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Forum: Just Diagnosed — Discuss next steps, options, and resources.

Posted on: Jan 13, 2021 03:34PM - edited Mar 3, 2021 06:31PM by LW422

LW422 wrote:

Hello everyone. Here I am, terrified and confused like most of you were when you got "The News No One Wants To Hear." I had what appeared to be a light pink bruise on my right breast the week before Christmas and wasn't concerned. Watched it for a week or so to see if it would go away and decided to Google. Bad idea, but at least it prompted me to see my PCP right away. (Note that I have no peau-de-orange, no heat in the breast, no 1/3 of breast turning red, no lump, no hardness, no itching, no other apparent symptoms other than breast is slightly swollen and a light pink "bruise".)

My doctor took one look and said I needed to have a mammo/sono and I scheduled them as soon as I could. Luckily for me, I live 25 miles from MD Anderson in Houston, so that's where I spent my day yesterday. I had a diagnostic mammogram w/tomo (whatever that means), a sonogram, and two biopsies...needle biopsy to lymph node and core biopsy to the largest mass in my breast with clip placement. I will have followup MRI and skin punch biopsies next week (hopefully) and meet with my "team."

There are no results back from the core biopsy yet but the lymph node was positive for cancer so I'm pretty sure I know what the core biopsy will say. Naturally my biggest fear is IBC, so even though I'm holding it together so far, an IBC diagnosis will be devastating (not that any BC diagnosis isn't devastating, but IBC... UGH.)

Here's a little blurb from My Chart sonogram test results:

Right breast:
There is right breast global skin thickening, correlating with mammography. A dominant area of right breast skin thickening is seen at 3 o'clock position and correlates with an area of erythema. Skin thickening measures 0.5 cm maximally. There is no sonographic correlation for mammographic asymmetry in the anterior central breast.

There are multiple (at least 5) subcentimeter masses in the upper outer quadrant. This appears to correlate with the mammographic finding of asymmetry in the lateral breast. The largest mass is irregular and hypoechoic with angular margins at 10 o'clock position, 12 cm from the nipple measuring 0.9 x 0.6 x 0.5 cm. This mass was targeted for core biopsy and clip placement today.

Right nodal basins:
There is one malignant-appearing right axillary level I lymph node measuring 1.9 x 1.3 x 1.2 cm with replacement of the fatty hilum. This correlates with the mammogram finding of an abnormal-appearing lymph node. This lymph node was targeted for fine-needle aspiration and clip placement.

There is no right axillary level II, axillary level III, or internal mammary lymphadenopathy. There is no suspicious-appearing lymph node in the right supraclavicular region.

ACR BI-RADS Category: 5: Highly suggestive of malignancy.
Skin punch biopsy is recommended for right breast erythema.
Breast MRI is recommended.

And the result of the needle biopsy of the lymph node:

Immediate AssessmentAdequate cellularity, favor malignant
Major ClassificationMALIGNANT
DiagnosisA. Lymph node, right axilla, fine needle aspiration:

METASTATIC HIGH GRADE CARCINOMA, CONSISTENT WITH BREAST PRIMARY


I hope that "metastatic" thing isn't as scary as it sounds. Singing

Since I don't have the details of what type of cancer I have yet, I'll just put this here and move to the appropriate section once I know for certain what I am facing. I have been reading this forum for about a month but had nothing to contribute except a bunch of angst-filled questions, so I mainly read to see if others had already asked them. Nice to meet you all and I wish the best for all of us.

Dx 1/12/2021, IDC, Right, 1cm, Grade 3, ER-/PR+, HER2- Dx 1/20/2021, IBC, Right, Stage IIIC Chemotherapy 2/8/2021 Taxol (paclitaxel)
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Jan 18, 2021 06:28PM MinusTwo wrote:

lw - I wouldn't take off the steri strips. If they want them off for the MRI, they can do it.

Check into having your husband join with you & the doc either on an open speaker phone line or by zoom. Most docs are allowing one or the other.


2/15/11 BMX-DCIS 2SNB clear-TEs; 9/15/11-410gummies; 3/20/13 recurrance-5.5cm,mets to lymphs, Stage IIIB IDC ER/PRneg,HER2+; TCH/Perjeta/Neulasta x6; ALND 9/24/13 1/18 nodes 4.5cm; AC chemo 10/30/13 x3; herceptin again; Rads Feb2014
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Jan 18, 2021 06:44PM LW422 wrote:

Thanks, MinusTwo. They told me to take them off after a week and tomorrow will be a week, so I think it will be fine. I never had any bleeding or anything from the biopsy sites.

