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Recently diagnosed with breast cancer

19 Apr 2019 11:24 in response to TwinTwo

Hi thanks for getting back to me . It was the nurse that told me I would be going on it . She just gave me a leaflet and said I would be on it every 3 weeks with chemo . 

Bit worried now as there are heart problems on my Dads side of the family . 

I’ll say this to the oncologist when I see him on Thursday. 

Thanks for your advice 

xxx

Recently diagnosed with breast cancer

19 Apr 2019 11:46 in response to TwinTwo

Twintwo, I was thinking I hadn't seen you and you pop up! How are things going? 

I had chemo 4 yesterday so feeling a bit grotty now. Was told I will be starting herceptin after chemo finishes, but hadn't realised I will be kept in for 6 hours incase of any reactions , then on the next one it will be 2 hours then all being well the others will be a 5 min job... I was also relieved to read you and your mum were ok on it...fingers crossed I will be xxxxx

Recently diagnosed with breast cancer

19 Apr 2019 18:23 in response to BigJean

Hi I’m sorry to jump on your post but i am similar to your situation, I think. I’m 47 found out few weeks ago grade two breast cancer after finding large mass and having biopsy but wasn’t given a stage yet. Biopsy done Thursday on lymph nodes as they are enlarged but was told if it has spread to lymph nodes then will need a body scan to see if it’s spread.  Sending myself do lolly thinking I’ve got stage four and it’s spread with only weeks/months to live. Can’t understand why all this waiting. Cantbthey jyst take it out and then start treatment. I want to know what I’m facing and how we plan to fight it then I can start kicking it’s arse -hopefully 

Recently diagnosed with breast cancer

19 Apr 2019 18:40 in response to mejules

Hi Mejules , 

sorry to hear about all you are going through. The waiting is the worst part . Mine is in my lymph nodes but thankfully hasn’t spread anywhere else . I was given CT , Bone Scan and MRI . They are honestly not that bad . Try not to worry as the lovely ladies on here told me. I just kept thinking positive thoughts and put the negative out of my mind . I know it’s easier said than done . Fingers crossed all goes well for you . Keep in touch and let us know how you get on . Xxxx

Recently diagnosed with breast cancer

22 Apr 2019 02:37 in response to mejules

 

Hi Mejules,

I am so sorry to hear about you diagnosis. Waiting for the results of tests is always a worrying time. We all tend to think the worst at this stage, but fortunately, this doesn't often come to pass.

I sincerely hope that there is no spread to the lymph nodes. A lot happens behind the scenes whilst you are getting tests. They have to get the results back from the laboratory. When these come back, the consultant will attend a multidisciplinary team meeting (MDT) and here s/he will discuss with other members of your care team, the best form of treatment specifically for you.There are over 100 types of breast cancer and they need to know a number of factors before starting on treatment. They don't want to rush into treatment head first, without knowing exactly what they are up against.

Once your consultant knows what you are up against, s/he will not waste any time on commencing treatmnt, so please try not to worry too much.

Do please keep in touch and let us know how you get on. We are always here for you.

Kind regards,


Jolamine xx

Recently diagnosed with breast cancer

23 Apr 2019 09:58 in response to Jolamine

Hi thanks for replying. I’m having trouble as I’m fixating on it being stage four and no hope. The wording “large” is making me assume it’s bad and the fact they think it was hiding eight months ago when I last had a mammogram also making me think it’s really bad. Stage four meditate is causing me sleepless nights and bouts of me feeling low. I’ve got shoulder pain, sore throat, everything indicating it has spread. I know it’s so irrational but I just can’t stop. Be found out it’s oestrogen positive and reh2 negative so have stopped drinking cows milk but unsure if I should be drinking soya as that also contains elements of oestrogen. I could waffle on and on about what I’ve googled and know it’s the wrong thing to do. Just sonwant a treatment plan . 

Sorry to be so negative and I do truly appreciate your reply. Will keep you updated x 

Recently diagnosed with breast cancer

24 Apr 2019 02:30 in response to mejules

 

Hi Mejules,

What is making you think that you have grade 4 cancer, when it has already been diagnosed as grade 2? I know that most of us tend to think the worst before diagnosis, but you know that this is not the case now.

We all tend to suffer similar emotions to you whilst waiting on the results of tests, but fortunately, this seldom seems to be the case. Try your best to stay away from Dr Google, as many of these sites are out of date, poorly researched or printed for sensationalism. It never does anyone any good and only serves to scare us even more. Try your best to stay away from these sites. If you must search, try only the respected sites like this one.

