Just found this thread so excuse me for being late to the party. I was diagnosed with ER+ primary in 2002 and then triple negative primary in 2014. 6cm tumour in breast and 5mm in lymph nodes grade 3. Thanks to the wonderful Royal Marsden I am still here. Chemo (carboplatin I cant take the Taxol drugs as I'm allergic to them) completely eliminated the tumours over 6 rounds nothing left by the time I went for double masectomy. Followed by 3 weeks of IMRT radiotherapy. 4 years later and no recurrence. My oncologist told me that he does not know of any TN patient who has had a recurrence after 5 years. if recurrence happens then usually in 2-3 years. Not the same for ER+ which can recur up to 20 years later. So 5 years is the big mental milestone. I can think the mental side of treatment and survivorship is just as hard as the physical side. But there are some great counsellors out there for the patient and their family.
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