Dx 1/12/2021, IDC, Right, 1cm, Grade 3, ER-/PR+, HER2- Dx 1/20/2021, IBC, Right, Stage IIIC Chemotherapy 2/8/2021 Taxol (paclitaxel)
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Jan 18, 2021 06:56PM MinusTwo wrote:

Ah ha. Well, I was told to let them soak off in the shower if that helps.

2/15/11 BMX-DCIS 2SNB clear-TEs; 9/15/11-410gummies; 3/20/13 recurrance-5.5cm,mets to lymphs, Stage IIIB IDC ER/PRneg,HER2+; TCH/Perjeta/Neulasta x6; ALND 9/24/13 1/18 nodes 4.5cm; AC chemo 10/30/13 x3; herceptin again; Rads Feb2014
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Jan 18, 2021 08:24PM LW422 wrote:

Oh believe me, every little hint is helpful to me. I'm still shell-shocked and "lost in space."

Dx 1/12/2021, IDC, Right, 1cm, Grade 3, ER-/PR+, HER2- Dx 1/20/2021, IBC, Right, Stage IIIC Chemotherapy 2/8/2021 Taxol (paclitaxel)
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Jan 18, 2021 09:24PM JavaJana wrote:

lw, yes ask if your hubby can phone in. That would be rough to have those talks alone, you miss a lot when they give the info overload. My husband did get to go for my first doc visits, but not for my chemos as they closed to visitors by then. I live in Woodville, so I'm a few hours away. I go the night before and stay in a hotel to make sure to get there on time for appointments, but now since some of my visits are my maintenance infusions only and the day starts later, I just drive in. That's one positive note to share...things do progress and get to be a manageable routine. A year ago this time I was a frustrated mess figuring out so many new things...i made it through those steps, now my routine is getting simplified and I am in a much more hopeful place 💕

Xgeva 9/2/2020. History: 2 Borderline Serous Ovarian Carcinoma TAH/BSO, 0/15 nodes - 2/18/20. Benign Papilloma/ADH Left breast, excisional biopsy 10/11/2016 Dx 10/1/2019, IDC, Left, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+ (IHC) Dx 10/23/2019, LCIS/DCIS, Right, 0/1 nodes Surgery 11/19/2019 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right Dx 3/25/2020, IDC, Stage IV, metastasized to bone, 0/2 nodes Chemotherapy 4/8/2020 Taxotere (docetaxel) Targeted Therapy 4/8/2020 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Targeted Therapy 4/8/2020 Perjeta (pertuzumab) Hormonal Therapy 8/13/2020 Femara (letrozole)
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Jan 18, 2021 09:51PM MelissaDallas wrote:

Youcan always ask your doc if it is okay to tape the audio of your visit on your phone so you can refer to it later.

LCIS, extensive sclerosing adenosis, TAH/BSO & partial omentectomy for mucinous borderline ovarian tumor.
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Jan 18, 2021 09:54PM MinusTwo wrote:

JavaJava - you do have a trek. When I was in active chemo, it was 8-9 hours - PLUS drive time. I had to be back w/in 24 hours for a neulasta shot. At the suggestion of my son, I stayed in the medical center the night after chemo. It was the best money I ever spent.

2/15/11 BMX-DCIS 2SNB clear-TEs; 9/15/11-410gummies; 3/20/13 recurrance-5.5cm,mets to lymphs, Stage IIIB IDC ER/PRneg,HER2+; TCH/Perjeta/Neulasta x6; ALND 9/24/13 1/18 nodes 4.5cm; AC chemo 10/30/13 x3; herceptin again; Rads Feb2014
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Jan 18, 2021 10:07PM JavaJana wrote:

MinusTwo thankfully I got the Neulasta OnPro device and didn't have to go.back..a huge huge blessing!! Those days were plenty long enough. But yes, the hotel is totally worth it, and I believe they have some assistance for accommodation when needed for people who can't afford it.

