Hi, First time on a site like this and first time with grade 3 breast cancer and lymph nodes. going for a CT scan tomorrow and because they've asked for chest thorax abdomen and pelvic scan i am panicking ... why such a large area ? what are they looking for. ? ..I am finding the comments and shared experiences from this site encouraging but i am still so very frightened. The consultant mentioned the chemo plan the surgery plan and the radiation plan and said my cancer is treatable and I took comfort in that but now that this CT appointment has landed on my plate I am scared again. .I just hope its not found anywhere else. anyone else had such a large area scanned ? Dee
Hi my name is lorraine and I found out I had cancer just after easter and had my first operation on my left breast which was a mastectomy with reconstruction but on monday I have to go back in to have my lymph notes and glands out as the cancer has spread, its the waiting I find hard I just want to get on with it but understandthe reasons behind it I am a little frighten of the chemo and radiotherapy because eveything then becomes real. My mum had breast cancer but the one I have is not the family one I surpose I am just unlucky. How long do you wait before you no what chemotherapy treatment you have to have I know I having 6 lots one every three weeks. Thanks lorraine
It is a scary time. We've all been there. Nothing we can say could stop you worrying until you get the dreaded results.
However, you are already in safe hands. It has been diagnosed, and they can treat you. If it hasn't spread beyond the lymph nodes, they can cure you, although we all live with the knowledge that it could return at any time. If it has spread beyond the lymph nodes, they can treat you long term. There are members here who have been recieving treatment for secondaries for a decade or more.
You have to re-evaluate your life, I'm afraid. You have cancer. It changes all sorts of things - job applications, travel insurance, life insurance. But you have to live with it.
I was diagnosed in December last year, and my cancer had already spread to my lymph nodes, but luckily no further. I sit here now, with one breast (and all lymph nodes on that side removed), my hair is starting to grow back after my chemo - now about an inch long, but grey, and with finger nails dropping off (also a delayed effect of the chemo), and I'm about to face 3 weeks of radiotherapy starting this Wednesday, but I don't have cancer any more, and I feel great. You have to accept all the treatment they give you and focus on the fact that it will save your life, and give you a future, albeit a somewhat uncertain one.
Live each day with zest. This is a wake up call. Enjoy your life. Don't let trivialities get you down.
You'll see it through. We all do. x
I second what poemsgalore said, don't google. Some of the stuff out there can scare you crazy. Far better to stick to a site with people who have been through what you are going through and can understand.
I know it's scary, and I know it's a lot to take on board, but you can get through it.
Sending you positive thoughts and mega hugs while you wait on your test results.
Welcome to the club that nobody wants to join. Hopefully, just because it has got into your lymph nodes, it won't have spread any further. I had it in one of my lymph nodes and I'm now half way through my first year after treatment and NED (no evidence of disease). One word of warning, DO NOT GOOGLE, just stick to this site, the Macmillan site or the Cancer Research UK site. The information there is far more reliable. Sending you massive hugs and best wishes for all the tests you have had.
Welcome to the BCC Forum where I'm sure you will find a lot of support from fellow members. Waiting for results is a really difficult time.
As well as the support to be found on here you might also find it helps to talk things over with one of our Helpline staff. They are open today from 10-2 and on weekdays from 9-5. The number is 0808 800 6000
Very best wishes