Is chemo always necessary if you are HER2 positive?

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anonymous

Learning About Breast Cancer almost 2 years ago
  • anonymous
    Survivor since 2010

    I know you have to do herceptin, which i did for a year. I also had chemo as I had a very small tumor (0.7cm) that was invasive ductal carcinoma. It depends on the tumor, size and many other factors. Don't let being her2 scare you, my oncologist said herceptin is a miracle drug and being her 2 was not bad.

    almost 2 years ago Flag
    • anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Hi Isabel, did you get radiation after chemo before herceptin? Thanks

      almost 2 years ago Flag
    • anonymous
      Survivor since 2010

      Hi Jeanne no radiation

      almost 2 years ago Flag
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  • anonymous
    Stage 2A Patient

    I don't know if you have to have chemo if you are stage 1 but these two things I do know: you don't mess around with HER2 BC and your best treatment at the moment is Herceptin. Best of luck to you.

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  • anonymous
    Survivor since 2010

    I also had stage 1 cancer, HER2 positive. I had a lumpectomy, chemo and radiation(in that order). I am not sure if HER2 positive patients always are a candidate for chemo, but your doctor will advise you on the best treatment for your situation. I also was in a medical trial where I did not get herceptin, but was given an oral medicine, lapatnib instead.

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  • anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer

    i have stage 1 breast cancer but i also have the her2 positive. My question is do you always have to do chemo for treatment or can radiation take careof this

    almost 2 years ago Comment Flag
  • anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer

    I'm HER2 too; and need 6 rounds of chemo with Taxor

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  • anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer

    I'm HER2 too and I need 6 rounds of chemo with Herceptin, Carboplatin and Taxotere ; and Herceptin for a year. some patients just get Herceptin for a year but It depends of your case; you could ask your Oncologist about clinical trials.

    almost 2 years ago Comment Flag
  • anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer

    There is a HER2 treatment that it's called Pertuzumab but you could get it through a clinical trial; ask your doctor about your options. All this process it's really hard but we can do It; blessings and my best wishes.

    almost 2 years ago Comment Flag
  • anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer

    I had stage/grade 3 her2 so had it all. Chemo, rads and double mastectomy with lymph ressection. Herceptin is your liquid gold! It apparently reduced my risk of recurrence from 80% down to 30%. Not sure best practices for grades 1-2.

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  • anonymous
    Survivor since 2011

    Your team will determine what you need. If it's stage 1 it may be small enough to just do a lumpectomy and radiation. However, the HER2 cancer is more aggressive that ER (I am also HER2 ) so they may recommend chemo as well. I didn't have a clue about any of it until I met with my whole team and then I understood much better my whole individualized regimen.

    almost 2 years ago Comment Flag

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