Jul 8, 2019 04:31PM Beesie wrote:
Yes, second primaries are treated exactly the same as a first cancer would be.
When we are diagnosed, we tend to worry about a recurrence and most of us don't think about a second primary. But we are women with breast tissue (even those who have a BMX still have a bit of breast tissue) and our breasts have already shown that they provide a hospitable environment for the development of cancer, so it makes sense that we are all relatively high risk to develop a new primary. Breast cancer risk for all women increases as we age (until about age 80), and those of us who've had breast cancer before are no different. So for those who were diagnosed relatively young, the longer time since that diagnosis, the greater the risk that we might get hit with a new primary - simply because we are women at the prime age for a breast cancer diagnosis.
So yes, a second primary is treated just like any other breast cancer. If it's early stage, it is treated just like any other early stage breast cancer. Unless there is some concern that the cancer might be a recurrence (for example, if it happens in the exact same area of the breast), then usually no additional scans will be done.
Glad to hear that your second diagnosis has such a favorable prognosis!