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Topic: TRIPLE POSITIVE GROUP

Forum: HER2+ (Positive) Breast Cancer —

Testing, treatment, side effects, and more.

Posted on: Jan 31, 2011 07:30AM - edited Dec 10, 2012 08:55AM by TonLee

TonLee wrote:

This is primarily for people who find themselves with THREE +'s by their diagnosis. 

If you are new to breast cancer, please click on the link below and read.  It is "What I Wish I Knew At the Beginning of Treatment."

http://community.breastcancer.org/forum/6/topic/797454



IDC, 2cm, Stage IIIa, Grade 2, 4/4 nodes, ER+/PR+/HER2+, Skin Sparing uni-MX with TE, TCH, Rads Dx 9/14/2010, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIIA, Grade 2, 4/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+
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Nov 21, 2020 06:16PM JavaJana wrote:

WordGirl196, I'm sorry you're having such severe diarrhea. For me I had minimal problems but I believe glutamine was a big reason for that. I bought Naked brand off Amazon (suggested by someone on this forum) but I'm sure whatever powder or tablet you can easily get would be fine. Once I completed taxotere (and I did not do carboplatin), the diarrhea completely stopped. I'm having zero problems with HP alone thankfully, and I hope it works out that way for you too. 🙏💜🙏💜🙏


Xgeva 9/2/2020. History: 2 Borderline Serous Ovarian Carcinoma TAH/BSO, 0/15 nodes - 2/18/20. Benign Papilloma/ADH Left breast, excisional biopsy 10/11/2016 Dx 10/1/2019, IDC, Left, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+ (IHC) Dx 10/23/2019, LCIS/DCIS, Right, 0/1 nodes Surgery 11/18/2019 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right Dx 3/25/2020, IDC, Stage IV, metastasized to bone, 0/2 nodes Chemotherapy 4/7/2020 Taxotere (docetaxel) Targeted Therapy 4/7/2020 Perjeta (pertuzumab) Targeted Therapy 4/8/2020 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Hormonal Therapy 8/12/2020 Femara (letrozole)
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Nov 21, 2020 07:50PM SpecialK wrote:

Unfortunately there are several culprits for the Big D in the TCHP cocktail. I did not have Perjeta but had issues with just the TCH - I spent the first 10 days after infusion pretty close to home, and definitely didn't wear white jeans... it could really be any of the chemotherapeutic agents or targeted therapies. Be careful about dehydrating, it might be worth going into the infusion center for a bag of fluids if you are still having issues, and definitely let your MO know about this now, don't wait until your next infusion. It may be that you need prescription strength anti-D meds also. That said, you may see this calm down after the first infusion because you received loading doses of everything - the subsequent doses you will get won't be loading, so side effects may be less marked. I relied on BRAT diet foods, but didn't need any dose reductions. Good luck!

BMX w/ TE 11/1/10, ALND 12/6/10. 15 additional surgeries. TCHx6 2/17-6/2/11. Herceptin until 1/19/12. Femara 8/1/11, Arimidex 6/20/12, back to Femara 6/18/13-present. Dx 9/27/2010, DCIS, Stage 0, Grade 3 Dx 9/27/2010, IDC, Right, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 2/14 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+ (IHC)
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Nov 24, 2020 08:06AM Redcanoe wrote:

Thank you everyone for your replies.

Another question I have: I had an ultrasound oct 1 and thats when I found out I had a very good chance of having cancer. My lump was under 2 cms. I had a biopsy shortly after that came back discordant so I had to have another biopsy at the beginning of November. A couple days before my second biopsy, a lot of new lumpiness appeared overnight, because I was checking everyday. I got my period right after and they checked my whole breast with the ultrasound wand and didn't see anything. It seemed to get better but not totally. Now it feels like a lot of my affected breast feels like I have multiple lumps that feel like the first lump. Can things change that fast? I have an mri next week and if my stage hasn't changed, a lumpectomy right after. I think it has changed maybe.

