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    Good for you for finding this so early! As a breast cancer survivor (6 years ago) diagnosed about the same age as you, my advice is to 1). Get a second opinion from a world class cancer center (the Susan Love book has a list). This seems like a pain, but it is always worth it. As much as I trusted my doctors, the cancer center (Sloan in NYC) visit resulted in a different surgery (lesser) and I couldn't be happier. As simple as my cancer looked (stage one, no lymph nodes, low grade slow grower, the Oncotype test showed I would benefit from chemo as well as lumpectomy/radiation, (followed, as you'll likely be, by AI therapy for 5-10 years). I was happy to be at the best place going through all that. 2). Not all chemo is equal. I was pleasantly surprised at how good I felt. I worked out, worked, etc., until radiation, when I decided to take a little time off. Chemo today is tolerable. 3). Keep reading! Remember that online sites have comments by regular people, not doctors, so be careful not to believe everything. Check with your doctor and research legit places (Mayo Clinic, Armstrong site, Susan Love), journal articles). And good luck!

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