• invasive ductal breast cancer

    Asked by Twinkletoes on Thursday, December 6, 2018

    invasive ductal breast cancer

    Who has gone through this with some advice for me?

    5 Answers from the Community

    5 answers
    • slaterdl's Avatar
      slaterdl

      Today is last of 6 chemo treatments (big ones 4 drugs including tamoxifin, projeta,herceptin, carbo?) Masectomy left breast next month, 6 months of antibody chemo with herceptin and projeta. Stage 3a IDC diagnosed early June this year. My question is regarding the thirty radiation treatments 5 days week for 6 weeks which Drs are suggesting after surgery. Can they be delayed or are they really necessary as I am already so weak and tired I am worried about side effects and want to work some part time during March and April. Tax season and have some client friends been doing their taxes for sometime. Oh I will be 64 next month by the way. Any thoughts from anyone else been there too. Thank you.

      10 days ago
    • lujos' Avatar
      lujos

      Slaterdl, I had radiation, too, but my oncologist gave me a few weeks to recover after chemo, as I think most people feel pretty weak.

      Additionally, I had what they call “hyperfractionated” radiation, where they give you a bit more each time, but with fewer sessions. For example, I had 15 sessions, with 3 boost sessions to the tumour bed. Same total amount of radiation, but I found it easier, as I had an hour journey to get to the hospital. Might be worth considering. I think they certainly worth doing, though, as they are designed to zap any last cancer cells hanging around.

      Best of luck - I think you’re through the worst of it, as I found chemo hard, radiation easy. I also have had a mastectomy, and it’s not as bad as I expected.

      10 days ago
    • banditwalker's Avatar
      banditwalker

      I was diagnosed with IDC. I can only give you my experience. Even tho' we both were diagnosed with the same disease, we will have different treatments. Many, many factors go into treatment decisions.
      I was stage lll. I opted for a bilateral mastectomy. Had chemo, radiation, and am currently taking Arimidex to keep my estrogen levels down. That was all over 5 years ago and I may be a little slower now a days but I'm still here to tell you about it.
      I am also a big proponent of high rated cancer treatment centers. If you are lucky enough to have one close or you can travel, I would think about at least using it for second opinions.
      Good luck to you.

      9 days ago

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