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8/14/2017Hi my mother is finishing radiation August 30th, and did not need chemo as her stage 1b idc er pr+ Her 2 -, seemed to be slow growing and not agressive she scored a 11 on her oncotype too. While life seemed to be going back to normal finishing rads is scary to us and it seems like we constantly worry about reoccurance. Her doctors all have said she has about 90% cure rate and should consider herself to be cancer free. While this is all great we are so terrified radiation isn't going to work or it my come back. Doctors tell us she is going to be great and live a long life but I feel like they tell us this so they aren't going to scare us. If this true ? Can a doc tell us something to make us feel better ? All I want is my mom to be ok but we are so worried she won't be. Does this awful feeling ever go away ? I'm scared we are going to live the rest of our lives terrified of something that might never come back. Thanks for the help Lillie, you have been a life saver as I have asked a few questions before
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8/15/2017Each personís risk depends on many factors, including the size of the tumor, the number of lymph nodes that contain cancer and other features of the tumor that affect how quickly a tumor will grow and how well treatment works. The 5-year relative survival rate for women with stage 0 or stage I breast cancer is close to 100%. Fear of recurrence is a normal and very common emotional reaction to finishing cancer treatment. There are healthy ways to cope with your fears, such as talking to a counselor, joining a support group, exercise, and mindfulness meditation.

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