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At my oncologist yesterday and found out my new tumour is triple neg. I am 70 and doc talked with me about the effects of the type of chemo that would be used to treat this. She said anyone 65+ needs to understand this chemo really knocks you down and sometimes you can't get back up! Looked at the current stats with or without this chemo and decided I will NOT have chemo. I believe it is the right decision

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@gbnana Totally understand your decision to not have chemo, and I may do the same in the future. However, you may want to consider a "hybrid" approach. I share my experience as an example: Last Feb, I was diagnosed with Invasive Ductal/Lobular Carcinoma, Triple Negative, Stage 1A, Grade 3 (early, but aggressive). I am 64 years old. I was to have a Triple Negative gold standard harsher chemo (Paclitaxel?) every week for 12 weeks. Discussed with my oncologist and agreed to a lesser chemo (Taxol/Cytoxen), which would be just as effective for Stage 1A. Was to have every three weeks; 4-6 treatments. Treatments 1-2 were fine. Mostly just very fatigued. Treatment 3 triggered sudden onset, severe peripheral neuropathy in hands/feet/legs. Although my Mayo oncologist encouraged me to continue with a reduced dose, I completely stopped the chemo at that time, and they immediately scheduled me for surgery. Double mastectomy. MRI and surgery found no live cancer cells remaining. The incomplete regimen of just the three chemo treatments had made a difference! They say my prognosis is "excellent". I tell you this for your consideration. I'm glad I did the three treatments. I'm glad I stopped when I did. The neuropathy is almost completely gone, and I am presently cancer-free. I have the utmost respect for your decision to not have chemo. It is barbaric. However, I did want to share my experience for your consideration. Whatever you decide will be the right decision for you. Every blessing to you for a smooth journey and healthy outcome.