Post Edited (Tavish) : 10/12/2004 8:31:51 AM (GMT-6)
I am ER/PR - as well. That means that your cancer was not caused by estrogen, nor was it being fed off of the estrogen in your body.
If you have your ovaries removed you will not be preventing a recurrance of another ER/PR- tumor. All you would be doing is decreasing the odds of the chance of a recurrance of an ER/PR+ tumor.
Some people can have one cancer that is ER- and then have another that is ER+. But that is rare.
Also, you are doing the chemo and the rads and you are doing all that you can for THIS tumor- which is now GONE. Removing your ovaries will not change your current situation. And it might make you feel worse overall.
I don't know how old you are or if you are pre or post menopausal but there is a lot to weigh in terms of your ovaries staying or going.
I have chosen to keep mine for now.
You really ought to weigh all the pros and cons to this before you make an irreversable decision.
NOW- did you know that ER/PR- cancers ARE MORE RECEPTIVE TO CHEMO??? According to the ACS if you are ER- chemo works better on your cancer!
Good luck to you!
First and foremost "Welcome" to this board. If nothing else you will get a variety of information. We have all been affected by BC a little differently. I too was ER/PR- with a Stage IIA 2.5cm tumor. I had a radical lumpectomy followed by Adriamycin and Taxotere combination (it was a study that the results should be out on any time), followed by 36 rad treatments. I also had lymph node involvement.
This was all 5 years ago and I was just given an 'all clear' earlier this month. I never considered the Ooph because I was periomenopausal at the time of surgery and treatment and went into instant menopause. Other than hot flashes that I have not been able to take anything for, I feel very fortunate. Like you, I felt 'left out' when I couldn't take Tamoxifen, but guess it wasn't something I needed. Unlike so many on this board, I didn't have the means to research a lot before decisions were made on my course of action. I trusted my Dr, my ONC and God for everything. I only became involved with this wonderful support group following my treatments.
Get as much information as you can, but in the end you and your Dr's will need to make the decisions on the treatment appropriate to your tumor, stage, your age, etc. Whatever the decision, please keep us informed as we will be with you in prayer and in spirit. Amazing how we circle around those MRI machines and in those treatment rooms, without you even knowing we are there.
Hang in there and keep posting. Good luck and God Bless,