No tamoxifen!! My tumour is not responsive to Oestrogen, Progesterone or HER 2 so I'm diagnosed with triple negative and chemo then surgery is only treatment. That's why I joined these threads. My chemo preceded surgery as it is systemic and mops up stray cells in the rest of my body.
Thank you so very much for your post/response. I think the chemo has affected my self esteem but getting there. I am so pleased to hear that you are 3 years on with NED - well done for what you have been through. What you said about chemo going through the body makes absolute sense.
I think the 100% bit is an ideal - but pre-surgery only this applies too, cos I think surgery will mop up the rest of the tumour.
I'm really happy for you
Thanks so much again for your encouragement
Not pathetic at all. You are currently going through treatment and it is tough and everybody is so different. Not sure who's said 100% reduction is needed for a better outcome....... I too had FECT before surgery.
My initial scans showed 6.5cm 'area of concern' (i love the terminology). On feeling the Consultant said between 4 and 5cm....... Didn't look like it was in nodes but she was cautious about that as the tumour was looking large.
So it was 3 FEC and very little change in the tumour (had MRI), she looked really dissapointed. I continued with the plan and had the Taxol. I then had surgery which showed a 4.2cm tumour with micromet in 1 node only out of 23. But Pathology report still says minimal response to Chemotherapy.
When i was originally diagnosed it took a little while to sink in then when it did after a week or so i was really clear that my main goal was staying alive..... I've had radiotherapy, reconstruction and a lot of living since then. i am almost three years from inital diagnosis now and remain NED (no evidence of disease).
I reckon 75% reduction is fabulous, just the T to go then surgery. Even though for me it didn't reduce the tumour much it had the opportunity to curse through my veins and mop up any little escaped cells which is really important. I've had 2 years Tamoxifen and moving on to Letrazole soon.
Delphinium, non of us are brave (despite what other people say to us). We are all scared and unsure but you're doing great. Just rest up and let the Chemo do it's job.
Good Luck with the rest of your treatment. Take Care Gilly x