thank you for replying to me. I always thought a MX would be terrible but after the fear of being diagnosed, it doesn't seem so bad. I too would now consider one as I don't think I could live with this constant fear of what if? I know I'm jumping the gun as I haven't even had my MRI scan yet. The mystery is why isn't an MX more effective at preventing recurrence compared with a WLE given that you're removing the entire breast ? Gill
I've also got an MRI scan - I'm diagnosed with lobular invasive grade 2, 12mm lump. I've been in shock and can't sleep. I don't know how I'm going to cope with this constant waiting for test results, this constant anxiety. Is it true that lobular is worse or harder to see ? was told I'll get a lumpectomy and radiotherapy but presumably the MRI scan could change this ? if it shows up elsewhere should I have a mastectomy? these thoughts are gnawing at me constantly.
the MRI I had was just of my breast. I had a separate CT and bone scan to check for spread (luckily clear) but they told me that was what they were doing. I know its hard not to but try not to worry at this point. Hope it all goes well for you.
I think they always look for spread. Just as a general rule, thats why we have cts and it also means they can check later if tumours have shrunk.
Standard care, possible they dont even think to tell us all the reasons as its so routine for them.
Im having an mri on monday..... I keep imagining Dr House making rude comments from behind the glass ;).
yes they call it a staging scan - but they do look for spread but wouldn't mention that specifically as like you say once someone says they are looking for spread you tend to think the worst and it causes more worry than you already have - so I think they are right not to make an issue of it - its just something they do as a matter of course x
hi Hannah my experience was slightly different as I had Mx first then chemo afterwards - it seems that they are going to give you chemo first which seems to be more common these days (I was dx 5 years ago) but yes either way they will do a staging scan this so they can baseline the size of tumours and subsequent scans they can see if they are growing/shrinking etc and are really useful. As part of this scan they will also check other soft tissue and they will see if there is cancer in any other areas so they will know when you get the results how big your tumour is and also if it has spread. The MRI scan is usally chest to thighs but ask your Onc to check this as they may do whole body scan at your trust. I 'only' got a CT scan which isn't as detailed so you seem to be getting very thorough treatment which is re assuring. Good luck with it all x
Recently been diagnosed with grade 2 invasive ductal cancer with cancer cells also found from the fna from the lymph. I am being sent for an MRI scan it has been explained to me that this is to monitor how the tumor responds to chemo (I will have another one after my second round of chemo) but is the scan likely to be of the breast area only, or of my whole body to see if cancer has spread further??
I am seeing oncogist on Thursday so will ask again then as my paperwork doesn't say anything about checking to see if the cancer has spread further but I was under the impression that that was what usually happens?