• Any opinons?......had a lumpectomy...small tumor is gone...1 small cell taken from lymphnodes....nothing left. Shouldn't I be having

    Asked by MaggiesPlace on Monday, April 23, 2012

    Any opinons?......had a lumpectomy...small tumor is gone...1 small cell taken from lymphnodes....nothing left. Shouldn't I be having

    radiation? Doc started chemo last week....not sure when I'll have another and not looking forward to it...sigh... Side effects include the possibility of leukemia....and so far no one can find any cancer or cells in my body with all the testing....I'm fed up not getting answers and thinking of going to Moffett for a 2nd.....I wantt a reason to have to have chemo and all they say is.....it's a precaution!

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    • foneheads' Avatar


      I am/was in exactly the same position as you. I even got a second opinion to see if I really needed chemo. I didn't want to go through all of it if I didn't have to. All precautionary. An insurance policy as one doctor described it. I did a lot of research and it really reduces the odds of it returning. Of course, there is no guarantee, but I have 6 kids still living at home and I can't risk not being here to take care of them. It was not fun at all, it literally does bring you to the brink of death and back. I was unable to function for about a week after each treatment. I completed chemo in January 2012 and radiation in March 2012 and I am glad I did it. I am feeling "back to normal." If it comes back now, at least I know I did everything possible to prevent it.

      almost 9 years ago
    • Txblueeyes' Avatar

      Hi! My schedule was almost the same as foneheads'. I was diagnosed on Oct 10, had a lumpectomy on Oct 18. I ended up having 4 sentinel nodes...all were clear, as well as the vascular system to the nodes was clear, and the surgeon got clear margins around the tumor. I figured...the cancer is gone...why do I need chemo?! But the doctors (I also got a second opinion) recommended chemo followed by radiation. I really was against chemo, but in the end, decided that I would do everything possible. I didn't want to look back 5 years from now and wonder, what if. Now, if it does come back, I can say I did everything I could the first time. Hopefully, I will never have to go through this again, but if I do, I won't be as scared as I was the first time. I started chemo at the end of November and had 4 rounds of TC, one every three weeks. Chemo is not great, but it was definitely not as bad as I had anticipated. I never threw up, and my worst side effects were weight gain, hot flashes and leg pain. I took February off and started 6 weeks of daily radiation at the end of February. I finished one week ago!!! My life is pretty much back to normal, though I do not have quite as much energy yet.

      My biggest concern for you is that you seem unaware of your treatment schedule. If your doctor has not laid out a clear regiment for you, then I would look for another doctor. The hardest thing for me during the past 6 months, is not having control over my own life...I had to find caring, skilled doctors to trust in. To me, trusting my doctors during this process, helped me get through it.

      Good luck to you!

      almost 9 years ago
    • Jackie's Avatar

      Hi! I was in a similar situation. My suggestion to you is this:

      Get all the information you can from as many doctors, websites, books, etc that you possibly can. Then, lay out all your options and seriously consider each one to you, consider your future, and consider how much you want to put yourself through. Talk with your loved ones and then make the decision you are comfortable with. Ultimately, it is your body and your life. The doctors can make recommendations and ultimately there are no guarantees with cancer coming back or not. Do what will bring you the most peace. Best of luck.

      almost 9 years ago
    • MaggiesPlace's Avatar

      Thank you all so very much and God Bless. You've really helped ease the stress of feeling *silly*. I will definitely pursue this further and let you know. Thanks again....love and hugsssssss

      almost 9 years ago
    • blndescorpio49's Avatar

      I, too had a lumpectomy with microscopic cells in the sentinel node but it was counted as clear. I had chemo, 4 rounds of AC and 12 rounds of Taxol and Herceptin, weekly. Followed by 7 weeks of radiation and Herceptin for several more months. I think it had to do with being HER2+ and the fact that it is an aggressive type cancer. Chemo wasn't easy, I had many side effects but never threw up. Fatigue was overwhelming. But as others said I needed to know I did everything possible and I know if it returns I can do it again. I am more than 1 1/2 years out from surgery and almost that out from chemo. Life is good! Just remember to "keep your eyes on the prize" life that is. Before you know it you will be on the other side of it.

      almost 9 years ago

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