I was told I needed to have chemo, Taxol/Herceptin to improve I odds of beating cancer. I declined to have any treatment except a mastectomy. So far I have had clean check ups. April 19th will be 2 years!
Like everyone has said, this is a very personal choice.
I think for women who are stage 0 or stage 1, particularly those that are DCIS, could justify the choice for no chemo. At that point, the cancer is not yet invasive so there may be little liklihood that it has spread anywhere and was totally removed during surgery.
However, like the other ladies said, if you get into IDC or Stage 2, where the cancer has already proven to be invasive and spreading, chemo is just another tool to help destroy those cancerous cells that surgery could not get.
Personally, being stage 2a IDC, I could not justify not getting chemo. My oncologist described it as such: "we can get out all the cancer we KNOW about with surgery, but we also know that higher stage women tend to have higher recurrance rates, so the theory is that there are probably little focal points elsewhere in the body that we cannot yet detect. Chemo helps destroy those."
Could diet also help destroy those? Maybe. But I wasn't willing to take that risk.
Angi1111, it is your decision to make. Maybe you are willing to take that risk. Again, it's a very personal decision, but just make sure you talk to your oncologist about it and really understand your risks before you make that choice.
When I was diagnosed with Her2+++, triple I er-expressed I just happened to see the Lifetime movie that same month called Living Proof. It is in Netflix and tells the story of her2 and Herceptin. It was a no brainer for me. Plus in the last 4 years I have seen countless node negative her2+ women go from stage 1 or 2 to stage 4. I feel confident that chemo and Herceptin was necessary and even still if you were her2+ you are at a grater recurrence mets risk. A personal choice, yes. I am grateful to be alive!!!
I was given 2 kinds of treatment taxatere and cytoxin my first time and it put me in the hospital, so they decided to use taxol, I am good still since nov. 2009 is when i finished my chemo. it had some side effect but i survived them and still live with some. I say if u have been 2 yrs. and no chemo thats great.
@A MyBCTeam Member. I hear ya. Chemo sucks. I did it while being basically a solo parent. My husband was deployed to Afghanistan when I went through the really yucky stuff (AC). I had a 20 month old when I was dx'd and he turned 2 during my treatments. My mom was there to help on the weekends after my infusions for 2-3 days, but otherwise I was on my own.
Again, this is an incredibly personal decision. I'm not attempting to bully you into anything by any means, I just want you to know that it IS doable. My son ate more hot dogs and McDonalds and watched more movies than he typically would have, but we did it.
And I'm happy I did. I eat healthy now. I take care of myself and work out. And I can look back and say "if I have a recurrance, I know I did the best I could." That's all I've ever wanted.
Good luck on making your decision. It's truly up to you.
I did chemo in 2005 and agsin doing it now for reoccurrence. I'm stil to scared to opt out of doing it. I'm also trying for hard to do the no sugar and 20% carbs a day too. Read on Elaine Canton that tumors love sugar and grow from them.