I'm new to this, living in rural Ireland (although planning to move back to UK next year), and have recently had mastectomy and axillary clearance for stage 3a multifocal breast cancer. It seems that although my tumours were all small (largest only 11mm) it is abnormally aggressive grade 3 and all my nodes were involved.
Saw the oncologist last week and his plan is to throw everything at me - doxorubicin/cyclophosphamide 4 cycles, taxane 12 weekly cycles, radiotherapy, 6-monthly bisphosphonate infusions for three years, and anastrozole for ten years (if I survive that long...)
I am a bit undecided. At first I thought I should take it all on, but at the moment am wondering if the extra time I get will be worth the potential disability from all the treatment. I'd be interested to hear of others' experiences and decisions.
I have no family, and don't want to burden my friends too much with all this, so here I am.