Our expert says:
Firstly, I want to reassure you that Dr Carol Benn runs one of the best breast cancer clinics in the country. The best way to get more information about possible treatments is to ask her for a copy of the the histology (biopsy) report of your cancer and to ask exactly what your staging is (IIA or IIB?)and whether it is HER positive (hormone sensitive) or not. See http://www.breastcancer.org/symptoms/diagnosis/staging.jsp
Do not be afraid to share your concerns with Dr Benn about waiting a month before starting chemotherapy. Remember your cancer probably took a few years to grow to the size it is now and although one wants to start as soon as possible, waiting a month to start chemotherapy will probably not make a big difference in the treatment results as it is usually a slow growing tumour.
You can also contact private oncologists for a second opinion (Dr Coccia-Portugal in Pretoria, Prof Paul Ruff, Dr Adam Nosworthy in Johannesburg is excellent with breast cancer) but you need all the information for an estimation of cost.
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