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I posted a few days ago about my sentinel node and lumpectomy. I had the surgery yesterday which took four hours instead of one and a half. The doctor found lymph node involvement. How does this affect my chance of survival?

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Stage 2A Patient over 5 years
 
  • Sharon Danielson Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2007
    The same thing happened to me. I don't ponder my chance of survival because NO ONE can predict your life span. My surgery was 5 years ago, I am still alive, obviously, and try not worry. I leave the worrying up to my team of doctors. My job is to live the life I have to the fullest.... which I am doing. Doctor's talk in percentages because that is how they set out your treatment plan. My doctor said even though I had a lymph node that was positive, it did not change my treatment plan at all. I went from a 2A to a 2B. Worrying about your demise is a destructive behavior. Focus on getting through your treatment, in the most positive way you can. Worrying, is not going to change anything anyway, it will just make you miserable. Again.... only God knows how long we have here.... there are plenty of women who have long outlived a "statistic". We are not numbers.... we are living, breathing, wonderful women! Positive thinking and affirming statements are what you need... not predictions of the end of your life. Hang in there, you will make it. Take care, Sharon
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    • Evelyn Heilbrunn Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2012

      Sharon nailed it. The same thing happened to me the first time I had breast cancer. It was supposed to be DCIS but after mastectomy the pathology showed invasive ductal and the whole landscape changed. I was scared beyond belief but I looked at...

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      Sharon nailed it. The same thing happened to me the first time I had breast cancer. It was supposed to be DCIS but after mastectomy the pathology showed invasive ductal and the whole landscape changed. I was scared beyond belief but I looked at it like snow skiing. Once you head down the slope you just have to keep going. Trust your docs and their recommended treatment. You can choose to look up statistics, survival rates, and every other number(s) you can think of. I did that once. It scared the crap out of me and I never did it again, even after I got breast cancer a second time. I'm alive and well with no signs of cancer anywhere. My hair is growing back and I'm making plans for the future. I have no reason to believe that things are going to be any different. Stay the course and do what you have to do. It will all work out. Best of luck!

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Evelyn, your wonderful words made me cry.... they are so true and life affirming. You GO GIRL and thank you for such a fabulous posting. Hugs and HAIR to you! Sharon

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    anonymous
    Survivor since 2012
    Hi, Please don't begin to worry about survival rates. You've begun the journey to good health and life. There will be soooo many factors to consider in the coming days that will determine your special plan and your doctors will guide you through each level of that treatment. Make a list of every question-small, large, odd, and profound-they are eager to answer them and will be much more open if they see you're a patient hungry for info. You will be the most valuable partner in this quest to a rich and long life. Breathe and lean on those around you and be amazed at the strength that will carry you through ONE DAY AT A TIME. Hugs and waiting for you on the path to healing. :-D Jo
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  • Marianne R. Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2011
    Please put your energy into treatment and getting well. Faith , good doctors, and a can do attitude is your best defense. I'm stage 3 invasive lobular and I'm cancer free today,
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