Mar 2, 2017 03:14PM Rosamond wrote:Welcome, Robin1234!
Yes, it can be confusing, but the good news is that you won't have rads, there is no known systemic spread, and you DO have options.
I was 49 when diagnosed and am 3 1/2 years out. 5cm DCIS and 2 IDC areas - 1 was 1.6mm and the other was 3mm, although it could have all been one 4.6 as 3mm were removed in a MRI biopsy. Mine were 90% reactive to E, minimally reactive to P, and highly amplified for HER2/neu with negative nodes and no signs of spread. I opted for tamoxifen only as both the first and second opinions agreed, and the first was provided at a teaching hospital that conferenced my case. I sometimes wonder if I should have had Herceptin, but I think tamoxifen is probably highly effective against the 90% estrogen reactivity. I also take IP6 as a supplement to boost its effects, as there is some research to support that.
My advice would be to go and get that second opinion and perhaps a third, weigh the options, and then proceed. Many women on this particular thread have chosen to do chemo and Herceptin. Less of us have chosen no treatment after surgery, tamoxifen only, rads only, or Herceptin only, but I think there are likely more women who've done those things amongst the general population of women who've had similar happen to them, if that makes sense.
All the best!