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Forum: Stage I Breast Cancer — Meet other members with a Stage I breast cancer diagnosis to share information and support.

Posted on: Mar 16, 2017 06:19AM

ninaoctober wrote:

Hi All (you very brave Gals and Guys),

New to posting here. Unfortunately not new to breast cancer. Had contralateral breast cancer diagnosed December 2016, mastectomy (no recon) in early January. My first breast cancer was nearly 20 years ago (right side). I was only 48 at the time, had mastectomy, chemo and tamox for 5 years and have apparently been fine.

I am now in my late 60's and this time the tumor was much smaller (6mm compared with 3cm in 1998) and this time lower grade (Grade 1 - in 1998 it was Grade 2). Both times I was node-negative.

Sooo....when I got my recent pathology result was VERY relieved since I was NOT looking forward to chemo again (I tolerated the tamox very well). I met with the oncologist who put my pathology data into the online Predict tool and said he didn't think I needed any further treatment.

I was happy to receive this news although I thought he might suggest an AI but he said he didn't think it necessary. I should mention the onco is quite experienced and has been working as a breast cancer onco for over 20 years in the major hospital centre in this part of Canada. Me (being me) had starting reading all that was new since 1998 in the field of breast cancer and had read about the Oncotype test that seemed to be quite widely done. I asked him about the test and he said that the province was paying for the test for early stage breast cancer where there was some question about how to proceed with adjuvant therapies - but he said that with my pathology report there seemed to be little question. However, I asked to have the test done (thinking that more information the better......). I was rather surprised (and perturbed) to receive the result of 25 (intermediate range) and will be meeting with the onco about this in several days.

In the last 48 hours I have been reading extensively about the oncotype test. There is a major study ongoing (Tailorx) looking at outcomes for intermediate oncotype scores with or without chemo (but that study excludes subjects with tumors less than 1 cm).

I searched and searched for the RSPC tool (which integrated the Oncotype score with pathology info) - but that is only available for physicians... So my questions for any who can offer any assistance here are:

- Have any of you been in a situation such as mine (very small cancer with intermediate Oncotype score)?

- Have any had experience with the RSPC Tool

- Do you have any information about decision making with intermediate oncotype score?

- What experience do any have in regard to how much "weight" oncologists are putting on the oncotype score?

Any other thoughts/comments are welcome as well!

Thank You

Dx 8/13/1998, IDC, Right, 3cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 0/7 nodes, ER+/PR+ Surgery 8/28/1998 Mastectomy: Right Hormonal Therapy 1/5/1999 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Dx 12/12/2016, DCIS/IDC, Left, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 1/3/2017 Mastectomy: Left Chemotherapy AC
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Jun 11, 2017 09:32AM Rameson wrote:

IDC stage 1, 1.3cm, node negative, ER+, PR-, HER2-

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Jun 11, 2017 10:03AM - edited Jun 11, 2017 10:05AM by kira1234

Then your cancer will more likely benefit from chemo treatment. Mine was similar to yours and 7 years ago chemo was recommended but this time not because I have lobular.

Dx 6/2010, ILC, Left, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 7/7/2010 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Left, Right, Sentinel Radiation Therapy 8/2/2010 Hormonal Therapy 10/4/2010 Aromasin (exemestane) Dx 2/2017, ILC, Left, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- Surgery Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right Hormonal Therapy Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Jun 11, 2017 02:20PM ChiSandy wrote:

That article erroneously states that the “intermediate risk” group starts as low as 11—which not only contradicts Genomic Health’s own criteria of “low risk” being 0-17, but misstates the observations of the TailoRx study. The reason low-risk women with scores above 10 have yet to be reported on is because there are so many patients who fall into the 11-17 group, and the data is more slowly compiled and analyzed. It is ridiculous to characterize 11-25 as “intermediate risk” because there is a helluva difference between the higher and lower scores in that group. 0-10 is definitely a more homogeneous group—it’s pretty much a universal assumption that a score of 10 carries no practical higher recurrence risk than a score of 1-3. The true “intermediate” group is 18-25, and often those on the cusp (20-25) need a second test such as Prosigna or MammaPrint (both of which have only “high” or “low” risk results with no in-between) before they and their doctors can feel confident about how to proceed. The next group for which results are likely to be released is the higher bracket of “low risk,” 11-17. I would be extremely surprised if the study lumped them in with the 18-25 truly intermediate group, and if they concluded an 11 score is no riskier than a 25…or conversely, needs chemo just as much as a 25 (the latter at least acc. to conventional oncology theory).

