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    Carm, thank you for your concern. I don't know if I was tested for BRCA or not. I was 59 when diagnosed, 18 months ago. My mother had BC for 28 yrs before she died aged 90. No cancer was found in my bones or any other parts of me. I had 10 lymph nodes taken out and no cancer was found, so to the best of my knowledge and from what I was told, all my cancer was removed.

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    I'd like to know if there are any other Australians on the site...

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    Barriesmum asked a questionBreast Cancer

    Anyone decline chemo or other therapies after a breast cancer diagnosis ?

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      Keenkayaker

      I am BRCA1 and was diagnosed with triple negative grade 3 breast cancer in November 2009, no lymph node spread. I had a TUG mastectomy on the affected side, didn't even think then to question the chemo and after completing my chemo followed by a preventative hysterectomy, it took me at least 3 years to get back to my old self. Then in December 2013 I had my second primary diagnosis of breast cancer on the other side and went through the whole Tug mastectomy operation again. Once again, no lymph node involvement and chemo recommended. However this time I have refused, completely happy with my decision. Discussed it with my family and they fully support me - there are more reasons just too long to list. Just wish people would respect my decision and leave me alone!

      over 2 years ago
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      Irenes

      At 73years of age I decided against chemo but did the radiation and am on letrozole. I had a radical mastectomy with 18 lymph nodes removed . Six were infected. I am coming up on my one year check up. Am still very fatigued and I spend a good part of every day exercising the arm to keep it mobile and try to keep the lymphedema at bay. I am looking forward to at least another ten to fifteen years of quality time with my family.

      over 2 years ago
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      FernandoRidley

      The most common cause of women’s death is breast cancer. One in 8 women is highly affected by the disease in any stage of life. It’s essential to know about mammogram screening as mentioned here http://qctimes.com/lifestyles/health-med-fit/mammograms-made-easier/article_3a57ed16-cf0e-5211-8b27-8717c35aa96c.html to detect the condition in initial stage. Its treatment includes surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, hormone therapy, targeted therapy and bone directed therapy. Yes though such therapies usually increase the survival rate of cancer patients, but might become harmful too.

      7 months ago
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    Decision Point (No other treatment except surgery.): I had decided right from the time I was first diagnosed that I wouldn't have chemo. I was pressured by medical professionals to have it, but I made the decision which I believe was right for me. I have no regrets.

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    Drug or Chemo Therapy (Chemotherapy): I declined chemotherapy, which was the only option offered to me. I was told the cancer would most likely return even if I had chemo so I declined it.