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05/24/2003Thank you for taking our questions. Here is some background on me and then my question. I am finally finished with over 14 mos. of treatments for stage 3, er-, her2nu- breast cancer. I have 3 small children and was diagnosed at age 38. My mother died from breast cancer and my sister had a microscopic breast cancer legion removed recently. I do not plan on letting BC get me. So I am currently searching for 3 things: 1) Breast Cancer Vaccine How do you tell them apart? 2) A good set of blood tests to what markers or protein levels What markers are the best ones to follow to catch any reacurrance. (sp) 3) Other options such as fozamax (sp?)or TM the drug that lowers copper levels in the body. I would appreicate any knowledge you can lend. I am confused by the different vaccine trial that are out there and my doc's advice is to "pick one that is locating close by." thank you for your help, ps. sorry for any typos, my 3 year old is "helping" me.
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05/25/2003There are many clinical trials happening right now... most vaccine trials are targeted at metastatic disease though. thank heavens that isn't your situation. you might want to check at www.clinicaltrialshelp.com for a listing that may be beneficial for you. Also consider calling 800-4-CANCER for more NCI approved clinical trials on vaccines. Tumor markers usually used is CA 27/29. But there can be false positives with any tumor marker... Eat a healthy well balanced diet, exercise (your 3 year old will provide you that), add brocolli sprouts (sprouts-- not in pill form but fresh-- just an oz a day is all you need), and focus on the future. you have put in considerable time to overcome this disease. Don't give it any more time than it deserves. its time to get on with living and with your family. do consider genetic testing/counseling given your family history though. It will help you make decisions for yourself as well as plan for the future for your children if genetics is the culprit.

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