Diagnosed at 64 on routine annual mammo, no lump. OncotypeDX 16. I cried because I had no shoes...but then again, I won’t get blisters.... Dx 9/9/2015, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC) Surgery 9/23/2015 Lumpectomy: Right Radiation Therapy 11/2/2015 3DCRT: Breast Hormonal Therapy 12/31/2015 Femara (letrozole)
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Jun 11, 2017 10:17PM kira1234 wrote:

Romeson another thing to consider is your pr- in choice of whether to use tamoxafin or one of the ALS. When I started doing some research after my reacurrance I discovered that apparently tamoxafin isn't as effective.

Dx 6/2010, ILC, Left, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 7/7/2010 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Left, Right, Sentinel Radiation Therapy 8/2/2010 Hormonal Therapy 10/4/2010 Aromasin (exemestane) Dx 2/2017, ILC, Left, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- Surgery Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right Hormonal Therapy Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Jun 11, 2017 11:06PM - edited Jun 11, 2017 11:14PM by BarredOwl

Until a clinical trial or study is published with practice-changing results (which has not yet occurred as of this date, please confirm it with your Medical Oncologist), the Standard risk category ranges for the OncotypeDX test for invasive disease are and remain:

RS = 0 to 17 ("Low Risk");

RS = 18 to 30 ("Intermediate Risk"); and

RS = 31 to 100 ("High Risk").

ChiSandy:

Regarding Prosigna or MammaPrint, your commment that "both of which have only "high" or "low" risk results with no in-between" may lead certain patients to suffer significant disappointment when they do not receive a clear signal from MammaPrint (due to falling in a "discordant" category) or receive an intermediate score from Prosigna (node-negative).

Please see my post on the previous page regarding the MINDACT trial results and gray areas introduced by those results and that Prosigna appears to include an "intermediate" category for node-negative patients.

https://community.breastcancer.org/forum/108/topics/853465?page=1#post_4940692

Patients should discuss with their medical oncologist the possible outcomes of any further testing and whether such further testing may or may not provide added clarity in their individual case. With MammaPrint, this should necessarily include a discussion of "clinical risk category."

BarredOwl

Stage IA IDC, 9/2013 BMX. Right: IDC (1.5 mm, grade 2) with DCIS (5+ cm), 0/4 nodes, pN0. Left: DCIS (5+ cm), 0/1 node, pN0(i+).
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Jun 11, 2017 11:12PM - edited Jun 12, 2017 05:34AM by voraciousreader

sandy...with respect to the contradiction with Genomic Health and the classification of Intermediate scores, the reason why the TailorX chose the different categories was due to ethical considerations. Not knowing EXACTLY where chemo would benefit, to be on the safe side, all participants with 25-30 Oncotype scores would be given chemo. Likewise those patients up to 11 Oncotype scores would NOT receive chemo. And then, the rest of the patients with scores between 11-25 would be randomized to either receive chemo or no chemo. The researchers conducting the trial could then HOPEFULLY see where EXACTLY the benefit of chemo begins for those patients in the original Intermediate score range created by Genomic Health, that is the 18-30 range.


Now, my oncologist said that it might take many, many more years to conclusively know EXACTLY where the benefit of chemo score might be. Because ER +, HER2- tumors are less aggressive, he said there might not be a statistical significance between the groups for years to come. He also said that despite closing the trial, the patients might still be surveilled for years to come.


