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I was told yesterday that I have intraductal carcinoma in my left breast. My doctor has referred me to a general surgeon. Is this normal?

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Learning About Breast Cancer over 7 years
 
  • Diana Foster Payne Profile
    anonymous
    Stage 4 Patient
    I'm sorry to hear about your recent diagnosis. I was diagnosed with IDC as well last May. In my opinion I would not be seeing a general surgeon. You really need a surgeon that specializes in breast cancer. If you're unsure of where to go....a good source of information is available through the American Cancer Society. It's very crucial you choose someone knowledgeable in that field, and that you're comfortable with. There are a great group of ladies on this site. I'll be thinking of you and please come back to let us know how you are. :)
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  • Betsy Chapin Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2010
    After my abnormal mammogram, I was also referred to a general surgeon with 30 years of experience. He did do my lumpectomy and still follows me every six months and does breast exams. He did an excellent job and i have been told that when i got a second opinion when I was trying to figure out what chemo regimen was right for my cancer. I believe if I needed a mastectomy with reconstruction, he would have referred me to a specialist.
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  • Sharon Danielson Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2007
    The surgeon is probably a physician your doctor has worked with in the past. I had an actual breast surgeon do my surgery but I was being treated at a breast cancer center. If you are not comfortable with this referral, I would ask my doctor to refer you to a breast surgeon. Is the doctor giving you the referral your ob/gyn or family physician? Once I got the news I had cancer, my internist turned my care over to an oncologist. The oncologist then made the referral to the breast surgeon. I also interviewed her asking about background and experience. The entire experience of having a mastectomy was (this is going to sound very weird) nearly --pleasant-- yes, pleasant. I also interviewed and got several names of anethesiologists. I think part of the reason it turned out so well was my mental status.... I was absolutely happy and satisfied I had made correct choices with "my girl team." They were young, enthusiastic, and had the latest, greatest, information and training.
    over 7 years Flag
    • Jane Ryan Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Thank you for the advice. It was my family physician that gave me the referral. I am in contact now with my local hospital cancer center to get some additional information too.

      I appreciate your positive attitude! I am trying to keep one myself :)

      over 7 years Flag
    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      GREAT! You are already taking positive steps and being your own best advocate. You have been diagnosed with the most common form of breast cancer. I think taking an active role in your care and treatment gives you back some of the control you...

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      GREAT! You are already taking positive steps and being your own best advocate. You have been diagnosed with the most common form of breast cancer. I think taking an active role in your care and treatment gives you back some of the control you feel you lost with this lousy diagnosis. March through your treatment like you-own-the-place! IF you have any questions, at all, do not be shy about asking. I was always pleasant, tried for the humor angle but I never just sat back and coasted. Don't think "they are the professinal's they know what they are going." They are, first and foremost, humans, who can make mistakes. I saved myself a horrific reaction my being insistent and in the end, I was right... they were wrong. Hang in there.... gal, you are on the correct path. You can always contact us on this board... we are a friendly bunch! Sharon

      over 7 years Flag
  • Ali S Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2011
    Definitely find a specialist at the best cancer place near by...I agree about you g
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    • Ali S Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      (iPhone sent that, sorry). I agree that place of care is crucial. I got treatment somewhere else after everything happened. Enthusiastic, affable, COMPASSIONATE doctors and nurses make a difference. Ask around, check web, and def get a...

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      (iPhone sent that, sorry). I agree that place of care is crucial. I got treatment somewhere else after everything happened. Enthusiastic, affable, COMPASSIONATE doctors and nurses make a difference. Ask around, check web, and def get a referral to a breast specialist

      over 7 years Flag
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    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    My surgeon is a general surgeon that was recommended to me he deals mostly in breasts and thyroid and he is very good.
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    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    Thank you so much for asking this question and for replying to it. I am in the same boat. I won't see an oncologist until after a bilateral mastectomy. That's been worrying me so much but started taking steps to get into MDA.
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      anonymous
      Survivor since 2012

      I know this is late but I strongly suggest going to MD Anderson,. I had IDC stage 1 hormone positive, bilateral mastectomy withe sentinel node removed and clear. My breast surgeon, oncologist and plastic surgeon were not MD Anderson. For 8...

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      I know this is late but I strongly suggest going to MD Anderson,. I had IDC stage 1 hormone positive, bilateral mastectomy withe sentinel node removed and clear. My breast surgeon, oncologist and plastic surgeon were not MD Anderson. For 8 months I had pain and a lot of issues. I was sent all over the place - ENTs, PCPs, dentist, etc. these docs didn't want to treat me due to cancer treatment(Femara the tamoxifen). I was the only person that knew was going on. Finally I went to MD Anderson. Wow! Breast cancer pain specialist said - pain was absolutely normal and expected. Added lyrica to pain meds and my nerve pain was gone in 2 weeks. Now only pain from breast reconstruct. Had me stop yoga and heal for a while. Anxiety left when I left his office. The oncologist he referred me to was even better- new info and acting as the quarterback. Gave me PCP name if I get sick so he will always know what is going on. I feel better - not crazy or like a bother! They were honest. I am only at 70% and was told I will be myself in 1/2 - 2 years. Go to MD Anderson. Even late in treatment. MD Anderson is the acknowledged #1 cancer center in the world. If you can, go. This is YOUR life and your health. If you can't get to Houston, I agree that you need to go to a team that specializes in breast cancer. Cancer is hard enough, you don't need to worry about anything else. Sorry this is so long but I hope it helps.

      almost 7 years Flag

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