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What Happens After Taking Cancer Tables For 5 Years?

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What Happens After Taking Cancer Tables For 5 Years?

Postby Hod » Sat Oct 07, 2017 8:48 am

My mother has breast cancer? Her doctor told her to take letroz tablet for 5 years. But i am worried what will happen after 5 years. I have searched on google that many people die after 5 years. Is it true? Please say frankly.
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What Happens After Taking Cancer Tables For 5 Years?

Postby sandon » Sat Oct 07, 2017 9:18 am

They're just keeping her estrogen levels down, so she must have had hormone-influenced breast cancer. Five years is the amount of time specialists monitor closely to make sure any cancer doesn't recur. After that 5 years they consider it a "cure" instead of a "remission".


You need to know the ~stage~ of her breast cancer. If it was caught in an early stage, her odds of survival are very good. If caught at a late stage, it gets less optimistic.


But please know that breast cancer is not a very deadly disease any more. There have been so many advances in treatment that it's one of the cancers that has good survivability.
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What Happens After Taking Cancer Tables For 5 Years?

Postby Mistie » Sat Oct 07, 2017 9:19 am

She lives in the land of "I hope it doesn't come back." Many doctors extend hormone tablets to ten years.
That could be a consideration.
There's no way of predicting who will respond positively to treatments.
If we knew that, NO ONE would die of the disease.

@Marianne ... 40,000 women ... in the US alone ... dies of breast cancer every year.
While treatments have been successful in the past, that number has not changed for about 20 - 30 years.


40,000 women (and some men).
Internationally, the number is much higher.


I was originally diagnosed with Stage IIIb with an immediate relapse.
This past week, while participating in a Phase 1b clinical trial, I met my roommate.
She's 40 years old; was originally diagnosed at age 28 with Stage 1 breast cancer ... had double mastectomy and chemotherapy.
Twelve years later, she was just diagnosed Stage IV with a recurrence in the chest wall as the original breast (where she no longer has a breast) and it's spread to her lymph nodes, sternum and lungs.


Both she and I will end up being a part of those statistics that will reflect our deaths.
But, I guess it's okay for you to say that "breast cancer is not a very deadly disease any more." However, your statement is a lie.
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