Phyllis Beaufait

First post: Jan 4, 2019 Latest post: Jul 27, 2022
Welcome to our CaringBridge website. We are using it to keep family and friends updated in one place. We appreciate your support and words of hope and encouragement. Thank you for visiting. In December 2016 I was diagnosed with Triple Negative Breast Cancer in my left breast. My tumor was nearly 5cm but contained in the breast. I had 8 rounds of chemo followed by a mastectomy and reconstruction. It was considered stage IIB, and took 10 months to treat. TNBC is an aggressive type that often returns quickly as mine did. I feel fortunate if I had to have a recurrence, it is in my reconstructed breast. TNBC usually returns elsewhere. This time I have 3 tumors and a suspected internal mammary chain lymph node involved. My treatment plan is 12 rounds of chemo over 18 weeks, surgery (including implant removal) then radiation, additional chemo (pill) then maybe reconstruction. I later learned the tumor actually was on my chest wall, though none of my team used those words.
After completing treatment in April 2020, I soon learned my TNBC metastasized to my lungs. I began chemo and immunotherapy in October. My first follow up CT scan in January 2021 showed mixed results so we kept the same treatment plan. My second follow up CT scan in March '21 showed an increase in size and numbers of tumors. A different chemo along with the immunotherapy was stated this week, March 22.

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