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Hi Suzanne, thanks for response.  If you don't mind my asking, where are you
getting treatment,
also what kind of chemo, and how did you react to it?  I did notice a
difference of chemo treatment - my onc recommended a round every three weeks
for three months (so that's only four I think).  I like your train of
thought, 70% chance of no reoccurrence.  I am not in the greatest fitness or
health wellness program yet, so I am not sure what I will do about
mastectomies.  I want to decide treatment course and then get on these
wellness plans you all are on.  Love, Gwen
-----Original Message-----
From: suzanne new <susienew@flash.net>
To: mol-cancer@lists.meds.com <mol-cancer@lists.meds.com>
Date: Thursday, May 27, 1999 5:41 PM
Subject: Re: [MOL] Re: Confused


>Hi Gwen: My BC situation is similar to yours. I had a lumpectomy on
>Nov.2,and again on Nov.11 because the surgeon did not get a clean margin
>the first time. I had two tumors, infiltrating ductal carcinoma and
>infiltrating lobular carcinoma. My Onc recommended mastectomy also, but
>I decided to stay with the lumpectomy. I am at high risk for
>recurrance(30%)but I figured that I was at a 70% chance of remaining
>cancer free. I had 6 courses of chemo (3 weeks apart)that started
>Dec.1.My Onc did say that I needed to start the chemo no longer than 6
>weeks from the lumpectomy. Now I am undergoing radiation. Only you can
>decide what is best for you. I suggest a 3rd opinion as the doctors you
>saw were so far apart on treatment. As far as the surgeon getting all of
>the cancer, what they really mean is that they got all they could see.
>It's what they can't see that is dangerious! Pray and follow your heart.
>God Bless
>Suzanne
>
>> Gwen Kouts wrote:
>>
>> Hi Molar Friends,
>> Just want some advice ... since I parted with my Sister Barb last
>> week, I decided I need to start focusing on my breast cancer
>> (lumpectomy almost four weeks ago - Infiltrating Breast Cancer Stage
>> II/III, but no lymph node involvement(Removed 13 lymph nodes).  My
>> surgeon here in Dayton recommends radiation, then chemo - no
>> mastectomy.  Went to Columbus Cancer Center, they recommend chemo for
>> three months, 1 every three weeks, total four chemo treatments, then
>> either radiation or double mastectomy with him favoring double
>> mastectomy because of : no lumps or bumps ever show up on ultrasounds
>> or mammograms on me, lobular carcinoma in situ condition, and strong
>> family history. He says my chance of reoccurrence is 30-40%.  With
>> mastectomies 5%.
>>
>> I am concerned because I have two different recommendations, and
>> because I don't know what to do.  I am not 100% sure if my surgeon who
>> did the lumpectomy got outside the tumor in safe margins.  The Dr. in
>> Columbus said they like to see 1/2 cm. to 1 cm. safe margin.  But the
>> Dr. here would not or could not give me numbers, just firmly said I
>> got it all, and you need to start radiation now.  Meanwhile, I am
>> going on four weeks since surgery, and I think I have read that
>> treatment must be started within four to six weeks.
>>
>> What is the most common treatment for LCIS, Infiltrating Breast Cancer
>> already having had a lumpectomy four weeks ago?
>>
>> Hope some of you have some insight..
>>
>> Also, how might I build my immune system?
>>
>> Your Friend,
>> Gwen
>>
>>      -----Original Message-----
>>      From: kcorrigan@chgw.com <kcorrigan@chgw.com>
>>      To: mol-cancer@lists.meds.com <mol-cancer@lists.meds.com>
>>      Date: Tuesday, May 25, 1999 3:13 PM
>>      Subject: RE: [MOL] I'M BACK - LINDA
>>
>>      Dear Linda:  My dad is doing quite well right now, thanks.
