I have recently been diagnosed with Stage I breast cancer, thankfully with clean nodes. My doctor just told me he is submitting my cancer cells for a "Gene Profile Analysis," which will show whether or not I am a candidate for the pill Arimidex. If I am not, he suggests Taxotere and Cytoxan for my chemo -- 4 treatments (once every 3 weeks). Either way, I will have radiation after chemo. I was thrilled I may only have to take a pill instead of going through regular chemo, which I'm absolutely terrified of. I would need to take the pill for 5 years, and I would also have to be pushed into post-menopause by taking injections once a month for 3 years to "turn off" my ovaries (I am currently 45 and pre-menopausal). However, after doing some research on what Arimidex patients are saying about the drug, I am seriously starting to question this whole thing. I have read about terrible side effects. I know regular chemo is no walk in the park, but atleast it would be over and done with in 3 months or so, not 5 years. Has anyone else been faced with a similar situation? I go back to see the doctor for the results of the analysis on January 20th. Any feedback you could give me would be much appreciated. One thing I have already learned is that attitude is everything. So no matter what, I know my God is tougher than cancer. I will get through the ups and downs, especially because of people like you who care enough to support each other through all this. Thank you!