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Dec 25, 2020 03:18AM
Hopefully someone else will chime in as well. I also had positive nodes after chemo. I know my surgeon wasn't happy about it either. I would have to dig for some of the terminology to compare to yours, but it is likely quite similar.
I didn't start HP until after surgery, as I was initially HER2-, but my tumor changed after treatment. I also had Xeloda post surgery but after finishing and healing from radiation.
You should be starting radiation once you are healed from surgery. In theory that should take care of anything remaining if the cancer didn't spread further.
It is a tough decision to do more chemo after everything, but something I agreed to. I knew that the chances of something coming back are very high, and I would have regretted not taking the treatment offered. On the other hand, it is more toxicity and that means longer recovery. If I had said no to the Xeloda, I would likely be feeling much better now. I still have fatigue and chemo brain and it interferes with my daily life.
Good luck with the healing from the surgery!
1/2019, IBC, Left, 6cm+, Stage IIIB, Grade 3, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH)
2/15/2019 Abraxane (albumin-bound or nab-paclitaxel), Adriamycin (doxorubicin), Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxol (paclitaxel)
7/30/2019, IDC/IBC, Left, 6cm+, Stage IIIC, Grade 3, 4/14 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+ (IHC)
7/30/2019 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Left
8/2019, DCIS, Right, <1cm, Stage 0, ER+/PR+