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My fiancé has been diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer based on a 2.2cm tumor. One Dr is advocating chemo first to shrink it other says shrinking makes sense on a larger tumor and is not worth the risks leaving it in longer to shrink from a 2cm to 1cm.

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  • Kimberly Levesque Profile
    anonymous
    Patient
    I had chemo first, my tumor was 5cms, so the original plan was to shrink it and have a lumpectomy...I finished chemo in June and decided to have a bi-lateral masectomy in Aug. I was told that I had a full response to chemo, when they operated they found no cancer, it had done its job!
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  • Sharon Danielson Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2007
    I also had the same size tumor and there was no mention of chemo. first to shrink it. It might be because of the location of the tumor? It is hard to say with us not being oncologists or surgeons. The good thing about treatment today is it is so individualized for each patient. There is no shotgun blast types of treatments any more. It gets down to the type, stage, grade, location, size and hormone status of the tumor before a treatment plan is worked out for each patient. Your fiance should probably ask the questions that you're bringing up because they are good ones. It would come into my mind too. Chemotherapy is tough and not only tough on cancer but tough on the human body. As I said, your questions are good ones to be asked of the oncologist. Take care, Sharon
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    Family Member or Loved One
    I am asking these questions because I am trying to help with her workload in all this; were a team. We have only spoke with one oncologist which was refereed by City of hope. The oncologist suggested the Chemo first but the city of hope surgeon is on board with the idea. The other Dr at the local hospital has not put us in contact with an oncologist yet. Both surgeon doctors we spoke to have been doing this a long time with the local one at 39 years. I think we are leaning toward getting it out now with Chemo later, but still wanted others take who have already been there. Her cancer is quite aggressive with a rating of 8 out of 9, but off the top of my head cant remember what the rating is called. I think we also need to research if there is any difference in out of pocket costs between each hospital.
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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      It sounds like the Nottingham score. One of my tumors was 9/9 and they found one in the breast after removal during my mastectomy. It was originally a 7/9 but the onc. had them look at it a 2nd time and it dropped to a 4/9. I don't think they...

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      It sounds like the Nottingham score. One of my tumors was 9/9 and they found one in the breast after removal during my mastectomy. It was originally a 7/9 but the onc. had them look at it a 2nd time and it dropped to a 4/9. I don't think they assigned a score for my area of DCIS though.

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    • Lisa G Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2012

      When I was 1st diagnosed, I called my Onco and was promptly told to see my general surgeon and plastic surgeon 1st.
      I do know someone who had chemo1st, but she had stageIII. So I think it is probably on an individual basis.
      I with you, I wanted...

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      When I was 1st diagnosed, I called my Onco and was promptly told to see my general surgeon and plastic surgeon 1st.
      I do know someone who had chemo1st, but she had stageIII. So I think it is probably on an individual basis.
      I with you, I wanted out of body ASAP.
      I would like to say Bravo and Thanks for your Loveand Support you are showing.
      Be sure to take care of yourself during this journey.
      There are lots of suppory groups for caretakers. As a former caretaket, I wish I would have gotten the support.
      Best wishes and we are here for yoj.

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    Survivor since 2013
    Very close in size to my tumor, and I ended up not having chemo at all based on my oncotype test score. I had partial mastectomy with implants and radiation.
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  • Mimi Carroll Profile
    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    If it is in nodes or very aggressive it is a good idea to get chemo to whole body first.. And herceptin. And if none of that us true It just might shrink Tumor to nothing!!! Wouldn't that be wonderful!!!!
    over 6 years Flag
    • Mimi Carroll Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I had chemo first.

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  • Deborah Camacho Profile
    anonymous
    Stage 2A Patient
    Shrinking might relate to lumpectomy vs mastectomy. My tumor was 3.8cm so we went for mastectomy. My husband was for swift and decisive therapy with no elective procedures. I am back to speed 6 months later but I have a large scare. My choice. Not for everyone.
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  • Betti A Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2013
    I saw an Oncologist 2 days before seeing a Surgeon. The Onc. wanted me to have chemo. prior to surgery but the Surgeon nixed the idea. If need be seek other opinions and that may help in the decision process.
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  • Sharon Danielson Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2007
    Here is a website where you can get some basic information about breast cancer and it's treatment. http://www.breastcancer.org/ Take care, Sharon
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  • Kimberly Levesque Profile
    anonymous
    Patient
    Good luck...
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  • Leah Fortune Profile
    anonymous
    Stage 4 Patient
    I think you have your work cut out for you. There is so much to learn. I think it depends on the cancer if dcis also in the breast if she will be having lumpectomy or mastectomy one breast or two. So much to learn. Radiation involved.
    over 6 years Comment Flag

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