Xgeva 9/2/2020. History: 2 Borderline Serous Ovarian Carcinoma TAH/BSO, 0/15 nodes - 2/18/20. Benign Papilloma/ADH Left breast, excisional biopsy 10/11/2016 Dx 10/1/2019, IDC, Left, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+ (IHC) Dx 10/23/2019, LCIS/DCIS, Right, 0/1 nodes Surgery 11/19/2019 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right Dx 3/25/2020, IDC, Stage IV, metastasized to bone, 0/2 nodes Chemotherapy 4/8/2020 Taxotere (docetaxel) Targeted Therapy 4/8/2020 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Targeted Therapy 4/8/2020 Perjeta (pertuzumab) Hormonal Therapy 8/13/2020 Femara (letrozole)
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Jan 18, 2021 10:23PM LW422 wrote:

Thanks, everyone. I'm sure my husband will be on the phone but that's not the same as holding my hand. I am having a very bad night... crying and carrying on and having the "why me" thing. Pitiful but I am flat out terrified and very sad.

Jana--you do have quite a drive from Woodville. One of my very best friends used to live in Woodville. I live on the east side of Harris County, only about 25 miles to the medical center. Though it takes forever to get there in the stupid traffic, and tomorrow it's supposed to be raining.

I'm also stressed because they scheduled the MRI for 9 and they are ALWAYS running late. They scheduled the skin punch biopsy for 11 in the main MDA building three blocks away from the breast clinic. Good grief, I will be so stressed and I don't know why they scheduled those back-to-back.

Sorry all, but I'm having a full blown meltdown.

Dx 1/12/2021, IDC, Right, 1cm, Grade 3, ER-/PR+, HER2- Dx 1/20/2021, IBC, Right, Stage IIIC Chemotherapy 2/8/2021 Taxol (paclitaxel)
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Jan 18, 2021 10:40PM JavaJana wrote:

lw, the main bldg can be reached via the over-the-street walkway (also has a tram) from Mays Clinic. You will make it, and if the mri runs late, they will know that at the other appointment anyway. This was a huge stressor for me too, I hate being late. They usually are pretty good in timing, except chemo...that has always started late for me, but it was the last appointment of the day anyway. I'm learning to relax and let it go through all this. We can only do our best. I do understand the sobbing and stress 😭

Xgeva 9/2/2020. History: 2 Borderline Serous Ovarian Carcinoma TAH/BSO, 0/15 nodes - 2/18/20. Benign Papilloma/ADH Left breast, excisional biopsy 10/11/2016 Dx 10/1/2019, IDC, Left, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+ (IHC) Dx 10/23/2019, LCIS/DCIS, Right, 0/1 nodes Surgery 11/19/2019 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right Dx 3/25/2020, IDC, Stage IV, metastasized to bone, 0/2 nodes Chemotherapy 4/8/2020 Taxotere (docetaxel) Targeted Therapy 4/8/2020 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Targeted Therapy 4/8/2020 Perjeta (pertuzumab) Hormonal Therapy 8/13/2020 Femara (letrozole)
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Jan 18, 2021 11:01PM LW422 wrote:

Jana--do you mean the walkway from that parking garage to the main building? I know that the Mays Clinic is three blocks from the Main building. My husband is dropping me off so I just "assumed" I'd go in through the front door of the main building.

Dx 1/12/2021, IDC, Right, 1cm, Grade 3, ER-/PR+, HER2- Dx 1/20/2021, IBC, Right, Stage IIIC Chemotherapy 2/8/2021 Taxol (paclitaxel)
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Jan 18, 2021 11:05PM JavaJana wrote:

yes, it is accessed from Mays and the next door (Dunham???something) building near the garage. There is also a parking garage (10 I think) next to the Main bldg. It only takes about 15 mins to get across

Xgeva 9/2/2020. History: 2 Borderline Serous Ovarian Carcinoma TAH/BSO, 0/15 nodes - 2/18/20. Benign Papilloma/ADH Left breast, excisional biopsy 10/11/2016 Dx 10/1/2019, IDC, Left, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+ (IHC) Dx 10/23/2019, LCIS/DCIS, Right, 0/1 nodes Surgery 11/19/2019 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right Dx 3/25/2020, IDC, Stage IV, metastasized to bone, 0/2 nodes Chemotherapy 4/8/2020 Taxotere (docetaxel) Targeted Therapy 4/8/2020 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Targeted Therapy 4/8/2020 Perjeta (pertuzumab) Hormonal Therapy 8/13/2020 Femara (letrozole)
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Jan 18, 2021 11:13PM - edited Jan 18, 2021 11:13PM by LW422

So from that Garage 10, is the walkway over the street on the 3rd floor?

