I had a mastectomy and snb. I was supposed to have radiotherapy, but refused it because of a lung disease. As I was grade 3, I also had chemo. Now on Anastrazole. Hope you find out what's what Tracy. Take care.
Hi Tracey I had a WLE followed by radiotherapy and my surgeon said that if I'd have had a mastectomy I wouldn't have needed radiotherapy as the radiotherapy was to treat the remaining breast tissue. But always best to check with the professionals in my view as putting our minds at rest is such an important part of the process. I also asked about not taking the meds (I'm on anastrozole and have had various side effects) and the BCN told me it made a significant difference (greater than 50%) in preventing reoccurence so I'm taking it and very grateful for it! Best wishes Gayna x
Not sure if I've got this right, but it looks as though your tumour was 100% Oestrogen positive and 96% Progesterone positive, which means that Tamoxifen is your best bet to prevent a recurrence. You may only be on it for a couple of years and then move on to an aromotase inhibitor, which are not given to pre menopausal women. They are for post menopausal women. It also looks as though you are HER2 positive, which will mean Herceptin as well as chemo, as SOME chemo has to be given with Herceptin. Ki-67 is a cancer antigen that is found in growing, dividing cells but is absent in the resting phase of cell growth. This characteristic makes Ki-67 a good tumor marker. This test is done on a sample of tumor tissue, to help predict your prognosis. Grade 1 just means the tumour didn't look very different to normal tissue, and if it wasn't for the HER2 positive diagnosis, you could possibly have not needed chemo.
Sending hugs and best wishes. xx
Whilst waiting for replies you might find it helpful to call our Helpline to talk things over. They'll be able to offer practical information as well as emotional support. The opening times are 9-5 on weekdays and 10-2 on Saturdays. The freephone number is 0808 800 6000.
with best wishes
Do you have a Breast Care Clinical Nurse Specialist Team to whom you could refer and gain answers to your questions? If they don't know the answers, maybe ask for an appointment with the consultant to have it all explained. They are the specialists who will know the details of your case so will be able to provide the sense and advice for which your asking.
Alternatively the Breast Cancer Care "Ask The Nurse" facility might help shed some light.
All the best