Question about Masectomy

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   Posted 5/11/2005 10:02 AM (GMT -6)   
If you have a masectomey do you still  have to have chem.  I'm her2neu +

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   Posted 5/11/2005 11:01 AM (GMT -6)   

Hi Randi! Whether or not you will need chemo will depend on several things....your path report, your onco decision as to how to best treat your cancer. I don't believe that whether you are her2neu + or - decides whether or not you will need chemo.



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   Posted 5/11/2005 11:09 AM (GMT -6)   
And also, I do not think the type of surgery will preclude the need for chemo. It is not usally offered as a choice...mast or chemo. However, in some cases, a mast will replace the need for radiation treatment. Remembering that your path report was very similar to mine, I would speculate that you will need some kind of chemo. Treating breast cancer seems to be a 3 prong approach, requiring skill from a surgeon, oncologist and radiation oncologist. Tumor size and grade will be big predictors of needing chemo.

In my case, I met with all 3 docs up front. Luckily they all concurred with what was best for I had the onc and rad onc lined up in order, to see me and treat me at the appropriate time.

Being her2+ may also mean they put you on Herceptin. Lauri posted an article recently that supports the use of herceptin in earlier cases now instead of just late stage.

Chemo is not what it looks like on TV, it is very doable. We'll help you thru it...

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   Posted 5/11/2005 11:12 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Lori and Deb,
I meet the new surgeon tomrow, then she meets with the radiation onco and the oncologist to review my case and come up with the best treatment plan.  I will have all the answers tomorrow. thank god.  I will be spending the day in Boston, my mom is coming with me.
I will post on Friday as to what the treatment plan is.

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   Posted 5/11/2005 11:13 AM (GMT -6)   
It differs depending on many factors -- agressiveness being a big one. I had a mastectomy and still did both chemo & radiation. Your oncologist should be the one to let you know what you should do.
Good luck & hugs to you,
Do not go gentle into that goodnight,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.
~Dylan Thomas

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