As a 68 year old male I have trawled the Forum but cannot find answers. I had a mastectomy three weeks ago after being diagnosed with stage 2 primary breast cancer. I was given the good news at the breast clinic that the cancer had not spread as the lymph mode sentinel tests were clear. I am being referred to Oncology to go in just over two weeks time for 'preventative' treatment that will either be a tablet a day for five years or chemotherapy. The latter option fills me with dread as those that have had it are very ill. Can you tell me why this is offered and possible side effects, especially as my wife has surgery on her foot in a months time that means I will need to be her carer. I suffer with poor hearing (awaiting ENT appt as hearing aids wax up ears) and find it hard to understand the brilliant NHS staff with their range of accents, so feel embarassed to ask then still not pick up on what is being told me.
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