New Diagnosis - Treatment Options

zahailey Member Posts: 2
edited March 2014 in Breast Cancer #1
I'm 39 years old and was just diagnosed with invasive ductal cancer with approx. a 3cm tumor. I'm exploring treatment options and considering a lumpectomy. I consult with an oncologist next week. Are there any experiences with having chemo. prior to surgery? What were your experiences?


  • solesbee
    solesbee Member Posts: 9
    you will probably be facing some sort of surgery to see if it is in your lymph nodes. Then you will probably have to do chemo and possibly radiation. There are many treatment options for you on breast lumpectomy vs. masectomy. It used to be that women were encouraged to have a masectomy. Now the studies have shown that women are happier long term having a lumpectomy and chemo and radiation. The choice is yours. Don't rush into it. Do your research and weigh your options. If your tumor is estrogen + (this will be determined at surgery when they take the tumor out) you will have the option of taking a pill long term to decreased your chances of the cancer returning. You have a long road ahead of you. Breast cancer is treatable. You need to remember that. Your mind can send you astray and way off track. You need to surround yourself with positive people to be your support group. You have started in the right place. This website is awesome.
    My sister is 39. She was diagnosed in August. She has one chemo treatment left. If you need somebody to e mail with she would be glad to. She has had a hard time finding people her own age.

    my e mail address is
    Best of luck to you........Cyndi
  • 24242
    24242 Member Posts: 1,398
    I am eight year survivor of IDC breast cancer that was stage 3 with 11 out of 21 positive nodes. It isn't uncommon for a choice of lumpectomy to be made and then mastectomy then being the outcome after pathology looked at.
    I was 36 at the time of my diagnosis and at that time removal happened more often before treatments now they are doing the treatment then removal. Being informed is the best that you can do and I am so glad you found this site. I think the best that we can do is be comfortable in the choices we make whatever they maybe.
    Be good to yourself always,
  • Susan956
    Susan956 Member Posts: 510
    I was diagnosed with invasive ductal cancer in May 2005. It was 2.2 cm. ER/PR + & HER2+ with lymph node involvement. I managed to just have a lumpectomy. The surgeon did have to go in two times to do it. Didn't get enough of a margin the first time. I am happy with the lumpectomy. I was real small (about a B cup) and the doctor was not sure with the size of the tumor and the fact that we had to go in twice, if I would be happy. But all in all it doesn't look near as bad as everything I saw on website earlier. I didn't really want to endure the pain of doing reconstructive surgery and I wasn't sure I would be happy being lopsided. So for me it has worked. I did the lumpectomy first, then chemo, then resurgery to get the margin and I am now working on the radiation and just started taking Arimedex (a pill for ER/PR +). I was 48 when I was diagnosed and in good health. I managed to keep functioning through out the process at least working a couple of days a week even on the worst weeks. It was hard but I found for me continuing to work kept things on a more normal basis. For some people who don't start out in really good health, I am sure working would have been too much. Also my work was real understanding... so if I got too tired after 6 hours I left. I have an office job and could take my laptop home to do other things when I was more rested and even found on days that I didn't work, that signing on and keeping up with work was good for me. But everyone is different. I hope you will be able to work out treatment options that will work out for you.

    Email me on the site if I can answer any more questions. I know for me the time period before I had a firm diagnose and treatment pathforward were the hardest... becuase it seemed like it was there in my body and we weren't doing anything to fix it. Take Care... God Bless.
  • Waving
    Waving Member Posts: 43
    Hi zahailey,
    As well as the information about treatments on this website, there is plenty of good info on the website - well worth reading through.

    If you want to remain fertile after treatment, be sure to mention your fertility needs to all members of your medical team who may have an imput into deciding your treatment, because some treatments eg chemotherapy can reduce or even end fertility and they may be able to modify treatments to maximise your chances of remaining fertile.

    If you have any family history of cancer it would be worthwhile reading up on hereditary cancer and genetic testing. You can find links to excellent articles on hereditary breast cancer on this webpage
  • bullfrog13
    bullfrog13 Member Posts: 213
    Hi Zahailey, I did have chemo both before (to shrink tumor) and after surgery (to prevent return of tumor). I dont think it is all the uncommon, especally where the tumor is considered to be large