Toni - age 34, mom to 4 kids ages 11, 8, 5 and 3 Dx 11/19/2020, DCIS/IDC, Right, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 2/5 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+ (IHC) Surgery 12/14/2020 Lumpectomy: Right Chemotherapy 1/11/2021 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel) Targeted Therapy 1/11/2021 Herceptin (trastuzumab)
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Nov 24, 2020 05:49PM YesIamaDragon wrote:

RedCanoe -- Yes, lumps and bumps and tenderness will wax and wane with the menstrual cycle, and you have have had significant deep bruising from the biopsy as well, which can pull fluid into it as the blood cells degrade so actually swell more. But you will know more very, very soon!

Try to not let your mind spin too much until then (believe me, we ALL know how hard that is!) It sounds like you are in good hands at the referral center.

Dx 6/2019, IDC, Right, 2cm, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2+ Hormonal Therapy Arimidex (anastrozole) Radiation Therapy Targeted Therapy Kadcyla (T-DM1, ado-trastuzumab) Surgery Chemotherapy Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel) Targeted Therapy Perjeta (pertuzumab) Targeted Therapy Herceptin (trastuzumab)
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Nov 24, 2020 07:29PM Redcanoe wrote:

thanks yeslama. I wrote that during a period of intense anxiety and now that I feel it again, it doesn't feel all that different. The second biopsy was pretty rough too.

Toni - age 34, mom to 4 kids ages 11, 8, 5 and 3 Dx 11/19/2020, DCIS/IDC, Right, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 2/5 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+ (IHC) Surgery 12/14/2020 Lumpectomy: Right Chemotherapy 1/11/2021 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel) Targeted Therapy 1/11/2021 Herceptin (trastuzumab)
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Nov 24, 2020 07:41PM dingleyhill wrote:

hi there just found out today I’m a triple positive with mucinous pure carcinoma. Apparently rare any others out there? Was scheduled for mastectomy now about to tackle 7 rounds of chemo first.

Surgery 11/7/2020 Lumpectomy: Right Surgery 11/16/2020 Lymph node removal: Sentinel Surgery 11/28/2020 Mastectomy: Right Dx DCIS/IDC: Mucinous, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 3, ER+, HER2+
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Nov 25, 2020 08:32AM morrigan_2575 wrote:

welcome to the board dingleyhill. Sorry I've never heard of your type of cancer. There is an article on BCO about it.

https://www.breastcancer.org/symptoms/types/mucino..

Best of Luck!


Dx 1/20/2020, DCIS/IDC, Right, 4cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2+ (IHC) Chemotherapy 2/4/2020 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel) Targeted Therapy 2/4/2020 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Targeted Therapy 2/4/2020 Perjeta (pertuzumab) Surgery 6/18/2020 Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Dx 6/19/2020, DCIS/IDC, Right, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 1/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+ Targeted Therapy 7/5/2020 Kadcyla (T-DM1, ado-trastuzumab) Radiation Therapy 8/9/2020 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes, Chest wall
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Nov 30, 2020 11:14AM wahoomama87 wrote:

Redcanoe -

I wanted to echo what someone else said about choosing mastectomy vs. lumpectomy. It's SUCH a personal decision - and there is no right or wrong answer. Your doctor will let you know after all tests are done if you are a good candidate for lumpectomy. I encourage you to do your research about all options - and talk to other women who made all different choices. That was so helpful for me in my decision making process. Something will resonate with you and you'll know what's right for you. I opted for double mastectomy with no reconstruction. I only had cancer in one breast, but it was pretty aggressive - and I wanted the peace of mind knowing that I had removed as much breast tissue as I could. In researching all the recon options, I knew right away that I didn't want implants, due to the possibility of breast implant illness, and the fact that implants have to be replaced every 10 years or so. I thought I would do a DIEP flap initially, but once I understood the process and the multiple surgeries involved, I decided that was not for me. Again - everyone is different and this decision is VERY personal. I was a candidate for lumpectomy because I had an over 99% response to chemo, but I just knew I would be less worried if I did a mastectomy. I'm very happy with my decision.

Ask lots of questions in this group - everyone is so helpful!

