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    I had very little trouble with the reconstructive surgery, it was rough don't get me wrong but I think the doctor you choose to do it makes all the difference in the world. I didn't like them at first but now am glad I did them. I have the BRCCA 1 as well and had both a hysterectomy and bilateral mastectomies but when we went in to take the breast had a small cancer in my right breast. So I started Chemo, I have four treatments of the toxic stuff and three more of another. I don't know what they are because I've never had Chemo before. I'm learning all this as I go,as I'm sure we all do. Every Chemo is specifically design for each individual person. Fortunately i had high grade cancer cells which is the most affected by Chemotherapy. It was caught so quickly because I have a mammogram every year, I have such a strong family history. We already had the mastectomies scheduled before we knew there was something in the breast. I wish I had done it sooner but everything happens for a reason. The Chemo brain was worse when I first started and over all hasn't been that bad. I read other peoples and realize how fortunate I am. People should push to get genetic testing a low cost routine, so that women everywhere are able to be tested. I worry so much about my daughter that has no insurance and my cousin whose insurance won't pay for the testing. Genetic testing can make the difference between life and death.

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    Recurring Cancer

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      HearMeRoar

      Most people survive a very long time when there cancer.is caught in early stages!

      over 3 years ago
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      karen1956

      7 years from Dx and luckily still NED!!!

      over 3 years ago
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      gwendolyn

      Excellent question. I would like to hear examples of this, too. It seems like all the "survivors" I meet have had one or more recurrences and series of treatments. I don't think living as a perpetual "patient" is the kind of victory I'm hoping for.

      But, as I said before, if you don't get a lot of replies to this question it doesn't mean there aren't a lot of former cancer patients out there living cancer-free lives. It's just that a lot of these people have moved on and aren't actively participating in these type of forums.

      over 3 years ago
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    I watched the world news quite often, I like knowing what's going on in the world. Last year I heard about an amazing new breakthrough and again a few months ago. They have genetically engineered the AIDS virus by removing all the Aids information. Then they extract T-Cells from the individual person and put those T-Cells into the virus and put it back into that person. The virus is still as aggressive as it ever was and goes full force attacking it's target. So far this has only been tried on Leukemia patients four in all three adults and one child. All of whom had ZERO chance of survival, none of them had more than two weeks to live. Now all four are still alive and all four are cancer free except one of the adults. It's acts like a vaccine and sits back waiting and if there's ever a hint of Leukemia that pops back up, it goes right back to work. They hope to use this treatment on breast, lung, ovarian, liver and possible even more. this is a treatment we all need to watch for and push for. If this proves to be as effective on these other types of cancer as it has been with Leukemia, then it's possible to wipe out cancer, It's possible to have a cure. We cannot let this get brushed under the carpet, we have to keep this treatment and demand it be tested on other types of cancer.

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      GregP_WN

      This is the future of cancer treatment I believe. There is a research hospital near me that is always putting out a press release that they have gotten closer on these things. I am happy to hear it.

      almost 4 years ago
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      It's an amazing breakthrough, who would have ever thought of doing something like that. It could possibly just be a few more years down the road. The genius of modern man is astounding. I believe it is the future of cancer treatment and so much more. I would love to read any updates from you that you hear come out of that hospital. I gives people hope where there once was none.

      almost 4 years ago
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    I went for lab yesterday and is the first time I've gone to the lab here in Benton where I live. I have gone for one Chemo treatment in Little Rock but they can check my blood count here. They ask if I had a port or would they be drawing blood from a view. That was the second time someone had ask me that question. Now I know what a port is but I didn't know why people had to have them. They drew my blood and I had to wait for the nurse to come back and tell me how my blood count was doing. Which is fine by-the-way. The woman sitting next to me did have a port. I ask her if it were rude to ask "Why people have ports" she told me "it wasn't" and explained that it was just easier. That she had to take chemo for one entire week at a time and that it was a hard week. Now I've had one Chemo so far and only have to have two more. My first wasn't that bad but I knew what she meant. I knew that it would have had to been, I'm so grateful that I've always been so diligent about getting myself checked every year. I not only go for yearly physicals but have a pap smear and breast exam done as well. I didn't ask her what kind of cancer she had. I'm just so thankful that my Chemo won't take long and that I'll be able to go on with my life as usual . I pray for that woman's recovery, that God stay with her and lead her through this. I pray he will do that for us all.................

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      GregP_WN

      Glad your labs were fine. That's a plus, little victories, right? Thanks for the update and please keep us posted, should you have questions post them on the questions board and you'll get lots of help.

      almost 4 years ago
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