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      Jouska

      I would go back to your oncologist and ask for clarification and also comparison with those who do not get chemo. My oncologist took the opposite approach and said to stay away from statistics because they can become very generic and not specific. He said we need to treat your specific cancer, Stage 2a, e+/p-, HER2+, in the way that is most likely to be successful long term. Which included a mastectomy, chemo (carboplatin & taxotere), Herceptin & Perjeta and now post treatment, Arimdex. I wanted a very aggressive approach and one that was best for me.

      about 1 year ago
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      BarbarainBham

      The question is not necessarily whether you will have a recurrence. Wouldn't the question be whether chemo and radiation will extend your life, prevent your death, or prevent further metastasis? The statistic you quoted is missing qualifying information, so shouldn't be used to make a decision.

      To purposely reject treatments verified as effective by research is rolling the dice on your health. If your reluctance is due to insurance and money problems, there is financial assistance available.

      My best advice is to do EVERYTHING you can to prevent recurrence, including alternative treatments if you have your doctor's permission.
      Best wishes.

      about 1 year ago
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      Lynne-I-Am

      Agree with opting to treat yourself with both traditional and naturopathic treatments providing natural remedies do not interfere with the performance of the traditional . You site statistics but many times these statistics are years old and do not incorporate advancements in treatments these past five years. Also, with any advanced cancer the odds of recurrence are of course much higher so any survivor needs to accept this and realize that there are many options for treatments should this occur. You seem to have the idea that if you have a recurrence why should I bother with the chemo or radiation? The answer is that even with a recurrence , you can very often go on and live life and enjoy your life in or out of treatment for years to come. I have two close friends who are doing just that, both are later stage cancers and the treatments they are on are keeping their cancer stable. Also, who is to say , you may very well be in the percentage of survivors that never experiences a recurrence? Some even experience only one recurrence , receive treatment, and never recur again. You owe it to yourself ad those close to you to explore all options and not throw the baby out with the bath water. Survivors “ surprise “, everyday.

      about 1 year ago
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