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How common is bilateral Invasive Ductal Carcinoma at the same time?

By Anonymous March 27, 2011 - 9:06pm
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I was diagnosed 2-24-11 with IDC in my right breast and now have been diagnosed with it in my left breast. I will be undergoing a double masectomy on April 21st and have been having bone scans and CT scans and such and I am really worried about the outcome.

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Dear Anon,

Thank you for your question and welcome to the EmpowHer family! Invasive Ductal Carcinoma is responsible for about 80% of breast cancer cases. I am sorry that you are going through this bilaterally-- as I can see how stressful it can be to have it in one breast alone. There are two types of cancers-- invasive and non-invasive. Since yours is invasive, meaning "infiltrating" it is possible that the cancer spread from one breast to the other. What kind of prognosis has your doctor given you? Do you have a good support group?

If you would like to find a support group in your area, visit: http://www.breastcancer.org/questions/support.jsp

Good Luck on your surgery and PLEASE do keep us updated!

March 29, 2011 - 3:22am
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