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Old 01-13-2013, 03:29 PM   #1
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I was diagnosed in January, 1999, so that makes me a 14 year survivor. I am happy to be living long enough for age related health problems. I had quite a few of those last year. I am still recovering from some of them.
I still see most of the medical professionals I have seen for many years, including oncologists.
My plan is to keep going and live to at least 90 years old or beyond !! I will do everything I can to accomplish that goal. If one thing doesn't work for a health problem I will find something else that will work for whatever health problem I have or another doctor who is willing to help me with that problem. That is what I have done for the last 14 years. That is just the way I do things.
One of my doctors said he will be retired by the time I am 90. No problem. I will find another doctor to help me. His latest worry is that I will live longer than he will since two of my doctors passed away since my diagnosis.
I told him he is younger than I am so he shouldn't worry about that and I wish him a long life !!!!!!!
I am blessed to be alive. Life on earth is a tremendous learning experience. I want more of it !!!!!!!! I want to be around to see all the things that are coming in the future. I will hang in there, I will keep finding solutions to my health problems and keep putting one foot in front of the other.
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Old 01-13-2013, 04:05 PM   #2
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Re: 14 Year Survivor

Such great news!!! I hope to be lurking on the board when you come post on your 90th birthday telling us you out lived another doctor.
Keep us posted it gives us all hope!!!
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Old 01-13-2013, 04:23 PM   #3
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Congratulations! Elaine. Be sure to let us know when you are turning 90!
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Old 01-13-2013, 04:49 PM   #4
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Re: 14 Year Survivor

Great post, Elaine. Thanks for sharing your great news and wonderful attitude.

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Margins clear - 1 microscopic cell 1 sent. node
No Vasucular Invasion
4 DD A/C - 4 DD Taxol & Herceptin
1 full year of Herceptin received every 3 weeks
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Old 01-13-2013, 05:28 PM   #5
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Re: 14 Year Survivor

Congratulations. This is a huge deal. Enjoy the day.
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Found lump via BSE
Diagnosed 8/04 at age 45
1.9cm tumor, ER+PR-, Her2 3+(rt side)
2 micromets to sentinel node
Stage 2A
left 3mm DCIS - low grade ER+PR+Her2 neg
lumpectomies 9/7/04
4DD AC followed by 4 DD taxol
Used Leukine instead of Neulasta
35 rads on right side only
4/05 started Tamoxifen
Started Herceptin 4 months after last Taxol due to
trial results and 2005 ASCO meeting & recommendations
Oophorectomy 8/05
Started Arimidex 9/05
Finished Herceptin (16 months) 9/06
Arimidex Only
Prolia every 6 months for osteopenia

NED 13 years!

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Old 01-13-2013, 05:53 PM   #6
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Thanks for posting this for those of us in the middle of treatment and freaking out about every little thing. You inspire me.
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Old 01-13-2013, 08:00 PM   #7
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Re: 14 Year Survivor

Elaine,
You are terrific!! With your determination, youjust might live to be 100!!!
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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
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Old 01-13-2013, 08:24 PM   #8
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Re: 14 Year Survivor

Elaine,

Congratulations! You have been very supportive of me and others over the years. You inspire me to look forward to a long life. Something I often forget about. Thanks for the reminder!

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Old 01-13-2013, 09:53 PM   #9
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Re: 14 Year Survivor

Big congrats to you Elaine!! You are well on your way to 90+++!!

all the best
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Old 01-13-2013, 10:55 PM   #10
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Awesome Elaine! Thank you so much for your post! Every time some one reaches a mile stone it gives me such a rush of Hope. How absolutely wonderful for you!
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Old 01-13-2013, 11:42 PM   #11
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Woohoo! Congratulations!
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Old 01-14-2013, 10:13 AM   #12
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Happy Anniversary! I love your post, it gives me hope.
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Old 01-14-2013, 11:15 AM   #13
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Congratulations. Prayers for many, many more healthy years.
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December 2012 was diagnosed with five brain mets, and had whole brain radiation.
Around July 2014 two mets in brain, one a residual spot and one new one growing in size. Received Cyberknife on both areas
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Old 01-14-2013, 11:30 AM   #14
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Big deal, indeed. May your doctors all live to ripe old ages...and STILL be outlived by you!
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9/2004 Diag: Stage IV extensive liver mets (!) ER/PR- Her2+++
10/04-3/05 Weekly Taxol/Carboplatin/Herceptin , complete response!
04/05 - 4/07 Herception every 3 wks, Continue NED
04/07 - recurrence to liver - 2 spots, starting tykerb/avastin trial
06/07 8/07 10/07 Scans show stable, continue on Tykerb/Avastin
01/08 Progression in liver
02/08 Begin (TDM1) trial
08/08 NED! It's Working! Continue on TDM1
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02/10 Continue NED. 5/10 9/10 Scans NED 10/10 Scans NED
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5/12 Scan shows reduction! 7/12 More reduction!!!!
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9/12 Start Perjeta/Herceptin, chemo on hold due to infection/wound in leg, added on cycle 2 &3
11/12 Poops! progression in liver, Stop Perjeta/Taxo/Herc
11/12 Navelbine/Herce[ptin - try for a 3 cycles, no go.
2/13 Gemzar/Carbo/Herceptin - no go.
3/13 TACE procedure
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Old 01-14-2013, 05:14 PM   #15
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Thanks everyone. I hope my post inspires everyone to keep going, don't accept defeat and find solutions when the going gets a little rough.
I have had my share of ups and downs, but I am determined to keep going.
I told my physical therapist today that she needs to teach me some additional exercises so I can regain the full strength in my legs. I will find another therapist if she doesn't. I have done the same with doctors. Sometimes it is just time to move on and find success somewhere else or with another medical professional who might know something the medical professional I was working with didn't know enough or was not willing to provide the help I needed.
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Old 01-14-2013, 07:11 PM   #16
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Elaine, all I can say is wow!!!! huge congrats!!!
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Rads x 36 ..oophorectomy August '06
Currently taking Arimidex..
June 2011 osteopenia/ zometa x1 yearly- stopped Zometa 2015 as Dexa show normal bone density.
Stopped Arimidex July 2014- Restarted Arimidex 2015 for a further two years on the advice of my Onc.
2014 Normal Dexa scan
2018 Mammo all clear, still NED!
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Old 01-14-2013, 07:25 PM   #17
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You are an inspiration Elaine. I now know this won't be me but I do think hearing your story will help a lot of people. Congratulations. I not only wish you to make it to 90, I hope you make it to 100. Full of health and vibrancy, and being the one who beats the odds.
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Multifocal/multicentric IDC, largest 3.4 cm, associated ADH, LCIS, DCIS
HER2+ ER+/PR- Grade 3, Node Negative

