So sorry to find you on this site, but it is an excellent place to be. So much information and support.
Being diagnosed is such a hammer blow and it does take time to get over it. Our bodies often react with sleeplessness, lack of appetite and our mind also often goes into overdrive. So understandable and can be challenging. Often, once the treatment plan is in place, many of us feel much more settled about it all - as we know what, when and how we are fighting this.
I was diagnosed with a lobular invasive in January. After my mastectomy and immediate construction it turned out to be a Stage 2b (no node involvement) 11cm growth, Grade 3 cells found. I am a 36b, so quite small, too.
So being at an early stage may be one reason for the delay. If you think that stage 2b and grade 3 - I hade no node involvement.
Much may also depend on the hormone receptors, which ones and whether positive or negative. They should have told you when they gave your the biopsy results. Do you know?
As it is an invasive cancer - it may easily be larger, as strands grow from the original size. My original site was only 2 cm. The extent of the strands did not show up on the MRI, as I have dense breast tissue and they were single/double cell strands.
It has been mine and that of many ladies on this forum, that once you are diagnosed via the bipopsy the system kicks in and, although we sometimes have to wait for results and further appointments - we really are being treated like VIPs. Having read many NICE guidelines, the wait does appear to be long, as they will miss their target of operating within the set timeframe. However, I delayed my operation by 4 weeks, so it was just over 8 weeks after biopsy results. They do treat us with the latest reliable drugs and Best Practice. Their target is to do everything possible for the best outcome. And in my and many other ladies experience - that is exactly what they do. I really cannot fault the NHS in any way - quite the opposite.
In some respects, it may be better to have the holiday, to give you a break and to build up your strength and physical resources before having the operation.
Thanks for your posts. It seems that waiting is all part of the cancer experience. I am going to see my GP tomorrow about getting a second opinion. I would prefer to get on with the surgery as soon as possible. I suppose it's really the size of the tumour that's causing me most concern- 6cm, I've been told. And the fact that the grading can change once it's been excised and examined. I too am aware that resources do seem to be stretched. I suppose it's naive to suppose that there are sufficient resources in the system. BUt I want to be treated with regard to best research- based practice, not in terms of targets.... Maybe that too is naive of me. Feeling a bit gloomy about it all. IVe only had this diagnosis a week and already it is dominating my every thought it seems. I was really excited to be taking my 2 children abroad for their first holiday in the sun, their first experience of flying etc. ANd although as it stands I can still do that, it's completely lost its appeal as I'd rather have a mastectomy and be as cancer free as I can be. WHat a difference a week makes.
Hi Sunnyskies, I agree it does seem a long time to wait. I had a similar diagnosis and was adamant from the day of diagnosis that I wanted a mastectomy. My surgeon (who was excellent) wanted to ensure I had considered all options fully. The operation took place quickly (within 5 weeks of my very first trip to the clinic). It was the surgeon who decided this rather than the bcn. I wanted it gone fast but am not sure a week or two matters so much. If you are going away for your holiday then it may be better to relax for a week (if you can) and then come back to it - I had an uncomfortable few days after the operation. My experience of my first bcn was not good (I have sinced moved) but the surgeon made things happen so could you go back to the surgeon. Or call the excellent helpline who could help with timescales etc. I remember the early days to be really hard - I had my operation on 14th April and am just about to begin radiotherapy. It does get easier. Best wishes for your treatment when it happens. Jill xxx
That's strange that the breast care nurse said that you are not diagnosed when you have been given the details of your tumor. If it was me I would want the operation quicker too, I would make a nuisance of myself and talk to the breast care nurse again and if no joy there try to get a second opinion. I had my operation 3 weeks after diagnosis and that seemed a long time. I am not sure how long other people have had to wait? I was worried that my tumor had grown from biopsy to surgery but they did say they don't grow that quickly. I am sorry you have had this diagnosis it's a roller coaster for sure. This forum is such a good place to come to for support and also to know that you are not alone in this journey.xxx Kim
Hello Ladies, ON 15.6.16 I was diagnosed with a grade 1 and grade 2 invasive ductal cancer on one side, which is 6 cm . AN FNA of lymph node was suspicious but inconclusive. I was told I need a mastectomy as the area is big (and I'm a 34 B ) with possible axillary clearance, followed with 3 weeks of radiotherapy, possibly chemo. It was suggested to me today that I have another biopsy on the suspect lymph node and that I wait till 5th August to have the mastectomy after my weeks planned holiday. I am finding it really hard to believe that I am being asked to wait 7 weeks for the opp. DOes this seem odd to other people? The booklet I was given by the breast cancer nurse suggested that NICE guidelines are that treatment starts within 31 days of diagnosis. When I mentioned this to the breast care nurse she told me that I haven't been diagnosed yet..! ... I'm thinking of getting a second opinion as I don't want to wait that long. ONce you know you've got cancer you just want it gone ASAP. I would really like to hear if anyone has any advice or similar experience