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2 tumours in the same breast

Pfom
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Hi,

Last Friday I was told that I have 2 tumours in the same breast, 4 cm in total. At this stage I dont have much more information. Does this single fact mean that my cancer is more aggressive and the correct approach is to start with chemo to stop it growing?? The doctor said that a mastectomy will be most probabe. What is your advice on this so I can understand better my position? I have an appointment with my oncologist soon. What kind of questions should I ask him?


Any help will be appretiated.


Thanks.


Paula

KateG - Macmillan
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Pfom

Hi,

Last Friday I was told that I have 2 tumours in the same breast, 4 cm in total. At this stage I dont have much more information. Does this single fact mean that my cancer is more aggressive and the correct approach is to start with chemo to stop it growing?? The doctor said that a mastectomy will be most probabe. What is your advice on this so I can understand better my position? I have an appointment with my oncologist soon. What kind of questions should I ask him?

Any help will be appretiated.

Thanks.

Paula

Hi Paula, thank you for getting in touch. It’s difficult to get your head around everything when you have been diagnosed especially when you don’t have all the information yet.

 

Having 2 tumours in the same breast doesn’t necessarily mean that the cancer is aggressive. The grade of the cancer lets the specialist know how quickly the cancer cells are growing.

 

Sometimes the size and where the tumours are may mean the mastectomy is the best treatment option for you. Your specialist is the best person to discuss this with.

 

I understand you’re worried that the cancer may be aggressive and that having chemotherapy will stop the cancer from growing. Although chemotherapy can be used before or after treatment, the pathology from your biopsy and other tests will allow the MDT to plan the best treatment option for you.

 

You might find it helpful to write down the questions you have before you go to your appointment. If you have a breast care nurse, you could speak to them about your concerns.

 

Many people find its good to speak to someone like you that has been through a breast cancer diagnosis. The breast cancer groups on Macmillan’s online community are very supportive and have useful tips and advice while waiting for appointments and going through treatment.

 

Take care please get back in touch if you have any questions.

 

Kate (Macmillan Information Nurse)

Pfom
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Thank you Kate.