Hi again Bali - just another thing which I forgot to mention yesterday. There is a lot of research ongoing at the moment into triple negative to find new and additional treatments, such as to be able to give targeted therapies following the other treatments, like the ER+, PR+ and HER2+ ladies receive. So take heart that progress is being made, it's just unfortunate that they haven't known about TN for as long as the others so it's a bit further behind.
FEC-T isn't the nicest thing in the world but it's surprising how you suddenly find yourself out the other end and starting to get a, somewhere nearer to, normal life back.
Firstly, I'm so sorry you've had a recurrence. I know how disappointing it is. I have TN and had a local-regional recurrence this year, 2 1/2 years after my primary but I always knew I was high risk for it - I had all the aspects of disease that you just don't want.
I've read that the further from your initial diagnosis before a recurrence the better. So the fact that you've managed 4 1/2 years is a good thing - although it's pretty pants for you because they reckon after 3 years your chances of avoiding a recurrence are much better and better still after 5 years. You must have been feeling you'd put it behind you.
At least the lump wasn't so big and your lymph node has done its job. I can understand your worries about not being able to have any more radio but the chemo should mop up any stray cells - but don't assume there are any, it's just a safety net. Plus you've had the mastectomy.
It is a worry waiting for appointments to see people but I would say your situation is pretty positive. I wouldn't bother looking for statistics because the information is based on old data and we're all individuals so you can't really predict the likelihood of things like secondaries.
Wishing you well.
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