Mar 30, 2011 - 4:48 am
This is my first post. I am hoping someone with similar results may be able to offer some advice.
I saw my oncologist today to find out the results of my oncotype DX test. I thought this would be the determining factor in whether or not chemo was needed. My score was an 11 which I was very happy about initially. Within a few minutes, however, the oncologist started talking about chemo. She said she would not recommend the traditional chemo tx for me (taxol, cytoxan & ad...?) but that a combo of taxotere/cytoxin could also reduce my risk of recurrence by about 2%.
I am now completely confused as to what to do. I have been on a few websites and it is so divided. I'm 43, have a 7, 9 & 11 yr old. Cancer was Stage 1, Grade 1, +ER, +PR, -HER2. I had one tumor IDC that was 1.7 but a nest of smaller non-invasive tumors making a lumpectomy very challenging. The Braca 1 & 2 test was neg but the cross check showed a mutation on Braca 2- report said the mutation was of uncertain clinical significance. My surgeon rec. a double mastectomy as a preventative measure to reduce risk of new ca on the other side. I found out after surgery that there were narrow margins (1 - 2 mm) on the cancer + side so radiation therapy was also rec. Tamoxifin was also recommended for 5 years. Ekks! That's a lot of recommendations. Chemo is the main one I am not sure about.
If anyone has any advice they could share, I would really appreciate it. Thanks!