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|Types and Stages of Breast Cancer
Questions about the different types and stages of breast cancer.
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|4/29/2012||Hi and thank you so much for this service.I'm 45 years old was diagnosed in 2008 with stage 1 Breast cancer.Tumor was 1cm had Lumpectomy,ChemoTC four rounds sentinal node biopsy had 5 nodes removed 2 nodes contained a couple cancer cells.Was told Nodes are still negative even with a few cancer cells.Now I'm on Tamaxofin for the last 3 years.What is my recurrence risk?I'm thinking about removing my Breast due to constant worry of recurrence.Thank you:)|
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|4/29/2012||Risk of recurrence is usually highest during the first 2 years and you are well passed that milestone!! stage 1. ER positive. you were aggressive with systemic treatment and still on hormonal therapy, so risk of local recurrence should be down to under 10%. The reason however for doing all of your chemo and hormonal therapy is primarily (though not completely) to prevent distance recurrence. it would be unusual to now do mastectomy unless you discovered that you have a genetic reason for having gotten breast cancer in the first place. then most women who opt for bilateral mastectomies with recon. Don't let this disease steal away anymore of your time by worrying about the "what ifs". it doesn't deserve that kind of time. you need to feel confident that you have taken the right steps to remain cancer free. talk with your medical oncologist again about your concerns when you next see him for your tamoxifen prescription refill.|
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