I am due to have a lumpectomy in 11 days for stage 3 invasive Ductal carcinoma , I have been told I’ll need radiotherapy after but nothing as yet has been said about chemo, we have been given limited information If i will need it or not, and I am wondering if anyone else has been in this situation. The waiting for the surgery to happen is long and scary and even though I have a really supportive Partner he’s been there every step of the way though me having a heart attack 16 months ago to now being diagnosed with BC I do feel quite lonely and confused about what to expect. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
Hi, I am so sorry you find yourself on here, and sorry to hear about your heart attack....
i had a lumpectomy 3 rd jan, and can tell you from personal experience it was a doddle ( for me anyway) I was a day patient, op was 11 am I was home at 5 pm having tea!
It took 2 weeks to get my results.....ductal invasive grade2 and mucinous.....
my her2 neg was retested ( for some reason) and it changed to pos....hence on the chemo road.....I'm throwing everything at this.....
i know its scary, and other lovely breast ladies will be along shortly.....all I can say is it does get easier...take it a step at a time, don't delve too far ahead, just get through what's coming up immediately.....you can and will do this...promise xxx
So sorry you're going through this Gerty. It certainly is a worrying time. Great advice from Marlyn.
I was diagnosed last year, had treatment and am now cured. Just 12 months later my daughter has been diagnosed with invasive ductal carcinoma. We know little else. She has her lumpectomy next Friday but know nothing more at the moment.
She sees the surgeon tomorrow so may find out a bit more but we're not expecting to find out her full treatment plan until after the op. I think they need to get all the info together ie scan results, path results before thay can plan what is needed.
You will get great advice and support on here. Keep yourself busy. It's hard not to think about all that's happening right now. But the time will pass soon enough
Sending hugs - Irene x
Hi welcome to this forum it is a very scary time but hopefully the ladies on here will help you. I had a lumpectomy on 3rd May after core biopsies came back inconclusive. Thankfully final results were benign.
The operation wasn’t to bad. At hospital for 12 home by 8. Best bit of advise I was given was by ladies on here was get a good sports bra no underwire though. Tbh I still wear them now. Plus listen to your body if your tired rest don’t push yourself to soon after the op as you will be sore x
Thanks for the reply
I’m glad to hear your cured, but sad to hear about your daughter, it sounds like she has her surgery the same day as I do, I’ll have my fingers crossed for her and a good outcome.
Hugs to you both xx
I'm sure you do, but you'll '' be there for her surgery and, that's the main thing.
I was back at hospital today to get my stitches out and mentioned my 4 month return date instead of 4 weeks. My consultant had rushed the biopsies through and although they looked suspect on the surface, the pathology results are good. They still have to discuss them at their MDT meeting as this is an unusual presentation. There's no need for a return visit - what a reief!
Great news Jolamine. You can put it behind you now.
My daughter saw her BCN today and found out a few things. Although she won't get her full treatment plan until April 3rd (two weeks after surgery) she did speak about the oncoptype test and was told about the possibilty of chemo and rads. She did say she kept saying its really small but because of her age they will want to be absolutely sure it won't recur. She found out her CT scan is clear which is great and that it is HER2 positive and oestrogen positive so will need hormone therapy too. No staging until after surgery and I realise they will need to get all the info together to work out her plan but from my own experience last year I think they prepare you at these appointments for what lies ahead
She's still very positive and says she'll do whatever it needs to get rid of it.
Thinking of you all - Irene x
I can still hardly believe it. I have seen 3 different doctors and they were all pretty certain that they were cancerous. It is so great to get good news for a change.
I am glad to hear that your last stitch has fallen out today and hope that the area feels comfortable now.
Thank you so much for your help and reassurance whilst I was waiting to get my biopsies.
I am so glad that all went well for your daughter today. A clear CT is fantastic news. It is also good news that her consultant is confident that her lump is really tiny, but that she is taking no chances and wants to erradicate it once and for all.
It's great that your daughter is so positive and is ready to fight this with all she's got. I'm sure that you can hardly wait to see her on Thursday.
Thinking of you all.
It is so lovely to get good news that you can hardly believe what they are saying. I will never forget when I had my results back after my lumpectomy and they said benign as I was convinced with having the operation it was cancer. Just hoping next Thursday I will get same result. Glad I could help.
Make sure you celebrate!! X