• Will complete 5 out of 6 chemo treatments today and seriously considering stopping. On TCH, will continue Herceptin for another year.

    Asked by HGWWW on Thursday, January 17, 2013

    Will complete 5 out of 6 chemo treatments today and seriously considering stopping. On TCH, will continue Herceptin for another year.

    Anyone else stop early?? Is there a big difference between skipping 1 treatment?? Had double mastectomy even though cancer was only on one side, not in lymph nodes, stage 1a, they are treating very aggressively, and I will continue Herceptin for a year.

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    • TinaJacques' Avatar

      You've only got one treatment to go, the end is so close... why stop now? They may be treating aggressively because even though your disease was not advanced (stage 1) it may have been extremely aggressive. I always err on the side of "the oncologist knows best". Your treatment plan is tailored to you and your disease - stopping early may mean that a pesky cell remains and will be able to multiply. Once one more treatment compared to the rest of your life cancer free? Please hang in there! You're nearly done!

      over 4 years ago
    • TinaJacques' Avatar

      what's*** one more treatment

      over 4 years ago
    • BuckeyeShelby's Avatar

      It depends on your reasoning. My oncologist had considered cancelling my last treatment because of the peripheral neuropathy. I actually talked him into going forward, as I'd rather have numb fingers than have a recurrence that might have been prevented. Are you having nasty side effects? I'd definitely discuss the matter w/your oncologist before deciding to stop. If it's side effects, there may be meds that can make the issues endurable. Whatever you decide, I wish you the best.

      over 4 years ago
    • ticklingcancer's Avatar

      They're treating it aggressively because they want you to have a very low chance of recurrence. I think at a certain point though you have to weigh the recurrence chance with your quality of life. This is something you should discuss with your Oncologist. He may agree with you that your chances of recurrence is low enough that you may not need the last round. Especially if it's on knocking say 2% off your recurrence chance. Good luck to you!!

      over 4 years ago
    • nancyjac's Avatar

      You were only scheduled for 6 treatments so not completely the last one means not getting 17% of your treatments. That is pretty significant. I was on the same regimen. Once you complete the 6th treatment, it is highly unlikely that you will have any noticeable side effects from just the herceptin. Hang in there. It's hard but you have made it this far, you can get through the last one. If you don't you will spend the rest of your life worrying if you will have a recurrence because you didn't finish treatment.

      over 4 years ago
    • Nancebeth's Avatar

      I was also stage 1a, grade 2, had a bilateral mastectomy even though the tumor was only in the left. I had 6 sessions of CMF. I wanted to quit after the 4th but I convinced myself to go on. I REALLY wanted to quit after the 5th but my friends and my onc convinced me I could do it. Now it all seems so silly, wanting to quit. It sucks while you are in the midst of it but one you're done, it is such an accomplishment. And the chance of recurrence is lowered with chemo even after mastectomy. Stick with it, you can do it. I was miserable, have no family to support me, and I did it. You can, too!

      over 4 years ago
    • karen1956's Avatar

      Why do you want to skip the last chemo....Yes, chemo is hard, but unless you are having life threatening side effects from the chemo, I say do it!!!

      over 4 years ago
    • HGWWW's Avatar

      Met with oncologist this morning. She said treatment has been super toxic to my system and was willing to skip today's treatment, but I'm having the 5th now and she agreed without any hesitation not to do a 6th. Said that the Herceptin would target better and be more effective with my HER2+ status.

      over 4 years ago
    • gwendolyn's Avatar

      I'm glad you had satisfactory resolution with your doctor. Sounds like you were having an atypically rough time. Glad your doctor recognized this and weighed it vs. the benefit of continuing the chemo.

      over 4 years ago
    • Carol-Charlie's Avatar

      WHY? You're so close to completing what your doctor felt was necessary for the best outcome! Come on you can do this!!!!. At least I'm all but sure you can.... I know I wanted to fight with all I had. I did everything my oncologist asked of me, which was to take almost two years of chemo. I came out the other side tired and glad. If it comes back again, I'll know I did all within my power to kill it !!!! AND THEN.... I'd start again. However it's been 5 years from stopping treatment and I'm still cancer free. I'm about to turn 70 and I'll fight it again and again. Come on take my hand and let me help you through your last treatment... Please!

      over 4 years ago

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