Hi ! New member---recur is HER2 positive--?
I have been reading some posts on here and was directed from another site to come here!
A little hx--
I was dx'd Sept 02---Stage 2a, no nodes, MRM, FEC chemo, Er/Pr neg...was not tested for her2 status at that time (Canada).
Recur found a month ago....to mast. scar. Surgically removed, clear margins, didn't invade into the chest....considered local recur. (well, scans still to determine spread). This time they tested her2, as we in Canada are using Herceptin as a standard tx for bc with/without mets. (you all probably know this...sorry) Anyway, I have done research on this gene and bc, so I am familiar with the use and the affects etc....
Still is waiting mode...scans I guess will determine chemo?? I will have rads to chest wall.....just not sure if the scans show no mets does one still do chemo or just herceptin?? Or even with mets, can one start out with herceptin to see if it works alone and keep other chemos as part of an "arsenal"?? I have my appt. with the chemo doc soon and want to educate myself as much as possible, and yet I am not sure if blasting myself with chemo is necessary to start?? I have a Family (young kids) and I really want QOL as well in treatment....It is funny how one reacts the second time around with this....don't get me wrong, I want to do anything to be in remmission if this has spread.....I guess I am confused??
Anyway...since I don't have definitive answers....it's hard to make total plans!