>>      He's not as strong as he used to be, of course, but he's
>>      hanging in there, and still has the same sweet, funny
>>      personality he's always had.  I have small cell lung cancer
>>      -- diagnosed in December of 1997.  I'm cancer free right
>>      now, after a grueling clinical trial that I'm sure was
>>      responsible for this extra time I've been given!  I feel
>>      wonderful, but in the beginning, everyone was frightened,
>>      including me.  So far, so good.  Give my best to your daddy
>>      -- and my best to you, too.  Love, Kathy
>>
>>      -----Original Message-----
>>      From: owner-mol-cancer@lists.meds.com
>>      [mailto:owner-mol-cancer@lists.meds.com]On Behalf Of George,
>>      Linda
>>      Sent: Tuesday, May 25, 1999 12:16 PM
>>      To: 'mol-cancer@lists.meds.com'
>>      Subject: RE: [MOL] I'M BACK - LINDA
>>
>>      Kathy:
>>
>>      It helps me to know that someone can relate to my feelings
>>      right now. And
>>      so many of you Molers are able to do that. I know God (and
>>      Joicy) have sent
>>      me to this site for good reason. How is your dad doing now?
>>
>>      Kathy, maybe I should know this from previous postings, but
>>      what type of
>>      cancer are you fighting? I'm sure it's very hard on your
>>      dad, especially at
>>      80 years old!! My prayers are with both of you. You're right
>>      - we can never
>>      have them long enough. My dad is 75 and I thought he would
>>      live forever. I
>>      guess it's time for me to face reality. And it's so hard to
>>      do that. But
>>      with your prayers, I'm know I will get through this.
>>
>>      My prayers are with you too.
>>
>>      Love,
>>      Linda
>>
>>      ----------
>>      From:   kcorrigan@chgw.com[SMTP:kcorrigan@chgw.com]
>>      Reply To:       mol-cancer@lists.meds.com
>>      Sent:   Tuesday, May 25, 1999 1:42 PM
>>      To:     mol-cancer@lists.meds.com
>>      Subject:        RE: [MOL] I'M BACK - LINDA
>>
>>      <<File: ATT00000.html>>
>>      Dear Linda:  I'm sure you don't look 51, either!  I'm so
>>      sorry to hear
>>      about
>>      what is happening with your father.  Believe me, I know how
>>      this feels.  My
>>      daddy has had three heart attacks -- very severe -- in the
>>      last six years,
>>      and a quintuple bypass.  It's so hard.  My cancer has been
>>      harder on him
>>      than his own illness, I think.  He's nearly eighty now, so
>>      I've been lucky
>>      to have had him for this long, but it's never long enough,
>>      is it?  My
>>      prayers are with you.  Kathy in Boise
>>
>>      -----Original Message-----
>>      From: owner-mol-cancer@lists.meds.com
>>      [mailto:owner-mol-cancer@lists.meds.com]On Behalf Of George,
>>      Linda
>>      Sent: Tuesday, May 25, 1999 11:05 AM
>>      To: 'mol-cancer@lists.meds.com'
>>      Subject: RE: [MOL] I'M BACK - LINDA
>>
>>      Cori:
>>
>>      Just have to clarify one thing!! In my message to you saying
>>      I'm 51, what I
>>      really meant to say was that I certainly don't look 18, but
>>      in my mind I
>>      feel that way. I'm sure I came across sounding as I thought
>>      I didn't look
>>      51. How embarassing!! LOL. If what I'm going through now
>>      doesn't age me,
>>      nothing will.
>>
>>      Have a good day.
>>
>>      Love,
>>      Linda
>>
>>      ----------
>>      From:   Stuart Scott Harth[SMTP:charth@bellsouth.net]
>>      Reply To:       mol-cancer@lists.meds.com
>>      Sent:   Tuesday, May 25, 1999 10:32 AM
>>      To:     mol-cancer@lists.meds.com
>>      Subject:        Re: [MOL] I'M BACK - LINDA
>>
>>      Dear Linda: My prayers accompany you all the time...Thanks
>>      for Stephen's
>>      Happy
>>      Birthday Wishes - I am 51 as you are.....sometimes feel 100,
>>      sometimes feel
>>      25...Take care. love. Cori.
