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    Maryflier asked a questionBreast Cancer

    Unnecessary chemo?

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      TerriL

      I would definitely get a second opinion, and have them take someone else with them to make sure they are understanding everything that is said.

      3 months ago
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      ChicagoSandy

      Another vote for second opinion—but was it Stage IA or IB? (Under some circumstances, a node-negative tumor, even if as large as 5+cm, can now be classified as IB)! What was the grade? Were the hormone receptors and HER2 status positive or negative? If the tumor was estrogen/progesterone+, what was the OncotypeDX or Mammaprint score? Triple-neg requires chemo. And HER2+ (regardless of hormone receptors) requires “targeted” therapy (usually Herceptin or Perjeta), which in turn requires chemo.

      “Stage I” and node-negative is, sadly, not the whole story.

      3 months ago
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      fiddler

      Agreed, it's strange.

      As a comparison, I had triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC), stage 1a, so it was not in the nodes. TNBC is the one 'they say' they can't do anything for, so they throw the kitchen sink at it.

      My tx: a cocktail of A & C then T (I had 3 types of T) every other week for about 13 weeks, then 32 zaps of radiation.

      For 1a.

      If that's "throwing the kitchen sink at it", then what are they doing to your friend!

      Please ask you friend to seek a second opinion.

      3 months ago
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