Breast Cancer Survivor Carmelita Brillo – 17 Years in Remission and Her Good-luck Dress

Ms. Carmelita Brillo considers her red polka-dress good luck.  Every time she comes to me for a check-up of her breast cancer, she always wear this same red polka-dress.

Below is a picture taken on December 8, 2015.


Here is the other picture which I took with her in September 2011 (4 years before).


In 2011, I posted the following:

Breast Cancer Survivor Carmelita Brillo – 13 Years in Remission

by Reynaldo O Joson on Thursday, September 22, 2011 at 7:02pm

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.


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