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Old 12-03-2009, 01:03 PM   #13
Sandra in GA
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Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Moultrie, GA
Posts: 431
Re: 5 year's out from stage 3 Her2 pos 35 pos nodes

I think you are the only one who has had more positive nodes removed than me. I find you to be an inspiration. Like you, I am also a nurse ever though I had gotten an educational degree when my kids were in college and taught first grade for about 15 years. However, I still maintain my RN liscense. Having enough knowledge to know what the doctors ard talking about has its advantages and disadvantages. When I started reseaching HER2, (I had not been working the medical field for almost 20 years and had never heard of it) I got scared to death. After almost a year of treatments, I found this site and now I come here often for the research, stories of survivors, and encouragement to others. This is a wonderful place to visit.

I finished my Herceptin and lapatinib phase II trial for early HER2+ breast cancer (stage III doesn't sound early) November 17th. I am now hoping to get into a vaccine trial. First I have to deal with these cataracts that the Decadron caused. My first surgery is next Tuesday and then the other one will be on Dec. 29th.

Your sixth anniversary is coming soon! I hope and pray that you are still NED!
Diagnosed: 7/25/08 ~ age 63, no family history
Surgery: 8/14/08 Bilateral mastectomy; tumor left breast, node dissection; right prophylactic with expanders: 1/12/10 latisimuss dorsi flap on left side: 9/22/10 implants in
Pathology Report: ER/PR-; HER2+ (3+); Grade 3, StageIII; 3cm tumor plus 21/21 lymph nodes positive; 5cm DCIS
Chemo: A/C; Taxol/Herceptin/Tykerb; phase II study at Mayo adding Tykerb for early stage
Radiation: 25 rads
Vaccine: Walter Reed GP2/AE37 vaccine study ~ last booster 9/17/2012
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