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I was diagnosed with stage 1 breast cancer on 9/7. Having a double mastectomy with reconstruction surgery is not scheduled until 10/18. It is not in the lymph nodes now - is 8 weeks a long wait for surgery? Afraid it will spread during the wait.

Karen Schroeder Profile
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anonymous

Stage 1 Patient almost 7 years
 
  • Diana Foster Payne Profile
    anonymous
    Stage 4 Patient
    Hi Karen, you should be ok. Have you discussed your concerns with your breast surgeon? Are you going to be receiving chemo or radiation afterwards?
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  • L D  Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2004
    It depends on what stage. If it is DCIS (stage 0), then you are probably fine. Did you discuss your concerns with your doctor? I had early stage cancer and waited about 3 weeks before surgery. I had the bilateral mas. and reconstruction done at the same time as well.
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  • Kathy M Profile
    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    You should ask your surgeon. I don't know how old you are but the younger you are the more aggressive it could be. Also the location of the tumor is very important. I don't want to scare you but I was diagnosed stage 1 no lymph node involvement on 7/28. My surgery was 9/14 and they found that it spread to my lymph nodes and I'm now considered stage 3. I'm only 31 and my tumor was near my nipple so this is not often the case. I just wouldn't want anyone to go through that.
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    • Jessica Fisher Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 3A Patient

      29 here diagnosed with IDC on 8/3/11 went in for an MRI and found 2 more tumors I'm finally gonna be going in for my bilateral mas in 2 weeks! Felt like forever an also being young and knowing it's more aggressive it's always in the back of my...

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      29 here diagnosed with IDC on 8/3/11 went in for an MRI and found 2 more tumors I'm finally gonna be going in for my bilateral mas in 2 weeks! Felt like forever an also being young and knowing it's more aggressive it's always in the back of my mind that it may have spread over the last 2 months, but u have to trust in your drs I don't think they would steer u wrong:)

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    • Jessica Fisher Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 3A Patient

      Kathy could we possibly exchange emails? Or FB I would love to have someone my age who a step ahead of me in all of this to talk with I have so many questions and fears( I'm sure u can relate) everyone I know was diagnosed so much later in life I...

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      Kathy could we possibly exchange emails? Or FB I would love to have someone my age who a step ahead of me in all of this to talk with I have so many questions and fears( I'm sure u can relate) everyone I know was diagnosed so much later in life I just feel like they don't get it

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    • Kathy M Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Hi Jessica! Absolutely my email is kmessineo1@yahoo.com. We can exchange more info through email.

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    • Jen Bee Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 2A Patient

      I was diagnosed with stage 0 DCIS in July and had a double mastectomy in September. Once that pathology came back, I am now stage 2A as there was also invasive cancer with sentinel node involvement. I don't think it was even the same area that...

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      I was diagnosed with stage 0 DCIS in July and had a double mastectomy in September. Once that pathology came back, I am now stage 2A as there was also invasive cancer with sentinel node involvement. I don't think it was even the same area that had DCIS, but another unbiopsied area. It takes a long time for DCIS to become invasive but I wish I was better prepared mentally that my diagnosis could change.

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    • Kathy M Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Hi Jen I know what you mean I went from just having to have mastectomy and hormone therapy to now having chemo and radiation as well. I wasn't prepared for all this. I really wish they didn't give me any staging info to begin with. I'm sorry you...

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      Hi Jen I know what you mean I went from just having to have mastectomy and hormone therapy to now having chemo and radiation as well. I wasn't prepared for all this. I really wish they didn't give me any staging info to begin with. I'm sorry you have to go through this too.

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  • Karen Schroeder Profile
    anonymous
    Stage 1 Patient
    Thanks everyone for your answers. I did speak with the surgeon and she said that if it's in the lymph nodes at the tine of surgery it's in the lymph nodes now. She told me she wouldct
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  • Karen Schroeder Profile
    anonymous
    Stage 1 Patient
    Sorry bout that she said that nothing is going to change by the time of surgery and everything will be ok and she would tell me the same thing if I were her sister. My cancer is DCIS and invasive Ca also but tumor is only 1.7 cm. So I am waiting we don't know if I will need chemo until aftersurge
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