recently diagnosed with a recurrances of invasive ductal carcinoma. First cancer was 3.5 years ago. Clean margins, no lymph node involvement., tiny cancer. I did not have chemo, or radiation as the onco score and my age at that time, although suggested for the radiation, I was actually borderline for the therapy. I did however, start taking anti hormone medication. I could not olerate the effects and after researching, second opinions, and other variants, I decided that based on the information I had learned that there was a 3% variance in the 5 year survival rate, or recurrances rate, of this cancer returning without taking the medication. I stopped taking it. Yes, I did notify the Doctor. Well, 3.5 years later with a 6 month follow up mamogram and biopsy, the cancer had returned. Very near the original site. Less than the size of pea, same cancer. Lumpectomy followed with pathology of clean margins, no lymph node I volvement. This was in November of this year.
Now, to my request for your help and input. Now, at 74 years of age, life expectancy of 12 to 16 years, I am again wrestling with the option of radiation and/or medication. My quality of life is number one at this stage in my life. I do have bone on bone arthritis and high blood pressure (on medication).
I have been doing my homework, talking with oncology, and have an appointment with radiology next week. The effects of either of these therapies is what draws me away for incorporating either of them at this stage of my life.
My nstincts do not want either of these therapies but i would stay closely monitored as I have been with 6 month mammograms, and if and should this cancer return it would be discovered early once again. However, as you can tell, I wouldn't be posting here if I weren't wrestling with this decision.
Unfortunately, my age bracket falls between the cracks of studies in senior women. I would certainly appreciate hearing from anyone who is in my place with this and how you reached your ultimate decision.
The medical staff is so supportive, they are presenting me with all my options, and have stated explicitly that the final decision is mine.
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