8 years ago I was treated for Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma with 6 rounds of CHOP + Rituxan chemotherapy. I have recovered, but in the last 6 months I was diagnosed with invasive Breast Cancer. I had a bilateral mastectomy with reconstruction 1 month ago, and the results came back Node Negative, ER-Positive. I was classified as Stage 1. The Oncotype Dx assay test came back with a Breast Cancer Recurrence score of 20... the low end of the intermediate risk group. I do not have the BRCA 1 or 2 gene. Having already gone thru a chemo for the lymphoma I am hesitant to go through it again for this breast cancer. I will of course take an Estrogen Blocking medication. But whether or not to have chemo is entirely up to me. I am hesitant to go thru this chemo as it only increases my chance of recurrence from 11.5% to 8%.
I am 63 years old and in good physical health now. I have no children, and there is a history of breast cancer on my mother's side of the family. My mom got it when she was in her late 60's had a lumpectomy, and no other treatment ( and she lived until 95!) My female 1st cousin on mom's side developed breast cancer at 31 and has had everything: mastectomy, radiation and chemo. she is fine now, and we are the same age.
any suggestions? Has anyone any information about the long lasting effects of two different kids of chemo on the body?