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Breast Cancer | Last Active: Dec 24, 2020 | Replies (51)

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@roch

Good news about lymph nodes. My understanding of chemo before surgery is that is can reduce size of tumor and thus surgery can be less invasive.

As I said earlier, mine was part of a Mayo research project. It did show that a cancer antigen KI-67 decreased during pre-surgery treatment.

Five months may seem like a long time, but you will be surprised at how fast it went.

I used the 6 months prior to my surgery to improve my health. I wanted to be in best shape I could be prior to surgery. I exercised more, ate better, etc… Chemo may effect those options. Everyone reacts from chemo differently. I had very little side effects.

Laurie

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@roch, @hkc9890
Unfortunately, for me the chemo did not affect my tumor size of the first tumor and I had horrific side effects from chemo. Luckily for me, I insisted on MRI breast whereupon a second lesion was noted in the same breast at a different site which turned out to be an aggressive and rare neuroendocrine cancer (these usually do not show up in breast, but rather in stomach or intestines). Had this not been performed, my outcome would be so very different. So if anyone ever has any doubts whatsoever, push for further evaluation.

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