That said, the possibility exists that those patients who were given the chemo in the upper score Intermediate range of 25-30 in the original Genomic Health range MIGHT NOT have benefited from chemo when compared to those in the study's randomized 11-25 range. Of course it is MORE likely that those in the 25-30 score range SHOULD benefit from chemo AND that those from scores of 18-25 MIGHT have a greater chance benefiting from chemo than those with scores between 11-18, but the fact is, the 2017 results MIGHT give us more info as to who might benefit from chemo and that would be a good thing.


Interestingly, what you touched on with respect to newer genomic tests, with the advent of them, it is likely in the coming years that they will be way more accurate than the OncotypeDX test.


As I write this, I am thinking about the latest breast cancer study that appeared last week in The New England Journal of Medicine that hasn't yet gotten the attention it deserves. The study suggests that small tumors found on routine population based screening mammograms MIGHT be so indolent that they might NOT pose a risk in an older woman's life. What the authors' suggest is it is those in between mammograms tumors that are worrisome. The ones that come out of nowhere and quickly grow large. They pose the idea, that is gaining strength, that there is overdiagnosis of tumors that might never be harmful in a patient's lifetime


I know there is lots of controversy with mammography with respect to how many lives are actually saved by it, but I think researchers are on the trail that will one day soon, make mammography almost obsolete. Obsolete in the respect that there will be blood tests to find cancer AND blood tests that will tell us using genetics, who needs treatment and EXACTLY what kind of treatment a patient will need...

Doctor told me regarding my prognosis that I WASN'T on the Titanic! Hmmm...Really?....Okay! 02/2010 Pure Mucinous Breast Cancer, Oncotype DX 15, Stage 1, Grade 1, 1.8 cm, 0/2 nodes, ER+ 90% /PR+ 70% HER2- (+1)
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Jun 11, 2017 11:23PM - edited Jul 5, 2018 12:20AM by BarredOwl

To clarify, the investigational ranges of the TAILORx trial are:

>> "Low risk" range: 0 to 10 (assigned to endocrine therapy alone);

>> "Intermediate risk" range: 11 to 25 (randomized to receive either endocrine therapy alone or endocrine therapy plus chemotherapy);

>> "High risk" range: 26 or higher (assigned to receive chemotherapy).

The 5-year results for those scoring 0 to 10 were published here:

>> http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMoa1510764#t=article

As noted above, we are still awaiting results from the randomized cohort scoring 11-25. The results for those scoring 0 to 10 do not speak to the question of whether any subset of those scoring 11 to 25 may or may not benefit from added chemotherapy.

Until a clinical trial or study is published with practice-changing results (which has not yet occurred as of this date, please confirm it with your Medical Oncologist), the Standard risk category ranges for the OncotypeDX test for invasive disease are and remain:

>> RS = 0 to 17 ("Low Risk");

>> RS = 18 to 30 ("Intermediate Risk"); and

>> RS = 31 to 100 ("High Risk").

BarredOwl

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[EDIT: UPDATE: On June 3, 2018, the results of the TAILORx trial for certain patients with node-negative, hormone receptor-positive (ER+ and/or PR+), HER2-negative disease and a Recurrence Score from 11 to 25 (randomized to either endocrine therapy alone or endocrine therapy plus chemotherapy) were published here:

Sparano (2018), "Adjuvant Chemotherapy Guided by a 21-Gene Expression Assay in Breast Cancer"

Main Page: https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMoa1804710

Free pdf: https://www.nejm.org/doi/pdf/10.1056/NEJMoa1804710

Supplementary Appendix: https://www.nejm.org/doi/suppl/10.1056/NEJMoa1804710/suppl_file/nejmoa1804710_appendix.pdf

Additional results pertaining to the non-randomized groups with Scores 0 to 10 or 26 to 100 are also reported.]

Stage IA IDC, 9/2013 BMX. Right: IDC (1.5 mm, grade 2) with DCIS (5+ cm), 0/4 nodes, pN0. Left: DCIS (5+ cm), 0/1 node, pN0(i+).
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Jun 11, 2017 11:50PM voraciousreader wrote:

http://www.ajmc.com/newsroom/nejm-study-oncologist...

