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Reoccurrence Question

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A friend I met through chemo has just found out that her cancer is back. They had first thought it was scar tissue, but unfortunately its not. Her first time around she did A/C I think, no radiation and is not taking tamoxifen. Anyway, my question is, what chemo do you think they will use now, I know she is not er+ nor does she have the Her2Neu gene. Any thoughts or has this happened to anyone else. I was er and her2neu positive, so I'm on tamoxifen. Our oncologist told me I was the lucky one, eventhough I really did not want to take it, I guess she was right. Thanks

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That's interesting - no radiation and no tamoxifen.
The next chemo will probably be taxol or taxotere which used to only be used for recurrence until the last couple of years.

I had radiation which I was sorry I did because of the increased pains I did not have before radiation and I HATE the effects of tamoxifen - mostly the fatigue. I think it does cause the fatigue because so many other women say the same thing.

My oncologist tells me also: Do not stop the tamoxifen. I have the same as you ER and HER2 - both positive.

Let's hope your friend has success with her new treatment.

Best wishes, Jean

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Hi, I am Emmi. This is my second time around. Had BC 98, ER neg., Modified radical mastectomy, 6 rounds of chemo, CAF protocol. Now I had BC in the other breast, a new cancer, lumpectomy, 6 weeks radiation and as of today 6-8 month of chemo. CMF protocol, 2 weeks on two weeks off. ER neg., Her2 neu pos. I am postmenopausal. Had my first chemo today, feel very tired , got Zofran for the nausea and that has worked so far. Hope this helps, if you have any question you can contact me. Best wishes....Emmi

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I too am ER +, her2neu +. My DR says ER+ is good because it indicates what the cancer "feeds" on ... the estrogen. Block the estrogen and it starves. So ... ER+ is a good thing. Your friend will probably get Taxol or Tamoxifen ... I think Herceptin is for ner2neu patients. I wish her the best of luck and as always my thoughts are with all ... good luck. Jamie

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My name is Cheryl. I had BC in 12, 2000. I had 4 A/C with radiation and tamoxifen. I was HR neg. and er pr neg or what ever that is called anyway like your friend all was negative. I noticed some changes starting in 8, 2001. The doc didn't find anything until Jan 2002. 13 months after first dx. I had a bilaterial mastectomy in March. I had a reoccurance in orginal site as well as 12 postive nodes out of 14 on opposite side and BC on other side. I have just completed 2nd round of taxotere which is what your friend will probably be getting. I am interesting in finding out what they do with her since she is in the same situation as I am. Would like to hear from you. My email is satterfieldcheryl@hotmail.com I do not know how to get emails at this site.

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Hi cheryl,

So sorry you are having all this extra treatment from recurrence. My very best wishes for good, LASTING results this time.

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I am i recurrence after a 19 year break. The usual chemo to use after A/C is Taxol ot Taxotere. It is the one that usually gets the best results. After that it depends on the oncologists prefernce but usually the next one is Xeloda. I have just finished Taxotere & in partial remission. My oncologist reckons 6 months before I need any more treatment as I am stage 4. He will try Xeloda next. Hope this helps.
Love & hugs

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