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Is chemo always necessary if you are HER2 positive?

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Learning About Breast Cancer about 3 years
 
  • Isabel Souchet Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2010
    I know you have to do herceptin, which i did for a year. I also had chemo as I had a very small tumor (0.7cm) that was invasive ductal carcinoma. It depends on the tumor, size and many other factors. Don't let being her2 scare you, my oncologist said herceptin is a miracle drug and being her 2 was not bad.
    about 3 years Flag
    • Jeanne Arroyo Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Hi Isabel, did you get radiation after chemo before herceptin? Thanks

      about 3 years Flag
    • Isabel Souchet Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2010

      Hi Jeanne no radiation

      about 3 years Flag
  • Alice Klobukowski Profile
    anonymous
    Stage 2A Patient
    I don't know if you have to have chemo if you are stage 1 but these two things I do know: you don't mess around with HER2 BC and your best treatment at the moment is Herceptin. Best of luck to you.
    about 3 years Comment Flag
  • Betsy Chapin Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2010
    I also had stage 1 cancer, HER2 positive. I had a lumpectomy, chemo and radiation(in that order). I am not sure if HER2 positive patients always are a candidate for chemo, but your doctor will advise you on the best treatment for your situation. I also was in a medical trial where I did not get herceptin, but was given an oral medicine, lapatnib instead.
    about 3 years Comment Flag
  • Maggy Mendivil Profile
    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    I'm HER2 too; and need 6 rounds of chemo with Taxor
    about 3 years Comment Flag
  • Maggy Mendivil Profile
    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    I'm HER2 too and I need 6 rounds of chemo with Herceptin, Carboplatin and Taxotere ; and Herceptin for a year. some patients just get Herceptin for a year but It depends of your case; you could ask your Oncologist about clinical trials.
    about 3 years Comment Flag
  • Maggy Mendivil Profile
    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    There is a HER2 treatment that it's called Pertuzumab but you could get it through a clinical trial; ask your doctor about your options. All this process it's really hard but we can do It; blessings and my best wishes.
    about 3 years Comment Flag
  • sharon ayers Profile
    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    i have stage 1 breast cancer but i also have the her2 positive. My question is do you always have to do chemo for treatment or can radiation take careof this
    about 3 years Comment Flag
  • brigette mateen Profile
    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    I am HR to positive level 1 a I've had the surgery been through radiation 48 weeks and now they're sending me to have the hereceptin along with chemo my question is can the hereceptin be taken alone is it necessary that the chemo be added to it when you are cancer free.?
    4 months Comment Flag
  • Erin Timlin Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2011
    Your team will determine what you need. If it's stage 1 it may be small enough to just do a lumpectomy and radiation. However, the HER2 cancer is more aggressive that ER (I am also HER2 ) so they may recommend chemo as well. I didn't have a clue about any of it until I met with my whole team and then I understood much better my whole individualized regimen.
    about 3 years Comment Flag
  • Patricia Stoop Profile
    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    I had stage/grade 3 her2 so had it all. Chemo, rads and double mastectomy with lymph ressection. Herceptin is your liquid gold! It apparently reduced my risk of recurrence from 80% down to 30%. Not sure best practices for grades 1-2.
    about 3 years Comment Flag

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