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6/1/2017Dear Lillie, thank you so much for helping us in our difficult times. My wife was diagnosed with grade 2 IDC BC. She had mastectomy in mid March this year with negative nodes and clear margin. Mitotic index=1, KI-67 15%. There were 3 (Multifocal) tumours the largest 13mm. Oncotype DX score is 27 (high intermediate) showing approx. 4% to 5% chemo benefit. She has opted for hormone only adjuvant treatment and has been taking Letrozole (Femara) for just over a month. Please advise if we should also be doing chemo considering we are now 11 weeks from surgery. I have read that chemo may not be effective once we have started on Femara because the cancer cells may now become dormant or less aggressive. Oncotype DX site shows that there are no substantial from chemo among the intermediate RS scores. Thank you
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6/1/2017Really the decision has been made and the action has been taken. some patients will do chemo for a 4-5% benefit- even a 1% benefit for those who are worry worts. However her decision was not to, which is her choice and something many other women have also opted to do the same decision. don't look backwards now trying to reguess if the right decision was made. we make decisions based on the information we have at that moment in time. have her be religious in taking hormonal therapy and anticipate taking it likely for 10 years.

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