Breast Cancer Survivor Feliciana Ruiz – 12 years
Ms. Feliciana Ruiz, now 74 years old, is a breast cancer survivor for 12 years now. In 1999, I operated on her in Manila Doctors Hospital. She was 62 years old then. I did a total mastectomy with axillary sampling. The histopath showed a 2-cm invasive ductal carcinoma with nodes negative for spread. No additional treatment was given after the operation then. No tests for ER, PR, and HER-2-NEU were done. Three years after, 2002, she had a recurrence on her armpit or axilla, for which I did a second operation, this time, an axillary dissection. One out 17 nodes harvested showed positive spread. Thereafter, she took tamoxifen for 5 years. She is currently in remission, 12 years after the first operation and 9 years after the second operation. We both thank God for the result of her treatment. She is now preparing to be with her children abroad.
Feliciana Ruiz, July 7, 2011
Feliciana Ruiz, July 7, 2011, Breast Cancer Survivor, 12 years