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Re:Introduce Yourself - Sunday, March 22, 2015 11:14 PM
Hi Grace:

It is possible for cells to still remain that are not detected.  Radiation is usually recommended as there is no way to predict that they removed 100%. If the cells are not "clumped" it is hard to see on a mammogram.  Better safe now than playing the what if games.  Check out the forums that Rena and Tricia recommended.  As for me, I cannot comment of the radiation treatments as I more extensive surgery.  I too was stage 0 and had I not had additional surgery I would have need radiation as well.

Everyone is different and must decide what is best for them.  Good luck with the decision.


Tina    
dx 2/1/11 DCIS
Lumpectomy 2/27 results DCIS/LCIS Stage 0 ER+ PR+
Bi-lateral Mastectomy 4/26 with expanders 
6/3 Surgery to remove contaminated expander due to infection.
7/22/11 Surgery to reinsert the expander. 
10/11/2011 Surgery to replace tissue expanders with implants.
 
 



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Re:Introduce Yourself - Thursday, March 26, 2015 11:08 PM

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Re:Introduce Yourself - Thursday, April 02, 2015 11:30 PM
Just heard from a friend with pancreatic cancer. Found a web site called Pyrexar.com I think anyone with any type of cancer needs to know about this treatment. I'm making it my new 'job' to let everyone know about this company and what their treatment offers.
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Re:Introduce Yourself - Friday, April 03, 2015 12:58 PM
Hi,
I was diagnosed a week and half ago with stage 3a invasive ductal carcinoma, triple positive.  I have dense breasts and my mammogram from last September showed no change to the last one I had 4 years ago.  Indeed, after I noticed a change in my breast and went to my doctor, the diagnostic mammogram also didn't show anything, but the ultrasound did and a biopsy later told me that had breast cancer in my right breast and one lymph node.  I'm going to MD Anderson on Monday for a second opinion, but I doubt they are going to tell me anything radically different than the oncologists here, so I had my port installed yesterday and expect to start chemo next week.  I'm nervous about what to expect and how I'll be with it all.  I have a 9yo daughter and a 6yo son.  I worry for both of them.

I look forward to meeting you all.
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Re:Introduce Yourself - Friday, April 03, 2015 2:20 PM
Hi CabinMomma and welcome, I'm sorry you had to join us though. I also was triple positive ten years ago this year with three nodes positive, after chemo I had a year of a targeted therapy called Herceptin which has really made a difference for our type of cancer. I think the protocol is still similar now but not sure, you can find out more about her2+  here www.her2support.org  and www.herceptin.com    but do stick to reputable sites for info as there's a lot of outdated info out there thats pre herceptin and can be quite scary.  I think children are more resilient than we give them credit for and although these treatments are not fun, you should get through it fine and put this all behind you. If you check out our chemo forum you can also see lots of advice to help you through, good luck and keep us posted!Pals
Tricia Keegan...From Ireland Dx July '05 IDC 3/9 nodes pos..triple positive..a/c x 4..Taxol/herceptin x 12
Herceptin 1yr ..rads x35 oophorectomy Aug '06
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Re:Introduce Yourself - Sunday, April 12, 2015 6:10 PM
Hi I am new here. I was just diagnosed with IDC on April 3rd. Mastectomy needed on the left breast ...just waiting for the results from MRI to make sure right breast is in the clear. I am thankful that no chemo and radiation is nesessary for me. I have not met with the plastic surgeon as of yet but I am leaning to DIEP reconstruction immediately after mastectomy. If that is what the team and I decide together.  I am so very apprehensive and troubled about having the help I need when I get home from the hospital.  I have always been so independent and calling on others to help is hard for me but I am trying. So there it is .... My story...today was a hard day.
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Re:Introduce Yourself - Sunday, April 12, 2015 6:34 PM
Kathleen we're here for you and please feel free to send me a private message if you want to chat or have questions:)
Tricia Keegan...From Ireland Dx July '05 IDC 3/9 nodes pos..triple positive..a/c x 4..Taxol/herceptin x 12
Herceptin 1yr ..rads x35 oophorectomy Aug '06
Currently taking Arimidex /Zometa 1 x yearly
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Re:Introduce Yourself - Sunday, April 19, 2015 10:43 PM
Thank you fr giving me this opportunity to introduce myself . Myself Nani I was born and raised in Nellore. I have some interest participating in co-curricular activities from the childhood. But to be honest I didn't get any appreciative from them. Recently I bagged a memento in my fest which is a non-technical stuff. My strengths are to be mingled with the people around me and I motivate myself when I faced hard situations. My weaknesses are blindly believing in people actually it costs me a lot in my bachelors now. Finally I prefer to be alone when I got free time.
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Re:Introduce Yourself - Thursday, April 30, 2015 8:34 AM
My name is Elizabeth, I go by Beth most often. I was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer HER2+ with mets to the liver & lungs in Dec of 2013. After my breast biopsy my breast broke out in a huge black lesion. I did 6 months of chemo (Herceptin Perjetta taxotere) the lesion cleared completely and tumors shrunk. I was advised against a mastectomy, something I will never forgive myself for not getting. A few months of Perjetta & Herceptin then that stopped working, lesion came back. Tried TDM1. In mid December while on TDM1 I fell into seizures which we found were caused by a tumor on my brain covering. Underwent brain surgery to remove it the day after Christmas of 2014. Recent scan s show all is well except my breast lesion & a tumor under my arm which is growing. I will begin radiation treatments to my breast & under arm tumor- 5 weeks & will start new chemo treatment, a pill I will take at home. I saw a breast specialist/surgeon yesterday who was the most rude person I ever met, she basically told me of the horrible death I have to live thru. If there is anyone out there I'd love to meet you thru this forum. Need love, hope, support & someone out there who understands what this hell is like.
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Re:Introduce Yourself - Thursday, April 30, 2015 1:08 PM
Oh Beth I'm so sorry and you deserve far better than than that Dr so please try to find another as its important to have a Dr that will help you fight and live, not one who'll help you to die! I think initially they may have urged you against the mast in case of seeding or spreading the cancer, sadly that has happened anyway.  I'm glad you had such a good response to the meds though and her2+ is an area that is getting huge funding right now and new drugs and trials coming on stream all the time so you're not out of options by a long shot.  There are other stage iv ladies who can relate to you and advise and support at this site www.her2support.org  and I hope you'll keep us posted.Pals
Tricia Keegan...From Ireland Dx July '05 IDC 3/9 nodes pos..triple positive..a/c x 4..Taxol/herceptin x 12
Herceptin 1yr ..rads x35 oophorectomy Aug '06
Currently taking Arimidex /Zometa 1 x yearly
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