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What are the chances of bc returning? I'm 37 and have recently had a grade 1 lump removed but was told that my age means it's more likely to return than not!

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  • Erin Timlin Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2011
    I'm 36 and was dx 9 months ago with stage 2b HER2 IDC. I've not had one person tell me that due to my age it's more likely to return, and if someone did tell me that I'd choose to put it out of my head. Of course, logically, I have more life ahead of me, but I could get any number of things in the next 50 years, never mind a breast cancer recurrence. Anyway, I suggest staying positive, exercising, eating right and not worrying about it. That's my plan!
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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      A very wise statement which I do already follow myself Erin, thanks. Ive remained totally positive throughout this experience as in my opinion, there is just no other option! I eat a healthy diet (of course with the occasional treats!! ;-) I...

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      A very wise statement which I do already follow myself Erin, thanks. Ive remained totally positive throughout this experience as in my opinion, there is just no other option! I eat a healthy diet (of course with the occasional treats!! ;-) I exercise (well, not back to it yet, but will do when I'm ready!) and just getting on with life as normal as I can for now (still off work)
      Thanks for your support and best wishes x

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    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    From what I have read Jo's answer is correct. The more years you have ahead of you the more likely it will return. Every year that goes by increases your chances of it coming back. My sister inlaw was in her early thirties when she was diagnosed, she is now nine years clear but has decided along with her doctors to stay on tamoxifen indefinately. I m in my 50s and decided to have a bilateral mastectomy to reduce my chances of it returning to the lowest possible.
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      anónimo
      Aprendiendo sobre el cáncer de mama

      Thanks :)

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    • Evelyn Heilbrunn Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2012

      Hi there, I first had breast cancer at age 44. Stage 1B. I then got it again at age 56, Stage 2A. I finished chemo in March. I also was told that my chances were higher for a recurrence since I was relatively young when I got it the first...

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      Hi there, I first had breast cancer at age 44. Stage 1B. I then got it again at age 56, Stage 2A. I finished chemo in March. I also was told that my chances were higher for a recurrence since I was relatively young when I got it the first time.
      One suggestion I have is that you get tested to see if you carry the BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene mutation for breast cancer. I got tested after my second diagnosis, and I carry the BRCA2 mutation. That explains a lot, particularly why I got it a second time. It wasn't a recurrence -- it was a new cancer, more aggressive than the first.
      One big benefit of getting tested is that if you do have the gene mutation you and your doctors will be extra-vigilant going forward.
      Best of luck to you!

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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Thank you Evelyn, I appreciate that you have shared your experience and advice :-)

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  • Jk Joyce Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2012
    Never heard that....if your dr did all he needs to you should be ok. It is important to know everything about your cancer and your treatment options. If your dr did not give you better news maybe you need a second opinion.
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      anónimo
      Aprendiendo sobre el cáncer de mama

      Thanks Kaye :-)

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    anónimo
    Sobreviviente desde 2012
    I had a grade 1-least aggressive, slow growing. I certainly don't claim any special knowledge but being young, to me, means you have a longer life span. The longer we live the more time something can crop up; we could get hit by a bus, slip in the tub, be shot by a jealous wife, or develop breast cancer because we're women. Doctors try to give us as many facts as we can digest and sometimes it's hard to swallow but information is power. You'll be vigilant AND healthy: Something all women should be. Congrats on grade 1. You're ahead of the game. Take care. Jo
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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Thanks for a very wise response Jo. How long did you take to recover from your op? Did all feeling return? Thanks :-)

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      anónimo
      Sobreviviente desde 2012

      I had a partial mastectomy April 4, this year-bottom third of my breast removed along with 3 sentinel nodes. Good margins and clean nodes. While I had stitches, I couldn't stand the jiggle-wore a soft sports bra that hooked in the back 24-7. All...

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      I had a partial mastectomy April 4, this year-bottom third of my breast removed along with 3 sentinel nodes. Good margins and clean nodes. While I had stitches, I couldn't stand the jiggle-wore a soft sports bra that hooked in the back 24-7. All stitches were removed by the third week out. Felt good during recovery but the stitches really pulled when they began to heal. I still have some numbness under my arm. Don't know when or if that will leave. Still have some nerves that burn in my breast without warning. The 4th of July was my one month out of 16 rad treatments. My breast is still changing. The nipple is supper sensitive. Kindof a hurt so good thing. Very little tingling in my arm since I could get back to my stretching during the rads. Still can't lay on my chest or wear a bra all day but I know that will come. Didn't have to take but 3 lotabs.-one the 1st night home, one the next day, and once just before my stitches came out-they they were so annoying. Three months out of surgery I feel I'm about 85 percent me. Can't get hot until my skin gets back to normal-I didn't burn bad but had a few tiny blisters-not bad! I think by my September visit to my doctors, I won't recognize myself compared to my visit on June 14. If you haven't had surgery yet, take heart. I'm 62 and breezed through it even though I had more tissue removed than originally thought necessary. Good health to you. Jo

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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Thanks Jo. I did have surgery about 3 weeks ago and am still experiencing tightness and soreness and swelling but I guess thats normal. I'm not too apprehensive about radiation therapy, but am more concerned with it making me fatigued than any...

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      Thanks Jo. I did have surgery about 3 weeks ago and am still experiencing tightness and soreness and swelling but I guess thats normal. I'm not too apprehensive about radiation therapy, but am more concerned with it making me fatigued than any external side effects. Were you too tired to do any exercise during treatment? Thanks so much for sharing your experience, sounds like you are doing great :-) Im only in my late 30's so am hoping I also make a speedy recovery! All the best xx

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      anónimo
      Sobreviviente desde 2012

      I think I lost my first answer by hitting the wrong button. Sorry. I had to get up at 6:00 am to make an hour and 15 minute one way trip for treatment. My husband drove-he's a saint. When i got home, if I felt like it I would do gentle yoga...

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      I think I lost my first answer by hitting the wrong button. Sorry. I had to get up at 6:00 am to make an hour and 15 minute one way trip for treatment. My husband drove-he's a saint. When i got home, if I felt like it I would do gentle yoga stretching to quiety music, eat lunch and take a nap or just rest for at least 30 minutes. The rest got longer as the weeks passed. I was able to take short walks when I felt like it before the summer set in, but it is too hot now. One month out of 16 rad treatments and I can't get hot. Looks like i Get the measles at the site. I don't know if it was the drive or treatment or the combo but as I got to the end of the second week I felt myself slow down. It is cumulative. If you can rest, that is fantastic, if you can't because you work or have small children I hope you can work out a time just for you. Your youthfulness is a plus. When you're too tired, don't force it, your body is telling you kick back and let it recoup. You'll have moments of feeling good and feeling slow. For the girls who have 25-35 treatments, you deserve the down time. I'm feeling about 85% myself. It's only been 3 months from surgery and 1 month since radiating. I know you'll scoot through it ONE DAY at a time. Good luck, take care and stay in touch. Jo

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      anónimo
      Aprendiendo sobre el cáncer de mama

      Thank you soooo much Jo! :-) Wishing you all the best too!

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