• survivor time of patients in breast cancer

    Asked by Jivan on Monday, September 26, 2011

    survivor time of patients in breast cancer

    My sister in law suffering by breast cancer since 31 July. Now she is under treatment at Ahmedabad Civil hospital.(The Gujarat Cancer & Research Institute The Gujarat Cancer Society Civil Hospital Campus, Asarwa, Ahmedabad-380 016. Gujarat). Her surgery done after four chemotherapy. Now first dose of taxol based chemotherapy completed. this treatment is okey or not?

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    • RE16's Avatar

      Hi Jivan, sorry to hear that your sister has had to deal with cancer, never pleasant. The treatment you describe sounds pretty standard. Now that said each person is different and there are several different types of breast cancer and several different stages of breast cancer each one is treated accordingly. I myself have survived 3 battles with breast cancer the first being way back in 1997 so please know that one can live many years after being told one has cancer, there are many factors at work here. More than likely she will take taxol for 5 years and she will see her cancer doctor every 3 or 6 months for check-ups. I hope this has helped you, my best to you and your sister.

      almost 10 years ago
    • lynn1950's Avatar

      Hi. It sounds like your SIL had chemotherapy before surgery (maybe an anthracine and cytoxan?) to shrink the tumor. Then she had surgery, and after a short recovery time, she is now having some rounds of taxol .

      The rest of her treatment will depend upon her diagnosis (stage) and age. Stages are I, II, III, or IV. Staging depends upon the size of the tumor, the aggressiveness of the cancer, and whether or not and how many lymph nodes are involved.

      I am stage III. That means that my tumor was greater than 2 cm, my cancer was moderately aggressive, and I had more than 4 lymph nodes involved. My chemotherapy included 4 rounds of Cytoxin/Anthracine, and then four rounds of Taxotere, each two weeks apart.

      I had surgery before chemotherapy, but many woman have chemotherapy first. Following chemo, I had radiation treatments. When those were completed, I had a bone density scan, an MRI, a chest X-ray, and a bone scan. Now, because I am post menopausal and my cancer needs estrogen to grow, I take a pill called Arimidex (for five years). Women who are premenopausal and estrogen and progresterone positive take Tamoxifen.

      I hope this helps.

      almost 10 years ago
    • mspinkladybug's Avatar

      only God knows when we will die.... once we say u will die in 2 weeks we take away hope and studies have even shown when dr say u will die in 2 weeks people just give up and die in 2 weeks i ment a 10 year yes 10 year stage 4 survivor sh has been stage 4 for 10 years, dr told her she would die in 6 month she fought back. hope is te best medicatation out there make sure she g ets lost of it

      almost 10 years ago
    • Merianne41's Avatar

      Jivan, I had taxol nine year ago. It saved my life then. My biggest side effect was that I blew up physically and gained a lot of fluid retention, but they have drugs like that. My first four chemo's had many more drugs, then I had surgery and they then biopsied the tissue type and then put me on taxol. It has given me nine years that I wouldn't have had. At the time my stage was 3a' every day is God's gift. No matter who many days she has, its the quality of her life not the quantity of days. My brother was there for me too. You cannot imagine how important friends and family are. Keep thinking positive!

      almost 10 years ago
    • judith4040's Avatar

      I agree with your posts. I was diagnosised initially with stage iv in July of 2009. I have been on non stop treatment since then. my cancer still grows and it has recently spread again. doctor told me in may that i had one year to go. bull crap...i won't give up. i am only 40 and i have a 6 year old that I have to be here for. Don't ever give up fighting!

      almost 10 years ago
    • Ninegirl's Avatar

      It depends on who you ask. Ask my naturopath and she says that some people walk away with NED (no evidence of disease). Old statistics for stage for give us 2-3 years. My surgeon said 10 - 15 years. I have been stable for two years at stage four. There is no way to tell and statistics lie. They only show the ones who are tracked, or are on standard treatment. It is frightening and daunting but I'm with the post above. Only God knows. Blessings, L

      almost 10 years ago
    • Staci1219's Avatar

      Everyone is different but only God knows when we will die.

      over 9 years ago
    • adelia11's Avatar

      Jivan: I am curious as to what stage, and type of breast cancer she has. As everyone has said, there are so many stages, differences in individuals, and severity of the drugs used. I had only 2 drugs. 2nd being taxol. These were for 8 tx every two weeks. I am now on my last taxol next tues. Then 33 rads txs. I am 59 yrs. of age, and most side effects I have had are very similar to most. Circular rashes, on buttocks, forehead, eyebrow. Will not go away even with cream. I have stage II invasive ductal cancer. I too wonder if this is the end of this thing. Or I am looking at years of worry and wondering if it will return. Best of luck and good will to you

      over 9 years ago
    • patsydee's Avatar

      Jivan, I had breast cancer in 1968. I had a mastectomy and 32 cobalt treatments. I was told that if I survived years, I would be lucky. It has now been 44 years and I have never had cancer again. I had cobalt because there was no such thing as chemo or radiation. I think cobalt is similar to radiation. I was only 33 at the time with children, 5,8,& 9. Keep the Faith.

      about 9 years ago
    • LittleRed's Avatar

      I had taxol. Toughest drug but no complaints. I am 3 years out with an OK so far. Just tell her she can take the tough medicine and be a warrior!

      about 9 years ago
    • LittleRed's Avatar

      So very sorry to hear of your SIL's diagnosis. It's true only God knows the plan. However. I am grateful for my Taxol every day. And I know women who have been well for 20 years now and who are still going strong! The one thing they have in common is they embrace life and they never let their cancer be bigger than them. Treatment can be hard but no battle is won without a hard fight. Hugs to you and yor SIL. Tell her her sisters are praying for her strength and peace of mind!

      about 9 years ago
    • Professor's Avatar

      I had it 13 1/2 years ago.

      almost 9 years ago
    • princess123's Avatar

      I started out on Taxol and it knocked my cancer markers back quite a bit. I hope your sister has the same results.

      almost 9 years ago
    • Topazcat's Avatar

      Please tell your sister to focus on fighting the cancer. Statistics are just an average. She needs her strength physically and mentally to get through this. I was diagnosed about 2 years ago with Inflammatory Breast cancer stage 3b and invasive lobular cancer stage 3. If I focused on the statistics I would go crazy. Instead I try to focus on living each day as normally as possible. Give her a hug from me!

      almost 9 years ago
    • SDB's Avatar

      My mom is a 22 year survivor of Breast Cancer, she is doing very well. Keep it positive and always looking forward is the best advice you can give your sister in law.

      almost 9 years ago
    • MicheleP's Avatar

      My mother has been living for 30years after having surgery and radiation for her breast cancer. It hasn't been time for God to take her yet.

      over 8 years ago

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