As I posted last week my Mum has been diagnosed with 'Grade 3 Invasive Carcinoma with some ductal and some lobular features associated with in situ carcinoma. B5b. ER & PR 8/8. HER-2 NEGATIVE' in the doctors terms.
Today we met with my Mums consultant and breast surgeon. Theres just some things I'm confused about and worried about. We assumed it would be straight forward but the consultant said they need to do an MRI because the mammogram and ultrasound are showing the tumour is different measurements. One shows it as 15mm whilst the other shows it as 30mm (not sure which). Is this common? If it is only 15mm then why would it show up as 30mm on the other one??
He also said the MRI will double check its not in any other places in her breast. He did say though that her armpit is clear which is a good thing. Does that mean the cancer is not in the lymph nodes?
My Mum is to wait for the appointment for her MRI which should be very soon and then she will get the results from the MRI on the 7th january. In the meantime he has put her on Anastrozole. Does this stop the tumour growing or just slow the growth down?
I'm also very annoyed with the doctors from last week as he told my Mum that the type of cancer she has is slow growing and non aggressive but the consultant today said grade 3 is fast growing and can be aggressive!!
He also said that if my Mum wanted she could choose to have a masectomy (and he would do a reconstruction at the same time) as a lumpectomy will likely leave her with a big dip as the tumour is in quite deep where there isnt much breast tissue. She said she would think about this but the only risk to just having a lumpectomy is being left with a big scar which she said she thinks she would rather. Then after the op she will have radiotherapy and be on hormone tablets.
Sorry I have waffled on. I'm just so confused and thought we would have this over and done with but now it seems even more complicated 😞