5 is a magic number when you have breast cancer. After chemotherapy, surgery and radiation treatment… I am taking a drug, tamoxifen, for 5 years to help reduce the risk of recurrence. Your chances of recurrence drop off significantly after 5 years. However, if your cancer recurs within 2 years, it doesn’t bode well for your survival. At least that’s what I’ve been reading lately.
Why is this on my mind? Because I’ve begun to think about the future.