January 22, 2018 - 00:59

Hi ladies still can't believe I'm here I'm 36 had lumpectomy last week all results came back clear nodes and surround don't know if that's the right word but ye know what I mean. Am now waiting on results of a test to see if i need chemo it has been sent to America any one had this done really scared at the thought of chemo knew i would have the radiotherphy but the thought of chemo really scares me. Would love any feedback x

February 1, 2018 - 09:51


Thank you for your post, I am sorry to hear of your breast cancer diagnosis. I am happy to hear your margins were clear following your surgery. What you are referring to is called the Oncotype DX it’s a test to help you and your doctors decide if chemotherapy would benefit you as part of your breast cancer treatment. It is done after your surgery and is only suitable if your breast cancer is early stage, lymph node negative and oestrogen receptor positive. I have attached a link here if you would like to read up more on what it means and what is involved.

If the oncotype dx determines you need chemotherapy most patients do tolerate quite well. We at The Irish cancer society also have previous patient’s available to talk to you who have had chemotherapy as part of their treatment, in regard to their side effects and how they tolerated their treatment, which most patient’s find invaluable before they start such treatments.

May I suggest you wait for your test results to come back, because the results may indicate you don’t need chemotherapy. If your oncologist suggests you need chemotherapy at that point it may be a good idea to contact the Nurseline on 1800200700. From there you could talk to a trained oncology nurse about the specific side effects of chemotherapy and what the treatment entails.

Kind regards,
Cancer Nurseline