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My Dr added two more chemo sessions on top of the original 4. Should I be worried? This has delayed my surgery and I want this cancer out of me!

Shawna T Profile
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Stage 3A Patient about 6 years
 
  • Sharon Danielson Profile
    anonimamente
    Sobrevivente desde 2007
    I agree with Vicki E. Your oncologist is probably going for overall tumor shrinkage before doing the surgery. The cancer cells are being wiped out in the process.... try not to worry as this extra treatment before you have surgery is GOOD! Please contact your oncologist's office to clearify this. It sounds like you don't have enough information to put your mind at peace. Take care, and healing hugs, Sharon
    about 6 years Comment Flag
  • Diana Foster Payne Profile
    anonymous
    Stage 4 Patient
    Hi Shawna, I understand your concern. As Sharon mentioned, your Onc is probably trying to shrink the tumor more before surgery. I had chemo before my surgery as well. I had 8 rounds before my surgery. Then when they went in the tumor had not shrunk as much as they'd hope & I had 13 positive lymph nodes with some extranodal involvement. So....I had 8 more chemo treatment with two different drugs than the first time. I know it's difficult. Hang in there. Hugs
    about 6 years Comment Flag
  • Patricia Stoop Profile
    anonimamente
    Aprendendo sobre o câncer de mama
    Its normal - I did 6 months of chemo before surgery to stop the cancer from spreading and to help shrink it so surgery would be less destructive. I know it's hard to wait. Be patient and breathe deeply
    about 6 years Comment Flag
  • Marianne R. Profile
    anonimamente
    Sobrevivente desde 2011
    I did 6 rounds to begin with. Taxotere/cytoxan
    about 6 years Comment Flag
  • Shawna T Profile
    anonimamente
    Stage 3A Paciente
    Thank you all for being here for me. I do love my Dr. she says it is a good thing because I am having no problems with the chemo and that the rumor felt like it was responding. Although at grade 1 they did not expect it to shrink all that much. Just thinking of the "what ifs" (which will drive me crazy). I mean she sees so many patients how can she tell if it feels better?? I am sorry I am doing chemo now and a little hopped on the steroid they give me the night before.
    about 6 years Flag
    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonimamente
      Sobrevivente desde 2007

      Shawna, I am also amazed at my oncologist who I only see twice a year has so much instant recall about my case. He can remember little things that I had long ago forgotten. It takes a lot of brilliance to get where they are and to do what they...

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      Shawna, I am also amazed at my oncologist who I only see twice a year has so much instant recall about my case. He can remember little things that I had long ago forgotten. It takes a lot of brilliance to get where they are and to do what they do so I am not surprised your onc can tell the different in your tumor. Hang in there and keep in mind we are here to support each other through these unique circumstances we find ourselves in. Take care, Sharon

      about 6 years Flag
  • vicki e Profile
    anonimamente
    Stage 2B Paciente
    I had six rounds the first time around four years ago and had my surgery following that so don't panic. I understand wanting to get it over with. Sometimes I think god is trying to teach me patience. Hang in there
    about 6 years Comment Flag

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