thefightison's Journey:

Patient: Breast Cancer > Invasive (Infiltrating) Ductal Carcinoma

Patient Info: Newly diagnosed (has not begun treatment), Diagnosed: over 4 years ago, Female, Age: 53, Stage I, HER2 Positive: Yes, ER Positive: Yes, PR Positive: Yes

  1. 1
    about 4 years ago
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    Lost loved one

    Loss

    My mother in law who was cancer free for 8 years from DCIS, died 3 months ago from stage 4 recurrent breast cancer which had metasticed to her femur, hip and bones. Triple Negative and spread like wildfire. It was brutal and painful. My husband begged me to go get a mammogram, just to have a sense of peace.

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  2. 2
    about 4 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    My "peace of mind" mammogram showed a tumor. Had a digital mammogram, ultrasound and biopsy...invasive, well-differentiated ductal carcinoma involving multiple cores. Also ductal carcinoma in situ, cribifrom type with necrosis, intermediate grade. ER, PR and HER2 all positive.

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  3. 3
    about 4 years ago
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    lumpectomy or mastecomy?

    Decision Point

    My surgeon feels she can get the tumor by doing a lumpectomy (needle localization). She is doing a lymphoscintigraphy the day before. I was fairly convinced that I wanted to have a full masectomy after what my mother in law went thru and based on all the research I did and talking to many survivors and people in the medical field. My surgeon, who I have the utmost respect for, seems to favor breast conservation surgery, but I don't seem to have the "conviction" I need to be confident that this is the best option. SO many people have told me about it coming back and having to go back in for a masectomy anyway and with the breast tisssue radiated it makes a more favorable reconstruction unlikely. I can't seem to come to a sense of confidence in my decision. I don't want to feel like I will be constantly looking over my shoulder waiting on this terrible disease to return. Could someone please share their experience, expertise or opinion?

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