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8/4/2017Finished chemo 6/29. Finishing rads 8/15.
At my last chemo apt.MO said chance of my tnbc returning was little less than 10% and I said then I want port out and she agreed. I schedule it out and just for call from surgeons office saying MO wants me to reconsider leaving port in for a year?not sure why this is upsetting me as I'm getting it out but it did. Question. . can port be out back in same spot should that become necessary? Why is General opinion for all to leave a year no matter stage? Of I truly have only have 10% recurrence why would they want to leave it in?
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8/5/2017The higher the stage of the breast cancer the higher the risk of recurrence. you had a low stage thus low recurrence rate. some doctors are fine with removal of ports right away and others say to leave it in a while. there is no standard of care on this though.

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