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    Paget's disease of the nipple in 85 year old

    Asked by RMR on Friday, December 7, 2012

    Paget's disease of the nipple in 85 year old

    When I called my mom yesterday she told me she was concerned that some changes in her nipples. including itchiness, flakey, and a whitish coating is Paget's disease. She is seeing my obgyn next wed to check it out. Its a bit unnerving because she has not had a mammogram in 10 or more years. My sister had DCIS when she was 47 about 3 years ago. I was diagnosed with infiltrating ductal carcinoma when I was 47 (almost 48) in April 2011. I had a mastectomy and it turned out I had Paget's in both nipples. So, I realize my mom could simply have eczema . But if its Paget's I worry about underlying tumors. I realize my mom is up there in age and if its cancer I am not sure how aggressive she will want to be with treatment. Anyone out there with any experience with Paget's disease or breast cancer in an octogenarian? I welcome any advice.

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      Well, I'm not in a position to talk Paget's or breast cancer, but I do have an octogenarian Mom (88) who was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer last winter. They did a pretty radical surgery on her (modified Whipple surgery) in April. She's doing well now but has lost some of her stamina. Her attitude has been that she is ready to go and doesn't really want to live forever. She's not actively seeking death or anything, but she didn't want chemo because she didn't want to be sick for her final years. She's traveling again (down the Danube with a marathon flight home from Istanbul) and is generally OK.

      If you haven't, I suggest talking to your Mom about her expectations. Death may not be unwelcome.

      almost 4 years ago

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