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|8/11/2006||i am 54 yrs old and recently had a lumpectomy to remove a 1.5cm invasive ductal carinoma tumor from my breast. the sentinal node along with 3 other lymph nodes were found to be malignant (around 10-15 lymph nodes were harvested during the lumpectomy). i am estrogen and progesteron positive and have a positive Her2new of +3. i will start chemo, but haven't yet decided to participate in a clinical trial program with the National Cancer institute. i also plan on following with radiation & then herceptin per my oncologist. Questions: 1) will my treatment be as good with a clinical trial, versus the treatment i will receive privately from my onocologist (who did intro. me to the rep. from the NIC), 2) do my factors (est+/prog+/HER+3) reduce or increase my survival rate? and 3) women with these factors have what kind of % of recovery and longevity?|
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|8/14/2006||it depends on which clinical trial is being recommended. in general clinical trials are designed to provide you treatment that is as good as standard and potentially better. that's the purpose of the trial-- to see if what it being studied may be superior and become the new standard of care in the future. hormone receptor positive is good; her2neu positive is not as good so that kind of balance one another. ask your doctor to enter in your prognostic data on www.adjuvantonline.com to calculate your survival rate with and with chemo.|
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