Jul 26, 2001 - 7:41 pm
I saw my oncologist today. She said I am a borderline candidate for chemo since my tumor was 1.5 cm. She would support it because of my age, emotional status, and tumor size. She said I would have 4 treatments of Adriamycin and Cytoxan. She went over all the possible side effects, including the heart damage and leukemia stuff. She said after the chemo she would give me Tamoxifen and Lupran for 2 years. The Lupran is some kind of injection that I would have every 3 months for 2 years. I am very inclined to having the chemo after our discussion because she said that if my tumor was less than 1 cm, she would not recommend chemo; and if it were 2 cm, she would. She said my tumor was right in the middle. She said it would increase survival percentages by 3-5%. I want to work and she said I need to stay away from infections during the chemo. I am a middle school teacher, so I figure that may be the most difficult thing. Are 4 treatments the norm? Any other comments would be appreciated. I am kind of in limbo again. I thought that discussing this would be easy. But it's not.