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what is survival rate of Invasive Ductal Carcinoma

By Anonymous June 13, 2009 - 10:18am
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Just received my positive diagnosis last Thursday....it was my first mammogram...I am 41. Scheduled for MRI and surgical consultation. I am absolutely terrified. I know that it is IDC, but not what stage it is at or whether any lymph nodes have been compromised. Any advice would be lovely...lol...my first thought is to just get them both removed as to reduce re-occurrence risk as much as possible.

June 14, 2015 - 11:19am
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If you follow all your doctor's orders before, during and after what is the cure rate with IBC

December 19, 2012 - 2:15pm
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I had invasive ductal carcinoma. I had very dense breasts so it was not seen on my mammogram. Four months later while raising my arms I saw a flat spot. Only when raising arms. I was diagnosed with Stage 3 breast cancer and HER2 positive. 6 nodes were positive, 2 grossly positive (ruptured and into tissue). I had 28 lymphnodes removed and a lumpectomy. 12wks of intense chemo, 6 wks of radiation and 52 wks of IV therapty of herceptin. After 14 months, I made it! I focused on boosting immune system and prevention after that. It has been 6 years this month. I will be participating in a breast cancer presentation today. Prevention is important, but I believe some of your future is just destiny.

October 21, 2012 - 5:52am
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

Thank you for posting your answer. Yours is the first positive one that I have seen, so far. At this point I don't really know what stage that I am at, but I've already had surgery and some tissue was removed. They also removed 3 lymph nodes, but found no cancer in any of them. I am due to have a MRI in 1 week and we will go from there. I have been told that at least 5 weeks of radiation is in the cards and some type of chemo, probably hormonal therapy, along with the radiation. THANK YOU so much for your positive response. You have given me hope!

March 20, 2016 - 4:14pm
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

Hey, still going strong! I am now going on 9 yrs cancer free. Last year I had a prophylactic bilateral mastectomy to decrease my chances of recurrence. I felt I was beating the odds and wanted to take the last step. Im happy with my decision. No more mammograms for me.

May 30, 2015 - 2:15pm
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

Thank you for taking the time to write this. xoxo

July 9, 2014 - 3:03pm

There doesn't have to be a lump to be cancer. IBC has sheets/nests within the breast tissue and skin. My type breast cancer is very rare Inflammatory BC and the statistics are 20-40% live to 5years. Well when I was diagnosed IBC it sounded like a death sentence, but as time went by and getting through treatments (chemo/mastectomy/radiation) I prepared for the worst but hoped for the best....I got my house in order and gave away all my things and made final arrangements, which doing this gave me a sense of peace about things...that was 4 years ago, thanks to the Lord.
Statistics change and we are all different, so try not to focus on the stats.

July 19, 2012 - 11:07pm

I was diagnosed with IDC in 2001. Stage 1, found the lump during a monthly self exam. I had a modified radical mastectomy and 4 rounds of AC chemo. Went on tamoxifen for 4 years and have been cancer free for TEN years. I never ever miss my mammo and this year I was told to have a MRI also, had some pain. It was clear and the pain is most likely due to scar tissue from the reconstruction. Please to all my sisters, have your mammo. If you expect anything is abnormal with your body, get it checked out. Find a GYN that you can tell 'anything'. Make her your private friend, one that will listen to all your woes and pains. You never know when that one little lump, as mine was, is something other than a problem. I had cystic breasts, this felt different. Hard, didn't move around. Check those boobs. Val

December 30, 2011 - 1:29pm
figuredancer (reply to valery)

I'm a 48 yrs old female, diagnosed with clinically stage 2 breast cancer, invasive ductal carcinoma . I will receive treatment soon through Cancer Sloan Kettering Memorial Center, NY that includes chemo, surgery & radiation.

I work from 9 A.M. to 5 P.M. in an administrative position with a government agency, doesn't need any physical work to perform. However, my work is about 30 miles away from home.

I want to know from other unfortunate chemo recipients if I will be able to drive and work during treatment? Also how fatigue are the symptoms of chemo therapy and radiation? The surgeon told me I will be able to work, and I will meet the medical oncologist next week.

They will test my lymph nodes this week if they are also affected by cancer, if lymph nodes are cancer free then should I refuse chemo? I was previously seen by another surgeon & he also recommended radiation and chemo both along with surgery.

I've husband & children and I want to spend a quality life with them. Please help me with your advises and keep myself & my family in your prayers.

March 8, 2015 - 12:42pm
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Anonymous (reply to figuredancer)

My prayers are with you and your family.
I am 49 years young mother of five young men, and will have the second round of chemo in 2 days.
I received the exact same diagnosis as you three days before by 49th birthday!
After the first round of chemo two weeks ago, I was okay the very next day into the early evening. The second day after was a bit hard, I was tired, extremely nauseous, could not eat and became dehydrated. Also, several joints became painful (joints that already give me issues sometimes).
My husband is a trooper. He made sure that I took the meds prescribed for my tummy and joints (make sure you get them before you need them), I waited two days to get mine and most likely would have felt better if I had them beforehand.
I scheduled the treatments on Thursdays and take off on Fridays so that I have the long weekend to bounce back. It has been trying and my issue right now is my stomach. Finding things that won't upset it. Chocolate milk and iced coffee is my best friend. Smoothies help too but I have to ensure that the fruits have low acid levels.
I have had to take off a day here or there or telework when possible. My husband has been driving me because I find myself getting light headed, sometimes dizzy and shaky and my vision gets blurry. I do tire easily and sleep a lot more. I KNOW THIS IS SO MUCH TO TAKE IN BUT I WANT TO GIVE YOU MY HONEST ASSESSMENT!
I can't tell you whether or not to refuse chemo if your lymph nodes are clear, my right one is not...but I would heed the advice of the professionals and do some research of your own. A second and third opinion, if that would ease your mind, may help as well.
My plan is to have the chemo, 8 rounds for 4 months, then surgery with a breast reduction and then radiation therapy. During the past few days I've thought about having a mastectomy with reconstruction and plan to talk to my oncologist and surgeon about it.
I am optimistic that after this long, arduous process, I will be able to stand and support my sisters who are going through the process but also advocate the need to "CHECK YOUR GIRLS" and get screened regularly. I discovered the lump by accident on Christmas Eve and had missed my mammo the year before because I was "busy" being mom, daughter, wife, administrator, etc...
We must, as women and caregivers must realize that if we don't take care of ourselves we will not be able to care for the ones we love.
Right now, you should focus on the HEALING process. Keep a positive outlook, even in spite of. You will be around for the long haul and this is only a season that will surely pass.
God bless you!

March 22, 2016 - 3:19pm
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