10/20/2009: Right mastectomy, reconstruction with TE
12/02/2009: Six rounds TCH, switched to Taxol halfway through due to neuropathy
03/31/2010: Finished chemo
05/01/2010: Began tamoxifen, the worst drug ever
11/18/2010: Reconstruction completed
12/02/2010: Finished herceptin
05/21/2011: Liver Mets. Quit Tamoxifen
06/22/2011: Navelbine/Zometa/Herceptin
10/03/2011: Liver Resection, left lobe. Microwave ablation, right lobe - going for cure!
11/26/2011: C-Diff Superbug Infection, "worst case doctor had seen in 20 years"
03/28/2012: Progression in ablated section of the liver - no more cure. Started Abraxane, continue herceptin/zometa
10/10/2012: Progression continues, started Halaven, along with herceptin and zometa.
01/15/2013: Progression continues, started Gemzar and Perjeta, an unusual combo, continuing with herceptin and zometa
03/13/2013: Quit Gemzar, body just won't handle it. Staying on herceptin, zometa and perjeta.
04/03/2013: CT shows 50% regression in tumor, so am starting back on Gemzar with dose reduction, staying with perjeta/herceptin/zometa. Can't argue with success!
05/09/2013: Discussing SBRT with Radiology due to inability of bone marrow to recover from chemo.
06/07/2013: Fiducial placement for SBRT
07/03/2013: Chemo discontinued, on Perjeta, Herceptin and Zometa alone
07/25/2013: SBRT (gamma knife) begins
08/01/2013: SBRT completed
08/15/2013: STABLE! continuing with Perjeta, Herceptin, Zometa
06/18/2014: ***** NED!!!!***** continuing with Perjeta, Herceptin, Zometa
01/29/2014: Still NED. continuing with Perjeta, Herceptin. Zometa lowered to every 3 months instead of monthly.
11/08/2015: Progression throughout abdomen and lungs. Started TDM-1, aka Kadcyla. Other meds discontinued. Remission was nice while it lasted.

5/27/18: Stable. Kadcyla put me right back in the barn. I have two teeny spots on my lungs that are metabolically inactive, and liver is clean.

Iím beating this MFer. I was 51 when this started and had two kids, 22 and 12. Now Iím 60. My oldest got married and trying to start s family. My youngesg graduates from Caltech this June. My stepdaughter gave me grandkids. Life is fantastic.
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Old 01-15-2013, 09:51 AM   #18
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That is wonderful! Inspiring! Hopeful!!! Just what I needed to hear today!!!
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5/05 suspicious mammogram-left breast
5/05 biopsy-invasive lobular carcinoma with LCIS,8mm tumor,stage 1 grade 2, ER+ PR+ Her2+++
6/14/05 bilateral mastectomy, node neg. all scans neg.
Oncotype DX-high risk
8/05-10/05 4 rounds A/C
10/05 -10/06 1 yr. herceptin
arimidex-5 years
2/14/08 started daily self administered injections..FORTEO for severe osteoporosis
7/28/09 BRCA 1 negative BRCA2 POSITIVE
8/17/09 prophylactic salpingo-oophorectomy
10/15/10 last FORTEOinjection
RECLAST infusion(ostoeporosis)
6/14/10 5 year cancerversary!
8/2010-18%increase in bone density!
no further treatments
Oncologist says, "Go do the Happy Dance"
I say,"What a long strange trip its been"
'One day at a time'
6-14-2015. 10 YEAR CANCERVERSARY!
7-16 to 9-16. Extensive (and expensive) dental work done to save teeth. Damage from osteoporosis and chemo and long term bisphosphonate use
6-14-16. 11 YEAR CANCERVERSARY!!
7-20-16 Prolia injection for severe osteoporosis
2 days later, massive hive outbreak. This led to an eventual dx of Chronic Ideopathic Urticaria, an auto-immune disease from HELL.
6-14-17 12 YEAR CANCERVERSARY!!
still suffering from CIU. 4 hospitilizations in the past year

