Hiya, sounds like you have had a bit of drama but glad its a painfree time for you now, I will get the path. results on Thursday and will learn my next step of treatment then. I still have the blue dye stain on my boob from 6 weeks ago!!!
Hope your doing well, bug gentle hugs xx
Hi ?Benandflo, got all my fingers and toes crossed for good results for you. Excellent news re lack of fluid. The exercises are really worth it. 💪 Let us know how you get on. X
Excellent news, Scaryskittle. Onwards and upwards now.😄 really pleased for you. X
Benandflo, hoping the news is good for you, too. Drains are a bit if a nuisance, aren't they? Have you got a small longhandled bag you can pop it in ? Very useful going to the loo as you can hook handles over shoulder, leaving two hands free for knicker control! Also useful for I pads, books, lippy when you are wandering around. X
I just wondered how you got on on 17th with results?
I hope you are ok. I have my mastectomy on Saturday, it's such a dreadful thing to go through isn't it, i feel like I'm in a trance all the time with a false smile.
Soooo glad I found this site though it's all so positive with such amazing ladies.
Sending hugs xxxxx
Always good to take someone in with you! I guess you have had a node clearance and will have chemo and radio. It is a long road and there will be bad days but most of the time it's business as usual. I have just finished 11 months of treatment and i feel really good. Best of luck with your journey. Xx
Sam - good luck with your results. Do by all means put your faith in your medical team, but also make sure you know what diagnosis and treatment options you are being offered - or not offered - and why. Ask questions and sense-check what you are being told. Remember the NHS restricts diagnostic tools for financial reasons, such as MRI scans, which are routine in other countries or in the private sector. Personally I would also advise asking for a copy if your post-surgery path report and being comfortable you understand it - the BCN, oncologist, or this helpline can assist. Best wishes. Xx
Hi Scaryskittle. Like you, I was told there was cancer in the nodes and unclear margins so have been in for my second op and awaiting results this Thursday (13th). I haven't been offered any other scans and nothing has been said about finding any more. All we can do is put our faith in our team. My thoughts are with you.
Hi Scaryskittle. I agree completely with Annie. If you have any lymph node involvement, you get a full body scan just in case. In the private sector they give you a bone scan, CT scan etc whether you have lymph node involvement or not. It is considered routine for all bc cases. The NHS would also do this if it had enough money! Also be aware that things show up on these scans which need further review but are not necessarily cancer. For example, I had "hot spots" on my neck which on further investigation turned out to be just wear and tear. But in the unlikely and unfortunate event that the bc had spread further, you'd want to know asap so they can give you the best treatment. I am also a stage 3, as is Annie (I believe) and many other ladies on here. We have to accept the reality that we are statistically more at risk but I am also hearing from lots of ladies on this forum who had stage 3 many years ago and are living happy, fulfilling and healthy lives. After 11 months of treatment, including mx, node clearance, chemo and radio, I actually feel really good at the moment both mentally and physically. Personally I think having counselling and doing yoga helped me a lot. Lots of fresh air and walking also works well on anxiety. I will admit though that on a bad day I've also been known to indulge in a bit of retail therapy too! Give yourself some treats. Sending you all best wishes. Xxx
Hi Scaryskittle, what a shame your surgeon did not get clear margins. Not to worry, there are plenty of ladies on here who have had to go back in for a little shave, and some who've had two. When I had my breast and lymph node biopsies done 2/3 LN showed signs of cancer, as well as the ductal tumour in the breast. As a result I had them all excised. Good call by my consultant as 7/15 were cancerous. They had done their job and prevented it spreading. Until you've had all the tests and the path results back no one can tell you, and to try to second guess would not be good. Again, I'm afraid it's a waiting game. I had CT scan to check for spread , but my consultant was always so upbeat that I was quite reassured that whatever the results it would be treatable. I'm hoping that I'm passing on some of that positivity. Let us know how you get on. Hugs. X
I just wanted to acknowledge your post and to say how sorry I am to read your news. I'm sure you must feel so anxious now.
I have not been in your position but I know someone who has and she did not have any secondaries. After mx, and follow up treatment, she is fighting fit, more than 5 years on. So it doesn't necessarily mean that it has spread.
They have caught it early and the good thing is that you are having all the tests done asap, so they can treat you accordingly.
Sending a hug and let us know how you get on. There are plenty of ladies on here who will listen and understand what you are going through xx
Hello all you lovely ladies, me again, I have been told that my margins were not clear and the 4 nodes they took out are all infected. I am now waiting for urgent CT scan, bone scan and MRI before going back for more surgery and having all the nodes taken out. Does this mean I am likely to have secondary cancer? I was diagnosed by screening and they led me to belive, in the beginning that it was caught so early, I would prob have little complications!!
Anyone else in the same boat? or been where I am now?
thanks in advance for all advise xxxxx