i have lobular cancer (quite a big area) in my left breast and a small ductual cancer in my right. I was diagnosed on the 14th November and am currently on Letrozole. I am 49 but post menopausal. Both my cancers are highly hormone responsive. I am having a double mastectomy on the 27th January. Where are you in terms of your treatment plan? I was so shocked by the original diagnosis then a bit less so by the cancer in the second breast. My understanding is that the prognosis is as good as the worst prognosis of the two sides. does that make sense? Because my first cancer is so much bigger I was less worried at the second. However I will be having a sentinel node biopsy when I have my op and the lymph node involvement is twice as likely with it being in both breasts but still a small chance. that's the scary thing but it is for every single women who is diagnosed with BC and it is hard to stay calm and rational all the time. I realised when I read your post that I don't really know much about bilateral breast cancer and what the implications are other than what I've mentioned. I am trying to get a grip at the moment as it is such a long wait til surgery and SNB but some days am gripped with fear and panic too. The forum really helps though. take care Emma
Hi, I had bilateral bc too. I had three tumours on the right and than they found a very small one on the left as well as a lot of DCIS. I had a second mx six weeks after the first. All the tumours were the same kind (er+ her-) so my treatment was the same as if I'd had it in one side only. Chemo and rads on right side only I was petrified when they said they had found it on the other side, but with hindsight I'm just pleased to have got rid of both boobs.
Pit is a very scary time, but the treatment is effective. I'm on tamoxifen for ten years but otherwise feel fine.
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lots of love
The biology and behavior of a Bilateral cancer affects the treatment plan. Some tumors are small but grow fast, while others are large and grow slowly. Treatment options and recommendations are very personalized and depend on several factors, including:
The stage of the tumor
The tumor’s subtype, including hormone receptor status (ER, PR) and HER2 status (see Overview)
Genomic markers, such as Oncotype DX™ and Mammaprint™ (if appropriate) (See Diagnosis)
The patient’s age, general health, and preferences
The patient’s menopausal status
The presence of known mutations in inherited breast cancer genes, such as BRCA1 or BRCA2
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