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Stage 3 and so scared

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tmktalksback
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Re: Stage 3 and so scared

I had stage 3 12 years ago. I had chemo and radio and lump removed. Mine was a triple negative cancer and I was 31. I am still here. We are standing with you. Of course you will be scared. It's absolutely normal. Keep talking and asking questions and lean on everyone around you for support 🙂 x
Jo_BCC
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Re: Stage 3 and so scared

Hi Whitfield

 

For extra support, our helpline staff will be only too happy to talk you through any concerns/worries you have,so please don't hesitate to contact them.  Calls are free, 0808 800 6000 lines open weekdays 9-5 and Sat 10-2.

 

Take care,

Jo, Moderator

saffronseed
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Re: Stage 3 and so scared

Hi Lottie   it is a really scary time when you are first diagnosed.  I was stage 3,  my tumour was 9cm and I had significant spread to lymph nodes -  when I was given my results I was not told it was stage 3 - just told the pathology results - it was me who 'googled' and found this out and frighened myself to death.  To be honest I think its best not to dwell on what stage you are etc - the staging is really for the medics to decide on what treatment you will need - and with stage 3, it is usually mastectomy, lymph nodes clearence, chemo and rads to breast and underarm - and hormone theropy if appropriate and targeted theropys if HER2.    I was diagnosed in 2010 and had all the above treatment - I am still on hormone theropy and I am well and healthy - -the treatments these days are fantastic and whatever stage you are at you will recieve the appropriate treatement.   Ask what your treatment plan is going to be and once you start it will give you something to focus on - it does get easier I promise.    This site is fantastic for support and information - so is the BCC helpline - whatever you do DO NOT GOOGLE   lots of hugs xxxxx 

lottie63
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Re: Stage 3 and so scared

Hi Whitfield

                  So sorry to hear of your diagnosis, there is always hope you must never think otherwise x I was diagnosed with grade 3 IDC in feb 2012 I also had 3 positive nodes involved, surgery chemo and rads followed and I am now on tamoxifen for 5 years, Grade 3 is scary I no its all I could think of at first and to some degree I still do but as time goes on and you get into treatment you focus on getting through each step, be kind to yourself and come on here for support when you need it,please feel free to message me if you wish to

Good luck

 

x

Whitfield
Member

Stage 3 and so scared

Just diagnosed today with stage 3 and awaiting receptor test status. Chemo due to start in a couple of weeks and not sure how I will cope. Is there any hope? All so new to me.