Thanks for the welcome. I appreciate the opportunity to be here to share.
The no chemo and no radiation was a medical decision made by oncologist. Previous to my husband and I deciding on a lumpectomy or mastectomy, I made
a consultation visit with my oncologist. He looked over all the data about my diagnosis, the size of my tumor, stage and grade, all that "good" stuff. He then told me of my choices. He said with lumpectomy, I would definitely have 5 weeks of radiation, 5 days a week or as he said, and I quote "cooking the breast." With a mastectomy I would have no radiation. Probably no chemo because of the location of my tumor. We did not know at the time if there was cancer in the lymph nodes. Oncologist said if no cancer in the lymph nodes, probably no chemo. He said that since I was diagnosed with invasive ductal carcinoma, I was in the company of very elite company such as Jackie Onassis, Betty Ford, basically many of the First Ladies. Actually that wasn't much comfort and I did not hesitate to tell him that. His point being that it was a very treatable cancer. He didn't tell me which to have but my husband and I opted for the mastectomy because I wanted to rid of the cancer and I was considering reconstruction at that time.
I hate to say this but this was the easy part of breast cancer for me. I wish that things were as easy now.
No one should ever feel like he or she is on the outside because of the treatment options that they choose. She is a survivor of a disease that affects many, many people. Surviving breast cancer in any way, shape or form is a big deal and one to be proud of. I hope that rubyshooz realizes that. Hugs((((()))))))
to her and each one of you on this board.
Hugs, Hope and Prayers,