• What Next

    Asked by Tallgrass69 on Tuesday, April 16, 2013

    What Next

    Hi everyone I go to see my onc tomorrow and it's my reg day for chemo. The time I talk to her was great news the cancer was gone from my liver,bones,pelvic/abd and my lungs except for two spots in my lower left lobe and even those had resolved alot from the previous P.E.T. scan I'm scared cuz I dnt know exactly what that means I am PR + and ER+ I've had so many surgeries Im afraid she's going too say I have to have a hysterecomy since my ovaries makes the cancer aggressive. Another Dr. told me the mortality rate for me and all my issues is not good. So I'm afraid of What Next....

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    • CAS1's Avatar

      I don't know alot about BC but I do know the statistics. The five year survival for BC that has spread through the body is 90%. There ARE so many drugs and treatments for BC and so many many in the pipeline. There is real reason for hope. Hold on and take it day by day. Thats all any of us can do. Look at Boston? Geez..
      None of us know what tomorrow is going to bring. But for BC that tomorrow is going to most likely bring even more cures.

      over 4 years ago
    • virginisland11's Avatar

      Hi dear i go for a pet scan tomorrow an i am very nervous.. I know how u feel because its fair of the unknown.. We must keep our fight n faith and always remember God never gives us more than he knows we can bear.. Take care hon i prayed for you and others today..

      over 4 years ago
    • JennyMiller's Avatar

      I totally understand your fear!! I will be having Scans on May 3 and I am already dwelling on it with fearful apprehension. I am always preaching to remain strong, keep a positive attitude and maintain hope -- and I am offering this advice to you -- I just have to learn to practice what I preach!! I have found that prayer will enforce your strength and attitude. It is through the power of prayer that the Good Lord brought me through that "storm". I wish you the very best.

      over 4 years ago
    • DianaL's Avatar

      Hi, Great news with the PET Scan. I know that this hard advice to follow but try not to worry. My Mom used to tell me that worrying over something comes to naught and you have wasted all that time that could have been used in a more positive way. What does your oncologist say? I would wait and see what she recommends. If you are PR+ and ER+ that could mean it COULD go to your ovaries but then again maybe not. They will give you a pill to take that will block the estrogen that your body makes. Try to stay positive (I know that is hard), surround yourself with positive people. I am 66 and am one year our from my diagnosis and 5 months out of chemo. I do not qualify for any scans as I only had two positive nodes--so getting PET Scans would be a blessingto me. Lean on God and He will not let you down. Prayers and hugs going out to you.

      over 4 years ago
    • suebo's Avatar

      Several women in my office have had hysterectomies and they said it was an out patient surgery -- pretty easy procedure. Because of my issues with cancer they are all urging me to get it done -- which after I take care of my present issues I will def look into. There is good advice here -- positive attitude - prayer - etc but I am also a big advocate for doing alternative medicine along with the conventional to give yourself every opportunity to heal. I recommend Cancer Free by Bill Henderson as your first book -- I have been doing his 7step plan & believe it is helping.

      over 4 years ago
    • Gena's Avatar

      My doctor will not discuss mortality rates. Each case is different and those mortality rates are for patients about 10 years ago. We now have newer drugs and the survival rates are increasing. I am PR + and ER+ with stage IV breast cancer. The chemo usually shuts your ovaries down. I still have mine and my dr. has never talked about taking them out. Talk to God about your concerns and let him take over for you. It will give you a better peace.

      over 4 years ago
    • Nonnie917's Avatar

      Have you gotten a 2nd opinion? I am HER2 negative and plus on the others. My doctor told me the plus on the PR and ER is just that the R means the receptors are more sensitive to outside stuff and that I will have to be checked more often, BUT it does not mean I am going to get cancer again. I would get a second opinion if I were you and find a doctor that a friend of yours knows because she has already gone through it and know what her doctor is capable of doing to help you. Just my opinion. Good luck.

      over 4 years ago
    • Grandy's Avatar

      I had my uterus removed (not cancer related). I don't remember it being any big deal.. Though of course I did take painkillers afterwards. Blessings!!!!!

      over 4 years ago
    • alphphi02's Avatar

      I too am ER and PR positive. My physicians didn't start talking ovary removal until we learned I was BRCA 2 positive. That puts me at higher risk for ovarian cancer. No talk of a hysterectomy. I'm going to fight pretty hard against that one should it come up ... The side effects are not great and I am young. Talk to your oncologist and go from there. I found my OB/gyn to be a great resource on this front (well she's awesome on all fronts!). She talked me through risks, the surgery, etc. Remember that your reproductive system is not the specialty of an oncologist. My OB referred me to a gynecologic oncologist who would do the surgery as its actually a very specific surgery that generalists shouldn't do... I haven't seen her yet bc I don't plan on having the surgery for a few years.

      over 4 years ago

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