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May 4, 2022 11:04PM
ladymoph121, I’m sorry that we had to meet this way, and I’m glad that you found us. This is a warm, witty, supportive, and fierce bunch of mostly women with a small sprinkling of energetic, passionate, supportive, and knowledgeable men
I’ll echo what everyone above said. Waiting in your case is not going to change your outcome. I had a 4 cm Grade 3 tumor. I waited with great medical advice for several weeks longer than expected, and was assured my outcome wouldn’t be worsened. One thing I learned it that there is so much waiting and it’s the worst. The first wait, which you’ve survived, is over. The next hardest one is figuring out what is next for your treatment and when it will happen. For me, having that first date was hugely helpful. Sometimes it’s chemo then surgery, sometimes it’s surgery, then chemo. Occasionally radiation is early, but usually follows the first two. You will have a Medical Oncologist (MO) and a surgeon, hopefully trained in Breast Surgical Oncology (BSO). Those two (who may include others) will get together for your best treatment plan, including you. Do expect the choices to be fairly narrow, that’s because the NCCN has lots of evidence of what is clinically proven to have the best long term outcomes.
You have time for more than one consult with each doctor. Find one who is right for you. If you want, click I my username and you should see the dilemma I had over my surgeon choice. I found the right surgeon was able to refer me to the ideal MO. Someone both she and I can work with. That pair are vital, and can guide you well with the other specialists you might need.
One thing I didn’t know about when I came here is that most medical institutions have patient portals. I’ve been able to access every single imaging and pathology report there and dive into it to my hearts desire. I work as in engineering management with a background in writing technical documents. I know enough to know what I don’t know when reading, so I fill some of the gaps with online research. Having those reports has been very helpful to my peace of mind. Now, we are all different, so you will figure out what is most helpful to you.
Please don’t hesitate to ask anything here. The seasoned survivors, and others who are more recent and in the thick of treatment are here for you. Hugs.
2/17/2022 Arimidex (anastrozole)
3/31/2022 Lumpectomy (Left)
5/4/2022 Taxotere (docetaxel), Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide)
IDC, Left, 4cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, ER+/PR-, HER2-