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9/18/2017Hi Lillie, you have helped so much in the past when it has come to my mom and her breast cancer, for that I will be eternally grateful. My mom who is post menopause finished rads a few weeks ago for her stage 1b 1.5cm idc with a ki-67 of 10, grade 2, oncotype of 11. She did have slight lvi and 2 micromets on her 2 sentinel nodes. She currently was tested positive for the flu and has been sick for 2 weeks but can't shake her cough. Her doctors do not feel it is enough reason to run scans but she never had scans to begin with..... I am panicking because without having these scans how do we know she is indeed cancer free and remain cancer free and that her cough isn't a sign that her cancer is back ? I am getting upset by how many doctors seem to be so relaxed about my mom having cancer. They believe she is ok and think we need to move on and enjoy life but how is that even possible ? Is my mom indeed cancer free ? In your opinion with stats like my mom what are her survival % . Once again I don't think I can ever repay you for the amount of times you have helped my family. You are our own personal Breast cancer hero.
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9/18/2017They are actually correct. her risk of recurrence is low. scans aren't helpful in such situations either because it might show something flue related that is mentioned as a incidental finding in the report however once a radiologist knows a patient has had any kind of cancer, they then amend the report to say that follow up and biopsy is needed. this increases her risk of then getting a true lung infection only to find that what was seen was related to the flu.

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