Overdiagnosis of small tumors

Doctor told me regarding my prognosis that I WASN'T on the Titanic! Hmmm...Really?....Okay! 02/2010 Pure Mucinous Breast Cancer, Oncotype DX 15, Stage 1, Grade 1, 1.8 cm, 0/2 nodes, ER+ 90% /PR+ 70% HER2- (+1)
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Jun 12, 2017 01:23AM kira1234 wrote:

Good find voraciousreader I'm wondering if this is one of the reasons my oncologist chose not to have me do chemo and even suggested I could do without one of the ALS. My tumor was a local recurrence so no testing was ordered. I had a 24 oncotype score originally on a. 7mm tumor. Exactly the same size this time.

Dx 6/2010, ILC, Left, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 7/7/2010 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Left, Right, Sentinel Radiation Therapy 8/2/2010 Hormonal Therapy 10/4/2010 Aromasin (exemestane) Dx 2/2017, ILC, Left, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- Surgery Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right Hormonal Therapy Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Jun 12, 2017 05:49AM voraciousreader wrote:

kira...i just returned from the library and read the actual journal article. Amazing. Of course, Dr. Kopans, a radiologist will be coming along shortly to try to debunk the study. The study was undertaken to either give credit or renounce Dr. Welch's earlier controversial studies that claim there is serious overdiagnosis to breast cancer with respect to mammography. What this SEER meta-analysis found, suggests that Dr. Welch is correct. With "favorable" tumors, it is more likely they will be found by population based screening mammography and will be over treated.


With a favorable tumor, grade 1, ER +, less than 2cm, the authors believed that those patients would do well with conservative treatment. They also mention with genomic testing becoming more routine, we will be able to better pinpoint those patients that could be spared aggressive treatment...and perhaps for older patients, little treatment or even watchful waiting....AND, they suggest, with the most indolent tumors, for older patients, there might not even be the need for treatment at all...


We are still far away from figuring out who can forgo treatment and who would benefit from the smallest amount if treatment, but studies like this build on the philosophy that for many of us, breast cancer is a very treatable disease and....for the older sisters, there might come a day that a breast cancer treatment can be safely avoided...now wouldn't that be something?


Perhaps the savings of avoiding rigorous treatment might free up money toward finding a cure for aggressive breast cancers....now that is something worth pondering....


And Kira, based on what I read today, you have a GREAT team! I wish you and all our sisters well

Doctor told me regarding my prognosis that I WASN'T on the Titanic! Hmmm...Really?....Okay! 02/2010 Pure Mucinous Breast Cancer, Oncotype DX 15, Stage 1, Grade 1, 1.8 cm, 0/2 nodes, ER+ 90% /PR+ 70% HER2- (+1)
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Jun 12, 2017 06:27AM voraciousreader wrote:

btw... here his Dr. Kopan's most recent reply to Dr. Welch's October, 2016 NEJM article...


https://www.sbi-online.org/Portals/0/pdfs/Response...



With regard to Dr. Kopan's last suggestion that Dr. Welch have Dartmouth fund a study whereby half the subjects get mammograms and half, not get them is simply unethical. Furthermore, outside of the United States, in other developed countries, many women are not getting annual mammograms beginning at age 40. With average breast cancer risks, they are invited to be screened at age 50, every two years until age 75.


So, this study that appears in the June 8th, NEJM, is a welcome trend that should make many of us more comfortabke about our screening and our treatment choices...

Doctor told me regarding my prognosis that I WASN'T on the Titanic! Hmmm...Really?....Okay! 02/2010 Pure Mucinous Breast Cancer, Oncotype DX 15, Stage 1, Grade 1, 1.8 cm, 0/2 nodes, ER+ 90% /PR+ 70% HER2- (+1)
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Jun 12, 2017 07:33AM kira1234 wrote:

I agree to fund a study like that is unethical. In my case both of my breast cancers were found through my yearly mammagram. This time almost missed. Thank goodness she took a second look.

