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Topic: Mom diagnosed yesterday and very worried

Forum: Caring for Someone with Breast cancer —

A place to share your struggles and concerns about supporting and caring for a person you love diagnosed with breast cancer with others who understand.

Posted on: Mar 2, 2017 10:06PM

jg1990 wrote:

My mom had a mammogram last week, which led to a finding of a mass in one breast. A biopsy was performed and the radiologist stated that "he can usually tell if there's a malignancy when he's inserting the needle, and he doubted her mass was cancerous due to the ease of the insertion of the needle and the small size" The path report came back with a positive result for cancer. She's telling me it's been found early and it's very treatable, but I'm worried. She's been speaking with a general surgeon about a lumpectomy. She isn't sure of the stage yet since she hasn't been referred to an oncologist yet. Any coping tips/words of advice? I'm really shaken up.

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Mar 2, 2017 10:47PM jbdayton wrote:

I would get a breast surgeon over a general surgeon if it was me. Staging does not occur until after surgery.

The waiting is the hardest. Breathe, Breathe and Breathe. I found I needed to stay busy. I did puzzles, walked and watched comedies. Chose an activity to use up some of your pent up energy and calm your nerves.

Try to stay off the computer researching Google, it is old data and there is some scary stuff out there. In reality, the information I got from the oncologists and breast surgeon was 90% more positive than what I learned from Google. I wish I had not wasted so my much time researching useless info. I learned and only use this website for information.

Small early cancers are very beatable today.

Try to relax as much as possible. Once your mom has a plan for treatments it gets easier. We are holding your hand.

Jeannine. My bi-lateral DIEP turned into a single DIEP due to bad veins. Next was a Ruben's flap. Wound opened requiring a wound vac. 7 revisions using fat grafting and scar revisions; completed nipples and tattoos. Dx 2/4/2013, IDC, Left, 3cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH) Chemotherapy 3/11/2013 TAC Surgery 8/25/2013 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left; Prophylactic mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Dx 8/26/2013, DCIS, Left, 1cm, Stage 0, Grade 1 Radiation Therapy 10/8/2013 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes, Chest wall Hormonal Therapy 11/20/2013 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Mar 2, 2017 11:55PM Hopfull2 wrote:

hi jg, do not go with a general surgeon. Please don't. Get a referral do a breast surgeon do some research on a breast surgeon or a breast cancer center. I almost went with a general surgeon cuz I remember thinking I wanted it out asap and didn't want to wait on referrals but glad I didn't go that rout. Good lucj

E🌺37yrs.old/ oncotype score 39 Dx 7/5/2016, DCIS/IDC, Right, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 8/8/2016 Mastectomy: Right Surgery 9/15/2016 Mastectomy Chemotherapy 11/10/2016 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Hormonal Therapy 3/23/2017 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Surgery 6/9/2017 Prophylactic mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Latissimus dorsi flap, Tissue expander placement Dx 7/2020, Stage IV, metastasized to bone, ER+/PR-, HER2-
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Mar 3, 2017 10:40PM Kicks wrote:

A Breast Surgeon is who should be seen - one who has specialized breast issues, not just any surgeon that cuts 'whatever'.

It is also a good idea to see a Medical Oncologist before any surgery/TX is scheduled. For the optimum outcome, neoadjuvant (pre-surgery) Chemo is becoming more common. It is a Team effort - surgeon, medical oncologist and radiological oncologist.

What type BC, ER/PR and HER2 status? These all come into play when it comes to the appropriate TX (treatment) plan - there are so many possibilities.

Dx 8/7/2009, IBC, Stage IIIC, 19/19 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- Chemotherapy 8/25/2009 AC Surgery 10/21/2009 Lymph node removal: Right; Mastectomy: Right Chemotherapy 11/11/2009 Taxol (paclitaxel) Radiation Therapy 2/4/2010 Breast, Lymph nodes
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Mar 4, 2017 02:12PM dAd wrote:

Please follow the advice in all the above posts and see a surgeon who specializes in breast surgery. Most general surgeons do so few surgeries annually that they do not have the expertise your mother requires. Good luck and best wishes!


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