I'm writing from Paris, France. I'm really glad to have found this site as I've lots of questions. I had a tumorectomy on my right breast and axillary lymph node surgery on Jan 25th.Yesterday the lymph node results showed that our ot 12 nodes removed, one had cancerous cells. So my doctor is recommending 4 chemotherapy sessions over the next 12 weeks, then re-open the breast and then 6 weeks of radiation therapy.
On an intellectual level I realise this is probably the saftest way to ensure that cancer is eliminated once and for all where ever it might be lurking.
However, I have lots of worries about the side effects of all these treatments and wondered if anyone could advise. What I'm particulary worried about is the probability that the ovaries will stop functioning and I'll enter menopause. I've just turned 50 and still have my periods. If chemotherapy will result in entering menopause, can the undesirable effects of menopause be treated normally (with hormones).
I guess I'm not 100% convinced that chemotherapy is necessary. Would really like to hear from those of you with similar treatment worries. I haven't yet found a group here in Paris nor do I have anyone in my group of friends and acquaintances here who's had to deal with this.