Dec 12, 2012 - 5:11 pm
Our mother who is 66 year old was recently diagnosed with stage 2 invasive breast cancer and quickly had a mastectomy (one breast) a couple of weeks ago, luckily it did not spread to the lymph nodes one was taken out and tested. After visiting 2 oncologists post surgery, both recommended Chemotherapy. First doctor suggested 4 months of chemo with a treatment every 3 weeks and the other recommended 6 months with a treatment once a month.
The doctors think the chances of the cancer coming back with no chemotherapy is about 30% chance, but if she goes through Chemo then chances of it coming back will drop to 10%. However, the doctor also said that there is also a 5% chance to develop another type of cancer (such as bone cancer) from the Chemo treatment itself.
Our mother is having a really tough time making a decision whether to do the chemo treatment or not and I was hoping some people who may have been in this situation before could shed some input, facts and any information you can share would be GREATLY appreciated.
We will not make a decision for her but want to make sure that she has some facts and information from people who have been through this before to make the right decision for her.
thank you in advance for reading this post!!