• Continued treatment after chemo, surgery and radiation

    Asked by Alyce on Tuesday, July 3, 2012

    Continued treatment after chemo, surgery and radiation

    My lump has shrunk tremendously. Saw the oncologist yesterday. We were asking more questions about the upcoming surgery (have 2 more chemos), then the radiation to follow and what to expect. We asked if the chemo port would be removed during the lumpectomy. We thought, beside taking a pill for a year, that we would be done....But he said no. That I would have to keep the chemo port for a year to continue the Herceptin IV's.....this is the first time he has ever said anything like this. And that I will have to take a pill for 5 years. Is this a normal standard treatment for a triple positive cancer? Has anyone else gone this route? Thanks...off to more research UGH!

    3 Answers from the Community

    • nancyjac's Avatar

      Yep. Started chemo late last fall, surgery in April, will complete radiation next week, will start Arimadex right after that, and have continued herceptin throughout and will until late this year. My onc. laid this all out for me from the very start.

      over 4 years ago
    • leepenn's Avatar

      that does sound very much like the usual treatment for triple positive. sorry you have to keep your port!

      over 4 years ago
    • CountryGirl's Avatar

      I also had to keep my port for a year and take Tamoxafin( I did not need additional chemo). This was devastating to me. I wanted it all to be over as soon as I rang the bell at my last treatment. I struggled with the realization that I wasn't my old self at the end of a year of treatment and the realization that cancer was not erased from my life.

      over 4 years ago

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