My Initial Prognosis
Well, aside from being Stage IIB, which I’ve mentioned previously, the doctors have indicated that I have a 50-60% chance of being DFS, or Disease Free Survival, meaning there’s a 40-50% chance after all the treatments that I will not be 100% cured from the cancer. This is due to the several high risk factors for my cancer: being HER2+, being ER+, being detected after lymph node spreading, and my age (higher risk in younger women). Although, my doctors are the best in Charlotte and have informed us that they are optomistic that I will fall in the DFS range.
There is also a 50% chance of recurrence, which is what the 5 years of Tamoxifen is for.
Regarding fertility, there’s a 30% chance the treatments will cause early menopause (infertility) and a 100% chance I won’t be able to have kids (at least not my own) until I’m 37.
My Post Treatment Prognosis
After the surgery and after my pathology results came back (see pathology page), my risk for recurrence has been significantly reduced to a 10% chance (down from an original 50% risk). I have also gone from stage IIB/III to stage I.
I have gone into early menopause, but hopefully that’ll reverse itself over time…………Well, that happened…….I have since learned that my fertility is fine and I am no longer in early menopause.