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Carolann

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Re:Introduce Yourself - Monday, June 01, 2015 6:59 AM
Hello everyone!

I have joined this forum because I am having a difficult time deciding whether to do chemotherapy or not.  I will be 70 years old this year. All my children are grown, and one is already in heaven with my husband.

I had a modified radical left breast mastectomy on May 14. I still have one drain attached and am seeing a wound specialist because my incision was not healing properly.

During my surgery, they removed 12 lymph nodes, three of which were positive for cancer. I will soon need to have port placement, and still cannot come to a peaceful decision about chemo.  I am not afraid to die from the cancer, as long as the pain can be controlled.  The oncologist has no way of knowing if any cancer cells got loose into my system while traveling through the lymph nodes.  I don't know whether to just take my 50/50 chance, or go through chemo and HER2 treatment FOR A WHOLE YEAR to reduce my chances down to 10%.

Any older widows on this site with some input would be greatly appreciated.

You younger ones - fight!!


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Re:Introduce Yourself - Monday, June 01, 2015 1:13 PM
Carolann hi, your post made me feel sad for you and wanted to send you a big ((((((hug)))))).....more and more people are surviving well now from early stage breastcancer which is what yours is, why not fight this, you still have a lot of living to do I'm sure, and if not maybe do it for your children and Grand children is not for yourself.  Seventy is not seen now as old as it once was, with modern medicine and healthy living you could live years yet, and happily. One of our older members here is seventy and still works, goes to the gym and enjoys a lot of traveling time to be with her family.

I had the year of herceptin ten years ago and it saved my life, as did the chemo I had with it.  I won't pretend it was easy or that I was happy every day, but I can tell you I'm so very pleased now that I did it and think you would be too. Some people get few side effects, if you do get any there's usually a med to help counteract it and day by day, step by step, you suddenly find you've come to the end of treatment and you're very proud of yourself for being so very brave. I think when I decided to save my life it was the bravest moment of mine.  

I just lost a friend to cancer, she was forty and had everything to live for, when I think back to her and all the ladies who undertook clinical trials that may not be here now, but did this so I and others  could benefit from these drugs I think we need to be as strong as they were.  I hope you decide to fight, no one knows how any of us will end our days, but allowing this treatable disease to kill us prematurely can never be seen as the right thing to do in my humble opinion.  

There are many people like myself on this support board who would be happy to offer their advice and support to help you get through these treatments, you won't be alone and I hope you'll keep us posted.
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 - Wednesday, June 10, 2015 6:13 PM
Hello Carolann. I'm not a widow, but I'm 65 years old. I had breast cancer when I was 37. Looking back over the years, I realize how precious our time on earth is. When I was 37, I thought that 70 was old. I don't feel that way anymore. I know that you've lost both your husband and a child, and it's hard to imagine how difficult that must be. Only you can decide how much risk you're willing to take. Like Tricia, I hope you fight this, but if you decide to take your chances without chemo, I would respect your decision, too. I just hope that you'll think long and hard about what (and who) you have to live for and all the good times that you can still have. Wishing you the best.
Rena age 66 California Central Coast
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BRCA2-positive
Dx 1986 IDC ER/PR negative 22 positive lymph nodes
CMFVP chemo weekly for one year, 7 weeks radiation
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Re:Introduce Yourself - Thursday, June 11, 2015 10:58 AM
in my research I ran across some studies you could read to help you. here is the text from it and the link http://www.uptodate.com/contents/diagnosis-staging-and-the-role-of-sentinel-lymph-node-biopsy-in-the-nodal-evaluation-of-breast-cancer However, an SLNB can be omitted if the nodal information will not affect adjuvant treatment decisions. As an example, women ≥70 years of age who have a small (<2 cm) estrogen receptor-positive tumor and a clinically uninvolved axilla may be treated without an SLNB. The management of early breast cancer in older women is discussed in detail elsewhere. (See "General principles on the treatment of early stage and locally advanced breast cancer in older women", section on 'Management of the axilla'.) Hope you can find something that helps you decide.
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Re:Introduce Yourself - Thursday, June 11, 2015 11:24 AM
also found this I would look at some of this research Older women — A positive SLNB followed by a completion axillary lymph node dissection (ALND) did not improve all-cause or breast-cancer-specific survival in women over 65 years of age. In a retrospective review of the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) database, the five-year all-cause survival for patients with a positive sentinel node who underwent a completion ALND (n = 4586) did not statistically differ from similar women who did not undergo an ALND (n = 629), (84 verus 83 percent) [85]. In addition, there was no significant difference in five-year breast-cancer-specific survival (94.6 versus 91.6 percent). An analysis of prospective data is needed to confirm these retrospective findings. (See "General principles on the treatment of early stage and locally advanced breast cancer in older women", section on 'Management of the axilla'.)
Lumpectomy 5/6/2015 -1.8cm Stage 1 IDC Grade 3, -ER/PR Poss, HER2 Neg- -sentinel Node (1)6/5/2015 Neg, -OncotypeDX 25 and 16% - Chemo - STARTS 7/2 2015- Rads x 34 AFTER CHEMO- Hormone drugs to follow treatments
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Re:Introduce Yourself - Saturday, June 20, 2015 6:33 AM
Hello everyone. I'm a 44yo , almost 45 and I have put off my mammogram for years. I finally went and I'm being told I have a 7x5x6 cm mass in my left Brest after being called back and having more pics and an ultrasound. 

My dr wants me to see a breast surgeon ASAP. But as of today, we have no insurance as all of this comes during a move and a job change... I'm scared, nervous and quite frankly, don't my next move.

I am here for stories, help and support. Thanks,
Stephanie
Tricia Keegan

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Re:Introduce Yourself - Saturday, June 20, 2015 2:07 PM
Stephanie this may be nothing but you won't know until you get a biopsy, try calling your local Komen office to see if there's any help available to you and also the American cancer society.
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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Sue Plowden

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Re:Introduce Yourself - Thursday, June 25, 2015 8:55 PM
Good evening All!  I was diagnosed Monday with IDC.  Not sure the stage or any other information.  I have a PET and CAT scan tomorrow morning.  MRI and chest XRay Monday and Genetic testing Wednesday.  I go back to the doctor on 7/7 for treatment plan.  I am trying to stay positive.  My Dr believes we caught this early and I will be fine.  Just nervous at all the newness of this.  I am amazed at all the survivors of this horrible disease!
Tricia Keegan

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Re:Introduce Yourself - Friday, June 26, 2015 6:49 AM
Hi and welcome,

I'm so sorry you've had to join us but you will get lots of advice and support here to help you through this, its a time to accept all the help you can, hard as it may be but you'll find people will be glad to help.  I didn't have a mast but if you check the recon/surgery forum you'll get lots of tips and advice to help you through the surgery and please keep us posted.
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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Sloan

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Re:Introduce Yourself - Saturday, July 04, 2015 11:59 AM
Hello.  I'm newly diagnosed with IDC, and my surgery is coming up.  I posted in the signature area what I know, but I'll obviously know more after the surgery.  I have so many questions, and I'll try to look at past threads for some guidance.  This is all so overwhelming.
IDC, Grade 1, 1.3 CM, ER+/Pr+ (both 90%), Her2 initially 1+ and further testing indicated negative
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