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how long is the chemotherapy for a stage 2a node negative breast cancer?

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Dr. Steven Ginsberg
Hematology and Oncology 37 years experience
It depends: There are several chemotherapy options for stage 2a breast cancer. Characteristics of the patient and the cancer are required to make a decision on the type of chemotherapy (and whether chemotherapy is even necessary). Chemotherapy would be anywhere from about 8 weeks to a year (herceptin-or trastuzumab treatment, if recommended, requires a year of treatment).
Dr. Liawaty Ho
Hematology and Oncology 23 years experience
Depends: Will depend on the chemotherapy regimen chosen, the age of patient, other prognostic factors i.E oncotype dx, to see the recurrence score, heart function etc. . In general, we give 4 cycles of adjuvant chemotherapy when we use tc or ac. However, discuss in detail with your oncologist. This is something that you want to know prior to therapy- what kind, how long, what is the goal, side effects etc.

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How much radiation and chemotherapy am I likely to need for breast cancer?

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Dr. Barry Rosen
General Surgery 34 years experience
Variable.: Following a lumpectomy, radiation therapy is usually given "from the outiside-in" over 7 weeks; select people may be treated over 4 weeks. An alternate method is to treat "from the inside-out" via brachytherapy over 5 days. Chemotherapy, when indicated, is typically given in 4-8 doses separated by 2-3 weeks over 3-6 months; Herceptin (trastuzumab) is usually given over an entire year.
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What sorts of chemotherapy are most common for breast cancer?

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Dr. Greg Pahnke
Surgical Oncology 44 years experience
AC / Taxol (paclitaxel) vs TCH: It all depends on the cancer's subtype er./pr her-2 status or in the future microarray analysis -the treatment is individualized on the tumor and patient characteristics, number of nodes may dictate extra cycles of chemo +/- radiation. Dose dense every 2 weeks at a lower dose is popular alternative versus every 3 weeks larger dose with Neulasta (pegfilgrastim) recovery.If her2+ than added Herceptin for a yr.
A 40-year-old member asked:

Does chemotherapy work for breast cancer?

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Dr. Greg Pahnke
Surgical Oncology 44 years experience
Yes: Different regimens for different cancers-that vary with the cancer's hormonal and genetic make - up. - added time of treatment if lymph nodes positive. The biggest breakthrough is with designer targeted drugs eg. Herceptin (trastuzumab) aimed at its target her 2 oncogene on selective cancers-- that has a great added response when given with chemotherapy.
A 38-year-old member asked:

Are there any other treatments for stage 1 breast cancer other than chemo?

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Dr. Martin Rubenstein
Hematology and Oncology 45 years experience
Yes.: Treatment starts with local therapy in the breast, with either lumpectormy followed by radiation therapy or mastectomy. From the information obtained from the surgery, it is determined if any further treatment is needed, and can be hormones, chemo or both.
A 39-year-old member asked:

Are all stage 1 breast cancer patients with no lymph node involvement recommended to take chemotherapy?

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Dr. Barry Rosen
General Surgery 34 years experience
On the contrary: The decision to recommend chemotherapy is based on the stage of the cancer, the pt's age, as well as the molecular features, including the estrogen-, progesterone-, & her2/neu receptor status +/-oncotype-dx recurrence score. Stage i-, ln(-) pts may have no chemo-, hormonal rx, or chemotherapy recommended based on the above factors.

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