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Re: Chemo choice

Re treatment, I think it’s a very personal choice. The question I asked all my consultants was this..If I was your mum/ sister/ granny would you recommend this treatment for me. Although they can’t advise you or persuade you as treatment is patient led, I found they were all happy to answer a hypothetical question. Asking this question may get you some clarity . I’m 72 , and had WLE in 2017, plus chemo and rads. Unfortunately I have secondaries in my lungs but am really fit and well with continuous treatment.With young grandchildren it was a no brainer for me to see them grow for as long as possible. I also have a very loving husband who I would hate to leave. However, if, and when, treatment prevents me living life to the full then I will make a different decision.

I did choose a liquids only diet for 48 hours before and after chemo, and believe that this helped minimise nausea. Fresh soups and smoothies were a godsend. I couldn’t have fasted though. My team didn’t mind what I did, as long as it didn’t interfere with treatment. Good luck to all out there. X


Re: Chemo choice

Hi Astra,


jumping in here from June 2019 chemo thread.

in 2017 i had a lumpectomy and 3 lymph nodes removed....triple negative bc...

margins clear as were the lymph nodes.

i was offered chemo as a ' mop up ' precaution against any cells still floating around.

i was given a 6% as to whether having chemo would help reduce the chance of recurrence.

I chose not to have chemo.... too many negatives and not enough positives.


fast foward to March this year.  2 lumps found in same breast as before 2 years ago.....had left mastectomy and 3 axilliary level 1 lumph nodes taken.  Was triple negative again...

all came back with clear margins.

just finished 12 weeks of paclitaxel and carboplatin 3 weeks ago.  Chemo was necessary this time.


is this second breast  cancer a recurrence ??  Nobody knows 🤷‍♀️🤷‍♀️ Just hoping that the chemo has destroyed any rogue cells in my body....

good luck to you and whatever you decide.  Mini mad xx 💖💖


Re: Chemo choice

Hi blueash


Can you tell me more about your fasting before chemo please?


Was this done with consultation with your oncologist?


What were you advised?


How long did you fast?


When did you eat again after the fast and chemo?


What did you eat before the fast?


Everything really Smiley Happy


Many thanks if you read this.




Re: Chemo choice

Hi Dimmock, its a while ago you posted, but I can understand your dilemma 5% doesn't seem like much at all I agree.


What did you decide in the end?


I am still debating chemo and I've not even seen the oncologist yet.  I was told all clear lymph and also margins but still suggested having the chemo and radiotherapy.


I hope you are fairing well?


Best wishes and Heart

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Re: Chemo choice



Chemo is not as bad as you think it will be! The fear of it is worse than actually having it. It does not hurt for a start, it makes you feel unwell as in feeling sick and being tired. So take that on board if you are weighing up your options. 


Plus I used a cold cap with fabulous results AND I fasted before I had the infusions. That helps tremendously with the side effects. I had no mouth/gum sores, no tummy issues and I was never vomitting. So I would advised you to reserach into all of that but what really did it for me was the mice in this video have a look at the mice about 39 seconds in and comapre the mouse that was fed to the mouse that was not! 




Re: Chemo choice

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Chemo choice

Hi.   I will be 72 in May.   I am very fit, healthy, and active.   Just had my second mastectomy.   First cancer, 5 years ago, was lobular and I'm taking Anastrzole following the first mastectomy.   I am told that all the cancer has been removed following the second mastectomy, that the sentinel nodes are clear, and that I don't need radiotherapy.   However, I am now being offered chemotherapy if I want it.   I think I am being told that by having the chemo, my chances of having a related cancer in future would be reduced by 5% which doesn't sound very much.   I'm reading everything, of course, but feel at sea on this one.     All opinions welcomed.