• Am I the only Breast Cancer patient there is to escape without needing either radiation or chemotherapy?

    Asked by AlizaMLS on Thursday, February 7, 2013

    Am I the only Breast Cancer patient there is to escape without needing either radiation or chemotherapy?

    I had a mastectomy (unilateral) and will have reconstruction but my Oncotype test indicated that chemotherapy wouldn't help my chances in any way-I have the same chances for a reoccurrence as anyone in the general population. I almost feel guilty!!

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    • nancyjac's Avatar

      I was there 20 years ago, and I didn't even have a mastectomy, only a lumpectomy. But in 2011 I was diagnosed with a different breast cancer and this time I got the whole smear......chemo, bilateral mastectomy, radiation.

      over 3 years ago
    • karen1956's Avatar

      Don't feel guilty....just know that you are following the recommended protocol for your cancer....For me, my protocol was bilat, chemo, rads, ooph and AI's......There is no one standard protocol....wishing you many many years of being cancer free!!!

      over 3 years ago
    • JennyMiller's Avatar

      Don't feel guilty -- feel blessed!! I had a bilateral mastectomy, chemo, radiation and AI's which was the aggressive treatment plan for me. I wanted to be aggressive but I am glad that it is all behind me now.
      Enjoy life -- and appreciate your blessings. Good Luck!

      over 3 years ago
    • caesarsbella3's Avatar

      I had a bi-lateral in Oct.2012. No radiation or chemo. Just tamoxifen. I feel guilty at times also.
      Though everyone's journey is different. That's what I am told. I just keep my faith strong and keep on living for today and raise my children.

      over 3 years ago
    • Benge's Avatar

      Sorry you have cancer as well. I had the bi lateral mastectomy with reconstruction and depending on the grade of cancer I will find out if I need chemo, but my oncologist said that everything points to no chemo, but I will have to take the 5 year pill. I will find out next week! Everybody's journey is different!! Blessings to you!!

      over 3 years ago
    • laurie's Avatar

      I had a mastectomy and did not need radiation or chemo either. I see my oncologist every 6 months. I rotate mammograms and MRI's every six months. I feel guilty sometimes too but I try to replace that feeling with gratitude!

      over 3 years ago
    • carter4's Avatar

      My friend did not have chemo or radiation - she opted out - took Tamoxifen for 5 yrs. - she was er/pr positive - she is fine !! I am stage 4 with no chemo nor surgery or radiation - how do you think I feel !!

      over 3 years ago
    • LiveLoveLaff's Avatar

      You sound just like me, Aliza. I had early stage and had a mastectomy; but that was after 2 failed lumpectomies. The AIs kick my butt with their side effects, so I truly believe I would never have handled chemo or radiation. That makes me very humble. I have tinges of guilt when I see my Onc and the waitting area is full of people a lot worse off- and tougher- than I am! Keep on with positive thoughts and good people around you. Jennifer

      over 3 years ago
    • leslie48240's Avatar

      Isn't it strange the tricks our minds play on us! You should be so elated that you can skip the dreaded chemo and even radiation! If you have confidence in your doctor...be happy, be relieved, do not feel guilty!! I know what you mean tho...as I had 18 months of intensive chemo treatments (3 different protocols...the last one every week for a year) and I never --not even once-- got sick, nauseous. In fact, my husband and I used to go out to eat after chemo as a kind of a "reward". Mind you, I did have side effects (lost hair...ALL of it...even eyebrows), some loss of feeling in extremities...etc. But all back to normal awhile after chemo ended. Now...I have learned to give newly diagnosed patients a little pep talk that they might not get so sick as everyone talks about...but I don't stress it...or repeat it after they start treatment, as they hate me when their chemo doesn't go so smoothly. There are so many ins and outs on this journey. What I'm trying to say...is appreciate that you are one of the lucky ones and enjoy it!

      over 3 years ago
    • AlizaMLS's Avatar

      Thanks to everyone who responded to my question re my escaping without needing radiation or chemo being breast cancer patient. I will however need a drug akin to Tamoxifen (probably not that one as I'm not yet through menopause and my breast surgeon told me that they [oncologists {at least where I'm being treated} don't like using it on no pre-menopausal women]. I am ER+.

      over 3 years ago
    • Xmom7's Avatar

      I know exactly how you feel. It's like survivors guilt. It's frightening to hear the words Invasive ductal carcinoma, mastectomy, and what was a lumpectomy! I had cancer in the left breast, and calcium build up on the right. I went with 2nd opinion and had a double lumpectomy. The cancer was not in the lymph nodes. So had 20 rounds of radiation on left breast, and now Tamoxifen for next 5 years. When I see other wormen and especially the children in commercials with Cancer, I just cry. I cannot believe that I was so blessed that the mammogram found the pea sized tumor. The last 4 months have been tramatic, but I survived it, and I don't cry or feel as quilty as I did before.

      over 3 years ago
    • mamakas' Avatar

      I had a mastectomy and later decided to remove the other breast and get implants. The cancer wasn't in the lymph nodes but my oncologist wanted me to have chemo t lessen the chance of future cancer. I decided not to get the chemo and I'm glad I didn't. Have been reading articles of chemo causing second cancers. Don't feel guilty, feel blessed! :)

      over 3 years ago
    • Doberwomyn's Avatar

      I was told that the standard is mastectomy or lumpectomy and radiation plus the hormone suppressing med but I have passed on radiation not sure about the other yet

      over 3 years ago
    • unowhoandwhy's Avatar

      I had a bilateral BMX, no radiation or chemo, just Tamoxifen.

      over 3 years ago

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