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      If you are questioning doctor's recommendation of chemotherapy, just know that, even though DCIS is classed as a localized cancer, a few stray, or rogue cells may have escaped and are circulating in your lymphatic system. The only way to kill them is with a systemic therapy, such as chemotherapy.

      Or, you can wait to see if the cancer returns - which frankly does not sound very appealing. Have you asked about a clinical trial? Trials are conducted on new, state-of-the-art drugs (i.e.more effective, less toxic) or new and more effective combinations of existing drugs. Either way, you have a chance at better treatment with the cost of the drug provided by the manufacturer.

      If you are nervous about chemotherapy in general, many here have survived rather grueling regimens. Everything now - everything - must be balanced against what the cancer will do to you. Personally, over the past ten years, I have received 19 chemotherapy and biological drugs in 11 regimens, as well as experimental drugs in clinical trials. I highly recommend clinical trials, as my life has been saved by them.

      4 months ago
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      I would get a second opinion. There are some early stage breast cancers that are no longer being treated with chemo.

      4 months ago
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      Hello, I am an oncology nurse. I read your experiences to date. You state your diagnosis is DCIS, however you also state you are stage III, ER/PR+ in adjutant chemoradiotherapy. Stage III is locally advanced which is quite different from DCIS. I'm assuming you are on AC+T which is the more widely prescribed first line. Are you having some side effect issues with chemo?

      4 months ago
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    Single or double mastectomy

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      Mine was ILC and slow growing. I went with single with immediate reconstruction. Only 3 months ago, but I’m glad I didn’t do both. No reason to at this time, and since mastectomy takes away all of the sensation in your breast, I didn’t want to give that up on both sides.

      5 months ago
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      There is something most people are missing here - your insurance policy. I was Stage II and had a large tumor in my left breast. My surgeon said single left mastectomy. When I asked to have both done, think why go through this again, he said pretty plainly that couldn't be done because my insurance would not cover doing something to a healthy breast. So it was a single for me. So unless you plan to pay for the second breast yourself, I would check your health insurance first.

      5 months ago
    • gpgirl70's Avatar

      I’m not sure that is correct about insurance not paying for bilateral mastectomy. My surgeon gave me the option of single or double and insurance paid for the double. I don’t think breast cancer patients have money lying around to cover the cost of having a second breast removed out of pocket. I think sometimes surgeons have a bias when it comes to breast removal surgery. I also believe men can’t imagine a woman wanting to have a ‘healthy’ breast removed. I had a female surgeon and she was very thorough in going over the choices. She completely understood and supported my decision even though she would be removing a healthy breast.

      5 months ago
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