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I was dx with dcis and opted for unilateral mastectomy. Final path report showed a small .4mm invasive tumor that had spread to breast and was triple negative. Now my onc wants to do chemo, isn't this too aggressive since I did have mastectomy?

Lydia Bujanda Profile
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anonymous

Learning About Breast Cancer over 7 years
 
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    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    So true Blair. I'm also triple negative. Did chemo then surgery and soon I'll begin rad therapy. Goal is to make sure there isn't even one of those horrible cells. Jayme
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  • Mary Foti Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2010
    Your oncologist is not being aggressive -- he/she is being thorough. There is no follow up treatment after surgery, radiation and chemo if you have triple negative breast cancer. Medications like tamoxifen and Arimidex and herceptin don't affect triple negative; therefore your oncologist is wise to suggest chemo because there is a very small chance the cancer may have already spread beyond the breast and the chemo should work to kill any of those before they get a chance to set up shop somewhere else in your body. A mastectomy is a wise move also, but it can't always prevent a recurrence by itself.
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  • blair greiner Profile
    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    Hi Lydia. Unfortunately cancer only needs one cell to continue growing. If your onco is recommending chemo there is a reason. Did you have any lymph nodes involved? I had a bilateral and had 2 positive nodes. I am on chemo and will have radiation after. Good luck! Fight hard!
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  • Iride Palavicini Profile
    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    Dear Lydia, I had triple negative cancer 2 years ago. I first had my mastectomy done and even though it had not yet spread anywhere and was located very much on time, just because of the fact of being a triple negative (a very aggressive type of cancer) I had 16 rounds of quemo and then quemo in pills for 6 more months. This was all done just to prevent the cancer from re appearing. So my advise is follow your onco's advise. He is sending you quemo for a reason. Good luck and may all this be for good.
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  • Sharon Danielson Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2007
    Cancer is a very tough, sneaky, nasty disease. I would say your doctor is doing right by you in his treatment plan. Each woman's disease could be completely different and the course of your treatment depends on the microscopic findings in your unique pathology report. Triple negative just adds to your cancer's complexity. You need to have partner's on your side who are blasting this opponent with their complete arsenal. Hang tough and fight like a girl! Sharon
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  • julie s Profile
    anonymous
    Stage 2A Patient
    I'm triple negative too... IDC stage 2 grade 3. Chemo, radiation, and surgery are all we TNBC's have... There is a website just for TN's- triplenegativebreastcancer.org. Lots of good info! If you are unsure of your onc's treatment get a second opinion. Best of luck!
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