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Hello everyone,

When diagnosed, how much did your doctors include you in your breast cancer treatment plan?

How does your plan look? Surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, hormonal therapy, targeted therapy - or maybe a combination?

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Beginning of the discussion - 5/22/19

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Member Carenity
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Hi @Hidden username‍ I never really received a treatment plan. The medical team basically discussed with me the treatments I had to take to attack the cancer. However,  I was somewhat involved in my choice for breast reconstruction. I am thankful for the breast reconstruction.

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My doctor has included my thoughts... He initially wanted to start with chemotherapy, however, I wanted to and felt that mastectomy was my best option. After 4 doses of chemotherapy and rough-side effects, I started pushing more for the mastectomy and he is open to the procedure. We are facing another dillema.

I think overall my doctor has included me in the treatment plans, has explained the risks and benefits, and listened to my voice... while I wish he would listen to me a bit more, he is the doctor, so I am putting faith in him as well.

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Hi - for me I've been lucky to have found a doctor that both listens to my doubts, concerns and ideas but also makes sure he makes his opinion clear without being too pushy. He actually listens to what I think or have to say and takes time to address whatever it is I am feeling. 

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I have TNBC. I’ve already had a lumpectomy and Thursday I will start TC chemo after four rounds of chemo they’ll discuss the radiation.

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Had a lumpectomy and chemotherapy for small tumors

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@Hidden username I am hoping for the best for your treatment. Do you have any updated on your status?

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@Hidden username I’m doing chemo four times in three months and than onto radiation.. tc chemo was a tough one.

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I just had a mastectomy. I will be turned over to oncologist in Sept. It has been mentioned he may suggest a pill form of chemotherapy. Has anyone had experience with this type of therapy? I have COPD and on oxygen. I am concerned about chemo worsening my COPD. I am 83 yrs old and blessed to be alive and living independently.

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I was not offered any options. I was told stage 3 invasive breast cancer would compel me to undergo mastectomy to get well. Now I that the mastectomy is completed and healing, I am being referred to an Oncologist