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While I had my Surgery on June 7 after being DX T3N1M0 back in Jan and here are my results, Clear Margins, they removed 14 lymph nodes and one came back positive. I will start chemo in 4 weeks and be put on Trastuzumab every 21 days for 10 months is this normanl?. Not sure what is worse not having a clear margins or one node out of 14.

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Like you I had clear margins but one of the 21 nodes they removed in surgery was positive. I had 18 weeks of follow up chemotherapy using three drugs, Cisplatin, Epirubicin, and 5 FU. I received Cisplatin and Epirubicin every 21 days and wore a personal medication pump that delivered 5 FU 24/7 during the chemotherapy period.

It was not fun; but it was survivable, and so far I have had clear scans since. I had my surgery in November of 2009.

Two things to remember, you had clear margins and the affected node is out of your body.

Best Regards,

Paul Adams
Grand Blanc, Michigan

DX 10/22/2009 T2N1M0 Stage IIB
12/03/2009 Ivor Lewis
2/8 through 6/14/2010 Adjuvant Chemo Cisplatin, Epirubicin, 5 FU
Two year survivor

Life may not be the party we hoped for, but while we are here we might as well dance!

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can you tell me what a grade two lymph node means after they remove it.

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Just hang in there. You will get thru the chemo even though it can be rough. Stay strong and fight on!

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