I am 51 yrs old and recently diagnosed with 2.0 cm invasive ductal carcinoma grade 3 aggressive cancer. I am so scared. I have the lumpectomy/radiation option but I am just so worried it will come back I am considering a total mastectomy. They have ran some tests that will help me decide but won't get my results back for 3 weeks. I am so scared this is just going to give the cancer time to spread. I already feel like it has spread but I am sure everyone feels this way. Just wondering if anyone has any opinions/personal stories to share. Thanks!View Thread
I am writing in reference about my mother. She's 94 years old, in generally good health and is active.
About one month ago, her home care provider felt a lump on her right breast. At that point, a doctor's appointment with my mother's GP was made. Last week, she had an ultrasound that showed "nothing". I don't know what the "nothing" meant: did it mean that the lump didn't show up in the screening? My sister in law took my mother so the "nothing" didn't come from my mother's mouth. My mother was then referred for a mammogram in which we will have the results early next week.
Naturally, we are all fearful for my mother and fearing the worst. We understand at such an advanced age that anything can happen and if it is cancerous, we would have to "let go" so to speak.
I know cancer does not follow any rules so I don't really know if the characteristics of the lump matter in your opinion. Firstly, it is extremely painful. It doesn't ache on its own but if it is pressed, it sends shooting pain. As well, the lump has shrunk a bit. My mother says it has shrunk as well two other people (relatives) that felt the lump concur that it has shrunk. Are these "good" signs?
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