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AnnieTherese's picture
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Joined: Aug 2012

Hi, This is my first post.

When I was diagnosed with grade 3 breast cancer in 2010 I had a right mastectomy. I was very strongly advised to have chemotherapy.... HOWEVER ... the oncologists also said that even if I had chemo, the cancer would most likely come back in a couple of years anyway, so I declined it. I figured why go thought the hell of chemo when they reckon...very strongly...that the cancer will come back. I don't regret my decision, but I am wondering if there is anyone else out there who has refused chemo or any other treatment too.

I've felt very much on the outter because of my decision.

I'd like to hear your comments.

Cheers, Annie

Noel's picture
Posts: 3101
Joined: Apr 2009

We should only do what we feel is in our best interest. I never had chemo, as, I didn't need it, just a lumpectomy and rads. Well, I shouldn't say just as that is a lot. But, I know Annie that you are making the right choice for you and that's all that matters.

Hugs, Noel

Posts: 6
Joined: Sep 2012

Hello Annie! Hope everything is well with you. As soon as I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer my wonderful husband started doing extensive research, as did I. I am stage 2b in my left breast. Learning about chemo was enough to start looking into alternative treatments. I had a lumpectomy and five limp nodes removed. That's all. I have a three prong treatment plan with alternative methods that has no side effects at all. I am eating healthy and am feeling great. I will go and have a scan done in December to see what's going on. I have a very positive attitude and hardly even think about the cancer most days. We still are researching and probably always will, to learn of new treatments and to meet and talk to so many great people who are taking these methods and are doing great! I will be posting on here to let everyone know how I am doing.

Take care Annie and God bless you!

Lynn Smith
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Joined: Mar 2011

Like Noel no chemo for me. Clear margins and no node involvement.Stage 0.I am OK with no chemo but would've preferred radiation.I never asked or mentioned this to my doctors. I felt they know best.My case was discussed at a doctor's convention and I felt comfortable.Also felt good that my doctor would go out of his way to consult with others.

My friend was Stage 3 with 3 nodes involved(lumpectomy..She had chemo.Her doctor told her it doesn't make a difference with Stage 0 or 3.I was a little apprehensive when she had a lumpectomy but she's doing fine after 18 years.I guess we make the decision and hope the decision is right but we never know.Like my doctor said "everyone is different".That preys on my mind alot.

Sound like you have a low Grade and feel comfortable not doing chemo.It's up to you.I was hesitant about taking tamoxifin but my doctor said it protects me from getting cancer in other places.I take it and have just over 2 years to go.

Wishing you the best and you're in my thoughts.Keep in touch with us.

Lynn Smith

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