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Facts and Myths about Breast Cancer
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11/10/2017I just wanted to get your thoughts about the latest trial stating that the risk of recurrence lingers for decades in estrogen positive breast cancer (New England Journal of Medicine). What I found staggering is that women who were node positive carried a 40% risk over 15 years. The risk does not drop. I was node negative with tumour size less than 2cm and yet I still carry a 10% risk of recurrence over 15 years. I find this really depressing, I guess the objective is to convince women to to extend endoncrine therapy such as tamoxifen for 10 years rather than 5. I want to get on with my life but this data just doesn't help. Do you agree with this?
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11/13/2017These were the published results when studying patients for a longer period of time. most patients are today on hormonal therapy for 10 years, especially those with large tumors and/or positive nodes. flip these numbers around though for you and see that you have a 90% probability of being fine. keep your glass half full.

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