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|8/9/2012||Diagnosed in Dec 2010 with IDC, Grade 1, less than 1.5 cm. lump, strongly ER+/PR+, HER2 negative, 5/14 nodes +. Had lumpectomy in Jan 2011, started DD A/C in February followed by DD Taxol, finshed RT in June 2011. Bone scans, CT's, CXR all negative as of May 2012. Now on Tamoxifen. First told 80-90% chance no recurrence if I did aggressive chemo treatment, went back for revisit recently and told no, really 60-70% chance no recurrence since I had node +. Why the change in % now? What are my chances?? When do odds start to improve....2 yrs out, 3 yrs out???|
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|8/10/2012||hhmmm. the first time someone must have just been looking at the tumor size and forgetting about node positivity. 80-90% would be correct for tumor 1.5cm and node negative or 1 positive node. Due to # of nodes positive the real numbers are 60-70%. odds improve once you've reached the 2 year mark, and then drop again quite low at the 6 year mark. so celebrate this christmas in a major way!|
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