This is my second breast cancer, a recurrence, in 4 years. My first was treated with Taxotere and Cytoxan every 3 weeks for 4 times. Because the tumor returned, my age and the size, grade and receptor status they are recommending the Red Devil and Taxol this time....eight times for a total of 16 weeks.
First of all I'm pissed. Because I did Lumpectomy, chemo and rads last time my chances of recurrence were supposed to be around 7%. This time they tell me without chemo the chances of recurrence is around 30%....even if I have the BMX I am planning on having. WTF? I didn't even want chemo the first time. Chemo is poison and the more I read about it the more I hate it. And now they want me to do the worst one there is!
Talk to me ladies. Anyone who has had the Red Devil that has lived for a while past it.....5 years or more? Any long term side effects? What about during it? How did that go?
I am understandbly Verklempt!
1st dx, 2007, IDC, Stage 1 (1.2cm), grade 3, 0/1 node, TriNeg.....2nd dx, 2011, IDC, Stage 2 (3.2cm & 1.5cm) grade 3, 0/1 node, Tri-Neg......BMX with DIEP 2/16/12......3rd dx, lung mets, Stage IV, 7/24/14.
11/16/2007, IDC, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 3, 0/3 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2-
1/3/2008 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel)
3/24/2008 Breast, Lymph nodes
12/19/2011, IDC, 3cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 0/1 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2-
7/24/2014, IDC, 3cm, Stage IV, Grade 3, 0/3 nodes, mets, ER-/PR-, HER2-
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