I had no CT/MRI or PET scans after diagnosis. The cancer was found by routine mammogram I then had an ultrasound for the biopsy . Even after finishing treatment they will only do scans if you go back with any symptoms .The stage is usually worked out from the biopsy or after surgery.I didn't ask for scans to see if the cancer had spread, maybe if you ask they will .
I was diagnosed with TN cancer two years ago by a routine mammogram. I was 61yrs old. It is frightening but once you have a plan and treatment starts it is a lot easier. Make sure your mum drinks lots of water during treatment and on good days takes a walk even if its to the end of the road. I would find the 2nd 3rd and 4th day after chemo the most tiring and would rest, after that each day would get better. If you have any questions please feel free to ask. Your mum will be fine , the treatment is do -able.
Again just to emphasise, it sounds like mom's bc has been picked up early, so thank goodness for that.
My bc was not TN, but like your mom, it was screening that found it & I also had no idea.
I was diagnosed nearly 3 years now & all's well. I understand that especially for women who are in the screening age range, outcomes are excellent, so chances are she should recover well, as the vast majority of us do.
As Annie says, it's really best to step away from google, it only feeds anxiety for no good reason, a lot of it is out of date & is not specific to your mom's situation, let alone the scare stories & those pushing an agenda out there. It's best to stick to reputable sites like this one, Macmillan, NHS Choices, cancer Research UK, for example.
Anyway, I'm now so glad I went for that mammo, as I nearly didn't!
You are very welcome, and just a reminder to look after yourself, too. This is a very exhausting journey you are both going on. X
Hi Snowy, just want to say what a lovely daughter you are supporting mom through this. I haven't had your moms type of cancer, but someone will be on shortly, I'm sure, who can help. In the meantime can I advise you not to google. There is always an unpleasant ending, and Google is not a doctor. Instead, why don't you download some appropriate information leaflets from this site? They were a great help to me when I was diagnosed two years ago. Just don't get ahead of yourself or you may find it a bit overwhelming. They are especially useful for meetings, and enable you to ask appropriate and relevant questions about the disease . Get a notebook and jot down your worries and concerns . Also useful for taking notes at meetings with the Onco as your mind will skitter about a bit. I was diagnosed at age 70 , and I was Er+, with an aggressive tumour . I've had surgery, full lymph node removal, chemo and 25 sessions of radiotherapy - and I'm here to tell the tale! I have secondaries in both lungs which are well under control with two types of meds, so it's not all doom and gloom. Not saying the journey is easy, but definitely doable. It is a time of worry, and I remember that so well, but once your mom has started her treatment you will be able to focus on getting her through it. You may want to look at adjusting her diet as chemo alters taste buds, getting paraban free gels and soaps as the skin becomes more sensitive with treatment, and using gentle walks to both lift the spirits and keep those joints moving. Remember, the medical team is on your moms side, and her success is their success. Best wishes to you both. X