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Apr 3, 2021 05:06AM
"My SIL had Herceptin at a younger age than I am now, and went into heart failure. I’m too far from a hospital if this happens"
It's very rare but, they do monitor for it and, it does heal on its own (generally). My November Echo had me borderline but, the MO decided to proceed. I was worried that my February Echo would put my Kadcyla on hold but, my last echo was actually better than the previous 3 (55, 55, 45) February has me at 60.
If you're really worried about heart issues, I would say go with TCH over AC+T-H. Actually for your size tumor you might be able to get away with Taxol+Herceptin which (from what I'm told) is easier on the body. I've heard there's a new protocol (or perhaps it's still in trial) where you can do 17 rounds of Kadcyla (Herceptin bonded to a Chemo drug) and, avoid Taxol or Taxotere, Carboplatin, etc).
Personally, I handle Kadcyla very well but, there are others who really struggle with it so I don't know how great it is for 17 cycles (1 year) vs 11 weeks of Taxol or 5 months of TCH.
That is interesting that it's a new cancer and where it popped up. Glad you caught it so quickly. Although, I'm still sorry you have to go through this almost again.
1/20/2020, DCIS/IDC, Right, 4cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2+ (IHC)
2/5/2020 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel)
2/5/2020 Herceptin (trastuzumab)
2/5/2020 Perjeta (pertuzumab)
6/19/2020, DCIS/IDC, Right, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 1/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+
6/19/2020 Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement
7/6/2020 Kadcyla (T-DM1, ado-trastuzumab)
8/10/2020 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes, Chest wall