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5 year mark!

May 23, 2017

Well, this May is my 5th year since having breast cancer in 2012! I was very happy when Dr. Dahlia Sataloff pronounced me cured and that it was not necessary to come see her on a regular basis. Of course, she said, I am always her patient if I do need her. So I drove home on cloud 9!!

Then I googled  “5 year mark – breast cancer” and got a gloomier story. There is no magic about 5 years.  it is statistically relevant but anyone can have recurring breast cancer at any time.

From breastcancer.org

“According to the National Cancer Institute, the five-year survival rate for non-metastatic breast cancer (breast cancer that has not spread beyond the breast) is 80%. Newspapers and television usually translate that to, “If you’ve survived for five years, you’re cancer-free.”

This is a bit misleading. It’s true that during the first five years, the risk of recurrence is highest. But breast cancer can recur even after five years. The important point to know is that the more time passes, the lower the risk of recurrence becomes.

The chance of surviving breast cancer depends on MANY different factors taken together. Lymph node involvement has a strong influence on prognosis. The more lymph nodes involved, the more serious the cancer. Some of the other factors that affect outcome are your general health, the size of the cancer, hormone receptor status, growth rate, tumor grade, and HER2/neu status. Learn more about all of these factors in the Your Diagnosis section.

Even with the best information, no one can predict the future. Each of us is unique, and how each woman’s body and mind handle breast cancer and treatment is truly a mystery. Many women have beat the odds, while other women “sure to do well” somehow didn’t. You just have to do the best you can, with the best team of doctors and nurses that you can assemble, together with your support network.

The good news is that more and more women are living longer than five years past breast cancer as a result of early detection, more effective breast cancer treatments, and better overall medical care.”

I am hoping for no re-occurrence, but who knows?? Meanwhile get your annual mammograms, because early detection does save lives!!

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3 Comments
  1. Sue Packel permalink

    Thanks for sharing, Linda. Being informed is the first step on the road to good health.
    Sue Packel

  2. Donna Kaulkin permalink

    Great news!

  3. Lynne Berman permalink

    Way to go!!!

    On Tue, May 23, 2017 at 2:04 PM, toooldtodieyoungblog wrote:

    > garf621 posted: “Well, this May is my 5th year since having breast cancer > in 2012! I was very happy when Dr. Dahlia Sataloff pronounced me cured and > that it was not necessary to come see her on a regular basis. Of course, > she said, I am always her patient if I do need her” >

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