as of today, 10-31-17 in remission from CIU and still, CANCER FREE!!!
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Old 01-21-2013, 03:48 PM   #19
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I was just diagnosed with cancer - December 2012 - I just found this thread by chance. I have had a lumpectomy and just got the details for my treatment on Thursday (Jan 17th). Needless to say, I felt like I was thrown off of a horse and I can't get back on it quiet yet. This entire weekend, I have been going all over the Internet trying to find info on who are the survivors of Her2 Neu. I knew they had to be out here and I do believe I found my answer.
Right now, I am so scared. Typically, I am as tough as nails, but cancer has brought me to my knees. After reading the hallalujehs on this thread - I believe I can look ahead.
Please keep on posting all of your milestones - for us out here at beginning of this new part of our life - you are leading us.
From the bottom of my heart - thank you for your post.
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Old 01-21-2013, 06:03 PM   #20
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Kkmom, you have indeed found us, and it's a wonderful place full of inspiration and information. (Sorry you have found us by the way, but you will see there is hope). Being diagnosed now with Her-2+ BC is much better than being diagnosed back when Elaine was diagnosed (and myself). There are a lot of treatments for us now, and more on the way.

It is very scary getting the diagnosis, but it will get easier as time goes on. I always find that when treatment starts there is a sense of relief that you are eradicating any nasties.

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October 2007 three x 2.5cm lung mets. 8 months Taxol, started Herceptin and continue. Significant reduction in lung mets.
June 2011 3cm x 4cm liver tumour. Started Abraxane and continue with Herceptin.
November 2011. Finished with Abraxane, continue with just Herceptin. Liver tumour now reduced to 15mm x 12mm. Lung tumour now 10mm x 0.5mm
February 2012. Scans show everything stable, and brain scan clear.
July 2012. PET/CT scans show I'm in remission - no active cancer!
]Dec CT brain cllear, lungs stable, liver tumour has increased to 20mm. PET scans showed active liver met and active lung thinglet, and possible bone met.
Jan 2013 recommence Abraxane, continue with Herceptin.
June 2013 finish Cycle 6 Abraxane, continue with Herceptin. 30% reduction in liver tumour, everything stable.
December 2013. CA15-3 on rise.
February 2014. PET and CT scans show single liver tumour has increased to 35mm. No other activity.
March 2014. Planned for SBRT for liver met, but couldn't have treatment as tumour too close to bowel. Continue Herceptin.
April 2014. Surgeon advises that I am a good candidate for liver resection, so will have operation early May (after camping holiday). Tumour now 44mm x 29mm.
May 7, 2014. Two liver tumours surgically removed. Third of liver removed, and gall bladder. Am I NED?May 2014. Pathology of tumour shows it's now ER+ (95% staining).
June 2014. CA15-3 has decreased to 18 from a pre-surgery reading of 59!
June 2014. Started Femara, continue with Herceptin.
July 2014. Stop Femara due to severe Osteoporosis. Commence Tamoxifen, continue Herceptin. Waiting to hear if I can have Aclasta infusion.
August 2014. CA15-3 has decreased further to 12 - YAY!
October 2014. Aclasta infusion for Osteoporosis. November 2014, CA15-3 decreased to 11. Scans of liver all clear, something new showing up on lung, but just watching at the moment.
November 2015. Started SBRT on solitary lung met.
November 2015. Bone density scan showed very good improvement so back on Femara - yay!
December 2016. 6 treatments of SBRT radiation on lung. Seems to have had some effect.
June 2016. CA15-3 still stable and low at 9.
June 2016. Started subcutaneous Herceptin replacing infusion.
Jan 2017. LVEF dropped to 46%. Stopped Herceptin.
Feb 2017. Started ACE Inhibitor and BETA Blocker. Still off Herceptin.
Aug 2017. Two new mets - Portacaval lymph node and mediastinal lymph node.
Aug 2017. Blood tests show extremely elevated liver enzyme levels. Many tests to investigate.
Sept 2017. Portacaval lymph node blocking liver bile duct causing liver enzyme and Bilirubin problems.
Oct 2017. 8cm stent inserted into liver bile duct. Procedure caused pancreatitis, and hospitalised for 3 days. Liver enzymes improving rapidly.
Nov 2017. Commenced 4 weeks of radiation on Portacaval lymph node. 5 week break before chemo.
Jan 2018. CT scan. 11 new small liver mets, and new superclavical lymph node med.
Jan 2018. Start Kadcyla. CA15-3 426.
Apr 2018. First scans since starting Kadcyla. All tumours reducing. CA15-3 dropped to 30 from 426.
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