Kris


Dx 3/23/2020, IDC, Right, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 1/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+ Chemotherapy 4/10/2020 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel) Targeted Therapy 4/10/2020 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Targeted Therapy 4/10/2020 Perjeta (pertuzumab) Surgery 8/24/2020 Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel; Mastectomy: Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Left
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Nov 30, 2020 01:36PM - edited Nov 30, 2020 01:38PM by Cowgirl13

I thought this link would be helpful. Beesie wrote it and I've never seen such helpful information.

Topic: Considerations: Lumpectomy w/Rads vs. UMX vs. BMX

https://community.breastcancer.org/forum/91/topics...

Be the kind of woman that when your feet hit the floor each morning the Devil says: 'Oh crap! She's up! Dx 5/28/2009, IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+ Surgery 6/18/2009 Chemotherapy 8/3/2009 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel) Radiation Therapy 12/21/2009 Hormonal Therapy 2/23/2010 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Dec 3, 2020 12:41PM YesIamaDragon wrote:

I have a question about staging for triple positive: How did you all get staged?

My MO basically said "we don't even bother with stages anymore since there are so many permutations", but the studies all seem to be based on staging. For example, I am on Kadcyla, and the KATHERINE trial data is all broken down by stages, but it doesn't seem to say anywhere what staging system they used. And I see many people on here were giving staging info, and some even got restaged after chemo. I don't even really know what size my initial tumor was, because there was so much discrepancy between the ultrasound/mammogram and the MRI< but the MRI was after biopsy and I had a lot of bruising (my surgeon thinks it overestimated size because I had such a big hematoma there)

I mean, I keep trying to tell myself it doesn't matter, because either it comes back or it doesn't.... but I do keep wondering!

Dx 6/2019, IDC, Right, 2cm, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2+ Hormonal Therapy Arimidex (anastrozole) Radiation Therapy Targeted Therapy Kadcyla (T-DM1, ado-trastuzumab) Surgery Chemotherapy Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel) Targeted Therapy Perjeta (pertuzumab) Targeted Therapy Herceptin (trastuzumab)
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Dec 3, 2020 01:31PM Noelle71 wrote:

Hi All,

It has been years since I have been here, 2016 to be exact. That is when I was diagnosed with triple positive breast cancer and underwent lumpectomy, sentinel node removal and then 15 months of chemo/radiation. I had clear margins but a very small amount in the one node that they took.

Fast forward (through years of weight gain, joint pain, fatigue, chemo brain etc.) to now and I have been experiencing very bad vertigo for 2 weeks. It is difficult to drive or even walk at times. It was preceded by a few months of dizziness and blurred vision. I'm not necessarily "scared" but certainly concerned about brain mets. They cannot get me in for a brain MRI until January.

Looking for similar experiences with vertigo and subsequent diagnoses, I can handle the truth if it was related to BC mets. One thing I am thankful for on this journey was the gift of being able to accept my fate and live without fear of dying.

Blessings and Light,

Noelle

Dx 6/2016, IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 1/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+ Chemotherapy AC + T (Taxol) Targeted Therapy Perjeta (pertuzumab) Surgery Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Targeted Therapy Herceptin (trastuzumab)
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Dec 3, 2020 05:13PM AngieB92 wrote:

Hey Noelle,


I was doing some research and looking in the brain Mets forums and someone mentioned that the same thing happened to them and it was vertigo. You may want to check those forums out

Dx 8/8/2019, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/6 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+ (IHC) Targeted Therapy 9/16/2019 Perjeta (pertuzumab) Targeted Therapy 9/16/2019 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Surgery 3/3/2020 Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Targeted Therapy 4/9/2020 Kadcyla (T-DM1, ado-trastuzumab)
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Dec 3, 2020 05:33PM - edited Dec 3, 2020 05:33PM by ElaineTherese

Noelle,

Here is the link to the Brain Mets thread:

https://community.breastcancer.org/forum/8/topics/777599?page=250#post_5617151

Of course, other things can cause vertigo. My husband got it after contracting an ear infection! Good luck!


Yeslama,

I never really got staged. My tumor was supposed to be 5 cm + a lovely satellite friend. One node tested positive with a fine needle biopsy, but we don't know if any others were compromised. After chemo, all the active cancer was gone. So, we'll never know for sure if I was Stage IIIA or what. I don't worry about it; with neoadjuvant chemo, someone's "true" stage may never be known.

