I have a triple + 1.2 cm tumor plus DCIS. Nodes look clear on ultrasounds etc. but who knows for sure. They started 3 weeks ago with a recommendation of a mastectomy, but just changed to 6 rounds of a 4 drug chemo cocktail first. Has anyone had this for stage 1 cancer? The rationale given was so they can be sure the chemo cocktail worked because once the tumor is removed they can't see if chemo was effective. I can understand that and the Perjeta and Herceptin make sense since they target HER2+ but the Taxotere (Docetaxel) and Carboplatin (Paraplatin) seem like overkill. Has anyone had this Chemo cocktail presurgery? What are the side effects? How bad is this cocktail? I just turned 60 and am in average health, slightly overweight and have a moderate activity level. I'm really questioning if adding those 2 drugs are worth negating only a small possible risk that cancer has spread? If this was stage 3 or 4 cancer I'd get it, but 4 powerful chemo drugs for stage 1? Just seems like overkill and is very scary. Has anyone else had this treatment for a stage one HER2+ tumor?
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