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Chemo recommendation


I am 43 years old with no family history of breast cancer.
My path report reads:

- 0.8cm Grade I invasive ductal carcinoma (from surgical biopsy)
- 0.6cm Grade I residual invasive ductal carcinoma, surgical   margins free (after mastectomy).

- Extensive DCIS, 5.2cm.
- ER/PR positive  (2+, 90%)
- Her-2/neu  negative
- Ki-67 Staining shows 5-10% proliferation rate
- no definite angiolymphatic invasion
- 8 lymph nodes free of carcinoma (0/8 positive)

I had modified radical mastectomy done in mid-April and definitely needs to decide if chemo is needed.  2 Oncologists give different opinion.  Both agress that the tumor size is 1.4cm total.  One suggests 4 cycles of A/C while another one doesn't recommend any chemo.  As expected, both recommends tamoxifen  for 5 years.

What will be your recommendation ?  What is my chance of my recurrence with or without chemo ?

Thanks a lot.
CNSAL.


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