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10/25/2017I am currently taking 4 treatments of neoadjunct chemo for Stage 2A breast cancer. My sentinal node biopsy was negative. The chemo has really shrank my tumor where I can't even feel it and I will have surgery soon to remove the tumor/scar tissue. How concerned should I be regarding studies that state neoadjunct chemo can spread cancer to other parts of the body? I was never told this by my oncologist. She kept focusing on the benefits of keeping my breast. My receptor status is ER Positive (60%) PR Negative Her2 Negative. I was not given an Oncotype test so really confused why they are pushing the "arsenal" at me when I was node negative. My Oncologist says it's because of my "weak" ER and PR negative. Is PR negative really that bad? Also, I hear that if you have any positive receptors over 10% you are considered PR positive. So not sure why she says I'm weak having 60% ER positive receptors. Thank you for providing this wonderful service to us!!
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10/26/2017Chemotherapy doesn't spread breast cancer to other organs. its goal is to kill cancer cells wherever they are. 60% isn't weak. 10% or higher is considered positive however 60% is a very good positivity number to have.

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