OK, just back from oncologist - no chemo!!!!! Straight to rads. YAY!
The reasons being:
The survival rate and chance of not spreading over 5 years goes up by about 5% (from 85 to 90) if you have chemo/herceptin but this is based on grade 2 or 3 cancer not grade 1 (we are rare as you know) which has even higher survival rates.
My lump was just less than 1cm (thank you prof mammogram) so is in the potential for chemo rather than automatic.
I also have high blood pressure controlled by meds so my risk from herceptin is much greater than the benefits.
Hope this makes sense, I am so elated that I can hardly string a sentence together. Now just have to wait for date to start rads. I can finally open that new tube of mascara that I was worrying about wasting (the random things we worry about!).
Hi I was beginning to think that I was the only person with stage 1 and double positive! I think the prospect of chemo has thrown me more than the original diagnosis, I was cool about it. I understand how tiny and non-invasive my cancer is. I prepared myself for WLE/SNB and rads but chemo? No way would I need that, I only have teeny cancer. It feels like this suddenly got very real and very serious. I have my first appointment with an oncologist tomorrow so I guess I will know the next steps for sure then. I know my consultant/BCN are very keen to to overtreat me but I can't make up my mind which is worse, getting chemo/herceptin or not! By a fluke of geography, rather than necessity, I am at probably the most well known cancer hospital in the country and I'm not sure that it is the best place to be a bit of a curiosity.
I did the same when I was first diagnosed big mistake frightened myself stupid my gp said to me half of these sites are out of date so i either use this site or McMillan site or ring my breast care nurse if you ever want to chat about anything send me a post it can be private if you prefer love judi xxx
Sorry ladies that should read ER positive also I have been prescribed letrozole for 5years as I am post menopausal so couldn't have tamoxifen xx
Hi ladies I had my surgery back in November after a routine mammogram I'm 54 fast forward my path results came back as dcis/lobular 14mm tumour no lymph node or vascular involvement but Dr+ and her2 positive so after a lengthy chat with the oncologist I had chemotherapy followed by 15 sessions of radiotherapy and herceptin of which I'm currently number 8 so 10 to go and touch wood been fine with that had my 2nd muga scan and it was better than first I was exactly like you ladies back in November and I still can't believe such a lot has happened since then but although it's a long haul you will get there and the ladies on this forum are fantastic each and everyone I have become friends with a lovely lady who I met up with while having radiotherapy if I can be of any help send me a message love judi
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Hi I have had surgery three weeks ago to remove DCIS surrounded by grade 1, which is both ER+ and, very unusually, HER2+. It was a tiny 9mm and nothing in the nodes. I have been told that the onc will recommend Herceptin but that it can only be given with chemo which I don't really need. Has anyone else gone through this? The hosp has repeated the HER2 test as they didn't believe the first positive result!