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Mum recently diagnosed with Breast Cancer

14 Nov 2017 12:13

Hey all, 

 

So my mum was diagnosed stage 1 breast cancer and had the surgery 4/5 weeks ago.

She's just been told she'll not only have radiotherapy and the 5-10 year tablet, but also chemo.

Reason being, her results showed up in the grey area, between 'healthy' and at 'risk' of such reoccuring in the future. 

So the doctors explained she'll be having chemo starting next Tuesday. 

Anyone, as a survivor, current patient of chemo or a family/friend of someone who's experienced chemo, what is it like - particularly mentally? 

Want to support her in all ways I can!! 

And, would going to a cancer community room help to chat with other patients - or would it not be ideal considering she's very lucky to have caught it earlier on despite having to now go through chemo? 

 

Much appreciated! 

Re: Mum recently diagnosed with Breast Cancer

14 Nov 2017 13:24 in response to roseykay98

Hi RoseyKay, Awful news about your Mum. I'm not a medic, but know that chemo is often used in all stages of breast cancer. If you are unsure if it is the right thing for your Mum, you and your Mum can always ask the doctors what her prognosis is with and without chemo. If the % difference is significant, and I expect it will be if the doctors recommend it, then you will then feel more comfortable about it. Harry

Re: Mum recently diagnosed with Breast Cancer

14 Nov 2017 17:05 in response to Harry2

Hi Harry, Its very kind of you to respond to my post. She called earlier this morning for a check up and the reception (i think) asked her what day is best for the first day of treatment. However, she was waiting on the nurse to tell her this Thursday! So the results came through prior, which came as a shock for her. Her cancer is 38%, and she said around 18% and below is classed as safe (no need for chemo). Now, is this the percentage of it perhaps coming back, or such disease spreading to other organs - if you have any idea? Thankyou Happy

Re: Mum recently diagnosed with Breast Cancer

14 Nov 2017 19:19 in response to roseykay98

Just wanted to say hi , to you and mum , I'm a breast cancer lady to ... so sending a big brave hug to you... your mum must be so proud of you ... take care chrisie xx ❤

Re: Mum recently diagnosed with Breast Cancer

15 Nov 2017 10:38 in response to roseykay98

Hello again RoseyKay, Your Mum can clarify this with the nurse tomorrow. I'm not a medic, so not qualified to guess what this percentage means. I assume it really was a percentage, and not a number. There are lots of different 'scores' for breast cancer, and they are often just numbers.  All I can say is that if I was in your shoes I would want to receive 2 percentage chances of recurrence. One with chemo and one without. I would then know how much my chances of recurrence would be decreased with the chemo, and can balance that against possible side effects, which may be long lasting. Harry

Re: Mum recently diagnosed with Breast Cancer

15 Nov 2017 12:25 in response to roseykay98
Hi Roseykay, My mum has just been diagnosed too and has to have chemo followed by a mastectomy. I'm scared for her and how chemo will make her feel, but yesterday I went with her to find out her treatment plan and I feel a lot more confident now. I have no idea how our mums will feel, but I wanted to say hi and let you know you're not alone. Mum told me yesterday that she really appreciated me just being there for her and that knowing she has love and support, she is going to get through it - however crappy it might be. Good luck with your mum's treatment, and stay strong xx