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May 20, 2017 08:24AM
Ann, I am not stage 4, but I had a recurrence 8 years after my initial stage 1 diagnosis. The first time I did complete chemo, had a double mastectomy, was on Tamoxifen for 6 1/2 years, and had an Oncotype score of 14. So I really shouldn't have recurred, based on my stats and the aggressive treatment I underwent.
I don't know what will happen in the future, but I certainly have realized now that there doesn't seem to be a whole lot of rhyme or reason to who recurs, who metastasizes, who stays NED for the rest of their life, etc.
Hugs and prayers as you move forward.
Dx 5/08, IDC, Left, Stage 1, Grade 1, BRCA 2 pos. Mast. w/TRAM and implant, A/C x 4, Tamox. for 6.5 yrs, ooph and hyst in 2010. Dx. 10/16, local recurrence, Left, Grade 2, breast segmentation, 30 rads from Jan-March 2017, then AIs.
5/14/2008, IDC, Stage I, Grade 1, 0/5 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
10/31/2016, IDC, Left, 1cm, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2-