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Lumpectomy surgery is completed, 7 mm tumor, clear margins, no cancer in sentinel lymph nodes. So T1aN0, but aggressive, 8/9 . BUT when the doctor goes through the decision tree for TNBC, it says Consider Chemo, its in the grey area, its in the middle between NO Chemo and Yes Chemo.  I can't get in to see the medical oncologist for a month. Asked for second opinion, and will get a referral.  But how do people make this decision when you end up in the middle like this?
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Mine was the same... 6mm - and my uncle is a radiology oncologist - he said don't mess with it and do the chemo.  That was his guidance for me.  I was glad it was 6mm instead of 5.  NCCN says over 5 strongly consider chemo.  So, I am two years through this and lump/chemo/rad and reconstruction is complete.  And, I am feeling great!  I hope that helps you.
DX IDC, TNBC 12/7/16 (age 55), Stage 1a Grade 2, .6cm, 0/1 nodes, Lumpectomy & node dissection 12/22/16, BRCA1&2 negative 1/23/17 Chemo TC. Chemo completed 3/28/17. 30 RADs completed 6/6/17.

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Basically, after years of watching women post similar results, I've learned that the answer is 'go for it', don't hold back on treatment but stay aggressive. If you don't go the chemo route and you have a recurrence it will be that much harder to fight.
dx 7/08 TN 14x6.5x5.5 cm tumor

3 Lymph nodes involved, Taxol/Sunitab+AC, 5/09 dbl masectomy, path 2mm tumor removed, lymphs all clear, RAD 32 finished 9/11/09. 9/28 CT clear 10/18/10 CT clear
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Thank you for posting this.  <3
I'm curious - what made you decide on a bilateral mastectomy vs a lumpectomy?
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The nurse coordinator managed to get me moved up, so I now have visited radiation and medical oncologists. Radiation seems pretty clear.  Chemo still sounds pretty intense. Doc is recommending 4 doses, 3 weeks apart, of Cytoxan and Taxotere. Also found out that these are paired with steroids, which can raise your blood sugar, andI am a borderline type 2 diabetic. After seeing the statistics, where in 10 years, 15% will metastasize and die without chemo, while 10% still will with chemo, I really am struggling with this decision. Any other thoughts from the group?  Thanks for the help.
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You said your tumor was small so I think you mean 1.0 cm?  Are you getting treated in Seattle?  There are a couple of great cancer centers in Seattle.  Have they tested you for genetic mutations?  If not, ask them to give you a test. 
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Tumor was 7 mm, no node involvement, being treated in Bellingham, 100 miles north of Seattle, negative on genetic mutation.
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taking TC, one last dose this week, then on to rads.  Chemo has not been fun, but close to the end
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you must b your own advocate. The nurses and receptionist who are in charge of appts and testing have no idea who they r speaking to and usually donít care. It is imperative you keep following up. I was at msk which is a nightmare!  Find someone who cares and you can speak with and who will coordinate doctors and appointments. 
Tnbc is normally aggressive sooo starting some type of treatment is imperative. They wanted to do chemo first but there was a risk I would not respond thereby giving the cancer longer to grow. (S2 no)so I opted for mastectomy first😌 so I had time to decide what path to choose.


