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12/5/2017I am almost 2 years out and was diagnosed at age 35. My kids were 4, 3 and 9 months. Diagnosed stage 1a ER/PR + Her2 - with two tumors: 8mm with oncotype of 17 and 6mm with oncotype of 20. Had full metastatic work up at diagnosis including bone scan, pet/ct, chest X-ray which all came back clear. I had bmx, 4 rounds of tc, removed ovaries, on ai (letrozole) for at least 10 years and getting prolia to further decrease recurrence risk. Is recurrence inevitable? Am I just in a disease free period or can this really be cured? What is your experience regarding people similar to me and recurrence rate? Thanks!
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12/6/2017With early stage breast cancer and appropriate treatment, studies indicate the recurrence risk is low. Having said that, as breast cancer survivors, the fear of recurrence may always be with us. Continue to be diligent with advocating for your own health and maintain a low risk lifestyle (healthy weight, exercise, non-smoking, limit alcohol, etc.). Each November, we have a Breast Cancer Survivors Weekend Retreat for women who have recently completed treatment. Many of the attendees are feeling some of the same things you expressed. We would love to have you join us next year. Please check our website as the time gets closer or you can email me at for more information.

Be Well!

Angie Cramer, BSN, RN, ONN-CG

Certified Oncology Nurse Navigator

The Johns Hopkins Breast Center

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