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I am 70 years old and diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer and 1 lymp node involvement. Will my treatment be agressive?

Josephine Mannarino Profile
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Learning About Breast Cancer almost 8 years
  • Sharon Danielson Profile
    Survivor since 2007
    Hi Josephine, I, too, had the same diagnosis. Each and every woman's breast cancer treatment depends on the type of breast cancer, the woman's age, stage, aggressiveness of the cells, surgery chosen, and the woman desires. Some women would choose to have every bit of treatment available to her even if the odds of benefit are very small. My treatment, because of all the above factors was not, what I would call particularly aggressive. I had a mastectomy, 4 rounds of chemotherapy and 5 years of hormone therapy. I have very close and watchful appointments with my oncologist, an annual mammogram, and an annual MRI. I was diagnosed at 59 with invasive ductal carcinoma and one microscopic involvment of a lymph node. I can't really say how aggressive your treatment will be because there are several pieces of the diagnostic puzzle missing. It sounds like your breast cancer was caught at an early stage. If you have questions about your treatment plan... do not hesitate to get a second opinion. You will be ok, and come through this all in fine shape. Hang in there Josephine.... we, on this board are always here for each other. Blessings to you and take care, Sharon
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  • Marianne R. Profile
    Survivor since 2011
    Your doctors will decide your treatment plan. God Bless you on your journey.
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  • Alice Klobukowski Profile
    Stage 2A Patient
    I was diagnosed in February at age 71 with stage 2a BC. It's been my experience that they will treat you as they would a younger woman. There have been some studies and articles about older patients. The consensus seems to be that older women can handle most everything a younger one can. Of course each patient is different not only in the type of BC they have but also in the status of their health. I have/had Her2 which is an aggressive type of BC so I had a lumpectomy, chemo, and now I'm receiving radiation therapy. Chemo has been by far the hardest part of therapy because of fatigue. I still have weekly Herceptin infusions through next Feb.
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