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My tumor was 2.3 cm labeled invasive ductal carcinoma. I don't have the rest of the data yet (like ER PR, etc) ,but would like to talk with others who have had similar biopsy results. I have not had lymph node mapping yet.

janice owens Profile
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anonymous

Stage 2A Patient about 5 years
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  • Marianne R. Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2011
    My diagnoses was/is invasive lobular stage 3 estrogen - nodes. You can beat cancer.
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  • Jacquie B Profile
    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    I had invasive ductal carcinoma as well. 2 cm. Stage 2a - grade 1 & 1 lymph node had a microscopic spot of cancer. Partial mastectomy that lead to a second operation since the first had cancer to close to the margins. My Oncotype DX came back low so I opted out of chemo. 33 rads and tamoxifen for 5 years. I am happy with all of the above. Good luck.
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  • julie s Profile
    anonymous
    Stage 2A Patient
    I had IDC triple negative 3.5 cm tumor in right breast, 8mm in lymph node. Did chemo to shrink tumors (which it did- complete response) then had lumpectomy and sentinel disection-- ALL CLEAR! Now 6 wks of radiation and I can move on with my life! Any specific questions you have?
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  • Sharon Danielson Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2007
    Janice, We share the same diagnosis.... same size tumor, same type of breast cancer. I also had one micro involvment of a lymph node. They kept telling me I did not have cancer in any of my lymph nodes... until the surgical path report came through. I then went from a stage 2A to a 2B. I am at the 5 year mark.... healthy and cancer free. I was ER+ PR+ Her2-. Grade 2-3 I chose to have a mastectomy, and chose not to have reconstruction. I could have had a lumpectomy. With a lumpectomy, I would have had to not only have chemo but 6 weeks of radiation. I did not want to have to make trips into the city for 6 weeks. (we live on an island and a trip includes a ferry ride) My breasts were small so a lumpectomy would have made my breast look like I had tangled with a great white shark. NOT attractive. I had 4 rounds of AC chemo. and 5 years of a hormone blocking drug. I was post menopausal (59) at the time of diagnosis. No family history of breast cancer. I had dense breast tissue and I had a mammogram and ultrasound 7 months before I found the lump. I was in total shock. You have been diagnosed with the most common form of breast cancer. We are very sorry you have joined our sisterhood, but this is a wonderful forum. We will help you by sharing our experiences with you. Don't be shy about asking anything. So sorry you were diagnosed but PLEASE understand, breast cancer is not a death sentence. Please don't go to the dark side and ask "What are my chances?" (winning the lottery? having all your teeth drop out the night before Thanksgiving?) We don't have expiration dates stamped on us! You will be scared at first, but we are here to help prop you up through the diagnosis time and throughout your treatment. The more you find out about your diagnosis and your treatment, you DO find some comfort in knowing what is going to take place. You WILL become such a warrior and march your way right through getting rid of this nasty, sneaky, disease. Hang in there, we are here for every one of our sisters. Take care, Sharon
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    • anonymous Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2006

      Greetings Sharon and Janice, Sharon just wanted to tell you that this response is Awesome and how thankful this site is to have you responding to so many Sister Of Hope !! Your knowledge and advice that you have given in my opinion is always 100%...

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      Greetings Sharon and Janice, Sharon just wanted to tell you that this response is Awesome and how thankful this site is to have you responding to so many Sister Of Hope !! Your knowledge and advice that you have given in my opinion is always 100% correct. You are truly a God sent Angel and it's Sisters like you that are chosen to go through the journey you had to go through had you not you would not be able to keep HOPE alive for others that are currently going through. I have always appreciated you and Diane Foster for taking the time to response to so many of the questions asked on this site. Continue to allow God to use you . I'm so proud of you ! Stay encouraged !!! Janice please know that all will be well for you. Before you know it your journey will be over and you too will be sharing your testimony and advice to others on this site . My prayers are with you stay encouraged and . Lastly remember this battle is not yours it's the Lord! He will answer your prayers . Love and Blessings

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    • janice owens Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 2A Patient

      Wow - you women ROCK! Still getting over the initial shock of being diagnosed with cancer. I truly appreciate all of your feedback and shared experiences. Soon, I'll be able to share my own...

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Zandra,
      Bless your heart! When I found out I had breast cancer, after a while, I understood the reason. I was just supposed to pass along positive information to help other sisters get through this journey. In a odd twist, I just felt it was a...

