I will let you know the outcome of my test,thanks very much for your replies nice to chat to someone in similar situation,i'm goin to chat to breast cancer nurses next week aswell.
Hi Sue. The way that it was explained to me by the oncologist is that there is strong evidence that early stage breast cancers respond well to endocrine treatment on its own. I read all the findings from the first phase and 10 year survival rates were higher for patients that had just endocrine treatment than those that had both chemotherapy and endocrine treatment. I would also like to think that I am helping ladies who are diagnosed in the future with this disease. I am well and had the all clear at my first annual mammogram. Michele
Thankyou for taking the time to reply that does make a bit more sense,so good you didnt have to have chemo,How are you now? I really dont wont to have chemo, apart from discomfort from the op I feel so well in myself.I hope you dont mind me asking but dont you feel you are putting yourself at more risk by not havin the chemo?.I did read some where that the test only is for a good prognosis of 5-7 years of cancer not returning.
I work as a HCA in hospital enviroment so wouldnt be able to return to work till chemo had finished and going back to work is a big thing for me but also want to do the right thing for my future health.
Hi Sue. I joined the Optima Trial after being diagnosed in Sept 2017. I was grade 2 ER/PR positive HER negative and had 4 nodes affected (2 under microscope only). I did a lot of research into the trial. The cancer research website has quite a lot of information too. It's a blind trial which means only half the participants get tested. So there are three outcomes. You are tested and results show you don't need chemo. You are not tested and go on to have chemo. You are tested and the results show you still need chemo. So if you go on to have chemo you will not know if you have been tested or not. I hope this makes sense. Results took about 2 weeks and my oncologist said a short delay wouldn't affect my treatment plan. I was fortunate and tested and didn't need Chemo. If you would like any more information then let me know. Michele
Hi I recently had left sided mastectomy my Cancer being stage 2 HRT2 negative,I had cancer cells in one node and the further nodes I think 6 was all clear.I am prob doing the optima test and I really dont want to have chemo but if I have to I will.Im quite confused how it all works but the surgeon said that my type of cancer is a grey area as to weather chemo is benificial.
Any advice please