>>
>>      George, Linda wrote:
>>
>>      > Dear Cori:
>>      >
>>      > Thank you very much for your prayers. I really do need
>>      them. Tell Stephen
>>      > "Happy Birthday." To be 18 again!!! I'm 51 today -- may
>>      not look it but I
>>      > still feel it. By the way, Stephen and I do have something
>>      in common. I
>>      > love animals and love to be around them.
>>      >
>>      > I will keep you all updated and hope all your prayers will
>>      continue.
>>      >
>>      > Love,
>>      > Linda
>>      >
>>      > ----------
>>      > From:   Stuart Scott Harth[SMTP:charth@bellsouth.net]
>>      > Reply To:       mol-cancer@lists.meds.com
>>      > Sent:   Tuesday, May 25, 1999 8:58 AM
>>      > To:     mol-cancer@lists.meds.com
>>      > Subject:        Re: [MOL] I'M BACK - LINDA
>>      >
>>      > Dearest Linda - my prayers accompany you on this sad
>>      trip.  I pray God
>>      > brings
>>      > you comfort and solace in the days ahead.  I know your
>>      dearest Dad will
>>      > continue
>>      > to be your guardian angel always.  You and my middle son
>>      Stephen share
>>      the
>>      > same
>>      > birthday - he is 18 today....he's a precious, sensitive,
>>      loving young
>>      > man...Loves nature and animals. You no doubt are too.
>>      love. Cori.
>>      >
>>      > George, Linda wrote:
>>      >
>>      > > Dear Molers:
>>      > >
>>      > > I am so out of touch with all that's been going on. My
>>      e-mail contained
>>      > > over 2,000 messages, and I just had to go in and delete
>>      them all.
>>      > Hopefully
>>      > > they are gone for good, as I was having the problem of
>>      messages being
>>      > > delivered over and over again.
>>      > >
>>      > > I know Joicy has been keeping you updated on my dad.
>>      News is not so
>>      good
>>      > at
>>      > > this point. Dad's been on an antiobiotic for fungal
>>      pneumonia for about
>>      a
>>      > > month. It's cleared up somewhat, but it has now stopped
>>      doing anything
>>      > for
>>      > > him. His lungs are beginning to deteriorate and having
>>      emphysema on top
>>      > of
>>      > > all this just complicates it more. He's on a full face
>>      oxygen mask and
>>      > his
>>      > > oxygen level is only in the 80s. Last week he was
>>      maintaining over
>>      90....
>>      > > so you can see that he is failing. They are giving him
>>      morphine to
>>      relax
>>      > > him and so he doesn't feel he needs to struggle to
>>      breathe. They want
>>      to
>>      > > transfer him to another facility since all they are now
>>      doing for him
>>      is
>>      > > giving him oxygen. That should be closer to his home in
>>      Vero Beach, Fl.
>>      > > He's in Tampa now. I guess that will happen within the
>>      next few days.
>>      If
>>      > he
>>      > > even makes it that long.
>>      > >
>>      > > We were all so happy a week and a half ago when he did
>>      this complete
>>      > > turnaround. Nobody expected him to get through the
>>      night. I really
>>      > thought
>>      > > he would recover. They did tell us he could go back
>>      downhill again any
>>      > > time, and I guess that's what's happening.
>>      > >
>>      > > I am so sad. I love him so much I just ache. My father
>>      is the most
>>      > > important person in my life. He really is. He's the one
>>      I've always run
>>      > to
>>      > > first and he's always been there. I can't imagine my
>>      life without him,
>>      > > although I see it coming.
>>      > > Tomorrow is my birthday and that makes me even sadder. I
>>      guess I'm just
>>      > > feeling sorry for myself. I feel like such a little girl
>>      - it's hard to
>>      > > explain. I had such great faith that my dad would come
>>      out of this
>>      okay.
>>      > I
>>      > > really did.
>>      > >
>>      > > So Molers, please pray for my family and that God will
>>      take Dad home
>>      > soon,
>>      > > without any suffering for him. My husband and I are
>>      going back on
>>      > Thursday,
>>      > > so I'll be away for a while.
>>      > >
>>      > > Love all you guys,
>>      > > Linda
>>      > >
>>      > >
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