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Why is chemotherapy still needed if breast cancer has been caught early? I have grade 3 cancer & although the tumor (28mm) was removed & the lymph node showed clear, I have to have chemo

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anonymous

Learning About Breast Cancer about 7 years
 
  • jaspal kaur Profile
    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    My lumpectomy was performed at a similar stage at yours(stage2a, N0,M0), tumour size 27mm, lymph nodes negative, ER/PR positive, Her2 negative. Doc has suggested oncodyte dx, if it came as low risk, then the chemotherapy can be avoided. But m not taking any chances,and made the mind for chemotherapy and to avoid any risk in future. 5 months of treatment(chemotherapy radio) adds few more assurance to my life.
    almost 7 years Comment Flag
  • Elise Merchant Profile
    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    Because it's to ensure that there aren't any straggling cells. :-) Good luck!
    about 7 years Comment Flag
  • Yolanda Pruneda Profile
    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    I'm at a stage 2b and just completed 6months of chemo. The Doctor told me that chemo is recommended since there is still a 40% chance the cancer has spread in areas he's not able to see yet. The chemo helps and I'd get it to be safe. My lymph nodes are now clear and the large tumor shrunk.
    about 7 years Comment Flag
  • Ali S Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2011
    I heard one doctor call it "insurance". And others say they over treat to lessen chance I reoccurrence. I'm "cancer free " after my surgery, but still having radiation in case there are microscopic cells
    almost 7 years Comment Flag

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