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6/12/2017Hi. I am a TNBC patient, and thought I had reached the 5 year anniversary without issues. But the last mammo/ultra sound found a new mass near the scar tissue from the original lumpectomy. I was T1aN0 but grade 3. Dose dense AC-T chemo (8 treatments of each) and 26 radiation treatments. My question is: how likely is a TNBC recurrence after 5 years?
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6/12/2017it depends on how wide the margins were to some degree. distant recurrence, if destined to happen, usually raises its ugly head within 2 years. local recurrence can happen further out however. so get the biopsy done so you have a definitive answer to work with. if it is cancer again, then mastectomy would need to be performed this time, preferably with flap reconstruction, like DIEP flap since usually implants can be problematic with previously radiated tissue. so if this is a local recurrence, consider coming to us. 443-997-1513. just tell the scheduler that Lillie sent you.

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