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my mother is diagnosed with INVASIVE DUCT CARCINOMA (C-5) NUCLEAR GRADE – 2.how serious is her case?

By September 14, 2010 - 2:16am
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surgery was done,cancer cells were found in the lymph node and were operated upon.is her case very serious? help me in saving her..

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thanks dear pat..i will certainly go through the links and pages suggested by you,thank you so very much..
mum's stitches will be opened on tuesday,her chemo dates will be decided upon today,27th september in all probabilities..will keep you posted..pat,will there be counselling session for ma before chemo is given?

September 17, 2010 - 8:37pm
HERWriter Guide (reply to julie dutta)

Julie - I hope she will have a counseling session, but often there is none, or the information given is mainly about the clinical aspects of care. She needs your help with this, and I'm glad you're there for her. Pat

September 18, 2010 - 7:53am
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Hi Julie - Thanks for providing this additional information. The way that people respond to chemotherapy is different for everyone, but it is a tough process that can be very hard on the person while they are going through it, which is why I asked you earlier if your mom had a good support system. The treatment is needed to treat her cancer, but it will also have an impact on other, healthy cells in her body. Are you reading information about breast cancer and how to support your mom? Have you been to our breast cancer community page? If not, please go there and start reviewing the information. You don't need to read everything, but it can help to just get an idea of what's there and be able to refer to information as needed. http://www.empowher.com/condition/breast-cancer

Since your mom has breast cancer it means that, unfortunately, you too are at risk. You can help both of you by becoming informed and learning all you can. For example, good nutrition is going to be really important while your mom is in treatment, and it is also really important for you in your everyday life today to help in reducing your risk. This is something you can share together and both of you will gain.

Here's some links to information that we have about chemotherapy that can help you and your mom:

What is chemotherapy? http://www.empowher.com/breast-cancer/content/breast-cancer-treatments-what-chemotherapy

Preparation, side effects and other concerns:

Managing breast cancer treatment

How to be a friend to a friend who has breast cancer

Well, you have a lot of reading to do. I don't mean to overwhelm you, just to help inform you and your mother. I hope you will view this as working together to regain her good health, instead of viewing it as a fight, which is a negative term. It will help both of you to focus on finding the best information, support and healing resources in this journey together. Since you are a spiritual person you will also find great comfort through those resources too.

Hugs back to you across the miles,

September 17, 2010 - 5:34pm

hi dear pat,the surgical pathology reports have come.it states thus,
chemo is suggested.pat,my mother is 55,her overall health so far is very good,will chemotherapy have a cruel effect on her health? you have crossed this road,how difficult was it for you? and pat,i have spoken with my mum regarding her disease,i was surprised by her display of strength and positivity..we are ready for the fight..

September 17, 2010 - 10:48am
HERWriter Guide

Hi Julie - I wanted to check in with you today and see how you're doing, as you said you would be getting more information today. We have a new article on EmpowHER about how to understand a breast cancer pathology report that I think will help you: http://www.empowher.com/cancer/content/understanding-your-breast-cancer-pathology-report

I've contacted a member in India asking for information about breast cancer support in India and hopefully will hear back from her soon.

Take care,

September 16, 2010 - 5:25pm

dear pat..knowing that you are a breast cancer survivor gives me a lot of hope,confidence,strength to fight...
i am from the northeast part of india,my state is assam..
stay blessed..

September 14, 2010 - 10:15pm

hi dear pat,thanks so much for your reply..my mother is yet to know what she is suffering from.my father expired on july 13th this year,we are yet to recover from it,the discovery of her disease might break my mother into pieces,as of now she knows that she had a tumor n surgery was done to remove it..i know i have to tell her,i just dont know when and how..i am with her,she is doing fine,the doctors attending upon are amazed by her speedy recovery..surgery was done last week and now she is fit enough to do everything,she is at home,doing all her things herself,eating healthy and sleeping normal..
the pathology report which would divulge how far the disease has spread is coming this thursday,will surely let you know what it states.
pat,life has been cruel but i dont want to break my faith..i want to strengthen it..i know hell is momentary,heaven is always..i know there is god,i trust,i believe..i just want HIM to show me the way,maybe thats why you have come to my life.
take care pat,i need you...so will i,life cant be so bad...

September 14, 2010 - 7:44pm
HERWriter Guide (reply to julie dutta)

Hi Julie - There are no accidents. I'm a breast cancer survivor, and am currently being successfully treated for leukemia. This will be difficult news for your mom, especially coming on the heels of the loss of your dad. If you will let me know the city and state where you live I will look into whether I can connect you with a woman in your community who can help you and your mom through this. Life, and every single day we have it, is good. Please stay in touch. Pat

September 14, 2010 - 8:07pm
HERWriter Guide

Hi Julie - Thanks for seeing information to help your mother. We're here to help you.

Understanding her medical condition, the treatments and the recovery process is important. Mammary ductal carcinoma is the most common type of breast cancer in women. Almost 75% of all breast cancers begin in the cells lining the milk ducts and are called ductal carcinomas. When a woman has invasive ductal carcinoma (IDC) it means that the disease has spread, and there are are malignant (cancerous) cells in the breast tissue. In some patients, like your mom, the cancer spreads beyond the breast to the lymph nodes.

The information that you've provided sounds like data that is included in a pathology report. Most cancers are described in stages. Are you able to find out from your mom, or from her doctor, the stage of her cancer? Having that information will enable us to give you more information.

A good resource for a better understanding of breast cancer treatment is here: http://www.cancer.net/patient/Cancer+Types/Breast+Cancer
Please note the boxes on the left which lead to more information. As your mom goes through treatment you may find going back to this page will be helpful.

Please provide us with additional information so that we can help you further. Are you close by and able to help your mom directly, or are you trying to help her from a distance? What type of support system does she have? Can she get assistance for basic needs like obtaining groceries, getting healthy meals during treatment, having transportation for medical appointments? Those needs, and more, are going to be important for her care and recovery.

Please get back to us soon, and take good care of yourself.

September 14, 2010 - 5:58pm

Hi Julie,
I am so sorry to hear that your mom was diagnosed with carcinoma, and it is wonderful that you are helping to find information.

We will do some research, and get back to you soon.

September 14, 2010 - 2:49pm
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