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Has anyone had chemo before surgery? Was it helpful? This is a recommendation for me. What do I need to expect? I don't want it to spread. Help

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    anonymous
    Survivor since 2013
    My Oncologist wanted me to do some chemo. prior to surgery (I'm assuming to try and shrink the tumor) but my Surgeon nixed the idea.
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    anonymous
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    Thank you for answering my question. I just met the oncologist. She recommended chemo first. Everything is so overwhelming right now. I think the fist chemo was a combo of something starting with the letter A and something with a T. I have to do it 1 x every 2 weeks for 4 times. Then I think she said Taxol?? 1 x every week for 4 weeks.? That is my entire summer doing chemo. Can you give me any ideas on what to expect?? She said i will definately loose my hair, tired and nausea. I have to be there for 2-3 hours. I get a port put in next week. Any idea on what to expect with that? I am so scared and overwhelmed. I don't know how will do this. She wants to start chemo in 2 weeks. I have tons of tests to get done. It is so much in a short time? What should I expect?
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      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I had cytoxan, adriamyacin, and taxotere. They refer to it as AC and T. I was scared too,but looking back, I am glad I did it this way. The most important thing is to keep a positive attitude and never stop believing that you will get better. It...

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      I had cytoxan, adriamyacin, and taxotere. They refer to it as AC and T. I was scared too,but looking back, I am glad I did it this way. The most important thing is to keep a positive attitude and never stop believing that you will get better. It has been 16 years and I have been fine. I wish you the best and I know you’re going to do fine.

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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      You are not alone. I have done this and you can too. It is possible that you won’t have met your interventional radiologist who implants your port before. That is OK. The procedure is, relatively, low risk and it will make your chemotherapy so...

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      You are not alone. I have done this and you can too. It is possible that you won’t have met your interventional radiologist who implants your port before. That is OK. The procedure is, relatively, low risk and it will make your chemotherapy so much easier.

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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I had a ton of worry about loosing my hair. I am 4 years past my cancer and I get compliments everyday because I let my natural grey grow out.

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    anonymous
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    I had chemo before surgery, and the ultrasound and mammogram done pre surgery showed the cancer wasn't even visible anymore. Tumor was small, thankfully--1/2 cm. I have triple negative invasive ductile carcinoma. I guess chemo before surgery is recommended for that type.
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    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    I was diagnosed in 2003 and had 6 months of chemo prior to surgery. The tumor was successfully downsized and I had a lumpectomy, instead of a mastectomy. I have been cancer free since that time
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