Newly diagnosed
posted by el1981
14 April 2021

Breast cancer

Last reply: 16 days ago

Hi was just diagnosed with grade 2 breast cancer...found lump 4 wks ago but don’t know how long it’s been there but consultant said it’s only a small tumour (1 inch) & my lymph node tested positive so I’ve 2 wait 4 scans 2 make sure it’s not gone any further & this is killing me...but both times docs were checking my lymph nodes 1 said he couldn’t find them being swollen n other said they weren’t that swollen ...not sure if this is a good thing r not?....I would just like to get things movin so I can b on the rd 2 getting better already ...thanks

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commented by madge
15 April 2021

1 month ago

The waiting is the worst, I've been referred to Breast clinic and still waiting for appointment. I just want to be told either way and get on with a plan

commented by el1981
15 April 2021

1 month ago

Totally agree the waitin is the worst part ....I will feel a lot better once I’ve started treatment & I feel like something is actually being done....I really hope u get ur appt soon.

commented by Pebbledash
22 April 2021

25 days ago

Like you el1981I I was diagnosed last week with a breast cancer. I have a 2 cm lump and the cancer is also in a lymph node which was picked up on the Ultrasound. I had the CT scan on Tuesday and am waiting for the results has me out of my mind. Bone scan next week. As I have ER+ cancer I was put on Tamoxifen straight away which has given me peace of mind. I too feel fit and strong with no pains or aches anyway and have been working and hiking away without any signs of illness. None of my nodes are swollen including the one with the cancer in it. So I am taking that as a positive. I left my consultants office feeling like this is something we can treat. I know that we are in a good place when it comes to the treatment of Breast Cancer here in Ireland and I hope the road ahead isnt too bumpy.

commented by el1981
28 April 2021

19 days ago

Got my ct & bone scan results 2day & they were all clear thank god .......I was lucky enough 2 get a cancellation last wk 2 get mine done so I didn’t have 2 wait 2 long in the end......met with my consultant 2day & ive 2 options surgery 1st & then chemo or chemo 1st & then surgery b cos if I start wit surgery 1st it means takin all my lymph nodes out where as if I start wit chemo it could mean only takin 3 or 4 out so i told him he’s the expert ....I was the same felt nothing u see my arm & even the breast nurse or consulant couldn’t find them with just feelin they were only picked up on ultra sound .....I’m just hopin starting wit chemo is the right way 2 go

commented by Daysey
28 April 2021

19 days ago

Wishing you the best, e11981. Hope it goes well for you.

commented by el1981
01 May 2021

16 days ago

Thank u Daysey

commented by ari2020
29 April 2021

18 days ago

Best of luck el1981, I started with chemo and it did shrink my tumor some what, unfortunately mine was multifocal (not a single well contained lump) so I had to lose the whole boob despite chemo, but maybe chemo gives you breast conserving options for surgery like I had hoped...? In the end I had a positive node biopsy so lost all my lymph nodes under arm and need radiation, but at least the chemo was already done and there is nothing as prolonged in terms of difficulty as that (It wasn't horrendous, but went on longer than surgical recovery for example, and I still got by independently living alone with just a few lifts, bad days but by the end of the cycle I could see the light to face the next round).

Hope you get on ok with it!

Ari

commented by el1981
01 May 2021

16 days ago

Thank u Ari2020......yeah I’m lookin at it as in gettin the worst 1 out of the way as in the chemo cos that’s the treatment I’m dreadin .....lookin at it know like quicker my hair falls out the quicker it will grow back ....that’s great u got through urs and living independently even through ur bad days....I’m just lookin at it as the next step to gettin better & hopefully don’t get 2 many side effects

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