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|7/19/2006||I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1989 at age 35. I had a modified-radical mastectomy followed by 6 treatments of CMF. I then began taking Tamoxifen and continued taking it for approximately 12 years. My original tumor was 2 cm. and I had 4 or 5 positive lymph nodes. I don't think some of the tests were available back then, but I do know that my tumor tested as hormone receptive. The cancer metastasised to my bones only, in 2005, 16 years later. I began my menstrual cycle at age 10 and went through menopause by age 50. During the two years prior to my reoccurence I lost both of my parents with 3 months in between the time of each of their deaths. I am currently taking Femara and monthly Aredia treatments and I am in complete remission once again. My question to you is, Is it possible that either menopause, stopping Tamoxifen or the death of my parents could have in any way contributed to my reoccurence? I understand that this a million dollar question, but I would really like to hear your opinion. I am currently doing great.|
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|7/20/2006||it is the million dollar question and there really isn't an known answer to it. some have wondered what role stress plays in these situations... also other medications, menstruation, etc. glad you are "back in business" again. sorry you have experienced so much loss and illness.|
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