Dec 11, 2001 - 9:44 am
I am 34 years old. I was diagnosed at the age of 32 with BC. I had mastectomy with axillary node dissection. Depending upon the pathologist you ask, I had either 1 2 of 13 nodes positive. I was not ER, PR or Her2. I had 4 cycles AC and 4 cycles Taxol. I finished my treatment this past January 2001.
Now, barely 10 months later, I have a regional recurrence: nodes in the supraclavicular. My scans and x-rays are otherwise clean. I am awaiting the hormone receptor status. (I am hoping I am now ER+, of course.)
I am -- flat out -- terrified. If I failed ACT, what else could there possibly be for me that will have a lasting impact on my disease? I am frightened that I will go through chemo again -- and likely radiation, too -- only to find myself with an even shorter remission.
I have a two year old son, and I NEED TO LIVE FOR HIM.
WHere are these promising new agents? p53 vaccine? genetic agents? I need them now?
I'm frightened ladies. Am a fighting a battle I am destined to lose?