Triple negative and chemotherapy

Hi. I had a lumpectomy and lymph node biopsy. I was told the cancer was removed and margins clear also hadn’t spread to lymph node. But was told i have triple negative cancer so my worry is although its only been two weeks since i got these results its 4 weeks since my operation and im waiting to hear when my chemotherapy starts. Ive read it needs to start within 30 days for the best chace of it not coming back within 5 years. Am i right to be concerned?

Hi debi1

Thank you for your post.

It is understandable that you feel concerned about starting your chemotherapy treatment for triple negative breast cancer.

It’s good to hear that the cancer has been removed and your lymph nodes are clear. Your breast team should have referred you to the oncology team so you can meet and discuss the benefits and risks of chemotherapy. You can then agree on a plan that is best for you.

Like you, many people worry about the risk of breast cancer returning during and after treatment. Waiting for the next treatment to start can be an anxious time. We would suggest you contact your breast nurse to discuss your concerns and ask when your appointment with the oncologist will be. You can also discuss your concerns about waiting for treatment with your oncology team when you meet.

You may find our online chemotherapy support forum helpful during chemotherapy.

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