DX IDC June 28, 2014, 5 cm., 1 node tested positive (fine needle biopsy); 0/20 after neoadjuvant chemo + ALND; Grade 3; ER+ PR+ HER2+ Neoadjuvant chemotherapy starting 7/23/14 ACX 4, Taxol X 12, Perjeta X 4; Herceptin: one year Chemotherapy 7/22/2014 AC Targeted Therapy 9/16/2014 Perjeta (pertuzumab) Targeted Therapy 9/16/2014 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Chemotherapy 9/16/2014 Taxol (paclitaxel) Surgery 1/11/2015 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Right, Underarm/Axillary Hormonal Therapy 2/24/2015 Aromasin (exemestane), Zoladex (goserelin) Radiation Therapy 3/8/2015 Breast, Lymph nodes
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Dec 3, 2020 07:31PM hopeful2020 wrote:

Staging was done by BS for me. The post surgery lump by pathology showed 12 consecutive sections of 0.4cm and so 4.8 cm and with one node showing metasis I was staged pT2N1 as Stage II per the guidelines T2 is for 2-5 cm and 1 axillary node positive. I asked about A and B but she seemed to indicate just Stage II is fine and there is no need to go into it - the treatment stays same maybe?

Dx 9/17/2020, IDC, Left, 4cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 1/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+ (FISH) Surgery 10/30/2020 Lumpectomy; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Targeted Therapy 12/1/2020 Perjeta (pertuzumab) Targeted Therapy 12/2/2020 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Chemotherapy 12/2/2020 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel)
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Dec 3, 2020 09:53PM AngieB92 wrote:

My clinical staging was 1B. My pathological staging after surgery was pT1N0, so Stage 1. The breast surgeon kind of acted like the A and B doesn’t matter much either.

I think clinical staging is probably a moot point since you don’t really know what you’re dealing with

Dx 8/8/2019, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/6 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+ (IHC) Targeted Therapy 9/16/2019 Perjeta (pertuzumab) Targeted Therapy 9/16/2019 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Surgery 3/3/2020 Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Targeted Therapy 4/9/2020 Kadcyla (T-DM1, ado-trastuzumab)
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Dec 4, 2020 10:47AM SpecialK wrote:

for all with staging questions - keep in mind that the studies for most of the drugs early stagers now receive are based on original studies for stage IV patients, that then are looked at for early stage patients, but that these studies are often older information because of the length of time involved with studies and follow up. While we will soon see COVID vaccines with very fast trial times, most drugs go through a lengthy FDA approval process. It is an 11 year average for first approval, with some drugs used in original populations having a shorter approval process for use in other populations, i.e. the same drug used for advanced stage to use for early stage. For example, Perjeta was first approved for metastatic patients in 2012 after five years of study - so initial study commenced in 2007 - for early stage neoadjuvent use only (6 infusions) in 2013, but now for both neo and adjuvent use in 2017. So much has changed with the order of treatment for triple positives with the advent of newer drugs that staging has become a slippery slope due to neoadjuvent treatment recommendations for those with tumors greater than 2cm, or those with smaller tumors but positive nodes. For those who image really well, and/or who know they have positive nodes proven by biopsy prior to neoadjuvent treatment, clinical staging is more clear. Those who are thought to be node negative with smaller tumors still have the option of surgery first, so staging is pathological, and systemic treatment then takes place with the possibility of single agent chemo and Herceptin only. The decisions hinge on treatment order, regimen choice, and additional adjuvent treatment options based on post-surgery pathology. For triple positives we know that we will receive chemo, with targeted therapies, and anti-hormonals pretty much regardless of staging info. Regimens, recommendation for radiation, and type of surgery seem to be the decisions points. For me, even though I had surgery first because I was treated prior to the approval of Perjeta and the advent of neoadjuvent treatment for larger or node positives, my clinical staging was not accurate. Tumor size was pretty close, but my positives nodes were a total surprise - never palpated despite larger size, and didn't show in the MRI at all even though the imaging size threshold was met.

