My Prognosis

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.

2 Responses to “My Prognosis”

  1. JBBC Says:

    Hi Danielle, I just wanted to wish you well in your treatment and share a little of my story with you. I was diagnosed with breast cancer at 34 years old, underwent surgery, chemo and radiotherapy. With my consultant’s permission I did two and a half years of tamoxifen, not the full 5 years, as I wanted to try for a baby, after I got married last year. I can go back on tamoxifen at a later stage. After chemo, tests showed that I went into an early menopause and obviously my periods had stopped. After a year or so, my periods returned and the menopause was temporary as I slowly came out of it. And now for the happy news, I am nearly five years free of cancer and just discovered I am pregnant, a miracle, considering all that my body has gone through with cancer treatment, and of course, my age. It’s been a long hard road at times to get to this point, but I got there in the end. Stories of how other cancer survivors triumphed over the disease kept me going while I was ill, so I am happy that it is my turn now to share my story to give you and others hope in a brighter future.
    http://beyondbreastcancer.wordpress.com/about/

    • Danielle Kragnes Murray Says:

      Hi JBBC (what is your name, sorry?) Thank you so much for sharing your story! It is so amazing to see how the various blogs cross paths. I am so glad to hear that you were able to get pregnant, and I wish you the best throughout your pregnancy! That is truly great news and I’m sure you’re so happy! I hope my story follows in your path! I’ve been holding onto the hope that I won’t have to be on Tamoxifen for the full five years either. It’s nice to hear that you got approved to go off of it to allow yourself time to get pregnant. I’ve looked into adoption but most adoption agencies require parents to be cancer free for 3-5 years so that was looking far-fetched as well. Thanks for sharing your message. It gives me hope that I will be able to get pregnant myself before my doctors anticipate! Thank you and take care! I look forward to keeping up with you on your blogs!


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