• Asking for a friend

    Asked by fiddler on Tuesday, January 12, 2021

    Asking for a friend

    A good friend was diagnosed recently with invasive lobular cancer. The treatment they came up with is MRI to see if it spread to lymphs, removal of cancer, chemo, rads. She is stage 1A, the size is 5mm. This seems like overkill; what do you all think?

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    • fiddler's Avatar
      fiddler

      P.S. - she said she'll have endocrine therapy, too.
      I'm going to stop following now.
      Thanks everyone!

      6 days ago
    • ChicagoSandy's Avatar
      ChicagoSandy

      Fiddler, if her ILC is not just hormone but HER2+ ("triple positive") that, too, is an indicator of a more aggressive tumor. Did she say whether her chemo would include "targeted" therapy (e.g., Herceptin or Perjeta, both of which require a year of chemo first)?

      6 days ago
    • cards7up's Avatar
      cards7up

      Lymph nodes always need to be checked with a breast cancer diagnosis. This is definitely not overkill by any means. A brain MRI should also be done. These are staging tests, so she really can't be staged by just the size of the nodule alone. And I definitely would get a second opinion at a top rated NCI cancer center.
      https://www.breastcancer.org/symptoms/types/ilc

      3 days ago

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