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    Celebration (Finished treatment): My cancer was diagnosed from an enlarged lymph node biopsy and then breast MRI. Chemotherapy first with many complications (shingles, severe bronchitis, severe blistered feet from Taxol and Taxotere, had to miss last treatment. With help from list, decided to have bilateral mastectomy. It was a good choice as lobar carcinoma in situ was found the the other breast. There were 15 of 16 lymph nodes positive for cancer, so stage went from IIB to IIIC. Finished radiation on Monday, started aromatase inhibitor on Tuesday. Very uncomfortable right now due to radiation but I was told to expect it, so I know I just need to wait and I will be better very soon and do not have to have more treatment. Hopefully for a long time, if not forever.

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    Quiltstitchsew asked a questionBreast Cancer

    With a diagnosis of lobular cancer, spread to axillary lymph nodes, I am trying to decide between a lumpectomy and a mastectomy.

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      DorothyV

      Talk with your oncologist. For me, I would go with the mastectomy since you may have to do it anyway after lumpectomy. You need to decide what's right for you. In the case of cancer, least invasive, is not always the best option. Hope this helps.

      over 4 years ago
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      My diagnosis was also Invasive Lobular Carcinoma with Pleomorphic added to the description. I had 8 out of 11 positive nodes. My daughter who is a nurse and my advocate told me on day one that the bilateral mastectomy was the route for me. I totally agreed as I wanted to do everything in my power to destroy this evil enemy. Besides, I did not want to go through additional surgeries in the future. Since my own surgery, I have heard from many women who made the same choice and glad for it. There was one lady who was not sure if she would go for the single or double --she decided on the double -- and was so thankful because the pathology report showed cancer in that breast also. However, everyone is different and have to make their own decision -- after all, they are the ones that have to live with whatever choice they make. Good Luck and please keep us updated.

      over 4 years ago
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      Carol-Charlie

      I didn't have breast cancer, but I know I put myself in God's hands. I asked Him to guide me, I told him I'd follow where he wanted me to go. THEN you have to listen carefully for his 'suggestions'... Listen carefully to the doctors, and with their guidance... along with the very good advise here on WhatNext... Make the decision. God Bless you!

      over 4 years ago
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