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Forum: Second or Third Breast Cancer — For those confronting a new primary diagnosis or undergoing treatment.

Posted on: Feb 1, 2019 04:41PM

7of9 wrote:

3 yrs ago in Dec I was diagnosed with a recurrence in 10/14 axilla. Jan of 2016 had surgery for ALND, full hysterectomy followed by 25 rds of full rads, 4 Taxotere. I may never be or feel in the clear, but if I could go back in time and say to myself, you'll have 3 yrs NED ...what encouragement that would have been! Zometa 2× yrly and Arimidex daily (Teva generic seems least bothersome to GI track though I take pepcid). Exercise, lowering stress, vacations or get away weekends help a LOT. God bless all those coming here for support. Shout out to the ladies who PMd me telling me Id be ok. lifelines!!!!!

If you're going through hell, keep on going. You might get out before the devil even knows you're there. Dx 1/18/2012, IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 6/1/2012 Lymph node removal: Left; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Surgery 11/1/2012 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Dx 12/23/2015, IDC, Left, 2cm, Grade 2, 10/14 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 1/19/2016 Lymph node removal: Left, Underarm/Axillary Surgery 1/19/2016 Prophylactic ovary removal Radiation Therapy 2/11/2016 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes, Chest wall Chemotherapy 4/1/2016 Taxotere (docetaxel) Hormonal Therapy Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Feb 2, 2019 03:12PM grainne wrote:

What a great positive post. May you have many more years NED to enjoy. X

grainne Dx 2/1/2016, DCIS/IDC: Tubular, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Hormonal Therapy 4/15/2016 Arimidex (anastrozole), Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Feb 2, 2019 03:33PM - edited Feb 2, 2019 03:33PM by grainne

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grainne Dx 2/1/2016, DCIS/IDC: Tubular, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Hormonal Therapy 4/15/2016 Arimidex (anastrozole), Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Feb 6, 2019 11:58AM KBeee wrote:

So glad you're doing well. Yesterday was the 4 year anniversary of my second diagnosis. Glad it is in my rearview mirror!

Karen. Dx 8/5/2013, IDC, Right, 1cm, Grade 2, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC) Surgery 8/26/2013 Mastectomy: Left, Right Chemotherapy 9/20/2013 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Hormonal Therapy 12/12/2013 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Surgery 1/23/2014 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Surgery 1/29/2015 Lumpectomy: Right Dx 2/2/2015, IDC, Right, 1cm, Grade 2, 0/0 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- (FISH) Dx 2/25/2015, IDC, Right, 1cm, Grade 3, 0/13 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- (IHC) Surgery 2/25/2015 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel, Underarm/Axillary; Prophylactic ovary removal Chemotherapy 3/31/2015 AC + T (Taxol) Radiation Therapy 8/25/2015 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes, Chest wall Hormonal Therapy Femara (letrozole)
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Feb 9, 2019 12:41PM 7of9 wrote:

HiKBee! Yes, stress of looking over our shoulders is tough but we are both 2x survivors now...thanks for kicking my butt and pushing me to get in sooner. It sucked getting diagnosed a second time but they moved quick once we got the ball rolling and my son made the honor roll for the second time in 4th grade this year. Lots of hard fought and won milestones. So worth it. Thank you!!! Hope you are happy, enjoying life and can see the sun today.

If you're going through hell, keep on going. You might get out before the devil even knows you're there. Dx 1/18/2012, IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 6/1/2012 Lymph node removal: Left; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Surgery 11/1/2012 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Dx 12/23/2015, IDC, Left, 2cm, Grade 2, 10/14 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 1/19/2016 Lymph node removal: Left, Underarm/Axillary Surgery 1/19/2016 Prophylactic ovary removal Radiation Therapy 2/11/2016 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes, Chest wall Chemotherapy 4/1/2016 Taxotere (docetaxel) Hormonal Therapy Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Feb 9, 2019 12:55PM - edited Feb 9, 2019 12:59PM by TwoHobbies

Good news, 7of9 and Kbeee. I m glad to hear you are both doing well. I have hit 5 years. I would say almost six but feel like I would jinx myself if I look forward and boast six. LOL, I'm not superstitious. I feel more confident as the years add on, but of course we will not rest completely easy. I keep up my exercise, watch my diet and weight and try, but fail, to reduce stress. Still working on that one.

Round 1 -bmx, tug flap reconstruction, tamoxifen. Local Recurrence-excision, TCx4, radiation, Zoladex, Anastrazole. Dx 2/22/2011, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 0/7 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 4/25/2013, <1cm, Grade 2, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-

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