Hi, I just got a call from my surgeon with oncotype score of 28. My oncologist had told me if it came back 25 or higher she would recommend chemotherapy. I know chemo saves lives, but I am terrified of it because I know it does a lot of damage in the meantime. I'm not saying I will refuse chemo, but just wondering if there is anyone out there who has heard of or used an alternative method to chemo. I have a double mastectomy coming up as well, another challenge that I am not looking forward… read more
I intend to call my PCP in the morning but should I also call Oncologist office? I didn’t have to have chemotherapy but I did have side-effects from radiation and now the Letrozole. I’m freaked out about being sick for some reason. Just need some calmness— my life is everything BUT calmness. Thank you.
***UPDATE 4/30/19– First THANK YOU RobertaSnider and everyone that sent me a Hug, I super… read more
I know I might ruffle a few feathers but why do people go thru chemo just because doctors say it's part of cancer. I realize there are many of you who absolutely need it but I'm also seeing it being done with women who are stage 1 or 0 or who score low on onco testing. Some are being told right at the time of dx without any further tests being done. It seems so unnecessary for some considering the side affects and long recovery time. I don't mean to anger anyone but does anyone else feel the same?
Five years in, the hairloss is even getting difficult for this pro hairstylist to manage. While I didn’t fully recover my hair following chemotherapy, what did emerge is slowly peetering out- I’m probably down 85% of my pre-treatment glory, and that is definitely not an emotionally-driven estimate.
I’m resolved to continue my aromatase inhibitor for the additional five years that have been recommended, and am also swallowing my onco’s warning that it’s likely… read more
My hair started growing 7 weeks after chemotherapy which ended 6/23/17. My peach fuzz is softer than before now GRAY & BLACK hair. My hair was brown with few gray strands.
People looked at me strange and or didn't even recognize me. I didn't want to tell EVERYONE so I just smiled. When I loss my hair, my BFF [my brother) cut his hair off too.
I've always had long hair, but I… read more
LOW,MADE IT BACK TO WORK BUT MY JOB CAN BE VERY PHYSICAL AT TIMES,AND I FIND THAT I DONT HAVE THE ENERGY IT REQUIRES AT TIMES.THINKING OF CHANGING MY PROFESSION.HAS ANYONE HAS HAD THIS PROBLEM AFTER TREATMENT?
I was stage IIa with invasive ductal carcinoma, HER2 negative, ER+/PR-. Had a bilateral mastectomy, 1 lymph node has 0.33mm of cancer, but the rest were clean. I will also be on Tamoxifen for 5 years.