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March 30, 2014 at 10:44 pm  #1263016    


Hi everyone,

I am happy that I joined this forum site, I hope that we will have a good time discussing things in our interest especially on breast cancer. Hoping for helpful and friendly users here. :)

Welcome to those who are newbies like ME!

Thank you and Take care everyone! ;)

March 31, 2014 at 8:27 am  #1263023    
JimC Forum Moderator
JimC Forum Moderator

Hi Sarah,

Welcome to GRACE! I think you will find a friendly community of faculty and members who will help with any questions you may have.

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Jul 2008 Wife Liz (51/never smoker) Dx Stage IV NSCLC EGFR exon 19
4 cycles Carbo/alimta, 65% shrinkage
Tarceva maintenance
Mar 2010 progression, added Alimta, stable
Sep 2010 multiple brain mets, WBR
Oct 2010 large pericardial effusion, tamponade
Jan 2011 progression, start abraxane
Jun 2011-New liver, brain mets, add Tarceva
Oct 2011-Dx Leptomeningeal carcinomatosis; pulsed Tarceva
At rest Nov 4 2011
Since then:

March 31, 2014 at 9:01 am  #1263027    


Welcome, Sarah. I’m happy you found this site. It really helped me deal with my lung cancer, and I, too, am looking forward to finding that it helps with my recently diagnosed breast cancer as well. The first thing I have to deal with is that my mastectomy surgery, scheduled for this Thursday, was just cancelled due to lack of OR space. They do most simple mastectomies here on an out-patient basis, but because of my recent lobectomy and lung cancer, they say it has to be in-patient. I suppose I understand, but having waited for this date and arranged it a month in advance and told it was okay, it’s frustrating.
I’d like to hear more about your experiences. What do I have to deal with right after surgery? (Presuming, as I always do, that it goes well.)

Dx June 2009 NSCLC adenocarcinoma IIIA with BAC, L upper lobe. 2 cycles cisplatin + etoposide w/25 days RT; PE + other side effects, no change in tumor. Wedge resection of L lower lobe & nodes: EGFR mutation (19). 3 mo. Tarceva in 2010, tumors grew; 3 mo. Alimta, no change. “Watch and wait.” Stable 3+ years. Thyroid cancer early 2013 (surgery and rad). Lung CT 9/2013: tumor growth. Left upper lobectomy, left lower wedge + nodes; status: T4 N2 M1a. Breast cancer dx’d 12/2013: HR+, HER-2 negative. Mastectomy 2014. 5 new small lung tumors in fall 2014: right and left lobes, pleura. Restarted Tarceva. 77-Y/O female ex-smoker (quit in 1982) with lupus. Overall, doing fine.

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