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|Types and Stages of Breast Cancer
Questions about the different types and stages of breast cancer.
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|6/10/2006||43 yrs. old, 12/05 mastectomy, path report multifocal ILC, intermediate grade, metastic carcinoma in 14 of 17 lymphnodes,ER+(90%), PR+(10%), HER2 1+/Neg. Received 4 Adriamycin, 4 Taxol, 4 Cytoxin, 2 week cycles, will follow w/ tamoxifin for 5 yrs. Will start rad in 1 month. Asked for prognosis in beginning, told too many factors involved to say. Found statistics for Stage IIIC. According to what I've read taking tamoxifin actually did not improve 5 year survival rate at this stage. Not sure I want to take due to increased risk for uterin cancer w/drug. Can hysterectomy be a good alternative? No family history, believe 24 years on birth control contributing factor.|
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|6/12/2006||given the extent of lymph node involvement, you will want to do all that is possible to prevent recurrence. the risk of uterine cancer is quite low. request transvaginal ultrasounds to monitor your uterine lining closely. this will help give you peace of mind. I felt it was so important to do hormonal therapy like this for myself that despite my mother having had uterine cancer, i took tamoxifen too.|
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