I am a 34 year old mother of 3 (17, 12 and 7). In 2002 I'd found a small lump and had a needle biopsy that showed the lump was benign. Starting in May of this year I had noticed that same area was growing/swollen. I have always had lumpy breasts and a lot of swelling during my period and didn't think right away that it was a concern especially given my age. (My mom was 48 when she was diagnosed with her first breast cancer). My doctors didn't feel it was necessary for me to have mammograms until I was 40 so I didn't feel too concerned. In September I saw my family doctor for my yearly exam, at this point the lump was even visible not to mention easy to feel. I had my first mammogram followed immediately with an untrasound which showed an irregular mass. The following week I had a core biopsy which confirmed that I had infiltrating ductal carcinoma, grade 3/3, estrogen & progesterone positive, my HER2 at that time was indeterminate. I had a nipple sparing bilateral mastectomy, a sentinel node biopsy and reconstruction on 9-27-13. The tumor was 2cm and there was an area (5cm) of DCIS, and 1 of 4 lymph nodes had an area less than 2mm of cancer in it, the tumor is HER2 amplified. My oncologist said that I had stage 1B cancer. I am currently scheduled for another surgery to remove some damaged skin that is not healing and to have my port placed this Friday 10-19-13. Once I've healed properly from this I will be starting chemo and herceptin treatments once every 3 weeks for 18 weeks then to continue herceptin for one year. I am waiting for the BRACA testing to determine whether or not I'll need to have my ovaries removed and what future treatments I will receive. I had a blood clot in my ovaian vein in 1996 following childbirth and a stroke in 2002 so hormone therapy is not a great option.
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