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I've just been diagnosed with breast cancer. I have a 1.5cm lump in my right breast, so far nodes look clear. I'm scheduled for a lumpectomy next week. Does anyone have any experience with anything similar? Thanks in advance.

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Learning About Breast Cancer over 6 years
 
  • Brandi Mixon Profile
    anonymes
    Survivant depuis 2012
    I found a lump in my left breast about the same size. I choose to have a double mastectomy. Nodes were clear, but it was triple negative, a BMX was just the best option for me. I've had my expanders since July and will have my exchange surgery in December! BC is no walk in the park, but it is doable! God bless you!!
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    • Gillian Ashworth Profile
      anonymes
      Étude du cancer du sein

      Thanks so much Brandi. I'm pretty heartbroken right no but will be pulling myself together to fight. I have a 6 month old little girl who needs me :). I will be having a double masectomy too, doctors want to remove the tumor & deal with any...

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      Thanks so much Brandi. I'm pretty heartbroken right no but will be pulling myself together to fight. I have a 6 month old little girl who needs me :). I will be having a double masectomy too, doctors want to remove the tumor & deal with any chemo/radiation if needed prior to that. Said they'll then do the double masectomy & reconstruction if I want to go that route.

      Do you know what stage of tumor triple negative is? If its even relevant for that type? He told me I have a level 3 tumor..unsure what that means.

      Bless your heart for taking the time out to respond. I'm terrified and anxious so it genuinely helps. I'm surrounded by amazing family & friends so I know I have all the support needed. There's just something different hearing from others who have or are walking the same path.

      over 6 years Flag
    • Brandi Mixon Profile
      anonymes
      Survivant depuis 2012

      My understanding is the stage is how far along the cancer has gotten, ex: no nodes involved = stage one, many nodes = 4. Your oncologist can explain that so much better, and more accurately than I can!! Mine was stage one.
      Your oncologist is the...

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      My understanding is the stage is how far along the cancer has gotten, ex: no nodes involved = stage one, many nodes = 4. Your oncologist can explain that so much better, and more accurately than I can!! Mine was stage one.
      Your oncologist is the best person to ask any questions. And there is no question that is too insignificant!
      You can do this. Listen to your team of doctors and the ladies here can all tell you the experiences they've had. I had my BMX followed by six rounds of TAC. From the day I found my lump to my last chemo it was 6 months. I had my expanders placed 6 months after last chemo and will have my exchange surgery in December, on my birthday!!
      Love on that sweet girl, and let your family and friends do for you. People always ask what they can do. Tell them!! Let them fix food, clean house, and run errands. It's nice to have someone go to treatments with you. After surgeries you'll not be able to raise your arms, my hubby showered me & washed my hair every day until I could do it myself.
      Once you get your treatment plan, ask about anything you want here. Some one will have surely been through it and can give you tips on what helped them through!!
      God will get you through this!!

      over 6 years Flag
    • Leah Fortune Profile
      anonymes
      Stage 4 Patient

      I don't think you have been staged yet the 3 is the aggressiveness of the tumor. Meaning fast growing.

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  • Becky Lynn Profile
    anonymous
    Stage 1 Patient
    Mine case was the same, but they thought the lump was smaller than that. After surgery (lumpectomy) they found it was 1.5 cm. nodes were clear. ER PR (which they determined after surgery. Luckily my Oncotype score was only 5, so no chemo for me. I had radiation treatment and will take Arimidex estrogen inhibitor for at least 5 years. I hope you are as lucky as me!
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  • elma p. Profile
    anonymous
    Stage 2A Patient
    My situation was similar to Becky's but the final size on the lump was over 2cm. You will be hearing more about your treatment plan once they have finalized the pathology report on what they remove. You should be back to regular activity quickly I took 3 weeks off work but didn't really need that long.... I was babying myself! After that, was able to work full time during the radiation treatments. Stay strong...this journey is long, but very doable. Good luck!
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  • André Roberts Profile
    anonymous
    Stage 1 Patient
    I had a lumpectomy & nodes removed. My pit from the node removable was more painful than my boob. I put a bandana under my arm so skin wasn't rubbing on skin. It really helped. After my pathology report came back & not having clear margins. I ended up having a bilateral mastectomy. Try not to worry. Waiting is the worst. Prayers to you.
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  • sharon s Profile
    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    I had wires inserted in the morning of my lumpectomy to ensure clear margins. I went in once. I already knew I would need chemo so I got the port put in too. I agree with Andre about the arm pain. I wish you no node removal! May nothing terrible happen to you today
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  • anonymes Profile
    anonymes
    Survivant depuis 2013
    I had a 1.1 cm stage 1 grade 1 tubular cancer. Only missed 1 day off work rather easy , harder was 7 weeks this summer of rads had onco dx and genetic testing no chemo , started tamoxifen about ago so far no major problems. Good luck to you. It was a hard few months but really happy it's all over.
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