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Nov 9, 2017 10:45AM
Nov 9, 2017 10:48AM
Hi DanceSmarly, welcome. I also knew before I got the news. I remember standing in the dressing room getting changed for the first mammogram and just looked at the wall and said "My life just changed forever." It was all gut, no lump was felt, no real symtoms, ect. Had a random shooting pain on the "good" side. lol It was 3 days later when I got the call. I cried for a min, then went into full action. I had already cried enough durning the waiting. My Her2 came back about a week later.
Personally, I think everyone should have an MRI before a knife touches them. My 3d mammogram found 1 lump, the MRI found 2 more AND the largest one. Still baffles me the largest one was not seen by the mammogram. I went from lumpectomy as an option to a full mx due to the lumps being spread all over. I also had 2 doctors tell me that nothing would have been found had I not had the 3d mammogram.
The oncotype DX test someone mentioned is only for early stage cancers and I beleive it is not a "normal" thing in Canada. However, be sure to ask and get details. It is a great test if you fall in the catagory to have accurate results.
Monday I had a annual check up with my OB, Tuesday I had a mammo/us, Wednesday I had biopsy's and on Friday I had cancer. 19 days later I had a mastectomy. In between all that I had an MRI and had several phones calls with my surgen. A navigator started checking on me and getting me all the info I needed. Some people see their MO/RO/and PS before hand. My surgeon refuses to worry about reconstruction and only focuses on saving your life. It seems most doctors are more flexable though.
Good luck at your appointment, ask lots of questions and make sure you know how to reach the dotor later. You WILL think of more questions once you leave. :)
PS....I also had a mix of DCIS/IDC....my doctor didn't even care about the DCIS. I wouldn't even give it a 2nd thought. :) Plan to deal with the IDC.
7/21/2017, DCIS/IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
8/9/2017 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Right
4/18/2018, DCIS/IDC, Right, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-