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Topic: I was just diagnosed with Breast Cancer at 25 years old.

Forum: Young With Breast Cancer —

Connect with those under 40 who have been diagnosed.

Posted on: Jul 25, 2019 02:43AM

br3atsss wrote:

No family history, no warning other than a tiny lump everybody told me not to worry about it. I found out about a half-hour ago. Why am I even posting this? I guess I just needed to get it out there...

I am terrified.

What should I do now?

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Jul 25, 2019 03:38AM godisone wrote:

Hi br3atsss, i guess you are right. its just nothing just relax.at the age of 25 the female breast are still shaping up and developing so at this time one can feel some lumps and they dissolve themselves in some days. it may be just developmental lumps of the breast. but honey, i believe there is no harm if you go get it checked, i mean what harm can i cause? it would just remove any stress clouding your mind right now. you can visit https://www.voiceofcancerpatients.com/, https://www.cancersupportcommunity.org/breast-cancer or other such websites including the one you are currently at where you can read the conversations in various communities and make sure that its nothing to worry about.

good luck to you dear.

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Jul 25, 2019 03:51AM - edited Jul 25, 2019 04:02AM by Scrafgal

br3arsss

You've been diagnosed with breast cancer?

So sorry that you've been hit with this, especially at a young age. Glad that you posted here. You can get a lot of support and information here, as you move through a treatment plan.

There are threads on this forum for younger women that you will find helpful. You can do a search for them and I am sure that the moderators can help you find them.

What can you do? First, it's okay to cry about it. It's a big deal and you have the right to feel shaken by this. Second, rely on support from close family and friends that you trust. You don't need to do this alone. Third, be sure to find a medical team that you trust. If you live in a city with a major cancer center, you might find their resources useful, in addition to high quality care. Fourth, remember this: you came to the right place here. Lots of survivors are here to encourage you.

Keep us posted on things...anytime, and as you get more info about your diagnosis.

You are not alone. We're here for you.


Dx 12/2016, IDC, Right, 4cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 0/7 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 2/6/2017 Mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant, Tissue expander placement Chemotherapy 3/22/2017 Taxol (paclitaxel) Chemotherapy 6/15/2017 FAC Hormonal Therapy 9/25/2017 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Surgery 10/13/2017 Reconstruction (right): Fat grafting, Silicone implant Surgery 5/9/2018 Reconstruction (left): Fat grafting, Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Fat grafting Surgery 10/16/2018 Reconstruction (right): Nipple tattoo Surgery 5/9/2019 Reconstruction (left): Fat grafting; Reconstruction (right): Fat grafting Hormonal Therapy 7/23/2019 Arimidex (anastrozole) Surgery 9/6/2019 Reconstruction (right): Nipple tattoo
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Jul 25, 2019 04:30AM Mavericksmom wrote:

I can't even imagine what you are feeling now.

Please ask someone, a sister, mom, friend, spouse, someone you trust and who cares strongly about you to be an advocate for you. That person should accompany you to your doctor appointments and be your person of reason when you “get crazy." Breast cancer is an emotional ride like none other. You need someone to turn to during times of stress.

Secondly, check your insurance and seek the best medical facility/doctors you can. Be sure to factor in distance and affordability of transportation.

You are so young so expect doctors to be aggressive, surgery, chemo, radiation. If you don't need chemo great, but prepare for it emotionally.

It is a lot to absorb. It will take time to sink in, that is normal. Visit this site, there is a thread of young women with breast cancer here.

By the way, when I was first diagnosed in 2003, I was the first in my family to get breast cancer. I went into it thinking I had no family history only to find out that my mother and two of three sisters would be diagnosed inthe following years.

Dx 6/6/2003, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/24 nodes, ER+/PR+ Dx 12/4/2018, ILC, Left, 1cm, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH)
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Jul 25, 2019 10:56PM godisone wrote:

you have just discovered a small lump honey, it does not necessarily mean that its a breast tumor. yes, breast cancer is possible at an early stage as well you should visit the doctor and get yourself diagnosed but no need to panic that is for sure. be calm get your appointment and get all the necessary diagnostic tests done. no need to cry or panic just now. you are too young. do visit the doctor though and keep us posted.

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Jul 25, 2019 11:26PM WC3 wrote:

br3atsss:

Did you have a biopsy?

After I had a biopsy and I knew what type of breast cancer it was, I had a few consultations with breast surgeons and oncologists and met with my GP. Long story short, I ended up at a comprehensive breast cancer center. I had a breast MRI, a PET/CT because of possible lymph node involvment, a port placed, neoadjuvant chemotherapy and targeted therapy, and then surgery.



Dx 2018, IDC, Left, 3cm, Grade 3, ER+/PR+, HER2+ (FISH) Chemotherapy 5/31/2018 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 11/14/2018 Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Targeted Therapy Perjeta (pertuzumab) Targeted Therapy Herceptin (trastuzumab) Hormonal Therapy Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Surgery Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant
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Jul 26, 2019 02:09AM edj3 wrote:

godisone she said she was diagnosed right there in the title.

Tried the tamoxifen, no thanks. Dx 4/9/2019, IDC, Left, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC) Surgery 5/5/2019 Lumpectomy; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Dx 5/6/2019, LCIS, Left, <1cm, 0/1 nodes Radiation Therapy 6/2/2019 Whole-breast: Breast Hormonal Therapy 9/22/2019 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Jul 26, 2019 05:38AM santabarbarian wrote:

It has got to be a shock. I was shocked to be diagnosed (at 56!).

