Apr 27, 2003 - 9:50 am
She had surgery. The tumor was 2.5cm. Her doctor got clear margins and he thinks they got it all. Her oncologist says it's standard to do chemo for tumors over 2.0cm. From what I've read, the survival rate for older women (she's 66) with early stage breast cancer (she's Stage 2) is only 2% better with chemo. I just hate to see her go through the side effects of chemo if it only improves her chances 2%. She is scheduled to have 12 rounds of chemo (one every three weeks), followed by six weeks of radiation. Does this sound standard, or should I encourage her to get a second opinion before starting chemo?