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    Drug or Chemo Therapy (Hormone therapy): I think it's actually "anti-hormone" treatment. Anastrazole. I have been on it for a week, but haven't had any trouble so far. I am pleased about that, but I guess it could still come. I won't have any follow-up now for awhile though because of coronavirus concerns. Doctor is limiting all non-essential appointments. I am okay with it. If I have any serious issues, he can bring me in but I am glad he feels confident in my not coming in right away.

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    Procedure or Surgery (Mastectomy): Had mastectomy on 2/26/2020.- left breast. Had sentinel node biopsy at the same time, and results came back showing no further spreading. All of the cancer was removed. I am quite relieved. Though I have crazy emotions that I can't really seem to believe it's mostly over for now.

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    legaljen1969 asked a questionBreast Cancer

    Courage to Get Second Opinion

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      Judytjab

      I would advise a second opinion especially for piece of mind. I did and decided to go with that second opinion doctor who was at an NCI center. The NCI center told me what records they would need and I brought them. So happy I did and I also had stage 1 IDC. Once I received a treatment plan, I felt less anxiety. Big (hugs) to you. You can do this. Keep us informed.

      about 1 month ago
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      PET scan and MRI are now scheduled for February 19. Doctor doesn't seem too alarmed that it's a couple of weeks out. She's been really good about moving things up if she thinks they need to be expedited so if she's not worried about expediting, I am not worried about it either.

      about 1 month ago
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      Carool

      legaljen, many breast cancers are not fast-growing. Mine was 1.7cm and my breast surgeon thought I could wait a month to get the lumpectomy.

      After one breast surgeon diagnosed me, I wanted to go to MSKCC for a second opinion. Did so, loved the breast surgeon who saw me there, and stayed with her. And MSK was doing the sentinel node biopsy, which the first surgeon/hospital wasn’t doing at the time (almost 21 years ago now). Had I stayed with that first surgeon and hospital, I’d have had many lymph nodes removed. At MSK, the sentinel node was negative, so I had only two nodes removed (two, because one other node felt firm, and turned out to also be benign). I’m forever grateful that I had that second opinion.

      about 1 month ago
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    Decision Point (Second Opinion Time?): Based on how fast this trajectory is changing, should I get second opinion? I feel so stressed with everything else- the prospect of having to gather records and find a new doctor to give second opinion is just another stressor. But I have somewhat lost confidence. Just don't understand how things went so bad so fast.