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Is chemotherapy always part of breast cancer treatment??

Francoise  Armand Profile
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anonymous

Learning About Breast Cancer over 6 years
 
  • Diana Foster Payne Profile
    anonymous
    Stage 4 Patient
    No not always. It depends on so many different things. Cancer treatment is so specialized now. There are a number of factors involved.
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    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    No chemo is not always used. I had a bilateral mastectomy so I didn't have to have radiation and when it came to chemo it was really my choice. I chose not to have it because the oncologist advised me that the small amount of benefit I would get from the chemo would not justify the effects of the chemo. I consider myself to be very lucky. I only have the rest of my reconstruction and 5 years of hormone treatment to go through. I hope I have made the right decision, only time will tell.
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  • Sharon Danielson Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2007
    The answer to your question is no. BUT... as Diana said, it depends on so many findings from the biopsy and surgery. I had a mastectomy, 4 rounds of chemotherapy and no radiation, but 5 years of hormone blocking drug. Take care, Sharon
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  • Sue Rice Profile
    anonymous
    Stage 4 Patient
    No, I have Herceptin only which is hormone therapy and is much easier for side effects, it is given intravenously.
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  • Ali S Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2011
    If its in the duct still, typically one doesn't need chemo b/c that means its contained and hasn't been able to spread to nodes.
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  • Bonnie Irwin Profile
    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    When the oncologist thought I only had DCIS, I was to only have six weeks of radiation.
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  • vicki e Profile
    anonymous
    Stage 2B Patient
    No, sometimes they just do a lumpectomy and or radiation. Your doctor makes that determination depending on individual circumstances.
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