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mom was diagnosed stage 1a breast cancer, they said it spread a small amount to 1 out of 6 lymph nodes. What stage is this, anymore info? Should she do hormone blocker or chemo or both?

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Learning About Breast Cancer about 6 years
 
  • Betti A Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2013
    Her doctor(s) should tell her what it means and what treatment(s) she may need. Every case is individualized depending on numerous factors. Has she seen an oncologist yet?
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    • nick nguyen Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Yes she went today. They didn't say what stage it was now that they are concerned it may have spread. They said it was a small small percent that was in 1 out of 6 nodes they pulled and basically negative.
      They said chemo and or hormone is a...

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      Yes she went today. They didn't say what stage it was now that they are concerned it may have spread. They said it was a small small percent that was in 1 out of 6 nodes they pulled and basically negative.
      They said chemo and or hormone is a option and we aren't sure what route to go.

      about 6 years Flag
  • Leah Fortune Profile
    anonymous
    Stage 4 Patient
    Less than 10 nodes she will be a 2 whether ab or c you will have to ask because it also goes by size of tumor.
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    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    Don't get stuck on stage cancer is cancer. The doctor will give her the best chance for survival and not have it come back. The decision of your mother's treatment is your mother's is your mother's. This journey is hard enough adding family members arguing about what she should do with her body only adds to the difficulty. My mother didn't want me to do chemo but I did it anyway.
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  • André Roberts Profile
    anonymous
    Stage 1 Patient
    Sorry about your mom. Like Betti said, after all information is gathered, the drs will come up with a plan geared just for her. It is my understanding that any time lymph nodes are involved, chemo is needed. If she is Estrogen positive, they will put her on a hormone blocker. Prayers to you.
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    • nick nguyen Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Thank you. My dad is pushing for no chemo and just hormone blocker. He doesn't know much neither do I. I want her to go the best route. They said her tumor was 1.5 cm and in the lymph node measured less than 0.02 cm in a 1.5 cm lymph node.

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    • André Roberts Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 1 Patient

      That does sound like a very small trace in the node. Mind you, I am not a Dr, but we are talking about cancer here. That's all it takes. The chemo will kill any traces in her body. No it's not fun. But is is very do-able. Not the horror you have...

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      That does sound like a very small trace in the node. Mind you, I am not a Dr, but we are talking about cancer here. That's all it takes. The chemo will kill any traces in her body. No it's not fun. But is is very do-able. Not the horror you have pictured in your mind. Things have come a long way as far as the drugs to combat side effects. All but the losing the hair. For some, this is the worst part. There are great videos on here that can help educate you. Or go to cancer.org Talk with her Drs. See what they suggest is best for her. A small trace can mean a life or death situation. If it were me, I would do everything possible to stay alive. Oh wait, I already did, lol. I have/had IDC, stage 2, grade 1, triple positive Had bilateral mastectomy with reconstruction. 6 rounds of chemo, a year of herceptin (for my HER2 ) and am now on hormone blockers for 10 years. We are here for any info we can help with.

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  • sophie s Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2011
    Some hospitals are doing the oncotype test if only 1 lymph node is involved and cancer is hormone positive. I had one micromet and an oncotype score if 13, got additional options and everyone said no chemo. Tamoxifen and lupron were recommended. My situation was a little unique as is everyone's. If it is recommended the oncotype score can give her a good idea if she can benefit from chemo but she should talk to her medical team and oncologist for her treatment plan. All the best to you.
    about 6 years Flag
    • nick nguyen Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Thank you! will look into that. trying to figure out whats the best route to go and any help helps! god bless you

      about 6 years Flag

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