SPF 70 when I hit the beach.I find regular sunscreen too heavy for my face.

Dx 4/23/2008, IDC, 5cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 2/15 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2-
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Mar 21, 2013 11:52AM Wren44 wrote:

What does the BB stand for? I've seen it on numerous products and can't figure it out.

Lumpectomy & reexcision followed by mastectomy of right breast. Anastrasole. Dx 11/11/2011, IDC, <1cm, Stage IB, Grade 1, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- Dx 2/1/2012, IDC, <1cm, Stage IB, Grade 2, 0/0 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Mar 21, 2013 01:50PM barbe1958 wrote:

Beauty Balm, I think.

Religion is for people who are afraid of hell, spirituality is for people who have already been there. (Lakota Nation) Dx 12/10/2008
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Mar 21, 2013 04:05PM Ariom wrote:

I think it is "Beauty Balm" now, but I believe I  read that it started as "Blemish Balm",  used by German Dermatologists who developed it for soothing skin after procedures like peels etc.

It was then picked up by Celebrities who loved the idea of one product that addressed a number of issues. "BB" became the buzz word in moisturisers containing multiple ingredients including sunscreen.

Dx Mondors Disease (cording) after Umx and "Dog Ear" removed 14 months post UMx .................. The Dx shuffles you like a deck of cards and then deals you a new hand! Dx 11/2012, DCIS, 1cm, Stage 0, Grade 3, 0/1 nodes Surgery 12/18/2012 Mastectomy of one or both breasts: Mastectomy of my right breast; Lymph node removal (also called dissection): Sentinel lymph node removal (also called dissection) , Lymph node removal (also called dissection) on my right side
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Mar 27, 2013 12:14AM MariannaLaFrance wrote:

LeeA

My cleanser with turmeric is called Himalaya Herbal, and I bought it at Whole Foods. It has Neem and Turmeric in it, and cleanses beautifully. It really has made a difference in my skin.

I've been on the hunt for some lightening agents that are natural as well. I have some discoloration from the sun on my face, and am scared to use hydroquinone based products. I've tried just applying lemon juice to my skin (which looks amazing afterwards for about 5 hours, btw), but it has not really alleviated the sun spots that I have on my upper cheeks.



I still have not tried the hyluronic acid, mainly because I was traveling for business and didn't want to mess with my skin routine while on the road. I will give it a try this weekend. 

Thank you for clarifying what BB cream is, too. I have wondered that, and didn't know what the fuss was about. Is it basically a foundation, or is it a tinted moisturizer? 

Dx 1/26/2010, DCIS, <1cm, Stage 0, Grade 1, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Mar 27, 2013 07:15AM barbe1958 wrote:

It could be either...

Religion is for people who are afraid of hell, spirituality is for people who have already been there. (Lakota Nation) Dx 12/10/2008
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Mar 28, 2013 07:41PM , edited Mar 28, 2013 07:42PM by LeeA

Marianne LaFrance, thanks for the name of the cleanser with turmeric! 

God is with you in all that you do. Dx 10/9/2012, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 1/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+ Chemotherapy 01/01/2013 Carboplatin (brand name: Paraplatin), Taxotere (chemical name: docetaxel) Radiation Therapy 07/29/2013 Partial-breast radiation: 3-D conformal external beam radiation (also called 3DCRT) Hormonal Therapy 10/09/2013 Arimidex (chemical name: anastrozole, class: aromatase inhibitor)
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Apr 7, 2013 08:46AM LisaMM wrote:

Does anyone know if you can use regular hair spray on a synthetic hair wig? I bought "wig" hairspray but I think it works about as good as water!

Life changes without permission-It's our attitude that determines the ride. Dx 10/29/2012, IDC, 2cm, Stage I, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 12/13/2012 Lumpectomy in one or both breasts: Lumpectomy in my left breast; Lymph node removal (also called dissection): Sentinel lymph node removal (also called dissection) , Lymph node removal (also called dissection) on my left side Chemotherapy 02/05/2013 Cytoxan (chemical name: cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (chemical name: docetaxel)

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