I am hoping someone can help me find some information and /or statistics for my mom.
Six yrs agomy mom (59 then) was diagnosed with cancer in her right breast. She had a modified Radical mastectomy and all of her lymphnodes removed (which were clear), and no adjuvant(?) treatment (chemo, radiation ,etc.)
In Jan.2001 ,my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer in her left breast. On Feb 22nd she had another modified radical mastectomy, and only a portion of her lymphnodes removed (which,she says are clear).
She is seeing a different set of drs. this time , and her oncologist is putting her on Tomaxafin. The oncologist says that the tamoxafin gives her an extra 25% chance of staying cancer free, and has discussed Chemotherapy with my mom, but says the chemo only adds another 7% to the tamoxafin's 25%.
I am hearing all of this through my mom, she is in Va. and I am in Mi. I was able to stay with her for a week during and after her surgery and plan on going back down while my kids are on easter vacation.
My questions are:
1. Is this considered recurrance? I am having a difficult time finding information and statistics for treatment since I'm not really sure how our situation is classified.
2. How can the chemo only add another 7%? She wants to do all she can to remain cancer free, but is finding it difficult to consent to chemo if these numbers are accurate. I thought maybe the oncologist was trying to tell her chemo wasn't really necccessary?
3. Anyone know of any other informative web sites other than those linked thru this one(acs)?
Thank You all for your opinions ,advice, and information. It is all greatly appreciated. Its important to make an informed decision.
May God bless all of you.