Dx 1/12/2021, IDC, Right, 1cm, Grade 3, ER-/PR+, HER2- Dx 1/20/2021, IBC, Right, Stage IIIC Chemotherapy 2/8/2021 Taxol (paclitaxel)
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Jan 18, 2021 11:16PM JavaJana wrote:

there is a walkway from garage 10 to the Main bldg, I think it may be the third floor. But that is not the one that crosses Holcombe. This is specifically to get between the buildings. It is accessed from Mays by the cafeteria and tree sculpture. There is a sign

Xgeva 9/2/2020. History: 2 Borderline Serous Ovarian Carcinoma TAH/BSO, 0/15 nodes - 2/18/20. Benign Papilloma/ADH Left breast, excisional biopsy 10/11/2016 Dx 10/1/2019, IDC, Left, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+ (IHC) Dx 10/23/2019, LCIS/DCIS, Right, 0/1 nodes Surgery 11/19/2019 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right Dx 3/25/2020, IDC, Stage IV, metastasized to bone, 0/2 nodes Chemotherapy 4/8/2020 Taxotere (docetaxel) Targeted Therapy 4/8/2020 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Targeted Therapy 4/8/2020 Perjeta (pertuzumab) Hormonal Therapy 8/13/2020 Femara (letrozole)
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Jan 18, 2021 11:20PM LW422 wrote:

Good grief. I have only been to Mays one time and don't have a clue. I hope someone there can tell me where I need to go. Thanks so much for trying to explain but I'm not understanding; my brain is like mush tonight.

Dx 1/12/2021, IDC, Right, 1cm, Grade 3, ER-/PR+, HER2- Dx 1/20/2021, IBC, Right, Stage IIIC Chemotherapy 2/8/2021 Taxol (paclitaxel)
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Jan 18, 2021 11:31PM JavaJana wrote:

in Mays, after you come up from the garage and go through screening and go up the escalator,, there is an info desk, the cafeteria, lab...It is right there. Yes ask - they will point you in the right direction. I promise you won't get lost, and you'll be a pro in no time! <hugs>

Xgeva 9/2/2020. History: 2 Borderline Serous Ovarian Carcinoma TAH/BSO, 0/15 nodes - 2/18/20. Benign Papilloma/ADH Left breast, excisional biopsy 10/11/2016 Dx 10/1/2019, IDC, Left, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+ (IHC) Dx 10/23/2019, LCIS/DCIS, Right, 0/1 nodes Surgery 11/19/2019 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right Dx 3/25/2020, IDC, Stage IV, metastasized to bone, 0/2 nodes Chemotherapy 4/8/2020 Taxotere (docetaxel) Targeted Therapy 4/8/2020 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Targeted Therapy 4/8/2020 Perjeta (pertuzumab) Hormonal Therapy 8/13/2020 Femara (letrozole)
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Jan 18, 2021 11:35PM LW422 wrote:

Thanks so much, Jana. I'm sure I'll have someone take pity on me. I don't go to the parking garage because my husband drops me off in the valet or whatever that area is. I do know where the cafeteria is so that's one good thing, haha.

Thank you so much for trying to help me. I can't imagine that "chemo brain" could be much worse than "anxiety mental state". Have a good night.

Dx 1/12/2021, IDC, Right, 1cm, Grade 3, ER-/PR+, HER2- Dx 1/20/2021, IBC, Right, Stage IIIC Chemotherapy 2/8/2021 Taxol (paclitaxel)
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Jan 18, 2021 11:52PM Beesy_The_Other_One wrote:

lw422, Know that I'll be thinking of you tomorrow and you'll find help where you need it--there are people everywhere who will help because you are not the only one needing help in that crazy big place. MD Anderson is like a mini-city, but just ask for directions. The great news is that most of your treatment will be at the Mays Clinic, which is exceptionally convenient. I'm sorry you will be alone, but know that there's a legion of us "in your pocket." You can do this! I hope you'll have your husband on speakerphone for the extra pair of ears, and I know your doctor would welcome that. Please let us know how it goes. We are rooting for you.

JavaJana, my "people" are from Woodville! My grandfather was born there, and my mother, who is big into genealogy, has photos of more headstones in the Woodville area than I care to admit. Hmmm, now that I think about it, maybe we should check to see if we are related 😉.

