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Question from Dragons: I am triple negative and have nine lymph nodes affected with 2 cm sized tumors. I have finished chemotherapy and am near the end of radiation treatment. I am post-menopausal at 65 years old. Is there such a thing as extra chemo or radiation therapy? Should recurrence happen, what are the treatment possibilities then?
Answers - Jennifer Armstrong, M.D. It sounds like you've been through a lot. There are no data that suggest that extra chemotherapy or radiation therapy has overall benefit over the risks. Because of that, when you complete this therapy you will have completed your adjuvant therapy. Should recurrence happen, there absolutely are possibilities for treatment. Hopefully that will not be the situation. Should that circumstance arise, there are sometimes surgical and always further chemotherapeutic options.

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