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According to recent results from a fairly new test being used, my chances of distant recurrence (somewhere else in my body)in the next 10 years is 14%. If someone in my position has chemotherapy (Dr.'s recommendation is Cyclophosphamide and Docetaxel) in addition to the Tamoxifen, it will lower my risk by about 5% to about 9%. I realize that these are just statistics and I am more than a statistic, but they are a good starting point for trying to understand
1) what are the long-term effects of these two chemicals in particular? I know the short term effects, but I want to know, from someone who's "been there" how they feel years later
2)with a 5% reduction in risk, is it really worth it to take chemo? I am 49 years old.
3) How long after chemo will I find that life is back to normal? Can I travel (crowded airplanes, sun exposure, fatigue etc.)?
I'm sure I have more questions but I can't think of them all right now.