Dx 6/2010, ILC, Left, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 7/7/2010 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Left, Right, Sentinel Radiation Therapy 8/2/2010 Hormonal Therapy 10/4/2010 Aromasin (exemestane) Dx 2/2017, ILC, Left, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- Surgery Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right Hormonal Therapy Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Jun 12, 2017 09:09AM voraciousreader wrote:

kira...mine was missed by both annual mammography AND sonogram. A diagnostic sonogram confirmed mine.



Doctor told me regarding my prognosis that I WASN'T on the Titanic! Hmmm...Really?....Okay! 02/2010 Pure Mucinous Breast Cancer, Oncotype DX 15, Stage 1, Grade 1, 1.8 cm, 0/2 nodes, ER+ 90% /PR+ 70% HER2- (+1)
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Jun 12, 2017 09:29AM - edited Jun 12, 2017 09:41AM by kira1234

voraciousreader that is why all should be required. At least in my experience a sonogram wasn't even offered unless something was seen with the mammagram. This year was the first time I've had the 3d mammagram. I'm guessing it might have been seen with it last year it

Dx 6/2010, ILC, Left, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 7/7/2010 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Left, Right, Sentinel Radiation Therapy 8/2/2010 Hormonal Therapy 10/4/2010 Aromasin (exemestane) Dx 2/2017, ILC, Left, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- Surgery Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right Hormonal Therapy Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Jul 4, 2018 09:42AM ATXgirl wrote:

I am in stage 1, with invasive ductal carcinoma. My oncotype score came back at 27. Do you think I should do more research on this? My oncologist is recommending chemo.

Dx 6/7/2018, IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IB, Grade 2, ER+/PR+
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Jul 4, 2018 09:51AM moth wrote:

Alysse - how old are you?

Is your tumor strongly hormone receptor positive? What grade is it?

I take weekends off

Initial dx at 50. Seriously?? “Sometimes the future changes quickly and completely and we’re left with only the choice of what to do next." blog: Never Tell Me the Odds

Dx 12/2017, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 3, 0/5 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2- (IHC) Surgery 12/12/2017 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Chemotherapy 2/13/2018 AC + T (Taxol) Radiation Therapy 8/13/2018 Whole-breast: Breast Dx 2/2020, IDC, Stage IV, metastasized to liver/lungs, Grade 3, ER-/PR-, HER2- Chemotherapy 3/18/2020 Taxol (paclitaxel) Immunotherapy 3/18/2020 Tecentriq (atezolizumab) Chemotherapy 11/25/2020 Abraxane (albumin-bound or nab-paclitaxel) Radiation Therapy 12/8/2020 External Dx 12/9/2020, IDC, Right, Stage IV, metastasized to lungs, Grade 3, ER+/PR-, HER2- (IHC) Hormonal Therapy 12/15/2020 Femara (letrozole) Dx 1/28/2021, IDC, Left, Stage IV, metastasized to bone Radiation Therapy 3/2/2021 External: Bone
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Jul 4, 2018 09:52AM voraciousreader wrote:


This is an old thread....recently, the TailorX study concluded that most early stage ER + HER2 - patients can forgo chemo. However, patients like yourself with an OncotypeDX score of 27 WILL benefit from chemo. That is why your oncologist is making the recommendation. Until a few months ago, those patients with intermediate scores were in a grey area. No more. Please note the following and read up on the TailorX study.


“According to the authors, the new findings suggest that chemotherapy may be avoided in about 70 percent of women with HR-positive, HER2-negative, node-negative breast cancer:

  • older than 50 and with a recurrence score of 11–25 (45 percent)
  • any age with a recurrence score of 0–10 (16 percent)
  • 50 years old or younger with a recurrence score of 11–15 (8 percent)

The findings suggest that chemotherapy may be considered for the remaining 30 percent of women with HR-positive, HER2-negative, node-negative breast cancer:

  • any age with a recurrence score of 26–100 (17 percent)”

https://www.cancer.gov/news-events/press-releases/2018/tailorx-breast-cancer-chemotherapy
Doctor told me regarding my prognosis that I WASN'T on the Titanic! Hmmm...Really?....Okay! 02/2010 Pure Mucinous Breast Cancer, Oncotype DX 15, Stage 1, Grade 1, 1.8 cm, 0/2 nodes, ER+ 90% /PR+ 70% HER2- (+1)
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Jul 5, 2018 07:18AM ATXgirl wrote:

27 years old. It is estrogen+ and progesterone+

Grade 2.

