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    After having many biopsies throughout the years and they always came back benign, today I went for my yearly mamogram and in light of my mom just being diagnosed I must admitt I was a bit concerned. I am motivated by the fact that all looks good and I will be able to travel to Puerto Rico soon to take care of my mom during her surgery.

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    Decision Point (My mom was told initially she needed a mysectomy but she said No Way ! )

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    popevee asked a questionBreast Cancer

    My 83 yr. old mom was diagnosed with breast cancer. Is this common at her age? Anyone who can relate?

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      popevee

      Thanks ladies, i just posted some more information. Would appreciate more feedback.

      almost 5 years ago
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      abrub

      What you need to consider carefully is the type of treatment being recommended, and it's value towards quality of life.

      My mother was dx'd at ages 75 and 78, and had lumpectomies and radiation both times. Recently, at age 93, my mother showed more "shadows" on a ct scan for a kidney stone, possible return of BC. However, as she now has advanced dementia, we've chosen not to pursue it. It's not worth confusing her and putting her through treatment. She is not suffering, and is enjoying life to the best of her capabilities.

      almost 5 years ago
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      My grandmother was diagnosed with breast cancer 2 days ago. She is 88. She had a visible mass that had grown and as beginning to change again, but she would not see a doctor about it. However this month she had a mild heart attack and had no choice. The er doctors of course noticed it.

      almost 5 years ago
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    How common is breast cancer in seniors? Can anyone relate? My 83 yr. old mom was just diagnosed.

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    Oh No (Diagnosed): My 83 yr. old mom was just diagnosed with breast cancer. She lives in Puerto Rico and I live in Orlando Fl. I spoke with her doctor who said it looks like Stage 1 and it was a small mass and that it would be a quick surgery. She said she will probably need radiation but no chemo but of course it all depends on the pathology report after the surgery but mom tells me she initally told her she had to remove her breast and my said No Way ! so they opted for a lumpectomy? If it looks like Stage 1 why would the doctor tell her she needed a mysectomy. Her surgery is scheduled for Nov 13th. I plan on traveling to be with her a week before as I have health issues going on myself so I need to take care of them first. My mom is refusing to even consider removing her breast. She said if it comes to that ... she has lived long enough and she would leave it to God to decide her fate. Any Advice?

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      abrub

      Cancer treatment is very hard, and ultimately the decision of how far to go must be your mother's. She needs to discuss her options and concerns with her doctor and close family members, and then will be in a position to decide what to do.

      I know the horrible treatments I went through for my cancer (appendix) and know that they would not have been worth it had they not given me back my full life, with quality of life. An extension of a couple of years would not have been worth the torture of treatment.

      almost 5 years ago
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      7 years ago,my 90 year mother-in-law was diagnosed with breast cancer. It was hormone receptive. A mastecomy was performed based on the doctor's recommendation and she was put on arimedix. Fortunately it had not spread to her lymph nodes. She has been fine since without radiation or chemotherapy since her body would not have withstood this. She will celebrate her 97th birthday in November. The family is very blessed. Many blessings sent to your Mother and you!

      almost 5 years ago