Alex, good luck tomorrow. I am a B cup too and had immediate implant reconstruction. The result is much better than I hoped for and the surgery and recovery a lot more manageble than I thought. This time tomorrow you'll probably be sat up having your dinner.
Alex, good luck for tomorrow. We're all with you. Just think, this time tomorrow you'll be coming round without those pesky lumps. It feels so good to wake up knowing your treatment has started.
Ladybowler, thank for asking, I'm recovering well. Main scar is fine, but the small one in my armpit is pulling, but bcn said it's ok. Very swollen and tender but taking the pain killers and ibuprofen. Fortunately I've now got over the constipation post op - I took the laxatives, and had lots of fluid and fruit, but it was surprisingly uncomfortable!
I am sending loads of lovely positive hugs and will help you stamp on ROlf and Alf all the way to the histology. bucket
All the very best for tomorrow it has been a time for you but as you say, tomorrow is the first day of the rest of your long life, so very proud of you
Good on ya... I'll definitely be opting for reconstruction. I also have exactly the same bc as you...
we're all in it together. Look after yourself tonight. Xx
Good luck tomorrow Alex 😘
Ive just come back from seeing my consultant and I'm definitely having a mastectomy after my chemo, so probably mid July... long old haul!
let us know how you are if you're up to it xx
Pleased to hear you're getting a clearer diagnosis. I too have IDC, and apparently it's the most common breast cancer - I take comfort that hopefully that means the medical team have loads of practise treating it successfully. Mine is grade 3 - had my lumpectomy last week, and 2 lymph nodes removed too, so back in that awful limbo land waiting for full results and treatment plan next week. My consultant also told me not to be worried about lymph node involvement.
Also wanted to share for other ladies that I had "something on my MRI" (those words just strike the fear of God in to you, don't they?) so I had a further ultrasound a few days after my MRI. In my case, it was just bruising in my breast from the biopsy. Don't our poor boobs take such a pummelling!
I think I was told something like that as well, but cant remember exactly. I was fortunate mine were clear.
Loving your positivity, keep it up it goes a long way to getting you through this xxxx
Well that is another milestone reached and your plan so far has not changed which is good. Loving the twins names 🙂
All the very best for Wednesday and let us know when you can how you are getting on post op
Hi team ....
going to original conversation ... I was diagnosed with one area and the second was indecisive, so went through second biopsy and more waiting. Luckily second area for me was clear so WLE and not MX. so hopefully this will help you.
Patricia ... I have also got a good team and the breast unit in QA, Portsmouth are fantastic!
You are so right Alex. I think Doctors struggle sometimes why we aren't delighted in their latest weapon of choice! I have heard clinicians talk so passionately about how the advancement of medicine gives us so many options, but to us it's another step into the unknown. I've said this a few times, I am absolutely amazed at the compassion, professionalism and expertise my team have given me, My anxieties are always washed away when I see them. They just want to do the right thing for us. I hope this is the same service we are all getting. Xxxx
My MRI also found 2 other little lumps!
So i now have my main one (35mm) and then one at 10mm, and another at 7mm. I got told they are 'suspicious' too and have the same characteristics of the big one... so basically are also cancerous. At first I was so scared and worried and it just seemed like I was getting ravaged by this f*cker!
but my oncologist actually said it makes no difference to prognosis. The only thing that might have to happen now is a mx instead of a lumpectomy (that's if the chemo doesn't shrink them)
so please don't worry xx
I had two lumps one found by normal mammogram, and one identified by tomothesis mammogram. Because of this I had a further MRI which came up with no further disease. In my various conversations with radiologists this is what I found out. All of these scans identify features of the breasts in different ways so therefore the images are looked at together. MRI is used for women with dense breasts as gives a better image, there is evidence they throw up false positives, hence why biopsy first.
my two lumps were the same in terms of hormone type etc, but were different grades, a grade 1 and a grade 2, and I was told they can be different. The tomothesis I understand is the latest gadget. Although it was all a bit of a nightmare on reflection now I am very pleased I have had several scans as I am now all clear. Good luck
Hi Alex. I was diagnosed with invasive ducal bc 2.2 lump in April last year in my left breast. My oncologist was keen to do MRI and ct before surgery. These lit up like Christmas trees and I had further MRI on liver (negative) and suspicious other areas in both breasts. My right breast had 3 lumps (all benign). Had a further MRI guided needle biopsy of left breast as something shown up behind nipple. The biopsy was inconclusive so my surgeon said I should have a mastectomy as he would have to remove both areas and make such a mess of my boob that reconstruction at a later date would be impossible. So I had a mastectomy. The final pathology results showed that the area behind my nipple was benign. All these tests were massively stressful, and MRIs are well known for giving false positives. But in the end it's better to make sure. Probably not very helpful but at least you know that others have found themselves in the same boat. Sending hugs. Debbie