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February 19, 2010


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Dear Bena,
I saw your post from another forum and you mentioned about your blog, so here I am! My sister is about the same age as you, and just got the final word of metaplastic cancer today. She had her surgery done, but in New Zealand, they removed the drain when the liquid was less than 40 ml/24 hrs. So the nurse removed the drain while it was 39ml/day. Now she had 85ml liquid in her chest and got removed today by some type of needle. I'm not sure if that will be a long term problem for her.
My sister won't be able to do chemotherapy until April, but one of my close friend who had triple negative breast cancer last year, she wore a wig and it looked so beautiful on her. You are very beautiful, and you can consider to try a wig and try different styles! That's what I told my sister. Besides, you have a loving family and that will make you look even more beautiful!

bena roberts

Hi, thanks for finding me here! I am sorry for your sister. My sister is also a great support for me. When your sister is up to it she can email me as this disease is quite rare.

April should be fine for Chemo - they recommend here (in Germany) about 60 days after the final operation - so it should work out good.

I am going to write a post about my hair falling out and the wig thing!!!

thanks again, Bena

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  • Metaplastic Breast Cancer: Bena Roberts
    Being diagnosed with Metaplastic Breast Cancer is devastating. I thought it was a death sentence. It wasn't. Having metaplastic breast cancer is tough. Chemo is horrible and my hair didn't come back after chemo - but that is the worst that happened. I have survived for 8 years after my diagnosis. If you move quickly and have the cancer removed you can live too. The usual chemo regime is FEC-D for this cancer. Some women have CMF or CMX but FEC-D is common. Some women have chemo first and others have surgery first. I had surgery first and found it suited me. But talk to your oncologists and think about what suits you. Please read back through my metaplastic breast cancer blog and ask questions. This is tough but you can do it!

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