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Old 12-03-2013, 05:26 PM   #6
Aussie Girl
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Re: New to this site: My story

Hi JJ,

Welcome to the site. How many rounds of chemo do you have left? I'd do the ice water thing for the hands and/or feet if you have any paclitaxel left to go. You can try ice bricks too depending on the chemo room set up.

I've just had my last heavy chemo and will have the first single infusion of herceptin in mid December. I was diagnosed about the same time as you but had the TCH protocol which was a little shorter than AC-TH (both protocols have similar survival.)

There is evidence that 10 year disease free survival with chemo and herceptin is about 74% and overall 10 year survival is 84%. The keeps changing because they keep introducing new therapy.

http://www.newevidence.com/oncology/...rapy_for_HER2/

Two to three years seems to be a danger time for recurrence and once past that the recurrence rate is less. I am telling myself I've done everything I can and now it's about recovery and working on appreciating every moment.

Take care

Aussie Girl


PS. Laurel - your cat looks like a younger version of my cat, named Cactus. Is yours a burmese?
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31mm Infiltrating duct carcinoma
Grade 3, ER/PR-, HER2+, Neg Sentinel nodes x 5
49mm field of DCIS
17 June '13: Screen detected impalpable mass, Mammogram neg, US.
25 June '13: Diagnosed after multiple biopsies and MRIs
28 June '13: Left lumpectomey
4 July '13: Left Mastectomy
12 August '13: Commenced TCH chemo
Mid December '13 : TCH finished. Herceptin continuing three weekly.
4 August 2014- Herceptin infusions finished.
END OF THERAPY - YAY!
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