Aug 13, 2018 03:18PM out_and_about wrote:
Hi Kiso20, so sorry you have to go through this with all of us. I am one of those with early stage who had a lumpectomy but still has to go through chemo. My understanding was that a different surgery would not get me out of it. My doctor explained that surgery and radiation are to treat local disease, and chemo is to treat systemic disease. Based on my age (33), my doctor strongly felt I should have chemo. I had my lumpectomy and oncotype score before making the decision, hoping everything would be mild enough to get out of it. My tumor was smaller in real life than it was according to MRI (1.2 cm with a secondary tiny tumor in the margins), but my oncotype score was high, so I had no real choice as my likelihood of recurrence was too high for comfort. There are new studies that older women with an intermediate oncotype may not need chemo, but it seems that for us younger ladies, you would have to fall in the low category for most oncologists to recommend against it. At least that is what my team agrees on. I can tell you that if you do end up having to do it, it was not as bad as I expected (I have my last infusion this week), but don't get me wrong, it still sucks, and I am looking forward to being done with this phase. I wish you the best and good luck with whatever treatments you have to endure, and with balancing all of this with your life.