I am scared, but my oncologist has told me that I will be fine. I believe I am in good hands. My oncologist travels around the world to give talks on cancer and has published extensively on cancer research, specifically on breast cancer.

Dx 6/7/2018, IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IB, Grade 2, ER+/PR+
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Jul 5, 2018 09:52PM voraciousreader wrote:

atx....you are in great hands. And, you have great prognostics. Once I trusted my oncologist, and we formulated a treatment plan, I felt much better and you will too! I wish you well

Doctor told me regarding my prognosis that I WASN'T on the Titanic! Hmmm...Really?....Okay! 02/2010 Pure Mucinous Breast Cancer, Oncotype DX 15, Stage 1, Grade 1, 1.8 cm, 0/2 nodes, ER+ 90% /PR+ 70% HER2- (+1)
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Jan 11, 2019 06:55AM Sissy60 wrote:

hi there ,

First posting....😳

I’m in UK. I was diagnosed in November and had surgery in December. I’m 60. Results came back great. Very clear margins, no lymph node and was told stage 1 ( was a grade 2).

I understood I’d be only having radiotherapy and hormone treatment after pathology results. I wish I hadn’t done Oncotype. She wasn’t even going to do it but I asked. It came back as 30. Totally shellshocked as my nurse said it was very unlikely to come back high with my results. It’s the upper score of intermediate. Taking it all into consideration do I really need to consider chemo now at my age which I fear will cause worse damage and the stats show less benefit to older women. Should I do a retest?

I’m shattered it’s the worst day since diagnosis as I was feeling lucky. I know my doc will say do chemo as she is very science based but these percentages are not always the absolute gospel are they. I’m seriously considering doing radiotherapy and hormone but leaving chemo out for now.

Has anyone else done this ... we are individuals and I feel instinctively chemo will do more harm than good in my case. When I looked on other sites it says stage 1 with clear margins etc is rarely treated with chemo.

I’m utterly devastated. Worst day since diagnosis. Is there anything else I should know?

Please help as I’m so anxious. Thank you.

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Jan 11, 2019 07:44AM keepthefaith wrote:

sissy60, when I was DX'd at age 58, 5 yrs ago, my onco-score was 21. I'm not sure today that I would do chemo after the tailorx results came out,....but, I did and am doing fine. I pretty much told my onc that I would not do AC+T and when I was on my last infusion, I had her reduce the dose, bc I was having a slight allergic reaction to the Taxotere. I did 4 doses of TC. You may want to ask for a Mamma-print test and it may sway your decision one way or the other. If you have no other other health issues, I would suggest looking into chemo, at least. It's a hard decision, regardless. I took Tamoxifen for 2.5 yrs instead of the 5 that was recommended. You could always get a second opinion. Ask a lot of questions until you feel comfortable making an informed decision. My MO told me I am her chemo poster-child. Very few SE's and those were pretty mild. Everyone isn't as fortunate, but so far, I feel as though I made the right decision for me. Be your own advocate! Best wishes:)

Dx 9/17/2013, IDC, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 10/18/2013 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel Chemotherapy 12/3/2013 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Chemotherapy 12/26/2013 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Chemotherapy 1/16/2014 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Chemotherapy 2/11/2014 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Radiation Therapy 4/1/2014 Breast Hormonal Therapy 5/23/2014
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Jan 15, 2019 08:00PM SavingGrace wrote:

I too am facing this dilemma. My Oncotype score is 20 and I am in my 40's. I am wondering how many have chosen to have chosen chemo in similar situation? What has swayed your decision, one way or the other?

