Last year my mom was diagnosed wtih stage 1 grade three her2nu breast cancer. She has a fantastic oncologist and has done great things for her. He was a part of the study that helped get herceptin on the market. His was a blind study where half got herceptin and half did not. He got to know all the lasies in the study well. The ladies that did not get herceptin all died. Those that did get herceptin to this day all are still alive (that participated in his part of the study). Today was my mothers last day of treatment. She has finished chemo, radiation and now all her herceptin. She has been given a 50/50 chance of not getting cancer to return in the next 5 years. What he told her is that she has a 99 percent chance that if it does return it will return in her brain. That all his patients that got a return of the cancer that had herceptin have had it return in the brain. He told her that there is a new study of a new drug that they are trying to get on the market for women to take AFTER herceptin is finished to minimize the return of cancer to the brain. He wanst her to be a part of the study. It was a long year, she will have a while to recover and she discussed with me her feelings on being a part of the study. In a way she feels obligated, since so many women gave up thier lives to help get herceptin on the market. however she is drug sensitive and has no clue how she would respond to this medicine. she is single and MUST work to keep up with her bills. She fears what it might do to her. I se her as stuck. I dont know what advice to give her. If it were you what would feel? would you consider it? she was so sick this year I dont know if she could handle another year of sick (apparently it is a pill).
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