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      Zandra,
      Bless your heart! When I found out I had breast cancer, after a while, I understood the reason. I was just supposed to pass along positive information to help other sisters get through this journey. In a odd twist, I just felt it was a task I was to do and that was ok with me. God gives us these --jobs-- during our lifetime even though we ask.... "WHY IN THE CATHAIR DOES IT HAVE TO BE ME???" We are all terrified when we hear those words.... "you have breast cancer." I am just passing along the comfort my dear friend, Georgia, gave to me. She is my inspiration. If I could give one tenth the reassurance she shared with me, I would be a happy camper. I pray for each one of my sisters every single day. Honestly, I can look at my breast cancer as a true blessing. Once through all the treatments, you wake up in the morning and you see the world in a much different light. The grass is greener, the sky is more blue, and you are dang happy.... thrilled to be alive. Even a trip to the grocery store turns into a happy experience. It's no picnic but Janice, just as Zandra says... you will make it. We will be here to help you every step of the way. Always remember, you are going to have to be your own best advocate.... but always bring along a sense of humor. M.D. Anderson is a FABULOUS facility. You will do fine... great choice, Janice. Hang in there darlin' and big huge fuzzy pony hugs to you. We're all praying for you. Take care, Sharon

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    • Jan Miller Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I literally just joined this group! Was diagnosed 2 weeks ago. My head is swimming with all the consults and decisions to be made. Praying it all just becomes a "no brainer" as to what my final decision will be.

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  • Kansas Girl  Profile
    anonymous
    Stage 1 Patient
    I have stage 1 grade 2 IDC - tumor size was 1.5 cm. had a lumpectomy 2 weeks ago - clear margins and no node involvement. Start chemo next week. Triple positive.
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  • Leah Fortune Profile
    anonymous
    Stage 4 Patient
    I have grade 3 don't know what stage invasive ductal carcinoma. Going in Friday for masectomy. They will do my sentinal node etc then. I'm er/pr her2
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  • Leah Fortune Profile
    anonymous
    Stage 4 Patient
    Oh yeah 2.7/2.2/1.5 was the dimensions of my tumor
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    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    Stage 2 with lymph involvement. Have had a full mastectomy since there was lymph involvement. It was my choice. Have had 5 chemo and waiting on my last one in nov 23, 2012. Then I wait 4 weeks start 6 weeks of rads, then on tamofloxin for 5 years. Remind I still have expanders while going thru chemo. Stopped filling then due to my doctor thinking it was to big of risk of infection. Start filling them in march 2013. I will have a "flap" I think it's called...in July 2013. Also my choice. I heard its more painful, but I didn't want to revisit silicones in 10 years. Well if u want to ever talk u can email me...nor
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  • Jen F Profile
    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    Same here a few tumours all adding up to about 5 cm. diagnosed a couple weeks ago, get my CT scan results tomorrow. Waiting lists mean I start in about a month (they originally said early April but it looks like NHS waiting lists will mean the end of April) then mastectomy and radiation.
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  • melissa perlman Profile
    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    I had idc stage 1. 1.5 cm tumor. Er/pr pos her2 neg. Could have done lumpectomy, but was brca2 positive. Opted for bilateral mastectomy with reconstruction.
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    anónimo
    Stage 2A Paciente
    I was stage 2A Also Grade 2/3, 2.5 cem, Negative Nodes, Lumpectomy. I had to do Chemothearpy Because my Oncotype test came back at a high score. Since you was early stage like me your doctor might also order the oncotyope test too,, They only order it for early stage breast cancer patients..
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    • janice owens Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 2A Patient

      My doctor just ordered the oncotype test. Any idea how much that costs? Gotta check to see if my insurance covers it - I have Blue Cross. My results came back ER-PR+

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      anonymous
      Stage 2A Patient

      No I don't

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      anonymous
      Stage 2A Patient

      No I don't, But most insurance companies cover it. That's what I was told by my oncologist

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  • Margaret Balsamo Profile
    anonymous
    Patient
    Hi Janice, I have Grade 3, Stage 2a IDC. My main tumor was 4.0cm. I also had 5 satellite lesions that ranged in size from 0.5cm to 1.8cm. I had a right mastectomy on 10/16. They took 3 sentinel nodes that were all clear. I also have an expander. I am having my port put in on Monday and start chemo a week from today. What would you like to know?
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    • janice owens Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 2A Patient

      Dam... you just gave me a lot to think about. I haven't had the sentinel mapping yet. Electing to go to MDAnderson to have that done and the second opinion, just for mind set. Houston is 5 hours away - so no big travel deal.

      I'm still blown...

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      Dam... you just gave me a lot to think about. I haven't had the sentinel mapping yet. Electing to go to MDAnderson to have that done and the second opinion, just for mind set. Houston is 5 hours away - so no big travel deal.

      I'm still blown away by thinking lumpectomy and clear margins meant done deal!

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    • Margaret Balsamo Profile
      anonymous
      Patient

      Certainly don't mean to give you additional anxiety! We sure have enough of that, don't we? The MRI before surgery showed the satellite lesions, so I had another needle biopsy. When that came back positive we knew a lumpectomy was no longer an...

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      Certainly don't mean to give you additional anxiety! We sure have enough of that, don't we? The MRI before surgery showed the satellite lesions, so I had another needle biopsy. When that came back positive we knew a lumpectomy was no longer an option. Lumpectomy with clear margins is good news! Wishing you all the best - you'll certainly get great care at MD Anderson. I am lucky as well , in that the Mayo Clinic Florida is only 30 minutes away!

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