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    addysmum asked a questionBreast Cancer

    Oncotype Score 16 - Chemo or no

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      Dina

      I forgot to add - I did do radiation.

      about 1 month ago
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      One thing to think about are the long term side effects of chemo. I still have significant cognitive issues, had to go on heart meds for damage to my heart and I have neuropathy. I was 52 and very fit and active when diagnosed. I don’t know if I would do it again even though I was stage IIIc. I agree with asking the doctors what they would recommend if the patient was a close family member. I would also find out exactly what the statistics say. For example, the risk of recurrence may be 3% with chemo and 6% without. You can then decide if the benefits outweigh the risks. I know the 5 year survival rates for stage 1 are nearing 100%. I am not sure about recurrence rates or stats for younger women, however.

      about 1 month ago
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      addysmum, what have you decided about chemo? Whatever you have decided, I hope you are at peace with your decision and are well.

      22 days ago
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    Procedure or Surgery (Double Mastectomy): I decided to do this as a preventative measure. Just as well as they found some more cancer. I am 3 weeks out from the surgery and it is painful but i am starting to be able to move around more. As someone who usually sleeps on their stomach, having to sleep on my back is difficult