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Breast cancer for the under-50s

Breast cancer is far less common in the under-50s, but this can leave younger people with a diagnosis feeling isolated. This group is a place for them to come together, share experiences and support each other.

Quick question re. Surgery

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Hi all

a quick question ..... how long did you wait from diagnosis until surgery? Has anyone had the experience of waiting up to 9 months for their tumour to shrink on hormone therapy before surgery?


emma x 

Laying the Smackdown on breast cancers candy ass since 29th February 2020
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Hi there,

A lot (nearly all!) women with ER+ breast cancer were put on some sort of hormone blocker going into lockdown, but I think that the idea was to stop the cancer growing and probably reduce it in size. Usually Letrozole is used as it's more effective than tamoxifen, but it would depend on lots of things. Some women have now had surgery, as recovery rooms (used for covid patients) are being returned back to normal and staff are starting to do so too. Have they said that it will be 9 months, or is that a figure you are imagining might happen? I think that they are working through their lists by those they see as in most urgent need of surgery first, at least they are at my hospital. It's a strange mix of pre and post covid protocols.

I'm having my appointments with my oncologist and surgeon (annual check-up and reconstruction discussion due in April) by phone in August, my April mammogram in August, my zoledronic acid infusion in August, but with a covid test 2 days before. I'm on half a letrozole tablet a day as they have given me serious eye issues, but my follow up appointment at Moorfields Eye Hospital is cancelled too!

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