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Feb 16, 2018 01:59AM
First of all welcome to all newcomers. As others already told you, this is really a great thread, with a lot of support and love.
Frenchhorn , so happy with this great news !
Midwest, indeed your markers aren't that high, which is great. My CA 15-3 is about three times higher. Nevertheless, according to my MO, it's not a problem. She focus more on the trend of the evolution than on the absolute figures.
Gracie, I understand your fears. However, I feel Ibrance as much stronger . Femara is 'only' a hormone-therapy, whereas Ibrance is a targetted therapy (considered as a light type of chemo ) and combined with a hormone-therapy. For me, Femara alone never worked, I developped mets in less than 5 months after chemo/surgery/radiation. Since I'm on Ibrance, skin mets seem at least to grow much slower.
Leaving today for a few days in France (Bretagne), with my sister. This will help decrease my scanxiety ... first scan since the start of Ibrance will be in march.
I send you all hugs and prayers from the other side of the ocean ;-)
Vivre ce n'est pas attendre que l'orage passe, c'est apprendre à danser sous la pluie (life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass. It's about learning to dance in the rain)
4/17/2015, IDC, Left, 6cm+, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 2/8 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH)
5/14/2015 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Ellence (epirubicin), Taxol (paclitaxel)
11/18/2015 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Underarm/Axillary
12/27/2015 Whole-breast: Breast
3/3/2016 Femara (letrozole)
10/27/2016, IDC, Left, 6cm+, Stage IIIC, Grade 3, 2/8 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH)
2/13/2017 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
6/12/2017 Afinitor (everolimus)
11/8/2017 Faslodex (fulvestrant)
12/16/2017 Ibrance (palbociclib)
3/27/2018 Xeloda (capecitabine)