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I was diagnosed Friday with Invasive ductal carcinoma. Is it a given I will lose my breast? I fear losing my breast, I like them both.

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Stage 2A Patient over 7 years
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  • Sharon Danielson Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2007
    Traci, So sorry this has happened. It is a shock and then some. As for what type of surgery, a mastectomy ISN'T a for-sure! I had a choice between a lumpectomy and a mastectomy. Many women on this board also had the same choice. Treatments vary depending on which surgery you choose but the statistics for successful outcomes are the same. You have a lot of diagnostics to go through before you have the entire picture. This is mentally a tough time because you don't have all the facts yet. I also had IDC and was diagnosed 5 years ago this month. I remain cancer free.... I chose to have a mastectomy, also had chemo and 5 years of hormone blocking drug. Hang in there.... you will make it. Lots of great women on this board.... a great big sisterhood! Take care, Sharon
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  • Cindy Smalley Profile
    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    Sorry hit enter too soon. Tumor was small enough. I had chemotherapy because some lymph nodes were positive, now am doing radiation. Your surgeon will give you your treatment plan. So for now the answer is maybe or maybe not depending on your circumstances. Best wishes. Sorry it should have said IDC not IFC.
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    Learning About Breast Cancer
    I was diagnosed with IFC in February. I had a lumpectomy because my tmor was small en
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  • Nancy Ries Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2011
    Traci, I was diagnosed September 2011 with stage 1a IDC which was caught extremely early because of an annual mammogram. My cancer was .3 cm, very small. There was never any discussion of losing my breast. All cancer was removed during a surgical biopsy with clean margins. Everyone's cancer and everyone has their own treatment plan. So, no, it is not a given that you will lose your breast. Stay in touch with all of us. We will be thinking of you.
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  • Traciann brundage Profile
    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    Love the name .... First of all . It's a hard thing to stomach . It's been six weeks sense my first diagnoses . I am okay . I had a double mastectomy because I am only 27 . The fake boobs ate cool actually . I had dd s before I lost mine . It's not that bad really but you do need to greave the loss of them . I start chemo on Monday the 17 th and that's scary but you'll make . You can ask anyone on here anything it helps a ton Sending love strength and most of all power and peace
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      Yeah, thanks Traciann. I too am a DD and have been since 6th grade, I think. I just hope that I have a choice and that if I choose to give them/it up,I can have reconstructive. Thanks for you input.

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    I had lumpectomy 3 weeks ago. Again it depends what grade etc to what treatment. I am awaiting treatment plan to find out what's to happen next. Monday here we come Wish me luck banking it's just rad. Want to get on with life
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      anonymous
      Stage 2A Patient

      Good luck! Yes just rad would be great. Today is my first app. With oncology.

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      anonymous
      Stage 2A Patient

      Thanks U 2

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  • L Brown Profile
    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    Hello ladies, first off, let me just say...keep fighting, no matter what...keep fighting. I was diagnosed with invasive ductal carcinoma on Jan 31, 2011. I was stage 3, the cancer had already spread to my lymph nodes. I also had her2new receptors. I began my chemo therapy almost immediately. After my first round of chemo, the 4 lumps in my breast and the 3 in my armpit had shrunk so much you could not feel them anymore. Yes, I still had breast cancer but the chemo worked right from the beginning. I had a bilateral mastectomy 6 days ago. I am almost sure you will have to have a mastectomy because the cancer is in the ducts of your breast. I opted to have both breasts removed because I didn't want to have the chance of getting breast cancer in my other breast and going through this again. I elected to have immediate reconstruction, I am 39 years old and personally, I would not feel complete without breasts. I was elated to learn that there was a law passed that required insurance companies to pay for reconstruction of breast cancer patients. I know I babbled but I wanted to just say that I understand you don't want to lose your breast but it's more important to your loved ones that they don't lose you. Your breasts are replaceable, you are not. That took me a while to realize but now, I wouldn't have it any other way. I wish you the best of luck with your recovery and please remember, you are not alone.
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      anonymous
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      Does anyone know if that law applies to California? I am very fortunate to have good insurance, but I do not know yet if the laws apply in this state. Thanks in advance

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    • L Brown Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Talk to your oncologist. Mine had a specific plastic surgeon that worked with all of her breast cancer patients. The plastic surgeon is the one that told me. I was worried about whether or not they would pay for reconstruction of both breast...

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      Talk to your oncologist. Mine had a specific plastic surgeon that worked with all of her breast cancer patients. The plastic surgeon is the one that told me. I was worried about whether or not they would pay for reconstruction of both breast since I only has breast cancer in one and she told me about the law.....good luck.

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    • Lisa W Profile
      anonymous
      Patient

      Hi Traci! Yes, it applies in Ca. Im in Ca and im getting ready to look into reconstruction. Long story short- i had a total R mastectomy in Fe, started chemo in April and i just finished. Luckily i dont have to do any rads. I will start tomaxifin...

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      Hi Traci! Yes, it applies in Ca. Im in Ca and im getting ready to look into reconstruction. Long story short- i had a total R mastectomy in Fe, started chemo in April and i just finished. Luckily i dont have to do any rads. I will start tomaxifin since my BC is hormone positive. I wish the very best and remember everyone is different even though we all belong to the same "club=breast cancer". Its not an end...just a new beginning... You WILL find that u are STRONGER than you think you are...stay positive...and ALWAYS FIGHT LIKE A GIRL!!!! keep the the Faith...you are a Sister in Pink who will overcome this with flying colors!!! Hugs!!! ;/)

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    • Elizabeth Castro Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2012

      It's federally mandated that insurance companies pay for any & all reconstruction & there is no time limit as to when you have the reconstruction done.

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  • Brenda Jackson Profile
    anonymous
    Stage 2A Patient
    Hi Tracy. I was diagnosed with IDC as well but had choice of lumpectomy or mastectomy. As Sharon stated treatment varies. I had my lumpectomy on Tuesday. My next step is to meet with my oncologist for treatment plan. Hang in there. Nothing is a given. You will get more information in the days and weeks to come. This site has been a great comfort for me.
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  • JoAnne Hungate Profile
    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    I also just had an idc diagnosis Thursday after a second mammogram and ultrasound. Biopsy was done Friday and now I'm trying to keep calm and learn as I prep for a colonoscopy.
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  • Morgan Moser Profile
    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    I'm so sorry you are going through this but we are all right here fighting with you. I was just diagnosed with IDC last Thursday and there are still a lot of questions unanswered. Just remember, you are not alone. The woman on here have been great!
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  • julie s Profile
    anonymous
    Stage 2A Patient
    It depends on a lot of factors but studies show that prognosis for masectomy and lumpectomy are the same. It is an individual decision based on the specifics of your cancer. You will be presented with options once the results from a myriad of tests come in. I have triple negative IDC grade 3 stage 2 and I am doing breast conservation.... Chemo first to shrink lump and then lumpectomy then radiation. You are in that very difficult place of knowing you have cancer but not knowing specifics or what the plan is. For me it got a little easier once I had my plan of attack. Stay strong! And try to stay positive!
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  • Elizabeth Castro Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2012
    I had a unilateral mastectomy in 7/24 & I am stage 1a IDC. The reason for a mastectomy for me was the calcification area was so large & all the way to my nipple. I had clear margins & negative lymph nodes. The new boob is actually a lot more perkier than my other one;) You will grieve the loss of your breast as you should. It's ok to cry & be angry about it & let it out. You will get through it & make it through all of this!
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