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10/27/2017I read women posting reoccurrence of TNBC, stage 1-3, treated come back in 4.5, 6, 7, 10 yrs. out. itís not even close to true if it doesnít reoccur the first two yrs, you need not worry ď asĒ much! Who has the answers to high reoccurrence. I read 3-5 is the highest, then it drops! Iím told the first 2! Bologna.... can you give me honest answers, Stage 1,treated, mysectomy.
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10/28/2017recurrence in the form of metastatic disease can happen anytime. for those with triple negative breast cancer, if recurrence is destined to occur, most recur within 2 years of completing treatment. for those with ER positive HER2 neg breast cancer, recurrence usually doesn't happen until quite a few years later than this. there is no magic number of years when we can say we guarantee a patient it won't come back though. the more years that pass however the more confident we feel.

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