It's good you found this site. There is a lot of support including other young women with BC. We're sorry you are here but this is a good place to get support. We are here for you.

pCR after neoadjuvant chemo w/ integrative practices; Proton rads. Dx 7/13/2018, IDC, Left, 3cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, ER-/PR-, HER2- (FISH) Chemotherapy 8/12/2018 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 12/27/2018 Lumpectomy: Left Radiation Therapy 2/11/2019 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes
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Jul 26, 2019 01:51PM edwards750 wrote:

edj3 - I was thinking the same thing. That’s why she posted to begin with.

Diane

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Sep 22, 2019 12:28PM 32B wrote:

br3atsss, how are you doing? I was DX at age 32 with no family history. Such a shock, but I found both emotional comfort and practical advice on these forums. Let us know how we can help.

Once you find out if/when you will be having surgery, I highly recommend joining the thread for those having surgery in the same month if you haven't already. No one understands like people going through the same thing at the same time.

Dx 1/12/2018, DCIS/IDC, Right, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/8 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 2/9/2018 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Hormonal Therapy 11/16/2019 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Dec 26, 2019 07:12PM hray1993 wrote:

I really hope you are still active on the boards. I’m 26 and was just diagnosed with breast cancer dec 19. I also have no family history of breast cancer. So far what I know is it’s IDC grade 3 triple negative. 3.4 cm. Maybe we can connect and go through this journey together even though you’re a little ahead of me.

Diagnosed at age 26 with no family history and no genetic mutations. Cancer doesn’t have an age. 5% ER+, 20% PR+, HER2-. Treating like triple negative Dx 12/19/2019, IDC, Left, 3cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 2/13/2020 AC + T (Taxol)
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Dec 28, 2019 01:37PM 32B wrote:

hray I'm so sorry to hear this. If you opt for surgery, I highly recommend joining the support group for the month of your surgery. It will be called something like "January 2020 surgery group" and there you will find sisters in similar situations in real time.

Dx 1/12/2018, DCIS/IDC, Right, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/8 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 2/9/2018 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Hormonal Therapy 11/16/2019 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Dec 28, 2019 02:04PM hray1993 wrote:

32B Thank you I’ll be sure to do that when I get a surgery date

Diagnosed at age 26 with no family history and no genetic mutations. Cancer doesn’t have an age. 5% ER+, 20% PR+, HER2-. Treating like triple negative Dx 12/19/2019, IDC, Left, 3cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 2/13/2020 AC + T (Taxol)
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Mar 3, 2020 11:36AM hguthrow wrote:

I was diagnosed at 29 back in October. it’s definitely scary but you can get through it! Don’t read anything on the internet. Listen to your doctors and the support on here is great!

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Jul 31, 2020 06:05PM Toriicon wrote:

I turn 25 next week and have also been diagnosed. I feel like such an outsider in this community being so young. I don’t even feel comfortable sharing it. My family has a small history but everyone has recovered. I still can’t believe it. I know how uncommon it is to be so young and I think that’s why I started reaching out online. Any insight you have would be helpful because I tend to shut down when talking with my team. I can’t help it but I do, it’s just too much for me.

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Aug 1, 2020 09:56AM WC3 wrote:

Hi Toriicon:

Welcome but sorry you have had to join us.

While older women constitute the majority of people with breast cancer, I've encountered a number of women and also a few men who developed it in their 20s or 30s. I'm not sure if the percentage of younger individuals with breast cancer is increasing or if the internet just lends them more of a voice. Maybe both, but I have randomly encountered some younger women with breast cancer in person as well.

My mind switches off at office visits for some reason. Whatever I forgot to bring up during visits, or did not quite catch, I address in an e-mail.

Dx 2018, IDC, Left, 3cm, Grade 3, ER+/PR+, HER2+ (FISH) Chemotherapy 5/31/2018 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 11/14/2018 Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Targeted Therapy Perjeta (pertuzumab) Targeted Therapy Herceptin (trastuzumab) Hormonal Therapy Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Surgery Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant
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Aug 1, 2020 10:42AM LiveLoveLaugh2020 wrote:

Tori sorry you’ve had to join the club. Any BC dx is devastating let alone at such a young age. I felt so alone too, it can be very isolating. But this is a good place for information and support.

The waiting and beginning is the worst part. It’s going to be a tough road but just know that you will be okay and you’ll get through it.

If you need someone to talk to you can message me anytime. I wish you the best going forward, hang in there.

DCIS Dx @ 34 - Bil NSM 09/2019 - Bil implant exchange with fat grafting 01/2020
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Aug 1, 2020 03:00PM Moderators wrote:

((((((((Toriicon))))))) It is really hard to be young with cancer! We are so sorry you are here. However, you are not alone, and we're really glad you reached out. There is also the Young Survival Coalition, but you'll get plenty of support here as well.

Please reach out to us mods with any questions!!! Medicating

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Aug 2, 2020 04:54AM hray1993 wrote:

tori, I was diagnosed at age 26. I’m 27 now and have surgery Monday. If you would like to talk you can message me. I know it’s hard to find people our age with breast cancee

Diagnosed at age 26 with no family history and no genetic mutations. Cancer doesn’t have an age. 5% ER+, 20% PR+, HER2-. Treating like triple negative Dx 12/19/2019, IDC, Left, 3cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 2/13/2020 AC + T (Taxol)

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