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Breast cancer stage 3

My mother has breast cancer stage 3 type A .Currently undergoing treatment in SGPGIMS but it don't have faith in doctors as they are not tell number of chemotherapy cycles she will go under . If they say 10 chemo cycles what does it mean does it mean 5 chemo then surgery then again 5 chemo please correct me if am wrong. They are also saying the cycles can be increased more than 10 if body response well. Don't we have any standard number of cycles for different cancers in different stages. Please tell me best hospital for breast cancer treatment.
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Andrew Chellakumar Fenn Dindigul | Radiation Oncologist
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As per the scanned paper, I think they have planned 4 cycles of chemo followed by re assessment for surgery. She will then recieve 4 more after surgery. The ER, PR and HER 2 NEW status on the biopsy specimen is not yet ready. If she is her 2 neu 3+, she will require trastuzumab which Is a very costly medicine. 17 cycles is standard treatment over 2 years but many oncologists treat with less cycles as there is evidence to suggest that even less cycles is effective. Please go with what your oncologist is comfortable with.
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Dr. Neemesh Lodh Thane | Surgical Oncologist
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Your mother has been diagnosed with a locally advanced form of breast cancer. Currently, treatment protocol is to rule out distant metastases by performing a PET CT ( an expensive but extremely useful test). Neo adjuvant chemotherapy is then given to reduce the tumor size and the cancer burden in the body.. The problem is, every patient's cancer responds differently to chemotherapy ; some respond very well, whereas some do not respond at all. This has to be assessed by the oncosurgeon after every alternate cycle... Hence, the variation in the number of cycles. Currently, I think she is receiving standard treatment.. If she responds well to chemotherapy, the surgeon will then plan surgery, followed by maybe some more chemotherapy and radiation..
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Mumbai | Oncologist/Cancer Specialist
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Your mother is diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer. Treatment includes neo adjuvant chemotherapy, it has around 4 to 8 cycles according to response. If good response to chemotherapy interim surgery is preferred followed by chemotherapy.
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