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Feb 13, 2012 08:47PM
Janie-Bug. I think that is correct. How much stock do you put in the
oncotype. I want to believe it,
particularly since it's a good score.
There isn't much data for men, but I think that it likely also applies
my micromet didn't show up on the initial survey, but was there on the final
pathology as well. That's why I went
back for more nodes, and they were all clear.
I would hate to be rushed to decision as you were. I know that permanent side effects aren't
certain, but I have seen them in my patients over the years, and I know that
they are real.
Racy - I am
reading as much as I can about the medications. But I remain conflicted. And thank you for the link.
I don't think that there is a relationship with melanoma and BC, but I have a
daughter who had melanoma 7 years ago.
Her SNB was negative, and she is doing well. But I think that melanoma doesn't respond
very well to chemo, while BC more
so. And I am obtaining further opinions
yes, if I were to do chem, now is the time.
And pink is definitely not my color.
Ketch - you make
good points. Again, I realize there may
be some benefit to chemo, but I don't think that in my case it is very
Ma111 - good
information, thank you. And I am
committed to tamoxifin either way.
yes, without the oncotype I would be getting chemo for sure. Also, even with the oncotype, had I not gone
back for more lymph nodes I would be getting it for sure. That is part of why I elected to have the
second surgery for more nodes. And they
were all negative, giving me better numbers that way.
Ruthbru - I am
committed to tamoxifin. I don't know
what side effects I will have, but I am committed. And I have to do that either way.
I trust my MO as well. And he didn't
encourage me to do chemo. He said it is
a very tough call, and that I'm on the border.
My family all look to my son, who is a radiation oncologist. He is networking this week with some of his
MO friends as well.
- Hi neighbor. And thank you for your
thoughts. I read that about 24% of men
stop tamox because of side effects. It
would have to be bad for me to stop. I
am as committed as I can be to that. We
do not have a good body of knowledge regarding oncotype in men. Or chemotherapy for that matter. There is little men specific information
across the board. And yes, I'm a
runner. Im signed up to run Boston in
April. That should be interesting, since
I have been thrown off track big time with my running. I have mostly cycled the past few weeks
because of my surgeries. I plan to stay
very faithful with my exercise. And no,
I'm not a fast runner, I'm on the medical team for Boston.
thank you for your input. It all helps.
RMX 12/29/11, lymph node disection 1/14/12, T/C 2/18/12, 3/9/12, 3/29/12, 4/18/12 Tamoxafen