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Oh No Associated with Invasive (Infiltrating) Ductal Carcinoma . Posted on September 26, 2011 View this journey (7 Experiences)

I was diagnosed with invasive ductal carcinoma on 8/9/11 I found the lump by doing self exam two weeks before my scheduled anual physical I was then sent for a biopsy My doctor called me on the phone and said Anna your test results came back you have cancer I am gonna make you an appt with a specialist. I was in shock did not know what to ask. I went home and cried and told my family even though had no clue of the grade or the stage.

I tried to work the next day and found it very hard to concentrate on anything but the diagnosis. I was able to get some work done in the days that followed but with all of the appts it was difficult I told my boss of the diagnosis and also requested some time off. My boss has been great but getting paid has been an issue. I have not been to work since 9/1/11 . I did not see an oncologist until last Friday I did see a surgeon who told me that the cancer was invasive HER2 neu what ever that means and that I needed a lumpectomy and lympectomy. I also had to have a mri due to something they saw on my mamogram in the other breast that turned out to be benign thankfully. The Lumpectomy and lympectomy was done on 9/9/11 and I am recovering well but still do not know what my treatment plan will be. I spent 2 hours at the oncologist office on Friday just to find out that the lump was larger then they thought therefore the grade had been increased to a 3 and that the stage is 1 they need to do some test that takes 2 weeks to get the results the test is performed on the lump that they have had for 2 weeks. I also needed blood work that they would perform a full oncology work up on My anxiety is why have these not been done yet. Why do I not know what treatment options are. They have said hormone and radiation are definate and possibly 8-20 weeks of chemo. I am scared and dont know what to do.

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