Breast Cancer Survivor Carmelita Brillo – 13 Years in Remission
In 1998, Ms. Carmelita Brillo underwent a modified radical mastectomy for an invasive ductal carcinoma on one of her breasts in Manila Doctors Hospital. After the operation, she received a full course of radiotherapy. She did not receive chemotherapy. Four years after, in 2002, she had a recurrence in her lung. I treated her with Tamoxifen, after 10 months, the lung metastasis completely disappeared. She took Tamoxifen for 5 years. She is now 13 years in remission as of this writing in September 22, 2011. She is now 77 years old. We both thank God for this long remission. A word about her red polka-dot dress. She has been wearing it for the past 10 years whenever she would come to me for a check-up. She considers it a good-luck dress.