Dec 04, 2013 - 4:40 pm
My story began on 9/30/13, and over the past 10 weeks I've been through a Core Biopsy, Sentinel Lymph Node surgery, Double Mastectomy with Reconstruction (should have my permanent implants in late March/early April 2014); and a Complete Hysterectomy. I was diagnosed with Invasive Ductal Carcinoma and my results are Stage 2A T2 NO ... Her-2 negative, lymph nodes negative, tumor size was 3.2 cm, I am BRCA2+, my Oncotype DX score is 21; and I was told I would not need Radiation.
I've met with 1 Oncologist, and I am going to meet with a different/2nd (hopefully much nicer!) Onco tomorrow, 12/5/13. The 1st Oncologist recommended I go through 4 chemo treatments total - 1 chemo treatment every 3 weeks starting on 12/18/13 to reduce my chance of recurrence by 4%..... I'm leaning towards just going ahead with chemo so I have no regrets by knowing that I have done everything possible, but would appreciate any advice regarding chemo.... how to decide whether or not to do it? And I've heard so many horrible stories about how sick chemo makes people - Besides losing my all of my hair, how sick can I expect to get and for how long after each treatment? And what other effects should I expect from chemo please?