Question by Freddy: Is Chemotherapy right for a 65 year aged woman?
My mother has a breast most cancers. She went by way of the lumptectomy surgery twice to get rid of most cancers. The infilterating cancer was very little .7cm (but DCS was 2cm). The report indicated damaging for the lymph nodes and margin. But HER-2NIU exam was positive. Then the medical doctor encouraged Oncotype Assay exam which unveiled her rating of 52, deemed substantial for aggressiveness that means 34% chance of recurrence within up coming ten a long time.
She has to choose in between radiation remedy and chemotherapy. She is really afraid of medicines and its aspect impacts such as hair reduction and so on.
Physician states chemotherapy really should support her in this situation.
She is 65 years previous. Is this a good treatment for her? Is there any other option remedy that is similarly excellent that we can take into account?
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Solution by roy40372
she greater get the chemo and be content that they found it on her. i just misplaced a sister to breast most cancers. do not mess with this do as the medical professional tells you to.
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Chemotherapy is a great option other than radical double mastectomy combined with chemotherapy. If you are not aggressive than you might as well say your good byes now. 65 is young these days. Many people are experiencing life all over again once they retire. The only other option is a bone marrow transplant which is a heck of a lot more invasive.
I’m just a medical student, and I hate to give out “medical advice” on the Internet, both for legal and ethical reasons. What I can tell you is that some one with a positive her-2nu test is usually helped by chemo. However, as you’ve discovered, it is a balancing act between the side-effects of the chemo and the chance of recurrence.
First, be glad that your mom is doing well so far! She is lucky to have caught it so early. The next step is to a have long discussion with her doctor. Bring questions. Lots of them. Write them down. Read on the internet and in books. Find out exactly what chemo she would get, for how long, and what the common side effects are. Get all the information you want, and make sure it is explained to you in ways that you understand. Go get a second opinion if you are not clear after the above.
Adjuvant chemo has had very good results in treating breast cancer. So has radiation, and so has the combination. Only a doctor with full access to your mother’s medical records can tell you the details of her case. I wish you both well with this tough situation.
65 is young. My grand mother gave it a go, and had a few more years before being diagnosed again (breast cancer). She then had radiation, but to no avail. She passed away of an inoperable brain tumour.
I’m not an Oncologist, but what does age have to do with it?? No one knows how long they will live, and at 65 she may have many good years ahead. Any chance you have to defeat cancer should be grabbed with both hands…the side effects of chemo can be
awful, but they are temporary…death is forever!
Being 65yrs old and taking chemo…so is my friend who has cancer in his colon, stomach, lungs, back, prostate. He’s only had one treatment so far, so we’ll have to see how it goes. He did not have the option of radiation as far as I know. I don’t know of any alternative treatment actually, but there are things that can go along with it that would help. Diet full of anti-oxidants(green tea, lots of veggies, look into it) is good for anyone as it grabs onto free-radicals, which cause cancer, and helps to eliminate them. Also, prayer/meditation/belief in Higher Power gives peace of mind and encouragement by faith. God never gives anyone more than they can handle. Look up cancertreatmentcenter.com for more info.
Dealing with chemo for me was kind of like pregnancy. Everyone will tell you scare stories about how awful it was for them, how sick they were, how long labor was… but you get through it. The nausea was similar to morning sickness and I did take a lot of naps and got emotional, just like the hormonal thing during pregnancy. My 65 year old aunt just finished chemo for the second time in 9 years. She is doing great now and so am I. I celebrated my 50th birthday bald as a baby.
One good thing about loosing your hair is you get to save a lot of money at the hair dresser and when it does grow back its thicker. My sister is also a breast cancer survivor and she sent me a great T-shirt, that said “With a Body Like This, Who Needs Hair”
If you want to talk, more, please feel free to e-mail me. Also a good website is Dr. Susan Love’s site. Lots of current info on latest treatments, 1st person stories….
There is always another way, but what are people willing to do is another question. Cancer is just another disease with the body in a toxic state level higher than other diseases. You can cure it, but one has to have an open mind and look for answers outside the medical field. Modern medicine only suppress’ the symptoms to other locations in the body, it never truly heals it.
Cleansing the body is a method Ive seen done many times with success and it doesn’t matter how old you are. Must remove the toxins in the blood. One strategy is detoxifying with herbs, water, and juice fasting. One must educate himself on the subjects Ive mentioned and there are plenty of good cleansing techniques out there. Here are a few websites and their programs I recommend.
“Benjamin Franklin – “The best of all medicines are rest and fasting
Best of health to both of you
65 IS YOUNG SHE COULD LIVE ANOTHER 25 YEARS
I TRIED THE CHEMO BECAUSE THE DOCS SAID IT WOULD RESPOND BETTER THAN IT WOULD TO RADIATION…..
YOU HAVE TO BELIEVE SOMEONE, DON’T YOU? IT’S BEEN 6 1/2 YEARS FOR ME AND I HAD A TOTAL MASTECTOMY AND STILL TAKE TAMOXIFEN EVERY DAY BUT ALL IN ALL, I FEEL GOOD AND HAVE LIVED TO SEE 4 GRANDCHILDREN
BORN……………..I KNOW SHE’S AFRAID.THAT’S OK…….
FEAR IS GOOD……………………..IT MAKES YOU FEEL ALIVE.