• Anyone decline chemo or other therapies after a breast cancer diagnosis ?

    Asked by Barriesmum on Saturday, August 25, 2012

    Anyone decline chemo or other therapies after a breast cancer diagnosis ?

    I was advised to have chemo but also told the cancer would return within a couple of years even if I had chemo, so I declined and just had the mastectomy and nothing else.

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    • Keenkayaker's Avatar
      Keenkayaker

      I am BRCA1 and was diagnosed with triple negative grade 3 breast cancer in November 2009, no lymph node spread. I had a TUG mastectomy on the affected side, didn't even think then to question the chemo and after completing my chemo followed by a preventative hysterectomy, it took me at least 3 years to get back to my old self. Then in December 2013 I had my second primary diagnosis of breast cancer on the other side and went through the whole Tug mastectomy operation again. Once again, no lymph node involvement and chemo recommended. However this time I have refused, completely happy with my decision. Discussed it with my family and they fully support me - there are more reasons just too long to list. Just wish people would respect my decision and leave me alone!

      over 7 years ago
    • Irenes' Avatar
      Irenes

      At 73years of age I decided against chemo but did the radiation and am on letrozole. I had a radical mastectomy with 18 lymph nodes removed . Six were infected. I am coming up on my one year check up. Am still very fatigued and I spend a good part of every day exercising the arm to keep it mobile and try to keep the lymphedema at bay. I am looking forward to at least another ten to fifteen years of quality time with my family.

      over 7 years ago
    • FernandoRidley's Avatar
      FernandoRidley

      The most common cause of women’s death is breast cancer. One in 8 women is highly affected by the disease in any stage of life. It’s essential to know about mammogram screening as mentioned here http://qctimes.com/lifestyles/health-med-fit/mammograms-made-easier/article_3a57ed16-cf0e-5211-8b27-8717c35aa96c.html to detect the condition in initial stage. Its treatment includes surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, hormone therapy, targeted therapy and bone directed therapy. Yes though such therapies usually increase the survival rate of cancer patients, but might become harmful too.

      over 5 years ago

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