My Concern is Staying in Remission…

Posted by Lloyd on October 04, 2011

I am 54 years old and I was first diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 41 (in 1986). I had a modified radical mastectomy. There was no lymph node involvement and I took 6 rounds of CMF chemotherapy. Two years later I had reconstruction of the breast by tram flap.

In 1997 even though I had kept up with mammograms I found a 2 cm. lump in my other breast only three months after my last “clear” mammogram. After my surgeon saw the mammo he was very upset, because the lump had been very obvious even to me after he showed me the picture. This was diagnosed as a “new” cancer. Again, I had a mastectomy and this time two lymph nodes were involved. I did nine rounds of CMF again, no reconstruction, and am on Tamoxifen.

Also during this time I had an aunt and cousin who were diagnosed with breast cancer. All occurrences are on my father’s side of the family.

After so many coming up with cancer we opted for DNA testing. I have a variance in my gene they have never seen before. They then tested my sister and my Dad. My Dad had the same gene as I had. My sister did not.

In 1992 my sister was diagnosed with breast cancer. She also had a mastectomy, chemo, reconstruction, and was on Tamoxifen for 5 years. In 1998 my sister’s cancer reoccurred. She had a lump the size of a small egg in her armpit. She had surgery on July 7, 1998. She did chemo, 45 treatments of radiation, more chemo and she died on July 5, 1999.

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