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Old 05-06-2020, 02:07 PM   #1
Jean
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15 cancerversary

Hello Everyone,
Never would have thought back 15 years that i would be concerned about a deadly virus. Back then when dx. I was terrified of my cancer dx. Hearing Her2 triple positive. Oncotype DX was not in use or approved by medical insurance.
Her2 was not approved for early stage ladies. Treatment has come a good distance in the past 15 years. But sadly "not enough" we are still losing women to breast cancer.

While I am grateful & thankful for the 15 yr. survival of being cancer free I am still concerned for all my sisters who are still getting a dx. with breast cancer & for those who are doing battle with this monster. I pray and hope that the next years bring us a cure.

Wishing all to be safe from the Cov-19 virus and encouragement to all newly dx. ladies. Never ever give up - each day brings us closer.
While I wish it was yesterday - I hope for tomorrow.
Love to All,
Jean
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Stage 1, Grade 1, 3/30/05
Lumpectomy 4/15/05 - 6MM IDC
Node Neg. (Sentinel node)
ER+ 90% / PR-, Her2+++ by FISH
Ki-67 40%
Arimidex 5/05
Radiation 32 trt, 5/30/05
Oncotype DX test 4/17/06, 31% high risk
TOPO 11 neg. 4/06
Stopped Arimidex 5/06
TCH 5/06, 6 treatments
Herceptin 5/06 - for 1 yr.
9/06 Completed chemo
Started Femara Sept. 2006
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Old 05-06-2020, 03:23 PM   #2
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Re: 15 cancerversary

Happy 15th, Jean! I remember when you reached out to me 8 years ago when I recurred after 12 years of NED.

Here’s to many more cancer free years for both of us and continued development of treatments for her2+ and all breast cancers.

Xoxo
Janis
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March, 2000: 48, Post menopausal (5 yrs HRT) Left breast, IDC 3mm/DCIS 1.6cm, ER+/PR-/Her2+++, mod differentiated, MIB low, lumpectomy, node neg via SNB, rads=33 Stage 1a
June, 2000: Tamox 4.5 years,Femara for 5 years (end in Jan. 2010)
Sept, 2012: 61, Via mamm, ultrasound, biopsy, right breast, 2.3cm tumor, ER+/PR-/Her2+++, poorly diff, KI67 60-70%
BRCA 1 and 2 negative
October, 2012: Bi Mast with tissue expanders, port placement
Final Path: IDC 2.8cm, DCIS, 1/4 sentinal nodes positive (@#$%). Stage IIB
Nov 29, 2012: Begin TCH/6x/every 3 wks, H for 1 year/every 3 weeks.
March 14, 2013: Finished chemo
April 9, 2013: Begin radiation 28x
May 22, 2013: Finished rads
June 1st, 2013: Started Aromasin for 5 yrs.
July 15, 2013: Switched to Letrozole (Femara). Probably for the rest of my life
October 16, 2013: Exchange surgery
October 31, 2013: Finished Herceptin
December 5, 2013: Port removed
Glad this year is over!
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Old 05-07-2020, 01:44 PM   #3
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Re: 15 cancerversary

Oh darling girl. Cheers for you. I am a grandma now. I have a grandson who will be coming home from the NICU any day. He was born 10 weeks early in all this mayhem. I have not even seen him "live" just on webcam because of the virus. Bit I am still here too and I made it this far like you to see it. Stay safe Jean. You know I will always love you. You were there for me as were many others on this board.
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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 16 years!

Said Christopher Robin to Pooh: "You must remember this: You're braver than you believe and stronger than you seem and smarter than you think"
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Old 05-08-2020, 09:01 AM   #4
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Re: 15 cancerversary

Dear Jean and Becky, how nice to hear from you both. I am almost 14 yrs out and when I was diagnosed, you two (being slightly ahead) were inspirational to me. I live in the UK and you gave me such hope and so many good ideas as things were not so advanced here as in the USA. Keep safe and well. Nancy
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Found lump myself 8 months after routine mammogram.
29/11/06-WLE and then re-excision to get clear margins.
Tumour was 1.2cms; Grade3; Er+ Pr+ HER2 3+++; SNB negative out of 9 nodes.
Chemo was Epirubicin every 3wks x4 then Xeloda (2wks on, 1wk off) for 4 cycles. ( I am part of the TACT2 trial.)
Rads x25
Arimidex for 5 yrs.
Hoping to start Herceptin within the next 2 weeks (we have to follow the HERA protocol to qualify for Herceptin in the U.K.) I worry about the delay in starting Herceptin!! Started 8/10/07
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Old 05-09-2020, 07:18 PM   #5
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Re: 15 cancerversary

Congrats on the 15 year cancerversary, Jean!


all the best
caya
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1.7 cm and 1.0 cm.
Stage 1, grade 2, Node Negative (16 nodes tested)
MRM Dec.18/06
3 x FEC, 3 x Taxotere
Herceptin - every 3 weeks for a year, finished May 8/08

Tamoxifen - 2 1/2 years
Femara - Jan. 1, 2010 - July 18, 2012
BRCA1/BRCA2 Negative
Dignosed 10/16/06, age 48 , premenopausal
Mild lymphedema diagnosed June 2009 - breast surgeon and lymph. therapist think it's completely reversible - hope so.
Reclast infusion January 2012
Oopherectomy October 2013
14 Years NED!!
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Old 05-10-2020, 02:41 PM   #6
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Re: 15 cancerversary

Sorry I'm late Jean but many congratulations and a great worded post, wishing you many more years cancer free!!
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Dx July '05 IDC 1.9cm Triple positive 3/9 nodes positive
A/C X 4 ..Taxol/Herceptin x 12 wks then herceptin 1 yr
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 06-17-2020, 12:47 PM   #7
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Re: 15 cancerversary

Lovely Ladies, Thank you for your kind and loving words.
Tricia never to late!!!
Caya you are almotst right there with me on cancerversy. Let's all hit 50 years...lol
Nancy so good to hear from you from across the pond.
Janis, yes I remember also...thank God we all have each other.
Becky - my sweetheart friend. Congratulations you are one beautiful Grandma...
hugs to all
Jean
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Stage 1, Grade 1, 3/30/05
Lumpectomy 4/15/05 - 6MM IDC
Node Neg. (Sentinel node)
ER+ 90% / PR-, Her2+++ by FISH
Ki-67 40%
Arimidex 5/05
Radiation 32 trt, 5/30/05
Oncotype DX test 4/17/06, 31% high risk
TOPO 11 neg. 4/06
Stopped Arimidex 5/06
TCH 5/06, 6 treatments
Herceptin 5/06 - for 1 yr.
9/06 Completed chemo
Started Femara Sept. 2006
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Old 07-30-2020, 11:37 AM   #8
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Re: 15 cancerversary

Congratulations, great feat 15 years! I'm at 14 years
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Dx: 2005 (pre-men, age 46) IDC Stage 1, no nodes
ER/PR -, Her2 +++
Lumpectomy with sential nodes negative
Chemo ACT, Rads, Herceptin for 10 months
Genetic testing 2008 BRACA 2 positive
Oopthectomy in 2008
Bilateral Mastectomy 2010, Reconstruction with expanders then silicone implants.
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