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Hi folks. Went for results yesterday. Good news is that margins were good & lymph nodes clear. Bad news is it was a 31 mm DCIS with a 16mm Grade 3, invasive ductal in the middle of it. It was Her2+ so I have to have chemo & Herceptin. Waiting to hear when I can see the Oncologist. Scared very scared.
Hi Sue. Thanks so much for your reply. You're right, of course. My consultant said to think of a lawn with one nasty weed in the middle of it. You cut out the weed and although you're sure you got it all you put weed killer on the whole lot just to make sure. At the risk of sounding ridiculous when so much is at stake, yes I'm scared of how I will feel when I'm going through the chemo but what also scares me is losing my independence & having to rely on family & friends for everything. We live out in the sticks with no public transport. If I can still drive it will be ok or will I feel so crap I won't care?
I also have a grade 3 invasive ductal that is HER2 positive. Mine was 10mm after the biopsy, and this may change. I am a little behind you. I only had my lumpectomy and SNB yesterday, results appointment due on 30th January, so an anxious wait ahead of me. I have already been told I will be having chemo and Herceptin, whatever the results show. I am scared, too, but have been told the Herceptin is a "wonder drug" and will deal with the little bugger. Just a shame it works better with chemo!
Hi Sue. Thanks that is really encouraging, brilliant in fact. As soon as the snow clears I shall be out & about again.
Hi Lindy1802. I hope you're feeling ok after your lumpectomy & SNB. I must admit it wasn't as bad as I thought it was going to be. I was concerned when I started to swell up under my arm but even that was no big deal. The BCN had told me though that seromas are a common side effect of disturbing the lymphatic system and I had it drained yesterday. I think I've been a bit shellshocked after hearing the result. It was just bad luck that many of the staff couldn't get into the breast clinic yesterday because of the snow and I didn't get the opportunity to talk things over with the BCN. However I feel so much better after reading Sue's reply and will take all her positive comments on board. Best of luck with everything. I shall keep an eye out for your postings.
Thanks Carolyn, (and Sue),
I'm fine up to now and not needed any pain killers as yet, just a bit sore when I walk about, and have a few arm movement restrictions. Sorry you had a bit of a seroma problem - but good that it is now drained and on the mend.
I know what you mean about feeling shellshocked. That's exactly how I was when I got my biopsy results and told I would need chemo and Herceptin. I'm sort of over that feeling for the moment, but if my surgery results are bad news the feelings will all come back again. I describe myself as being wrapped up in my own little bubble, protecting myself from all the bad things. Sometimes there is a rainbow in my bubble, and sometimes there isn't. Best of luck to you, too. We can maybe share our future experiences on here, and take heart from the positive comments from those like Sue who have already been through it.
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