Great attitude Mai! Sam there is no one size fits all ruling with BC , as the ladies have said the smallest of tumours can cause much more trouble than the biggest, we all have to Live with the possibility of reacurrance and spread , it's the nature of this beast unfortunately but we also need to try and be as positive as we can and believe that we've got this 💪💪Xx
Hi Ladies, mine was also a particularly big and ugly lump (5cm tumour extending to 9cm of tissue with cancerous activity) 9/12 lymph nodes affected. I was diagnosed March 2017. I've had 8 rounds of FEC-T chemo (to shrink it as it was inoperable) a mastectomy and lymph node clearance and am awaiting radiotherapy. I'm also now on Tamoxifen as mine is ER/PR+ 8/8 (HER2-). My oncologist said "we're throwing the book at it". Mine was also inflammatory. I'm considered high risk for recurrence but I now try and focus n the positives: 1. It's been removed, 2. the lymph nodes have been removed. 3. I had clear margins 4. I have a pill to take 5. I'm having radiotherapy. As Jill suggested, prognosis is multi faceted and everyone is different so an average-based prognosis doesn't give your personal prognosis.
I eat healthy, I've quit dairy and alcohol and feel I've done everything in my power so have a clear conscience. I enjoy life daily and don't look too far ahead and don't spoil today's enjoyment worrying about tomorrow. In life anything can happen but we are just more aware of that now. We truly know what it means to live. Love and best wishes. Xx
I have been worried about the size of mine, because I was told that it was 3cm. I think like anything, we work ourselves up over the differences and imagine all sorts of things that don't really help us, but it is natural to worry at times like this.
From what I've seen here, it's not unusual for lobular bc to be technically larger, as it tends to grow differently to ductal. I have seen ladies here who have reported larger areas that yours. It's good the drs are saying that & there's no reason why your prognosis should not be good, especially as it's all been removed.
It might be an idea to post in 'ask our nurses' for some reassurance.
take care, it does take a while to process it all.