I completely relate to the percentages and survival rates that the oncologist gave your wife as we were given them on Monday. Very scary and completely went over our heads. We rang our care nurse and she confirmed that we'll recieve that information in the post. Really makes you feel awful but I'm assuming they have to give these statistics and they are statistics.
Well an up-date on my wife's situation... Unfortunately I am currently offshore so I wasn't home but thankfully her mum was able to go with her.
Anyways, ongologist apointment, very morbid talking about survival rate's and percentages, not great as it got my wife down. long story short, it turns out after initial diagnosis it was actually Grade 3 Invasive ductal cancer she had. A 2.8cm lump, HER2 possitive and now one of the pre chemo tests she had has shown up a heart issue that means they can't start the treatment now until further tests are carried out.
So hopefully this heart issue is nothing and them we have 5 months chemo, then radiotherapy and a year's hormone therapy. Gonna be a long slog and wish I could go through this for her, I also apreciate that other people go through much worse but as it's my wife obviously she is my priority.
Can anyone give me any more information on the HER2 possitive thing, and the effect of hormone therapy.
I think this post is as much me getting things off my chest and writing them down as anything else, so sorry if I sound like I am rambling
Hi Ian, I'm sorry things are not quite as you would have hoped but you will find so many ladies here who have been through similar, there isn't much we haven't dealt with between us! Hopefully we can help answer your questions and offer you and your wife plenty of support.
They test for receptors in a few things, oestrogen is one of them which if positive your wife would be prescribed a hormone blocker like Tamoxifen , this is a good thing as it's an ongoing protection against reacurrance , Her2 Protein is another one and for this they give Herceptin which again is another protection, this does have to be given along side chemo though and for a while after, it's all very confusing to begin with but it will become second nature i promise!
Update on the situation....
We were up at the hopital for the post hospital meeting and diagnosis type thing. It turns out the cancer was much worse, more agressive and faster growing than first diagnosed. They took 4 lymph nodes out and they had found cancer in two of them so she needs to have chemo unfortunatley.
She is also hepetine possitive which we are really confused about as we were told it was a good thing and she was receptive to a certain type of medication that she will have to take for 5 years but reading through the forum this sounds more like a diagnosis, I'm afraid information overload has confused us both slightly.
Any info or advice on offer is greatly apreciated.
No problem Arslno1, I hope you find it useful
I have also added a bit in the below post about our Someone Like Me service which you may want to take a look at. They can put you in contact with someone who has supported a partner through a breast cancer diagnosis.
Welcome to the Forum but I am sorry that you find yourself here and that you and your wife are going through this difficult time. The users on this Forum are very supportive and I am sure they will be along to share their experiences and have a chat.
I thought you might find our 'Supporting someone with breast cancer' section of our website helpful. You can find this here.
We also have a Someone Like Me support service where they can put you in touch with someone who has supported a partner through a breast cancer diagnosis. You can find out more here or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
If you or your wife ever feel like you have questions or want to talk things through we also have a helpline where are team of experts can offer a friendly ear. You can reach them on 0808 800 6000. The opening hours are below.
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Good afternoon, my wife has been diagnosed with stage 2 invasive ductal breast cancer, she was in for her operation approx 2 weeks ago now to have the lump and 4 lymph nodes removed, we are now just waiting for the feedback / results from that. Basically what I wanted to know from those who have experienced it either directly or through a family member etc what I can do to help.
To explain a little better I work in the oil industry and unfortunatley we could not afford for me to stay at home and the choice was made easier by her mother and the fantastic support network of family and friends we have, so my wife has not been left for a second by herself.
I get home next week so I will finally be able to support her the way I feel I should be, I just want some advice on things like Chemo etc if that is what is required. I don't like bringing things up with my wife even though I have questions and concerns because it get's to her very easily and I am trying to make sure she keeps a possitive mind set through all of it. Has anyone ever tried any alterantive therapies? and is it true that Chemo can actually increase your chances of getting Cancer in the future due to you having a weakened imune system?
I apologise for rambling but there is so much information out there you don't know what to believe, I'm just looking forward to gettign home to be with my wife and support her and help her in any way I can so any and all advice and information offered is greatly received. thank you for taking the time to read all of this.