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I'm Estrogen and Progesterone receptor + and HER2+ and am refusing chemo. I have doubts of fulfilling a daily radiation tx course due to other conditions. Has anyone refused chemo and been unable to do Rad Tx?

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stage_1 Patient 3 months
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  • Naluh Maues Profile
    anonymous
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    It is totally your right to deny chemo, but as a survivor for 8 years I would ask you to reconsider, especially because you are triple positive, what is a little serious.
    3 months Flag
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      anonymous
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      Thank you Naluh. Fortunately my family is respecting my wishes for no chemo. I see the radiation doctor this Thursday. Other friends who went through this only had radiation 3x per week instead of daily. Since I never know how I feel from one day...

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      Thank you Naluh. Fortunately my family is respecting my wishes for no chemo. I see the radiation doctor this Thursday. Other friends who went through this only had radiation 3x per week instead of daily. Since I never know how I feel from one day to the next, I fear I won't be able to meet the daily regimen of radiation 5x per week. I saw the NP last week at my surgeons office and shared my concerns. Coldly, she said I should've had a mastectomy then. We didn't know about the HER2+ before surgery since Kaiser Permanente dragged their heels on getting my path report to my surgeon. Should've had a mastectomy? Smh. I could've slapped that NP.

      3 months Flag
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      anonymous
      stage_1 Patient

      I've calmed down now. Seeing the surgeon again this Thursday followed by the rad tx Dr. I feel better about that. The dilemma is I just started a new job in a new state, starting life over to be closer to my brother. I got the cancer diagnosis...

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      I've calmed down now. Seeing the surgeon again this Thursday followed by the rad tx Dr. I feel better about that. The dilemma is I just started a new job in a new state, starting life over to be closer to my brother. I got the cancer diagnosis the day before I left the other state and job. The insurance with that job was extremely unsatisfactory to say the least. I didn't tell the new employer about this cancer. I knew I wouldn't get the job. I've been in the medical field for 30 years and have seen too much. People either die from the cancer or die from the chemo and/or complications from that. I'm ok with taking Tamoxifen. Emotionally, I'm a wreck. I need time to heal emotionally and need to build up time at work for the Short and Long Term Disability as well as get through the 3 month probationary period for this job. My job is very important to me. Radiology has been my life and my drive. Like several relatives before me, education and work are top priorities. Hardly anyone retires in my family. The Midwest work ethic is in my blood. When I'm at work, I don't think about my problems. I don't feel the pain much. Thank you for letting me vent. Gentle hugs.

      3 months Flag

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