I was diagnosed in February and since then have had 2 surgeries. First was a lumpectomy with 2 lymph nodes removed. One node had cancer cells so had to have a 2nd op to get all under arm nodes removed and also had to take another small area of margin from beside the tumour. I also had a horrible tube thing in for a few days to drain the fluid - so uncomfy - glad thats out now! I am due my results of 2nd op this Thursday - a bit apprehensive about that and to hear whether other lymph nodes are affected.
I have been told I will definitely have chemo, 6 sessions every 3 weeks followed by radio. Given time required to heal from Op, I'm guessing chemo will start in April although don't yet have appointment with Onchologist.
Like many other's I've found out a lot myself from reading sites like this. To be honest my surgeon and BCN haven't really told me anything unless I have asked. This has been quite frustrating as the more you read, the more questions you have. I intend, on Thursday, to ask for a copy of my pathology report however, piecing together the info I have acquired I had a 34mm lump, invasive grade 3. I think, because of my age (44) i would have got chemo anyway regardless of whether any nodes were affected. I'm very impressed with how informed everyone seems to be and feel like there is a lot more I should know! I like to be in control and want to know everything so will make sure doc and BCN understand this!
Anyway, let me know if you are due to start chemo in April and hopefully we can help each other through. I know a lot of the ladies from other month's pitch in as well with support and advice which will be great
All the best xx