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Topic: A Club I didn't Choose to Join

Forum: IDC (Invasive Ductal Carcinoma) — Just diagnosed, in treatment, or finished treatment for IDC.

Posted on: Apr 19, 2017 09:37PM

Tickety_boo wrote:

I was diagnosed 2 months ago. I have IDC, Stage 3, ER+, PR-, HER2 +. The mass was tiny, 0.5 mm and I was lucky that they found it on a mammogram. They got good margins and my lymph nodes are clean.

I was told that I had to have radiation only. I finally was able to wrap my head around having cancer. Not that it's unfamiliar; my older sister had it 10 years ago. (She is doing well even though her cancer had gotten into lymph nodes and chest wall)

I'm waiting on genetic testing (2 sisters in one family?) although I was told it was not BRACa. I'm on this forum to get support and learn more. I was just offered chemotherapy and I'm trying to make a decision.

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Apr 19, 2017 10:18PM Moderators wrote:

Hi Tickety_boo-

We want to welcome you to our community here at BCO. We're sorry for the circumstances that have brought you here, but we hope you find this community to be a source of support as you begin down this road!

If you'd like to connect with other stage 3 members, you can also read through and post in this forum: https://community.breastcancer.org/forum/67. Lots of info and support!

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Apr 19, 2017 10:29PM movingsoccermom wrote:

So sorry for your diagnosis. I hope that they do find genetic answers for you, but if not, don't feel alone. My sister and I both were diagnosed, within a couple years of each other. This is a wonderful site and has been exceptionally helpful through my cancer experience. Best wishes to you!

Dx 3/3/2015, IDC, Right, 2cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 4/1/2015 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel Radiation Therapy 5/27/2015 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes
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Apr 20, 2017 10:00PM Tickety_boo wrote:

I joined this forum for several reasons, but especially because I'd like to hear about experiences with chemo. My Oncologist just hit me with a decision about having chemo. Here's why

I have IDC, a very small mass 0.5 cm. She showed me National Cancer Guidelines that say that if you have a mass of 0.6 mm or larger (and are ER + and HERS2+) chemo is recommended. If the mass is 0.5 cm or small, the guidelines is to consider chemo.

I had never even thought about it; all along the indications were that I'd get radiation and nothing else. My risks (of dying from the cancer ) are 3% and the chemo would reduce them to 2%.

Given possible SE I just don't know if there trade-off is worthwhile. But, I'm also healthy and don't want to avoid treatment that could really help me avoid cancer coming back.

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Apr 20, 2017 10:31PM keepthefaith wrote:

TB, Are you sure you are STAGE 3 and not Stage 1, GRADE 3? Just guessing based on what your post said. Either way, good luck with your Treatment!

Dx 9/17/2013, IDC, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 10/18/2013 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel Chemotherapy 12/3/2013 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Chemotherapy 12/26/2013 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Chemotherapy 1/16/2014 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Chemotherapy 2/11/2014 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Radiation Therapy 4/1/2014 Breast Hormonal Therapy 5/23/2014
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Apr 21, 2017 12:11AM Beatmon wrote:

Her2+ is a very sneaky little bastard. I had 2 4 mm idc which according to protocol 5 years ago was no chemo. Now I have Stage 4 mets to lung. If you are grade 3, consider carefully. Chemo is no fun though, I can tell you that.

Wishing you best of luck and good health.

Dx 7/27/2012, IDC, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 3, 0/1 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2+ Surgery 8/9/2012 Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right Surgery 12/1/2013 Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Surgery 7/1/2014 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Dx 8/9/2014, IDC, Both breasts, Stage IV, metastasized to lungs, Grade 3, ER-/PR-, HER2+ Targeted Therapy 8/27/2014 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Targeted Therapy 8/27/2014 Perjeta (pertuzumab) Chemotherapy 8/27/2014 Taxotere (docetaxel)
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Apr 22, 2017 09:37AM Tickety_boo wrote:

Yeah, it is Grade 3, don't know my lingo

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Apr 22, 2017 09:38AM Tickety_boo wrote:

Beatmon, I am sorry to hear about metastasis. I hope they can give you treatment. Your story is exactly what makes me continue to consider chemo. I appreciate the information.

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May 18, 2017 04:25PM Cindyjolinn wrote:

thanks for sharing your story, and your sisters. I am 4 years post diagnoses stage 3 estrogen positive 5 lymph nodes involved, still on anastrozole.

I have gotten as far away from breast cancer as I could. I just wasn't dealing with it though I went through a lumpectomy, chemo, and radiation. As my friend put it..."You thought you'd go through treatment and go back to normal". I tried. Another appt to check for any recurrence always brings anxiety and instead of celebrating 4 years of being cancer free my fear has grown....grateful for survival stories that remind me to do life while their is life...


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May 18, 2017 05:32PM Jackster51 wrote:

I was not HER+ , but chemo does come with a lot of risks, and no guarantees. Not tryine to scare you off, but I was healthy and 47 at diagnosis and never got my hair back after Taxotere. 5 years and counting in head covering. I also have permanent neurapathy in my feet from Taxotere, so I can no longer wear closed toed shoes or stand on my feet for long. Just wanted to put those possible permanent SE's out there and obviously many women do not experience them. I wish I had known, and I would have asked for something other than Taxotere.. Best of luck to you.

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