noelle - I experienced dizziness as well, and of course my initial thought was brain mets. After a stat head CT it turned out to be SSHL - Sudden Sensorineural Hearing Loss, but I was actually kind of unaware of the hearing loss part initially. This is something that needs to be treated with speed to try to reverse the hearing loss, so if you feel any kind of diminished hearing - usually on one side only - see a doc pronto. I had episodes of dizziness, but they didn't last more than a couple of weeks so I didn't pursue getting it checked until I experienced what felt like water in my ear after a shower. I now wish I had had it checked earlier because I have one-sided deafness to human voice that did not respond to large doses of steroids and anti-viral meds. This is related to chicken pox and shingles, so it can happen to anyone.

BMX w/ TE 11/1/10, ALND 12/6/10. 15 additional surgeries. TCHx6 2/17-6/2/11. Herceptin until 1/19/12. Femara 8/1/11, Arimidex 6/20/12, back to Femara 6/18/13-present. Dx 9/27/2010, DCIS, Stage 0, Grade 3 Dx 9/27/2010, IDC, Right, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 2/14 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+ (IHC)
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Dec 4, 2020 06:28PM Redcanoe wrote:

I got my MRI results back today. My tumour is now 2.6 cms, it was 1.7 cms Oct 1st and 2.2 cms Nov 4. There was one node that looked slightly but not alarmingly irregular. Whatever that means. I'm having the node biopsied and if it is positive, I'm having neoadjuvant chemo and if it is negative, I'm having surgery on the 15th. Oh and there is cancer in my nipple so bye bye nipple. I just really want to get treatment started. Either way, in about a week my treatment will start.

Toni - age 34, mom to 4 kids ages 11, 8, 5 and 3 Dx 11/19/2020, DCIS/IDC, Right, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 2/5 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+ (IHC) Surgery 12/14/2020 Lumpectomy: Right Chemotherapy 1/11/2021 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel) Targeted Therapy 1/11/2021 Herceptin (trastuzumab)
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Dec 4, 2020 09:50PM hopeful2020 wrote:

Redcanoe - can relate to you. Yeah my tumor grew from test to test. Hope your nodes ar clear.. but wouldn't you still get chemo? Definitely it feels better when treatment starts!

Dx 9/17/2020, IDC, Left, 4cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 1/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+ (FISH) Surgery 10/30/2020 Lumpectomy; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Targeted Therapy 12/1/2020 Perjeta (pertuzumab) Targeted Therapy 12/2/2020 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Chemotherapy 12/2/2020 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel)
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Dec 4, 2020 10:02PM morrigan_2575 wrote:

@redcanoe were all those measurements done with MRI (basically did you have 3 MRIs?).



Dx 1/20/2020, DCIS/IDC, Right, 4cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2+ (IHC) Chemotherapy 2/4/2020 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel) Targeted Therapy 2/4/2020 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Targeted Therapy 2/4/2020 Perjeta (pertuzumab) Surgery 6/18/2020 Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Dx 6/19/2020, DCIS/IDC, Right, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 1/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+ Targeted Therapy 7/5/2020 Kadcyla (T-DM1, ado-trastuzumab) Radiation Therapy 8/9/2020 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes, Chest wall
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Dec 5, 2020 12:02AM Redcanoe wrote:

No, the first two were ultrasounds.

Toni - age 34, mom to 4 kids ages 11, 8, 5 and 3 Dx 11/19/2020, DCIS/IDC, Right, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 2/5 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+ (IHC) Surgery 12/14/2020 Lumpectomy: Right Chemotherapy 1/11/2021 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel) Targeted Therapy 1/11/2021 Herceptin (trastuzumab)
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Dec 10, 2020 02:54PM Noelle71 wrote:

Thanks for all who had suggestions for my vertigo. The brain scan revealed a chronic middle ear infection (mastoiditis) on the left side and some other white matter findings consistent with MS. I don't know what to think of the MS finding, except that all the symptoms that I had from chemo are similar to MS but have mostly resolved except for what I thought was just long term chemo brain (some confusion, forgetting words, foggy etc).

