I wanted to introduce myself. I was diagnosed on December 12th with Invasive Ductal Carcinoma. I underwent surgery on December 27th. They removed 1.5cm of tissue and the sentinal lymph node. The margins were clear and and there was no cancer in the lymph node. The cancer was ER+ & PR+. Her3 was negative.
I saw my Med Oncologist yesterday, and he said that given the pathology of my cancer, he doesn't think I would benefit from Chemo. So, next week, I see my Rad Oncologist. I'll definitely be getting radiation and then on to hormone therapy. At this time, the hormone therapy will be for 5 years and then at that time they will re-evaluate if I need to go for longer.
This is been a huge learning experience for me!! I'm am the first in my family to have cancer ... not just breast cancer, but any type of cancer. So to say I was surprised is putting it mildly.
Although I was diagnosed with cancer, I am grateful that it was caught so early. I'm only at Stage 1, Grade 1 cancer. I'm also very lucky that my husband has been so supportive. I was really worried about how he would handle it because his mother died from breast cancer ... but he has been my rock!! He has gone to every appointment with me and is very active with research and questions to ask the doctor.
I'm staying as positive as I can as I KNOW I can beat this!!
Fort Worth, TX, USA