• ginny ginny
    March 20, 2009
    Micromets and odds of recurrence
    ginny ginny
    March 20, 2009

    I had a bilat mastectomy in 2002 due to invasive cancer on L side, about 5 cm, hormone recept positive, extreme family history.


    Sentinel node biopsy showed micromets in both L nodes.  Don't think sentinel nodes were looked at on R side.


    Had chemo (adriamycin/cytoxan mix, 3 taxol - missed last taxol), 22 radiation (had to stop due to infection in implant), 5 yrs tamoximen, now femara.


    I know it's difficult, but please, I'm wondering about odds of recurrence.  Can you tell me something?Thank you.



  • PJ Hamel
    Health Guide
    March 20, 2009
    PJ Hamel
    Health Guide
    March 20, 2009

    Ginny, it's virtually impossible to assess your particular risk of recurrence; WAY too many variables. However, statistically speaking, the GENERAL 5-year survival rate for women whose breast cancer has spread to their nodes, but not beyond, is about 84%. Please speak to your oncologist for a better read on your own situation, OK? Good luck - PJH


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