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    Old 10-16-2020, 03:16 PM   #1
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    Exclamation Breast Cancer - Feeling Lost - Need Advice

    Hello Everyone,

    I was diagnosed with breast cancer (stage 2) back during Spring of 2020. The lump they found on my breast was about 4-5cm. I had it removed in July 2020. They removed the lump and also the lymph nodes. They also told me that the cancer cells did not spread towards the nodes.

    When I had the lump removed, my surgeon told me that I will only be needing radiation but now, after seeing an Oncologist, he wants me to do chemotherapy while taking Tamoxifen. He also suggested taking 5-FU Epirubicin cyclophosphamide to lower the recurrence of the cancer.

    I have read about the side effects of chemotherapy and how damaging it is to your body, it also seems that it does not work for some people. Therefore, I was wondering if anybody here has any other suggestions or advice.

    Based on my Recurrence Score, 51 is high. He said that it should be in the 20’s. My Oncotype score is triple negative (3.8 ER negative, 3.2 PR negative, 7.9 HER2 negative).

    Do you think getting a breast reduction would help? Or am I better off with a double mastectomy?

    I feel lost and helpless, how should I approach this? If possible, I would like to go with an alternative without doing chemo due to it’s side effects.

    Thank you for your time.


    Last edited by tomxe36; 10-16-2020 at 04:19 PM.

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