I'm not an expert on breast cancer, and would definitely defer to our community's experiences...but, I did wonder about the chemo injections, too.
From what I understand the chemo injections are given by a shot in a muscle in your arm, thigh, or hip or right under the skin in the fatty part of your arm, leg, or belly. I didn't see anything about injecting directly into the breast, but I could be wrong. Community?
The side effects of chemo varies from person to person, so there's no way of knowing for sure if lack of symptoms is a sure fire sign of chemo treatment.
You sound like you've been here forever already, Haylen!
Yup, it's true, you will get a much better response to your questions if you post them as your own new thread, Elizabethann. Sometimes they will get lost in a thread like this on a different topic, but you'll get all eyes to see it if it's on the front page.
This is a wonderful community that is great about chiming in with their experiences and support. We're all probably chomping at the bit to answer that question as soon you post it! View Thread
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A large study suggests that women with early breast cancer who undergo breast-conserving therapy live longer than those who have a mastectomy.
About 93% of 62,770 women who had lumpectomy followed by radiation were alive more than four years after diagnosis.
Studies done over two decades ago established breast-conserving therapy (BCT) as a standard option for women with early breast cancer, showing it worked just as well as mastectomy.
Since then, other studies suggested that women who have not yet reached menopause and whose tumors are not fueled by hormones may be slightly more likely to have a recurrence if they have breast-conserving therapy than if they have mastectomy.
In a recent study it was found that women with metastatic breast cancer who have no wandering tumor cells circulating in their blood after the first round of treatment live longer than those who do, French researchers report. The study also suggests CTCs can be used to monitor whether a woman is responding to treatment.
Why It Matters: Circulating tumor cells, or CTCs, are cells that break off from a tumor and escape into the bloodstream. They can travel to other organs and establish new tumors. Several studies have shown that higher levels of CTCs are associated with an increased for recurrence and death in metastatic breast cancer patients.
While doctors don't know what causes breast cancer, they do know that certain risk factors may put you at higher risk of developing it. A person's age, genetic factors, personal health history, and diet all contribute to breast cancer risk.
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