1997: Phyllodes, R breast. 2018: IDC, L breast. TCHP, BMX, Radiation, Nerlynx. Dx 8/20/2018, IDC, Left, Grade 3, 0/1 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2+ (IHC)
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Jan 18, 2021 11:54PM Astrid wrote:

sending love and all good wishes for your MRI, IBC team meeting and punch biopsy IW. It is a lot for you right now. Of course it is! So glad you found this forum and lots of support and shared wisdom.

🙏💖


"You cannot step into the same river twice, for other waters are continually flowing on." Heraclitus Dx 6/2002, IDC, Both breasts, 1cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 1/7 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH) Dx 7/2003, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH) Dx 6/2012, ILC, Right, 1cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, ER+/PR-, HER2- (IHC) Radiation Therapy Whole-breast: Breast, Chest wall Chemotherapy AC Surgery Lymph node removal: Left, Right, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Left, Right
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Jan 18, 2021 11:59PM LW422 wrote:

Beesy and Astrid--thanks so much; it really does mean the world to me to have found "my people." I hope I can sleep tonight and quit sniveling; I have a lot of unpleasantness ahead and thankfully I found a group that understands this.

Dx 1/12/2021, IDC, Right, 1cm, Grade 3, ER-/PR+, HER2- Dx 1/20/2021, IBC, Right, Stage IIIC Chemotherapy 2/8/2021 Taxol (paclitaxel)
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Jan 19, 2021 12:07AM JavaJana wrote:

I hope you rest well my dear! Have him drop you off at Mays valet area, and pick you up at the Main clinic driveway afterwards so you don't have to walk back. If you know where the cafeteria is you're golden, the walkway is right next to/behind it!

Xgeva 9/2/2020. History: 2 Borderline Serous Ovarian Carcinoma TAH/BSO, 0/15 nodes - 2/18/20. Benign Papilloma/ADH Left breast, excisional biopsy 10/11/2016 Dx 10/1/2019, IDC, Left, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+ (IHC) Dx 10/23/2019, LCIS/DCIS, Right, 0/1 nodes Surgery 11/19/2019 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right Dx 3/25/2020, IDC, Stage IV, metastasized to bone, 0/2 nodes Chemotherapy 4/8/2020 Taxotere (docetaxel) Targeted Therapy 4/8/2020 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Targeted Therapy 4/8/2020 Perjeta (pertuzumab) Hormonal Therapy 8/13/2020 Femara (letrozole)
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Jan 19, 2021 12:09AM JavaJana wrote:

Beesy how awesome you have family from Woodville! I've only lived here 6 years though, I'm not a Texas native lol. In love it up here though, it's very beautiful.

Xgeva 9/2/2020. History: 2 Borderline Serous Ovarian Carcinoma TAH/BSO, 0/15 nodes - 2/18/20. Benign Papilloma/ADH Left breast, excisional biopsy 10/11/2016 Dx 10/1/2019, IDC, Left, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+ (IHC) Dx 10/23/2019, LCIS/DCIS, Right, 0/1 nodes Surgery 11/19/2019 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right Dx 3/25/2020, IDC, Stage IV, metastasized to bone, 0/2 nodes Chemotherapy 4/8/2020 Taxotere (docetaxel) Targeted Therapy 4/8/2020 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Targeted Therapy 4/8/2020 Perjeta (pertuzumab) Hormonal Therapy 8/13/2020 Femara (letrozole)
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Jan 19, 2021 02:15AM Astrid wrote:

even the name sounds lovely Beesy! Smile

'Woodville'

Very evocative.

I love "we will all be with you in your pocket"

And we will IW.

We are thinking of you. Lean on us if you need.

"You cannot step into the same river twice, for other waters are continually flowing on." Heraclitus Dx 6/2002, IDC, Both breasts, 1cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 1/7 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH) Dx 7/2003, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH) Dx 6/2012, ILC, Right, 1cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, ER+/PR-, HER2- (IHC) Radiation Therapy Whole-breast: Breast, Chest wall Chemotherapy AC Surgery Lymph node removal: Left, Right, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Left, Right
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Jan 19, 2021 02:25AM blue22 wrote:

Good luck tomorrow! You are in good hands!


Dx 1/2019, IBC, Left, 6cm+, Stage IIIB, Grade 3, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH) Chemotherapy 2/15/2019 Abraxane (albumin-bound or nab-paclitaxel), Adriamycin (doxorubicin), Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxol (paclitaxel) Dx 7/30/2019, IDC/IBC, Left, 6cm+, Stage IIIC, Grade 3, 4/14 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+ (IHC) Surgery 7/30/2019 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Left Dx 8/2019, DCIS, Right, <1cm, Stage 0, ER+/PR+ Radiation Therapy 10/8/2019 Targeted Therapy Perjeta (pertuzumab) Targeted Therapy Herceptin (trastuzumab) Chemotherapy Xeloda (capecitabine)
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Jan 19, 2021 03:35AM Helen67 wrote:

Hi ladies!

