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Treatment I might expect for Breast Cancer

Suzy19
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currently diagnosed provisional grade 1 bc in1 lymph node. Having more tests MRI, CT scan and repeat ultrasound to axilla as there appears to be further indiscriminate lymph nodes. Results will be available in 2 weeks  I am currently on letrozole. Breast conserving and lymph node removal have been mentioned. I am wondering if there is cancer in more lymph nodes should I expect further treatment.  ?

suzy19
JaneL - Macmillan
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Hi Suzy19

Thanks for getting in touch. It can be a very frustrating and worrying time waiting for results that will help your hospital team decide what is the best treatment for your cancer. Trying to take a sense of control during this waiting period can help.

A group of experts called a multidisciplinary team (MDT) will meet to plan your treatment. After the meeting, your specialist will talk to you about the treatment options. This depends on the type, stage and grade of the cancer. It will also depend on your general health and what you may prefer. The scans that you have had will help to determine the stage of your cancer.

Your team will use national guidelines to help them decide whether you need further treatment or not. They also must look at your risk of the cancer recurring when they make the decision about further treatment. Doctors can use online computer programmes to estimate prognosis.

You may find it useful to have a chat with your breast care nurse or consultant if you are feeling very worried about the time to wait for your results. You can think about ways to relax or activities that provide a distraction. Do also speak to your GP if you feel you are not coping with the worry.

I hope this helps to answer your question. If it would help to talk things over with one of the nurses on the support line, please don’t hesitate to give us a call.

Best Wishes

Jane – Macmillan Information Nurse Specialist

Suzy19
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Hi. Thankyou for your response. I am still waiting results of second biopsy. However, my surgeon mentioned the Letrozole reducing the tumour. How much does the tumour shrink in a 3 month period?  I have a lot to consider I know nothing about iodine seed targeted axilla Ray dissection which was also mentioned. In between all of this I also have a meningioma which I need a craniotomy. Any help thanks in advance 

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