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How To Decide Next Steps After Lumpectomy.

Breast Cancer | Last Active: Sep 26, 2021 | Replies (60)

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Your case seems similar to mine, I’ll be 68 in a few weeks. I was diagnosed a little over 3 years ago. I am very grateful that my Ob/GYN found a small lump in my right breast during a routine breast exam. I had surgery to remove the lump and it was cancer. I was at an early stage 2, and very lucky that only the sentinel lymph node showed cancerous cells. I am so grateful that I maintained my regular visits with my gynecologist, and that the cancer was caught at an early stage.

My treatment was surgery to remove the tumor, and enough lymph nodes to determine that it had not spread very far in my lymph system. Following surgery, I was given the choice of radiation for 5 days a week lasting about 4 1/2 weeks, or Chemo. I choose the radiation option. It was kinda grueling going to radiation every day, I became pretty run down and tired: but I am grateful that at nearly 3 years out from diagnosis and treatment, I am still cancer free. I’m not fond of the meds we need to take following treatment (anastrozole, Tomoxifin, Exemestane, etc.). But even the nasty side effects of those meds are much better than cancer itself. Good Luck to you ngguil4d! We’re all rooting for you!

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@lisman1408, your experience is almost exactly like mine. I have been on various AIs and now on Tamoxifen. I have to continue it until 2023. Like you, i had bad side effects from Anastrozole, Exemestane etc. Tamoxifen has side effects, but more tolerable than the others. I am going to have a HUGE celebration in 2023! Still, I am grateful for the protection of these drugs.