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Dec 6, 2019 08:00AM
I just wanted to welcome you to our group and to say that we shall support and help you in any way that we can. Please give yourself plenty of time to let the diagnosis sink in as we all feel a sense of shock at a diagnosis of breast cancer. Tell yourself that you will get through this and that you will get back to a normal life. Your diagnosis is so recent and it must feel very frightening.
I read your details and see that you have invasive ductal carcinoma (IDC) which is the most common type of breast cancer. I have also read that your tumour status is triple negative, that is negative in oestrogen, progesterone and HER2. Do not be frightened about the tumour status. There are too many negative comments about this. I have always been positive about being triple negative. As Rosie said, it means you will not have to be on anti-hormonal medication, with nasty side effects, for years and years.
It is good news that all your CT scans and bone scans are clear.
Looking at the relatively small size of your tumour, 1 cm, I am surprised that you have not been offered surgery as a first step. Certainly in the UK the standard procedure used to be to have chemotherapy before surgery if a tumour was large. Otherwise it would be a lumpectomy or a mastectomy if desired and then radiotherapy. It could be that chemotherapy would be offered because of the TN status. You might want to ask about this.
Chemotherapy is the longest part of the treatment but you can get through it and you will not necessarily suffer some of the side effects.
Keep staying positive and just try to sort out the regimen of chemotherapy drugs that your oncologist wants to give you.
The most common drugs are as follows.
Doxorubicin (brand name Adriamycin).
Epirubicin (brand name Ellence). These two belong to the same group.
Cyclophosphomide (brand name Cytoxan).
Docetaxel (brand name Taxotere).
Paclitaxel (brand name Taxol). These two belong to the taxane group of drugs.
One regimen could be EC and then T. This is the regimen that I had. It means that I had epirubicin, with cyclophosphomide and then docetaxel (Taxotere).
I had a large tumour (6+ cms) which these drugs helped to shrink, but not completely, and I had then every three weeks.
You may have them every week instead of every three weeks.
I had six months of chemotherapy.
Before each three weekly session I had a blood test to make sure everything was in order before I could have the next infusion.
There are other chemotherapy drugs available but I think I have given you enough information for the moment, as too much information can make you confused.
Perhaps another time we can sort out the ways in which the chemotherapy drugs can be delivered.
I am over fourteen years out now and I started this thread back in 2010.
Keep with us. Keep positive and keep that smile on your face.
Let your food be your medicine and your medicine be your food - Hippocrates B.C. 390 Preadjuvant chemo 3 months epirubicin, cyclophosphamide, 3 months docetaxel. Mastectomy RB Sentinel node pos Radiotherapy 3 weeks + boosters
6/20/2005, IDC, 6cm+, Grade 3, 1/7 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2-
10/31/2005 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Ellence (epirubicin), Taxotere (docetaxel)
5/16/2006 Lymph node removal: Right; Mastectomy: Right