Dx 11/12/2018, IDC, Left, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 3, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 12/18/2018 Lumpectomy: Left Hormonal Therapy 1/31/2019 Hormonal Therapy 2/2/2019 Femara (letrozole) Radiation Therapy 2/12/2019 Whole-breast: Breast
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Jan 16, 2019 07:24AM - edited Jan 17, 2019 08:41AM by voraciousreader

recent study, TailorX, now suggests that for those patients less than age 50, with OncotypeDX scores 16 and above, there is some benefit of doing chemo.

Doctor told me regarding my prognosis that I WASN'T on the Titanic! Hmmm...Really?....Okay! 02/2010 Pure Mucinous Breast Cancer, Oncotype DX 15, Stage 1, Grade 1, 1.8 cm, 0/2 nodes, ER+ 90% /PR+ 70% HER2- (+1)
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Jan 16, 2019 09:01AM SimoneRC wrote:

Hi voraciousreader!

I missed that part of the TailorX study. Was that in the major study that was realeased in 2018 or was it in subsequent data? I was 51 years old and oncotype 19. As I read the study and was also advised by my MO, it excluded me from chemo. Can you point me to the data so I can discuss with my MO?

Thanks so much!


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Jan 16, 2019 09:05AM SimoneRC wrote:

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Jan 16, 2019 09:15AM SimoneRC wrote:

So sorry voraciousreader. It just dawned on me that it just looks like you made a type o. Just saw the post you were responding to above! Sorry! Had a momentary panic

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Jan 16, 2019 01:09PM - edited Jan 16, 2019 01:10PM by voraciousreader

https://www.cancer.gov/news-events/press-releases/2018/tailorx-breast-cancer-chemotherapy

  • June 3, 2018



“According to the authors, the new findings suggest that chemotherapy may be avoided in about 70 percent of women with HR-positive, HER2-negative, node-negative breast cancer:

  • older than 50 and with a recurrence score of 11–25 (45 percent)
  • any age with a recurrence score of 0–10 (16 percent)
  • 50 years old or younger with a recurrence score of 11–15 (8 percent)

The findings suggest that chemotherapy may be considered for the remaining 30 percent of women with HR-positive, HER2-negative, node-negative breast cancer:

  • any age with a recurrence score of 26–100 (17 percent)
  • 50 years old or younger with a recurrence score of 16–25 (14 percent)
Doctor told me regarding my prognosis that I WASN'T on the Titanic! Hmmm...Really?....Okay! 02/2010 Pure Mucinous Breast Cancer, Oncotype DX 15, Stage 1, Grade 1, 1.8 cm, 0/2 nodes, ER+ 90% /PR+ 70% HER2- (+1)
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Jan 16, 2019 08:52PM SimoneRC wrote:

Thanks so much, voraciousreader! You may want to edit your post above. I think you typed 59, instead of 50:-)

ATM Gene Mutation, Deletion. IDC w/Lobular Features and Focal Mucinous Features. Pre Pectoral Reconstruction. Hysterectomy
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Jan 17, 2019 12:29AM - edited Jan 18, 2019 06:56AM by wallycat

Results for the TailorX were not available when I was making my decision, so went blindly with this statement from my breast surgeon: If you get less than a 4% benefit with chemo, skip it. More than that, do it. There was (don't recall the sign in or the site anymore) a webpage where you could plug in your stats, then with the assumption you would do tamoxifen (since arimidix, femara, etc. were not widely used then) it would spit out your risk/benefit. Mine was just at 3% and decided to forgo chemo. I was 49 at dx and my onco score was 20.

According to the TailorX results, I should have done chemo. I've asked my onco if I should go back and do it and she said no.


Dx 4/07 1 month before turning 50; ILC 1.8cm, ER+/PR+, HER2 neg., Stage 1, Grade 2, 0/5 nodes. Onco score 20, Bilateral Mast., tamoxifen 3-1/2 years, arimidex-completed 4/20/2012

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