Hi, my mum was yesterday diagnosed with stage 2 invasive ductal carcinoma and we are absolutely devestaed! My mum isn't a strong person and has taken the news really bad and broke down when she heard the news. We are waiting for her app with the doctor to discuss a plan of treatment. Does anyone have any knowledge of this and can give me any advice? I'm trying so hard to be strong but I'm broken inside. I know there's so much that can be done now but she says she's not strong enough to go through anything.
Welcome to the forum Kerryann although I'm sorry to hear about your mum's diagnosis yesterday.
We have some information about this cancer on our website here but do give our cancer nurses a call if you would like to chat to them about this as well. Their freephone number is 0808 800 4040, Monday - Friday between 9a.m - 5p.m.
Many of our members have been through this process and hopefully they'll be along soon but I have also some information we have about coping with cancer which I hope will be of some help to you and your mum at this time.
Steph, Cancer Chat Moderator
Hi there Kerryann.
I also had invasive ductal carcinoma but very early stage. As Jbains said, there are lots of of different approaches to cancer and it can also depend on the opinion of the consultant as to the treatment plan.
Take a deep breath at the start of each day and deal with this and only this as far as dealing with the current situation goes. You are likely to find that once you start with treatment plans, hospital appointments and diagnostic tests you feel quite overwhelmed. If possible, take some one with you to appointments, between you, you’ll take in more of the information. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, this is your body and your future that is being discussed, write down any questions that you have and take them along with you to appointments.
Happy to chat, I’m back at work now so treatment does work, I’ve actually got my signing off letter from oncology today so I’m back with the breast care unit now and annual monitoring.
Hi. I also have Invasive Ductal Carcinoma. Diagnosed back in 2011 straight away as stage 4. It had already spread through both my lungs and liver. The first year or so was horrendous- I think I was in shock after the diagnosis. But now, 6 1/2 years later, I stay as positive as I can and keep as healthy as I can. And I'm determined to carry on living with it. Even at stage 4 I have kept this disease stable for some time (with the help of my fabulous medical team). So please don't give up as there are new and better treatments becoming available all the time. My hope is to be joining a growing band of people who are living WITH it rather than dying OF it. I am always happy to talk, but don't always check my computer as I'm busy. xxx