Thinking and praying for all of you still fighting the Triple Positive fight <3

Peace,

Noelle

Dx 6/2016, IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 1/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+ Chemotherapy AC + T (Taxol) Targeted Therapy Perjeta (pertuzumab) Surgery Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Targeted Therapy Herceptin (trastuzumab)
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Dec 10, 2020 03:07PM - edited Dec 10, 2020 03:07PM by SpecialK

noelle - glad you have some answers, but hoping the findings consistent with MS are not a player. It is important to remember that radiologists will often state all scenarios, including worst case, because it is their job to provide the impetus for further investigation.

For those who had differing measurements on differing imaging modalities, remember this is common and not necessarily reflective of growth - not saying it is not - but may be reflective of more sensitive imaging and a more accurate measurement of size. MRI is generally considered to be more accurate than either US or mammogram.

BMX w/ TE 11/1/10, ALND 12/6/10. 15 additional surgeries. TCHx6 2/17-6/2/11. Herceptin until 1/19/12. Femara 8/1/11, Arimidex 6/20/12, back to Femara 6/18/13-present. Dx 9/27/2010, DCIS, Stage 0, Grade 3 Dx 9/27/2010, IDC, Right, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 2/14 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+ (IHC)
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Dec 10, 2020 07:21PM ElaineTherese wrote:

noelle -- glad you found out what was causing the vertigo! Hope you don't have MS, but if you do, MS can be very slow developing. My SIL was diagnosed with MS over 25 years ago, and she's just developed more severe symptoms recently. "Consistent with" is pretty murky, though.

DX IDC June 28, 2014, 5 cm., 1 node tested positive (fine needle biopsy); 0/20 after neoadjuvant chemo + ALND; Grade 3; ER+ PR+ HER2+ Neoadjuvant chemotherapy starting 7/23/14 ACX 4, Taxol X 12, Perjeta X 4; Herceptin: one year Chemotherapy 7/22/2014 AC Targeted Therapy 9/16/2014 Perjeta (pertuzumab) Targeted Therapy 9/16/2014 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Chemotherapy 9/16/2014 Taxol (paclitaxel) Surgery 1/11/2015 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Right, Underarm/Axillary Hormonal Therapy 2/24/2015 Aromasin (exemestane), Zoladex (goserelin) Radiation Therapy 3/8/2015 Breast, Lymph nodes
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Dec 10, 2020 10:25PM Redcanoe wrote:

The lymph node biopsy came back negative! I'm having surgery on Tuesday and starting chemo AS SOON as I am recovered from surgery. My surgeon is very optimistic that between the MRI, ultrasounds and this biopsy that I am unlikely to need an axillary node dissection and will only have a sentinel node biopsy. I feel relieved today for the first time since this all started.

Toni - age 34, mom to 4 kids ages 11, 8, 5 and 3 Dx 11/19/2020, DCIS/IDC, Right, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 2/5 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+ (IHC) Surgery 12/14/2020 Lumpectomy: Right Chemotherapy 1/11/2021 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel) Targeted Therapy 1/11/2021 Herceptin (trastuzumab)
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Dec 11, 2020 09:32AM Noelle71 wrote:

Redcanoe that is good news! I only had one node removed and I still had mild lymphodema issues a few years later. Best of luck with your surgery and hoping for a speedy recovery.

Noelle

Dx 6/2016, IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 1/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+ Chemotherapy AC + T (Taxol) Targeted Therapy Perjeta (pertuzumab) Surgery Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Targeted Therapy Herceptin (trastuzumab)
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Dec 11, 2020 10:12AM YesIamaDragon wrote:

Great news, RedCanoe!

Dx 6/2019, IDC, Right, 2cm, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2+ Hormonal Therapy Arimidex (anastrozole) Radiation Therapy Targeted Therapy Kadcyla (T-DM1, ado-trastuzumab) Surgery Chemotherapy Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel) Targeted Therapy Perjeta (pertuzumab) Targeted Therapy Herceptin (trastuzumab)
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Dec 11, 2020 03:28PM CandM wrote:

hi again :(

My beautiful mother - newly diagnosed with MBC to her pelvis in October (bone met to pelvis) was today told she has some lyric lesions to her skull fault . Her her 2 status has also changed - and she is now er /pr+ and her2+ (2018 was equivocal then decided to be negative - and treated as such at the time ) now here we are.

