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May 2, 2010 07:36PM
May 2, 2010 07:37PM
I found my tumor around my 49th birthday and waited two weeks to get up the nerve to call the doctor, because, seriously, I knew. It came out of nowhere. It went from marble-sized to about 4.5 cm within a month. I had FNA on an enlarged lymph node that was negative. No BRCA testing due to zero family history. I have a port I've had no trouble with (knock on wood).
I'm in a clinical trial right at the halfway point. My first 4 cycles were Avastin every three weeks, Taxotere on weeks 1 and 2, and Xeloda pills (3000 mg day) for days 1-14. I would normally start a new cycle this Monday, but am having the week off for midway retesting (for the trial). Because my tumor has shrunk significantly, my onc. gave me the OK to take another week off for a preplanned vacation that I was going on anyway, but it's nice to have him on board!
My last 4 cycles will be Avastin, Adriamycin & Cytoxan. Then I meet with the surgeon to see about lumpectomy vs mastectomy, poss. rads, etc.
Carolyn - Initially diagnosed in 2010 and threw everything at it they would let me throw at it. My 2 sentinel nodes were negative, yet in 2017, it came baaack! in my right lung.
1/26/2010, IDC, 4cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2-
2/9/2010 Avastin (bevacizumab)
2/9/2010 Adriamycin (doxorubicin), Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel), Xeloda (capecitabine)
9/5/2010 Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left
10/19/2010 Breast, Lymph nodes
12/14/2010 Prophylactic mastectomy: Right
1/1/2011 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
10/1/2011 Aromasin (exemestane)
3/2018, IDC, 4cm, Stage IV, metastasized to brain/lungs, Grade 3, 0/2 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2-