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Had IDC ER PR- and HER2 had mastectomy it did NOT go in the lymph nodes and they got clean margins. They said I would need 4 - 6 rounds of chemo - TC (taxotere) and herceptin for a year. Why do I need chemo if they are using herceptin?

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  • Betti A Profile
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    Survivant depuis 2013
    We aren't doctors here and that sounds like something you should be asking yours. Everyone's cancer is different therefore a treatment plan is made just for you.
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  • André Roberts Profile
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    Stage 1 Patient
    There are informative videos here on this site you should check out. Being her2 positive USE TO BE a death sentence. Be thankful for the many advancements in the past 15 or so years. Simply put, being her2 positive means that each of your cancer cells duplicate themselves very rapidly. You need a 1 - 2 punch. Chemo and herceptin. Think of the cancer cell as a peanut M&M. The chemo eats the outer candy shell and the herceptin comes along and eats all the peanuts. Lol. It works, go with it. It's what will keep you alive. I'm not sure if you said you were er positive or negative, but that would play a role in your chemo treatment as well. The herceptin is strictly for the her2. I am triple positive, diagnosed in 2012. Living life!!! Prayers to you.
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    • Melissa Hicks Profile
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      Thank you, Andre !! I've found some informative videos since posting my question. I met with the oncologist today and they said I will be given Taxol weekly for 12 weeks, along with herceptin, and then herceptin every 3 weeks for a year. Just...

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      Thank you, Andre !! I've found some informative videos since posting my question. I met with the oncologist today and they said I will be given Taxol weekly for 12 weeks, along with herceptin, and then herceptin every 3 weeks for a year. Just finished watching "Living Proof: The Making of Herceptin". Great movie and very inspirational. I'm thanking God today and tonight and forever that they found the cancer before it spread to my lymph nodes and that the chemo that they will give me has fewer side effects than others.

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  • Jennifer A Profile
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    A good question to ask your doc but it's in case it travelled to any other part of your body. I just finished Taxotere, Carboplatin and Perjeta. Still have Herceptin through Dec.
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  • Melissa Hicks Profile
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    That's what they told me, too (that it was just in case there was microscopic cells in the body). They suggested TC chemotherapy for me (taxotere). I haven't heard of carboplatin but I have heard of perjeta. Is your doctor with one of the big research hospitals? I'm trying to get an appointment with Memorial Sloan Kettering in NYC because I know they do a lot of research and also gene sequencing to identify mutations in HER2 cancers which might require different treatment.
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