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7/28/2017My 82 year old mother was diagnosed with invasive ductal carcinoma while visiting with me overseas. She had 2.7 cm tumor removed, clear margins, clear sentinal node, clear PETnaf scan. its poorly differentiated ( Ki67 70% proliferation rate). She only has 30% ER and 0Pr and Hr2. We could only get second opinion from JH pathology, but as a MD resident overseas, they refused to give second opinion for oncology. Our oncologist here wants to do combined hormone/radiation. He said chemo for her case only helps 3 women in 100 after the 5 year or ten year mark. Should she not do chemo? it seems rough for little benefit at her age, although she has no co-morbidities.
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7/28/2017she is a candidate to have oncotypeDX test done to determine if chemo is of benefit or not or if just hormonal therapy will be recommended. request it be done.

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