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greetings all,  i have been freaking out here in oklahoma!  This TNBC showed up on a mamogram.  It had been 2.5 years since my last mamogram, I had become distracted by my mothers death...grieving.  I finally get a mamo Oct. 25, 2019 and there she is!!  5 oclock in the right breast!  November 18 I had a spot mamogram and an ultrasound.  November 19 the  core needle biopsy With vaccum   Biopsy doc said, "plan on it being cancer."  There were calcifications in the mass 1.8 cm.  Three days later the doc called and said it was cancer and we need an MRI and decide which surgeon you want to see.  Wow!  I did not know what to think !  I am still very unsure about all this.  But sfter making two surgical appointments and being treated oddly. ( the first s scheduler told me the size of the tumor and that it was TNBC but needed to find the surgeon to make me an appointment and she could not locate him)  that seemed weird to me.  So December19, 2019 i reached out to a famed place in texas' satelite clinic were a patient failitator was very nice and helped me get an appointment with the only breast surgeon there and at my strong insistence, an appointment with the only oncologist there.  She then told me tha a nurse navigator would be taking over the direction of my care.  I waited to hear from this nurse and finally did,January 8, 2020, two business days before my appointment in Texas.  She did not know if she could get the needed testingscheduled  on such short notice....did not share with me what these tests would be and seemed as though she was reading a script. It took about 12 hours for all this to percolate through my brain.  Oh, I did go to my GP to review all this data on Jan 2 -this is the only time i have been face to face with a doctor after the biopsy md called me and told me that it was the size of a medium blueberry .  The GP said it looks like the best possible cancer to have if you are going to have cancer, good luck.  I am flying so blind!!  I called MD Anderson, Nellie B Connolly Breast Cancer Center and am begging to get in ASAP.  I will be talking to them in the morning.... meanwhile I am freaked out in Oklahoma.  Thanks for listening all you TNBC gals out there!  I am married to a 72 year old farmer, I am 64 with only a paternal aunt w BC double masectomy in about 1956 when she was about 50.  I have no relatives in this state.  Pretty much alone here.  
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BlazeAnne,

I'm so sorry you are dealing with this diagnosis and the run around all these doctors are giving you.  The GP who told you this is the best type of cancer to get, is completely mis-informed and uneducated on breast cancer.  Please get to a good cancer facility ASAP.  MD Anderson is one of the best.  We have a patient advocate in this group that may be able to help if you can't get the appointment quickly.

In the meantime, please read up as much as possible so you can ask all the right questions.  The most important thing right now is to get in with a breast surgeon or oncologist as soon as possible.



DX IDC TNBC 6/09 age 49, Stage 1,Grade 3, 1.5cm,0/5Nodes,KI-67 48%,BRCA-,6/09bi-mx, recon, T/C X4(9/09)
11/10 Recur IM node, Gem,Carb,Iniparib 12/10,MRI NED 2/11,IMRT Radsx40,CT NED11/13,MRI NED3/15

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Blaze Anne, have you considered UT Southwestern in Dallas? Theyíve cured my TNbC twice now, I couldnít be happier with my doctors and the facility. Iíd be happy to help you get an appointment with both a surgical and medical oncologist there for an opinion. And you need to meet with a medical oncologist BEFORE you have surgery!!!! Very important so that you can make an informed decision. 
And Donna is right, whomever said it was the beat kind of cancer was either a liar or an idiot. You are doing the right thing seeking informed opinions from stellar cancer facilities! 
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IDC, 2.2 cm, Stage IIb,lumpectomy 1/30/09 ACx4,Tx4 36 rads
6/1/16 Local recurrence same breast, same spot 1.8cm Carb.4x every 3 wks, Taxol 12x once wk. Dbl Mast. PCR!! Reconstruction fail, NED!
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I am so sorry about your recent diagnosis. I was diagnosed this past Oct. with TNBC 7mm tumor, no lympth node involvement, no genetic mutation. I first had a lympectomy followed by chemo - which I'm currently  undergoing -followed by radiation.Please do not let the internet freak you out! I did the same thing after my diagnosis. Researched and googled everything I could which only sent me into panic mode. While I do believe in educating ourselves a lot of what you read on the internet has to be taken with a grain of salt. Everyone is different and not all TNBC is a death sentence, as the internet would sometimes have you believe. You caught it early and it doesn't appear to be in your lympth nodes and that's very positive. That all alone means you have a good prognosis. My best advice is find an oncologist you like and trust. Get a second or third opinion if that's what need to be comfortable in your decisions. What made me most comfortable was finding a doctor who had experience treating TNBC and gave me real facts and statistics. For example, what the disease-free survival rate is for my particular circumstance with and without treatment. Your oncologist should have access to that information that they can share with you. My doctor came in with statistics, charts, graphs all relative to my information and pathology report which gave me the ability to make t he best decision for myself regarding treatment options. I know it's a lot easier said than done by try not to scare yourself by looking at too much on the internet.  
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Just starting on this new adventure - diagnosis received 9 days ago, surgery scheduled in a week for lumpectomy for 5mm tumor. 