I'm crushed - she will be facing chemo(taxol) now with herceptin and perjeta.

If any skull met sisters could reach out that would men so much to me and my worried siblings -

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Dec 11, 2020 08:25PM SpecialK wrote:

CandM - I don't believe I have seen anyone with skull mets post on this thread, but I did a "skull mets" word search on the site through the search function and here are the results:

https://community.breastcancer.org/posts/search?utf8=%E2%9C%93&search_builder%5Bkeyword%5D=skull+mets&search_builder%5Bauthor%5D=&search_builder%5Bsource%5D=&search_builder%5Bdate_range%5D=&commit=Search

I did see a few member names that currently post so you could look at their posts or send a private message to them. Wishing you the best - I have walked in your shoes and I know it is hard. Hang in there.

BMX w/ TE 11/1/10, ALND 12/6/10. 15 additional surgeries. TCHx6 2/17-6/2/11. Herceptin until 1/19/12. Femara 8/1/11, Arimidex 6/20/12, back to Femara 6/18/13-present. Dx 9/27/2010, DCIS, Stage 0, Grade 3 Dx 9/27/2010, IDC, Right, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 2/14 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+ (IHC)
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Dec 11, 2020 09:20PM ElaineTherese wrote:

Hi CandM!

I'm sorry to hear about your Mom. I also did Taxol + Herceptin + Perjeta. It did give me diarrhea (which I managed with Imodium), but it was doable. The worst thing for me is that it changed the taste of food and it was hard to eat many of my favorite foods. ((Hugs))

DX IDC June 28, 2014, 5 cm., 1 node tested positive (fine needle biopsy); 0/20 after neoadjuvant chemo + ALND; Grade 3; ER+ PR+ HER2+ Neoadjuvant chemotherapy starting 7/23/14 ACX 4, Taxol X 12, Perjeta X 4; Herceptin: one year Chemotherapy 7/22/2014 AC Targeted Therapy 9/16/2014 Perjeta (pertuzumab) Targeted Therapy 9/16/2014 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Chemotherapy 9/16/2014 Taxol (paclitaxel) Surgery 1/11/2015 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Right, Underarm/Axillary Hormonal Therapy 2/24/2015 Aromasin (exemestane), Zoladex (goserelin) Radiation Therapy 3/8/2015 Breast, Lymph nodes
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Dec 12, 2020 10:02AM AnnaTheBrave wrote:

Hi, all, checking in for some group wisdom. I had a lumpectomy and SNB last week—nothing remained in nodes and a 3mm area of DCIS was all that remained at the original tumor site. My MO said this is usually considered a pCR, but that because of my age (37) she wants to check with a research colleague to see if this still constitutes a pCR or whether we should consider Kadcyla because I’m younger and should be treated aggressively. Does this jibe with what others have heard? How greatly increased is my risk of recurrence because of my age?

Also, she started talking about tamoxifen and I interrupted because her PA had told me I should do suppression and an AI. She said that is what she’d prefer, but that she’s not sure how much of a benefit there is in doing that for triple positive. I told her my thought was that I’d try suppression and AIs and if they are intolerable then thank goodness there’s tamoxifen and she agreed.

She also said she would like me to do a year of neratinib (Nerlynx), though she said that the benefit of it has mostly been shown in studies of people who only used Herceptin, not the HP combo that’s standard now. She just clearly wants to be sure we do all we can.

Does all this sound reasonable? I’m really worried about the AIs and suppression, but it sounds like tamoxifen isn’t a ton of fun either, so I might as well try to get the benefit of the harsher treatment for as long as I can stand it.

For what it’s worth, the original tumor was 90+% ER+ and 60% PR+.

Thanks in advance for your wisdom.

Dx 6/18/20, age 37, IDC, Right, Stage Ib, Grade 2, triple positive, TCHP regimen begun 7/23/2020, mom to a 5yo girl and 1yo boy

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