As I read through these posts I realized what I strong bunch of loving females make up this forum.

Sending love to each and every one of you.

A handful of hours ago I received a call from the radiologist who performed a core biopsy of my left breast on 1.15.21: DCIS.

My gynecologist called an hour later saying she is looking at which doctors to send me to so that I have a few 'second opinions' regarding treatment.

I requested FMLA forms from work and took tomorrow off. Called a dear girlfriend and am doing what I can to stay positive.

I'm in that 'shocked' rollercoaster state at present.

This forum is a Godsend!

Helen.

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Jan 19, 2021 04:04AM - edited Jan 19, 2021 05:09PM by Astrid

Hi Helen.

Welcome!

Have to say it is a rather rotten way to start 2021 for you, but it is good to know your Doctor is looking out for you.

Hopefully we can be a place of comfort and support for you whilst you navigate the path ahead and its steep learning curve.

It's a bit early to know what your final dx will be, but there are also dedicated threads for different stages and types of B.C.

Sending love and best wishes as you go through appts and maybe more tests in the coming weeks.

HeartAstrid.

"You cannot step into the same river twice, for other waters are continually flowing on." Heraclitus Dx 6/2002, IDC, Both breasts, 1cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 1/7 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH) Dx 7/2003, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH) Dx 6/2012, ILC, Right, 1cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, ER+/PR-, HER2- (IHC) Radiation Therapy Whole-breast: Breast, Chest wall Chemotherapy AC Surgery Lymph node removal: Left, Right, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Left, Right
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Jan 19, 2021 10:32AM JenCanDoThis wrote:

I'm just here to say I'm awaiting biopsy results at 3pm today so I understand your anxiety. Thinking of you.

Dx 1/19/2021, IDC, Right, Grade 1, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH)
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Jan 19, 2021 02:57PM LW422 wrote:

Honey, I'm home!! Thanks to everyone who posted sweet messages of support for me; your kindness will never be forgotten. The MRI was really hard for me; laying on a hard surface face-down with my face in a padded toilet-seat, an IV for dye in my arm, and my boobs dangling. Then the technician cheerfully saying, "don't move!!" like there is any human that can remain motionless for 25 minutes. Anyway, I survived but when I stood up I was dizzy and light-headed; a little nauseated.

Jana, I had 15 minutes to get dressed and get to the skin punch biopsy, so I made a beeline for the "Skywalk" or whatever it's called and jumped on a shuttle cart. They whisked me to the main building and then I had to hike about 40 miles through the maze but finally got there after getting lost only once. Thanks again for your help with that.

They took 2 skin punch samples; the doctor had a little difficulty telling exactly where to biopsy. Thankfully my breast doesn't look anything like the horror pictures online; other than the bruising from the punch biopsy last week it appears fairly normal; just slightly swollen.

I don't get the results from the skin punch for a couple of days and I didn't ask about the MRI. I'll just wait till I meet my "team" tomorrow and see what's next in the chamber of horrors.

Dx 1/12/2021, IDC, Right, 1cm, Grade 3, ER-/PR+, HER2- Dx 1/20/2021, IBC, Right, Stage IIIC Chemotherapy 2/8/2021 Taxol (paclitaxel)
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Jan 19, 2021 03:00PM LW422 wrote:

Hello Helen and welcome. I'm sorry to hear of your diagnosis; welcome to the club you never wanted to join. You will find plenty of support here, so stick around and we'll all get through this together.

Dx 1/12/2021, IDC, Right, 1cm, Grade 3, ER-/PR+, HER2- Dx 1/20/2021, IBC, Right, Stage IIIC Chemotherapy 2/8/2021 Taxol (paclitaxel)
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Jan 19, 2021 03:01PM LW422 wrote:

Jen--you really can do this. Here's hoping the biopsy result will be good news for you. Hang in there.

Dx 1/12/2021, IDC, Right, 1cm, Grade 3, ER-/PR+, HER2- Dx 1/20/2021, IBC, Right, Stage IIIC Chemotherapy 2/8/2021 Taxol (paclitaxel)

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