Just starting to do my research, so I appreciate all of the first-hand knowledge here.

Can someone share about your experience with chemo? I am the primary wage-earner in our household and carry the medical insurance, so I'm concerned about being able to continue working (full-time high school teacher) while dealing with the side-effects.

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Hi Mathlady,

I was in your exact shoes in 2016. I worked straight through surgery, chemo, RADs and reconstructive surgery.  My tumor was small like yours.  I am on the other side of things and all is well.  You are at the very worst part.  Just know, it was very manageable for me and the work kept me sane.  Good luck to you.  Keep a positive mindset and come back to this board often.  It was a life saver for me 100%

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DX IDC, TNBC 12/7/16 (age 55), Stage 1a Grade 2, .6cm, 0/1 nodes, Lumpectomy & node dissection 12/22/16, BRCA1&2 negative 1/23/17 Chemo TC. Chemo completed 3/28/17. 30 RADs completed 6/6/17.

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I was wearing those same shoes in 2017...I worked during it all.  You can do it.  Pace yourself...and understand rest when you can.  Yes, this site is very important.  Godspeed!
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Oh yes...work is very good!  Keeps you busy and your mind is occupied!
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is this a NIH Approved Study
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Thank you for this information 

Itís very appreciated and the drug is helping these women and that is sooooooo wonderful 

Please keep us posted on this website

I know study location is California but hopefully it will be expanded to other areas of the Country as well

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Originally posted by James123 James123 wrote:

is this a NIH Approved Study


James123,  It's a Phase Ib/II NIH study.  This is a very early phase study and usually needs to proceed through Phase 3 or 4 before it becomes approved and can be marketed to the general public.

Phase
The stage of a clinical trial studying a drug or biological product, based on definitions developed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The phase is based on the study's objective, the number of participants, and other characteristics. There are five phases: Early Phase 1 (formerly listed as Phase 0), Phase 1, Phase 2, Phase 3, and Phase 4. Not Applicable is used to describe trials without FDA-defined phases, including trials of devices or behavioral interventions.
Phase 1
A phase of research to describe clinical trials that focus on the safety of a drug. They are usually conducted with healthy volunteers, and the goal is to determine the drug's most frequent and serious adverse events and, often, how the drug is broken down and excreted by the body. These trials usually involve a small number of participants.
Phase 2
A phase of research to describe clinical trials that gather preliminary data on whether a drug works in people who have a certain condition/disease (that is, the drug's effectiveness). For example, participants receiving the drug may be compared to similar participants receiving a different treatment, usually an inactive substance (called a placebo) or a different drug. Safety continues to be evaluated, and short-term adverse events are studied.
Phase 3
A phase of research to describe clinical trials that gather more information about a drug's safety and effectiveness by studying different populations and different dosages and by using the drug in combination with other drugs. These studies typically involve more participants.
Phase 4
A phase of research to describe clinical trials occurring after FDA has approved a drug for marketing. They include postmarket requirement and commitment studies that are required of or agreed to by the study sponsor. These trials gather additional information about a drug's safety, efficacy, or optimal use.

https://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/about-studies/glossary


Edited by 123Donna - Feb 16 2020 at 6:33pm
DX IDC TNBC 6/09 age 49, Stage 1,Grade 3, 1.5cm,0/5Nodes,KI-67 48%,BRCA-,6/09bi-mx, recon, T/C X4(9/09)
11/10 Recur IM node, Gem,Carb,Iniparib 12/10,MRI NED 2/11,IMRT Radsx40,CT NED11/13,MRI NED3/15

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