I found a lump August 09 (8months after a clear mammogram). It was around 2.7mm and was removed by lumpectomy Sept 09. I had a clear margin but it was very small. The cancer had spread to one lymph node, with the next 7 being clear. It was a triple negative tumour.
I had was booked for 6 cycles of TAC chemo, however had a severe allergic reaction to Taxotere at the first chemo and was then switched to FEC and had 6 cycles of that.
I then went on teo have 6 weeks of radiation for which I had to travel away from home. I was given the all clear at 12 months and thought I was free at last. However this was not to be the case.
In March 2011 (18months after 1st diagnosis and 6 months after a clear mammogram), I again found a lump. It was quite big (3cm) and everyone thought it was a cyst. Unfortunately it was again a quite aggresive tumour!! I went on to have a mastectomy with much better margins this time and lymph nodes (8) all clear.
I went on and had 6 cycles of chemo. This time I was treated with taxotere. I had lots of antihistamine etc beforehand and all was fine!!
I finished chemo in August 2011 and my hair has just grown back for the 2nd time!!
I am now seriously thinking of having a propylactic mastectomy of my other breast and maybe a double reconstruction if I can work up the nerve for this surgery. Would be interested to hear from anyone who has had similar surgery, espescially after radiation as I know there can be complications.
Just wondering if many of you ladies have suffered with this? I am 12 month's post my second lot of chemotherapy (I had a recurrance 18mths after my 1st diagnosis). I have really bad pain under the ball of my foot which is much worse when I stand for long times. It feels like there is a marble under my foot. Has anyone had experience with this and have any tips for me. Many thanks.
Would love some stories of people who have had this done.
I am considering a prophylactic mastectomy and double reconstruction. After a reoccurance of my triple negative breast cancer in March 2011. I had a mastectiomy.(I had previoulsy had a lumpectiomy and radiation/chemo 18mth before.