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9/17/2017I was diagnosed with bilateral bc at 42 (pre-menopausal), IDC, T1cN1M0 in one breast and DCIS in the other breast. Both Er+ Pr+ Her2 negative. I had a DMX and dense chemotherapy (4AC+4 Taxol)No radiation. I had breast reconstruction with implants.I had Tamoxifen for about 2 years and then Letrozole+Zoladex. About 4 years have passed by. Can we say I am cured? or with bc we cannot say the word "cured" in this case but just for non-invasive bc? If we don't have any surveillance tests, How will we know if I have a recurrence or mets? Wouldn't it be too late when symptoms arises? Thanks.
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9/17/2017we don't use the word "cured" but instead refer to it as being cancer free to the best of our knowledge. local recurrence would be a risk of only about 1%. you did all the right things for treatment. am hoping that oncotypeDX was done for you too to calculate your risk of distant mets in the future. Relying on physical symptoms has proven to be better than doing scans every year. feel confident you are cancer free.

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