Chemo and radiation

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jpann39
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   Posted 11/21/2006 3:33 PM (GMT -7)   
had my meeting with the surgeon today for the SNB results....he said he feels it is late stage I, or very early stage II, NO nodes involved...not a single infection. His office already has me set up with consultations for onocologist, chemo one on the 29th and radiation one on Dec. 12.
Now on to the next step, now that I know what Im facing it isnt as bad as my little mind keep seeing it.
If anyone has suggestion on these next steps Im all ears....

MNlady13
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   Posted 11/21/2006 6:34 PM (GMT -7)   
Please know that negative nodes is terrifically good news. The next step will be to determine if chemo is appopriate and/or radiation treatments. I apoligize for not being more familiar with your situation, I don't get here very often. If you are young, chemo may be advised. In any case, I would expect the oncologist to recommend a course of raditation treatments. If your cancer was hormone receptive, the onc also may recommend five years of Tamoxifen -- an oral drug that blocks estrogen production. Hope that gives you a picture of what the "next step" might be. Lauri
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Tavish
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   Posted 11/21/2006 7:26 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi again-
Lauri has given you good information. CHemo may be advised as a standard protocol based on your tumor size and other prognostic indicators. And yes, negative nodes is the most wonderful news you could get! Celebrate it! And then take comfort in your plan...to see the med onc and rad onc. Take that tape recorder too. I would encourage you to read or learn what you can before you go so that you can ask the best possible questions.
Also, you may want to ask for a pathology report, it will become your friend.

Enjoy Thanksgiving and celebrate the negative nodes!
Lori


Vegas
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   Posted 11/22/2006 12:07 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Jule!

Great news! Boy, I sure can't wait to get to where you are!! I know the rest of the steps are not easy, but getting over the surgery hurdle and getting clean nodes has to be the hardest part - I hope!

Diane

jpann39
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   Posted 11/22/2006 6:38 AM (GMT -7)   
Dianne,
Welcome back!!! How was your mini vacation?
 
Im hoping the same thing too...it was a relief to just have surgery and then again to find the negative node involvement. You will get to this point soon!!!!!!
 
Lori,
Yes the surgeon said that they recommend some chemo and radiation because of my age (46). He said it will greatly improve my odds of reoccurance or it showing up in other areas.
He said that he has to put it at stage II, since the requirements for Stage I are: tumor 2cm or less and mine measured 2.4 cm once it was removed, but felt it was in the VERY early stage II.
As everyone strongly suggested here I got a copy of my path report. Im must have read it a 100 times yesterday(just to make sure in my own mind I guess).
I did a little shopping for the holiday after my appt and by the time I got home my surgeon had already set up the appts for my next step. I see the chemo people on Nov 29, the the rad people on Dec. 12th.
Take care and have a very Happy Thanksgiving.....

Miney
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   Posted 11/22/2006 2:53 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Jule,
I wish I could help you like you have helped me, but I'm afreaid I don't know much about that stage. But I'm here for you and I hope everything goes well. I hope you have a Happy Thanksgiving Hugs Lisa (Miney)

jpann39
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   Posted 11/22/2006 4:45 PM (GMT -7)   
Lisa,
I hope your holiday is wonderful too...did you decide for sure to get the second opinion?
 
PLEASE do the second opinion just to be absolutely certain of what is going on for you.
 
I hope that by talking I am of some help to you but I am very new to this myself and not sure of alot of things....
 
But my outlook here is that there are many, many people here that have experienced what we are going through and are very helpful and comforting.....
 
Plus I get the opportunity to meet you and many others and I think new friends are what life in made for :)
 
Have a wonderful holiday and keep in touch.
 
Jule

Miney
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   Posted 11/22/2006 6:54 PM (GMT -7)   
Jule,
Yes I have made the an appoitment for Dec. 8th at a Breast center near where I live. I picked up all the films that were taken last week.
Right now I am taking a break from preparing Thanksgiving dinner. It will be at my house. I am looking forward to it and seeing everyone and getting my mind off of my breast. :-) Well I hope you have a very nice Thanksgiving. I will be back on Friday. Take Care Lisa

babyseeester
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   Posted 11/25/2006 3:59 PM (GMT -7)   
Jule,
 
That is great news that no nodes were involved.  I hope that if chemo is recommended that you have an easy time with it.  Mine wasn't that bad.  I worked through the whole thing and through rads.  Just stay with us here and we'll all help you get through it.
L & H,
Kathy


jpann39
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   Posted 11/25/2006 7:56 PM (GMT -7)   
Kathy,
Thank you....Im hoping chemo will be on the easier side for me as well...I plan to try to work as much as possible since I live alone and obviously am the only income...I work for a state agency here so my boss keeps telling me not to worry that things will be covered...if I run out of my own sick/leave time the state allows what they call shared leave and others can donate some of their time to another worker so I think it will be ok...
 
 
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