Hi Murphy1963. I know everybody's experience is personal to them but thought you may want to know that chemo is not always that bad! I was so stressed leading up to my first session - couldn't even speak when I arrived at the hospital so hubbie had to book me in. I then burst into tears, was looked after brilliantly by the staff who made me feel at ease. Side effects nowhere near as bad as I feared and approaching my 2nd session this week much more positively. As I said, everybody is different and you have to do what's right for you but chemo is doable! Good luck with your decision making.
I was told that I wouldn't need further treatment if I wasn't HER2 and hormone receptor positive. however, I was and this pesky little protein likes to make cancer cells.
Take all the advice you can get.
I'm in the no treatment camp...it's what feels right for you I think. I had a Grade 3 tumour, removed with clear margins and no node involvement. I have other health issues I won't bore you with, and was told I don't need chemo but they recommended radiotherapy and tamoxifen. I said no thanks to both and after conferring with the top oncologist at Western Park in Sheffield, he agreed that I had a good case as I was low risk and the amount of improvement on that offered by the treatments wasn't really a lot. I did read up a lot on the ins and outs of all available treatments, and came to the conclusion I'd prefer quality of life over quantity. I'm one of those folk who react badly to drugs, and the thought of suffering side effects for five years of Tamoxifen and three years of something else after that just didn't appeal to me. I'd say don't rush into a decision, talk to all the experts, read up all you can and make up your mind then.Whatever you decide, I wish you all the luck in the world x
I have exactly the same as you. Mine was stage 2, good clear margins and no lymph node involvement. Like you I am HER2 positive and also hormone receptor positive. I was given the option to do nothing or take herceptin and chemo. This was a 'no brainer' for me and I decided I would take anything offered that would reduce the risk of cancer returning.
It's all very scary so allow yourself to have a few melt downs, you'll feel better after them. I take the view that I am so lucky not to have cancer anymore and am taking all the steps I can to try and make sure it doesn't return. I Imagined how I would feel if it came back and I hadn't done everything I could have. It's a belt and braces approach for me.
I started herceptin and docetaxel last Friday as I was accepted onto the SOLD trial. It's not nice and i have pains everywhere but am not being sick. I've started a count down diary - 1 treatment down, 5 to go!
These forums have been a godsend to me to read. Wishing everyone love during their journey.
so sorry to hear of your diagnosis.
It is scary to think of having the chemo.....I hated losing my hair and eye lashes.......... but wigs and false eye lashes later I look the same.
I had FEC-T x 6 (3x FEC - 3X Tax)- I did not have one day of being sick.......fantastic antisickness called emend was given one hour prior to each course of chemo and 2 days post........ anti sickness tablets given to take home - but didn't need them
It is scary but the chemo does not hurt....yes you feel rough for a few days......nothing specific just not yourself....and tired as the courses go on..... but you recover and enjoy the rest of the time before the next session. The chemo is usually administered every 3 weeks.....so the duration is 18 weeks if on 6 cycles
This site will support you........... it is your decision at the end of the day.........but it is worth the journey if you win the fight
Wishing you all the best