I do hope that there is a simpler solution to all of your problems and that you don’t have much longer to wait before you start treatment.

Kind regards,
Jolamine xx

Recently diagnosed with breast cancer

24 Apr 2019 07:57 in response to Jolamine

Hi

im sorry I think I’ve waffled that much I’ve got myself confused haha it’s grade 2 but they haven’t given me a stage and it’s the stage 4 that I’m obsessing about. Irrational I know. Get my biopsy results from the lymph nodes today so hoping for some positive news but with them being enlarged I’m guessin the likelihood is it’s spread to them x 

 

 

thank you for replying. I’m not normally such a negative nancy and most of the time I find myself upbeat and forgetting I’ve got breast cancer as in myself generally I feel no different but I do lapse into panick mode occasionally and google every ache and pain. Thanks for being supportive truly appreciate it x 

Recently diagnosed with breast cancer

24 Apr 2019 14:26 in response to mejules

 

Hi Mejules,

I've been where you are. I've had 2 bouts of breast cancer in the past 9 years, but I've also had a number of false alarms. In both instances I've felt just as stressed as you are now. On the whole, I've had more good results than bad from my diagnoses. This is in line with the general results for breast cancer, where only 1 person in 10 is diagnosed with cancer when they attend the breast clinic.

You will get your staging after surgery, so no point in worrying about it until then. Try to keep yourself as busy as possible to take your mind off the wait.

Kind regards,

Jolamine xx

Recently diagnosed with breast cancer

24 Apr 2019 19:14 in response to BigJean

Hi Jean,  I to was diagnosed with breast cancer and affected lymph nodes when I was 45.   As everyone says the waiting is definitely the worst bit.   I had the same as you full scan and all fine, even though my back was really hurting me.  This was 23 years ago.  I think we get so stressed, so scared that the brain goes into overdrive.   I could not sleep and felt I could not really talk to anyone, or at least not what I wanted to really say.   My husband bought me a hard back notebook and told me to write down anything I wanted to and he said he would never ever read it (unless I wanted him to of course)   Often at some ungodly hour in the morning, when the night terrors come, I would get up and write down exactly what I felt like, be sad, be angry, all emotions.  it seemed that once I got it out of my system I was calmer and could sleep and it really helped.  Being free to say what ever I wanted.   It helped me so much I continued it on for a few years and after all these years, my husband has kept his word and has never read it.

Try it, could help you

Recently diagnosed with breast cancer

24 Apr 2019 20:01 in response to gloverbee

Hi Gloverbee , 

thank you for sharing your story with me . Wow 23 years that’s amazing . I’m going to take your advice and write everything down . That’s a great idea . I’m trying to be as positive as I can .

im meeting with the oncologist tomorrow so am a little worried about that as don’t know what to expect. 

Thank you again for your advice. Will let you know how I get on . 

 

J  xxxxx

Recently diagnosed with breast cancer

24 Apr 2019 22:03 in response to BigJean

Just remember that what ever he says, there is always treatment .  While no one wants cancer, it can and often is beaten by so many people.    Let him/her do their job, you can then concentrate on your job which is to take back the control and start getting rid of thoes wonky cells.   For me I started looking at what was out there, and was recommended to go to the Bristol Cancer Centre.  I went with an open mind and booked in for a few days.   They showed me how to be positive,  taught me how to meditate, visulisation (which I used every day and while I was having treatment) and introduced me to other options.  Some good, some just not for me, but I was back in the driving seat and it gave me the focus and the committment to beat this.   Tomorrow will be one of thoes 'dreading' days but will be good to get done and know where you are going with all this.  Then start your journey  xx

Recently diagnosed with breast cancer

24 Apr 2019 22:17 in response to gloverbee

The breast surgeon told me that all my scans were clear and that it hadn’t spread anywhere else which was a huge relief. 

I’m ready to face and fight what’s ahead of me . I know it’s not going to be easy but I’ve a great support network and I’m very positive . 

The dr told me it’s over 90% treatable and they know exactly where it is and how to treat it .

Just nervous about meeting the oncologist tomorrow. 

Xxxxxx

Recently diagnosed with breast cancer

24 Apr 2019 22:22 in response to BigJean

Oh wow, thats fantastic.  What great odds.  Love it.    Just great news to go to bed on

 

sheila

PS:  The oncologist will be lovely, just wait and see.  and......if he/she are not, find another.  

Recently diagnosed with breast cancer

24 Apr 2019 22:28 in response to gloverbee

Thank you for your kind words and advice.ive heard he’s supposed to be brilliant so fingers crossed . 

Will let you know how I get on. 

 

Xxxxx