Struggling to accept HT for Stage 1 with low likelihood of recurrence
Hello, I'm 57 and was recently diagnosed and treated for Stage 1a, had a lumpectomy, and my lymph nodes are negative. Official diagnosis: grade I, Right breast IDC, cT1bN0, pT1aN0M0, ER+/PR+/Her2, Stage IA
They removed a .4 mm tumor and I need to move forward with treatment. While I can accept the need of targeted radiation at the lumpectomy site to kill off any stray cancer cells, i'm having a hard time accepting taking 5 years of letrozole and zometa to avoid a very low chance of recurrence. 5 years of medications with side effects which accelerate aging, cognition, bone pain, etc. seem a very high price to pay for an unlikely chance of recurrence for someone who's postmenopausal. Also, with yearly mammograms, wouldn't a new cancer be caught? I read that it take 2-3 years for a tumor to be detectable.
I'd rather have another lumpectomy which just affects my breast as opposed to medicating my whole body and feeling low level sick for years. Does anyone get this way of thinking or am I off?
I asked my doc if I could have mammograms every six month but I don't fit the criteria to qualify. Does anyone get their own extra mammogram to be on the safe side?
Thanks for any guidance or sharing!