Topic: Wait Times for Breast Cancer Surgery

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

Posted on: Feb 9, 2020 04:08PM

Posted on: Feb 9, 2020 04:08PM

cutiekate wrote:

How long did you wait to have a surgery from dx date?

For me, 5 weeks 5 days. I am so concerned with the waiting time. Sad

Dx 1/10/2020, IDC, Right, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 1/8 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-, Surgery 2/17/2020 Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Left Chemotherapy 3/17/2020 TAC
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Mar 10, 2020 07:23PM Askmissa wrote:

Two months

Dx 6/17/2019, IDC, Right, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2-, Surgery 8/18/2019 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant
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Mar 14, 2020 05:24PM etnasgrl wrote:

My first time, I waited a little over a month from diagnosis. This time around, it was one week!
Last time, I was at MD Anderson and they were VERY slow moving, which drove me crazy. They also never, not once, did any type of blood work. I didn't realize until afterwards how uncommon that is. Needless to say, I was NOT impressed with MD Anderson at all.
This diagnosis, I am with Houston Methodist and they are INCREDIBLE! I am so thrilled that I made the switch. (I know several ladies in my local support group who use Houston Methodist and they suggested I go there as they are very happy and confident with the level of care that they receive.) The day their breast center called with the diagnosis, I was able to get in with the surgical oncologist. She spent about 45 minutes with me, going over everything. Surgery was scheduled for the following week. I was stunned by how quickly they moved. One week after surgery, was my appointment with my medical oncologist and she spent a little over an hour with me, going over all the treatment plans and answering questions. From there, I had labs done and my goodness, she tested for EVERYTHING under the sun! I was so impressed!

The bottom line is, it really does matter where you receive your care and just because a place is well known and popular, doesn't always mean that the care is excellent. I have no desire to ever go back to MD Anderson.

Diagnosed at 41. Diagnosed 2nd time at 45. Dx 11/5/2015, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 12/9/2015 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Radiation Therapy 1/11/2016 Whole breast: Breast Hormonal Therapy 2/17/2016 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Dx 2/13/2020, IDC, Left, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 3, 0/3 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2+, Surgery 2/23/2020 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Chemotherapy 3/18/2020 Taxol (paclitaxel) Targeted Therapy 3/18/2020 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Surgery 8/19/2020 Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): DIEP flap; Reconstruction (right): DIEP flap
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Mar 15, 2020 04:30PM sunshine99 wrote:

I had my biopsy on 10/31, got "the call" on 11/2 and had my mastectomy on 12/10. I waited because we were hosting a big party on 12/9. It was a great distraction up until the time of the surgery. Cancer has progressed to my bones. I pray that it never enters my soul. Dx 11/2/2007, IDC, 3cm, Stage IIA, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 3/26/2020, IDC, Stage IV, metastasized to bone, ER+/PR-, HER2- Hormonal Therapy 4/22/2020 Arimidex (anastrozole) Radiation Therapy 5/5/2020 External Local Metastases 5/5/2020 Radiation therapy: Bone Radiation Therapy 5/12/2020 External Local Metastases 5/12/2020 Radiation therapy: Bone Targeted Therapy 6/10/2020 Ibrance (palbociclib)
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Mar 16, 2020 10:58PM Cindimay77 wrote:

Hi! Exactly 8 weeks for me. I was really worried too about the wait - but why got it all with clear margins and it did not grow in that time..

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Mar 18, 2020 10:54AM - edited Mar 18, 2020 10:58AM by onlygirlof5

10.5 weeks for me. Mammogram/USN on 12/9/2019. Biopsy on 12/11/2019. Results on 12/16/2019. Surgery on 12/27/2019. The LONGEST 10.5 weeks of my life. The main tumor had grown from 2.2cm to 3.0cm and 1 suspicious node deemed clear at biopsy was found post-surgery to be positive and EE present Scared.

I am now 3 weeks out and have put on and indefinite hold for tissue expansion fills. They were to start on Friday but with the coronavirus, all my follow-up appointments were cancelled. So frustrated.

Age at dx: 50. Oncotype score 4. ICD (2 masses) and DCIS (1 mass); 1/3 nodes (microscopically positive) Dx 12/11/2019, DCIS/IDC, Left, 3cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 12/11/2019, DCIS, Left, <1cm, Stage 0, Grade 1 Surgery 2/26/2020 Mastectomy; Mastectomy (Left) Dx 2/27/2020, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 1/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Hormonal Therapy 3/31/2020 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Jan 26, 2022 02:24PM TNBCthriver wrote:

Hi, I know this is a late response but I agree with all your points regarding MDA and methodist. After reciving my diagnosis at memorial (don't get me started on tehm) I contacted both methodist and MDA. Methodist called me immidiately and I had done all my scans and staretd chemo within 3 weeks of surgery. They aren't perfect buT I am happy with the care they provide me. MDA on the other hand took a couple of days to call back and were agressivly rude on the phone. I think they are entitled and have let the fame go to thier head thinking it is the only option for cancer treatment in the city. Methodist is far superior in my opinion.

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Jan 26, 2022 03:58PM minustwo wrote:

TNBCthriver - I believe you are a new member, so just a couple of tips. It's a good idea to go to My Profile in fill in your diagnosis & treatment to date. That helps other members to understand more about your comments & questions.

It's great to read everything here, but take a look at the date of the last post. This one was March 2020 so don't be disappointed if no one strikes up a conversation. I answered just because I am in Houston with both hospitals.

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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