The giveaway is in the number I suppose.
The consultant at Singleton called (well his secretary did to be precise) and I was back there Tuesday morning, my head spinning.
To stop the possibility of the cancer
re-occurring it’s looking like TC chemotherapy and a drug called Herceptin – it’s like an
insurance policy really. The outlook is pretty positive as everything caught
really early… it’s just chemo will help to stop the likelihood of the cancer coming
back, and with HER2+ receptors that’s a slightly raised likelihood. On the
positive side, if I do nothing I’ve still got an 83.9% chance of being here in 10 years.
The chemo and Herceptin together raise that to just over 91%. Or, looking at it another way, a 1 in 5(ish) possibility of not making another decade, reduced to just 1 in 10 if I embark on the chemotherapy regimen. I've tried to manipulate those figures! This information is from a personalised prediction score (based on UK cancer registry data).
My adjuvant therapy is being transferred to Withybush which will be much better all round as it's my local hospital, and I get to see another consultant who may give me a different slant on my histology report.
To chemo or not to chemo? I'm like a rabbit caught in the headlights.