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12/17/2017Diagnosed in 05/2016 at age 65 with a 2 cm TNBC tumor (DCIS/Stage 1/Grade 2)in right breast with apocrine features (negative for androgren receptor & BRCA). 12 Taxol treatments followed by 4 AC treatments. Lumpectomy w/clear margins in 12/2016 showed that the tumor was reduced to 1.2 cm. 30 radiation treatments ending in 03/17. Initial follow-up in 07/17 showed clear mammo & MRI. PET-Scan, full chest x-ray & mammo scheduled for early 01/18. Given unusual tumor, should a platinum-based drug been part of the chemo therapy?
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12/18/2017Research suggests that even within triple-negative breast cancer, there are many subtypes. Therefore, the best treatment plan is one that your medical team carefully tailors to your unique situation. Common chemotherapies for triple negative breast cancer may include an anthracycline such as Adriamycin, alkylating agents such as Cytoxan, and a taxane, such as Taxol or Taxotere. Congratulations on completing your treatments and I'm very happy your imaging was clear. You had early stage breast cancer and followed through with your all recommended treatments; I'm very hopeful for excellent results on your scans in January so that you can move beyond all of this!

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