Just got the pathology from my surgery...

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Gabe N Abby Mom
Gabe N Abby Mom Member Posts: 2,413
edited March 2014 in Breast Cancer #1
So the chemo worked. There was no measurable tumor (1.2cm at ultrasound), but spots of cancerous cells found throughout the breast...typical of IBC. 14 lymph nodes removed, 12 positive...also typical of IBC. And margins were clear!

So now it's on to radiation, the first consultation is set for this Friday.

Thank you all again for all the support, hugs, encouragement, prayers, thoughts, and positive energy throughout my journey.

Linda
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  • Barb A
    Barb A Member Posts: 123
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    Will keep praying
    Linda, I'm glad the chemo worked. I'll keep praying for you though.

    Barb A
  • VickiSam
    VickiSam Member Posts: 9,079 Member
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    Barb A said:

    Will keep praying
    Linda, I'm glad the chemo worked. I'll keep praying for you though.

    Barb A

    Linda .. You are a truly a wonderful and loving WARRIOR,
    and I will continue cheering for you, and lifting you up in prayers!

    Strength, Courage and Happiness,

    Vicki Sam
  • linpsu
    linpsu Member Posts: 747
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    glad
    So glad to hear that the chemo worked so well for you. We're all thinking of you and hoping for an easy time with radiation. Hugs and prayers coming your way.
    Linda
  • Rague
    Rague Member Posts: 3,653 Member
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    Clear margins - Fantastic!
    Clear margins - Fantastic! Neo-adjunct does do a lot with IBC!

    Question - you're not having more chemo before rads?
  • MyTurnNow
    MyTurnNow Member Posts: 2,686 Member
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    Linda, great news on the
    Linda, great news on the chemo working. I will continue to wish for an easy time for you during rads; in my opinion the chemo was the worst part. Best of luck as you continue on this rollercoaster. We'll continue to be here with support and positive energy.
  • Boppy_of_6
    Boppy_of_6 Member Posts: 1,138
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    Rague said:

    Clear margins - Fantastic!
    Clear margins - Fantastic! Neo-adjunct does do a lot with IBC!

    Question - you're not having more chemo before rads?

    Good news
    Glad the chemo is working and that you had clear margins! Will keep praying for you. God Bless
    (((Hugs))) Janice
  • new2me
    new2me Member Posts: 177 Member
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    Question ????
    So glad all looks good for you - Amen!!

    But since you went through chemo why didn't it kills those spots of cancerous cells throughout the breast?? or is that what radiation does??
  • sparkle1
    sparkle1 Member Posts: 242
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    Good news you are in my
    Good news you are in my thoughts and prayers
    Sparkle
  • Jean 0609
    Jean 0609 Member Posts: 2,462
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    Hi Linda,
    Thanks for letting us know. Will continue to keep you in my prayers. I wish you luck with rads.

    xoxo,
    Jean
  • Gabe N Abby Mom
    Gabe N Abby Mom Member Posts: 2,413
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    Rague said:

    Clear margins - Fantastic!
    Clear margins - Fantastic! Neo-adjunct does do a lot with IBC!

    Question - you're not having more chemo before rads?

    No, I did 6 rounds of TAC
    No, I did 6 rounds of TAC before surgery. The onc is confident that is enough.
  • Ritzy
    Ritzy Member Posts: 4,381 Member
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    Jean 0609 said:

    Hi Linda,
    Thanks for letting us know. Will continue to keep you in my prayers. I wish you luck with rads.

    xoxo,
    Jean

    Really super duper good news! Congrats Linda! Wishing you the best of luck with rads.


    Be sure and use the creams your oncologist prescribes from day one. It will help your skin to stay moist and you want that. I used Aquaphor, which you can buy in any drug store to keep my skin moist, and, I used Biafine, a prescription, when I started getting pink.

    Get lots of rest! Drink lots of fluids. You might want to wear long pants and socks for your treatments. It is freezing in that room. They covered me with a blanket, but, it was still cold.

    Ok, think that's it for my lecture. lol


    Sue :)
  • Gabe N Abby Mom
    Gabe N Abby Mom Member Posts: 2,413
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    new2me said:

    Question ????
    So glad all looks good for you - Amen!!

    But since you went through chemo why didn't it kills those spots of cancerous cells throughout the breast?? or is that what radiation does??

    I have IBC, which behaves
    I have IBC, which behaves very differently from other types of BC. IBC often never even involves a tumor, but spreads in "sheets". I did have a tumor and the chemo shrank that down to a "spot", leaving that spot and some others (that were previously "sheets"). Then the mastectomy removed all those "spots". Now radiation should kill cells remaining along the chest wall or in the lymph nodes. At least that's how I understand it.
  • Gabe N Abby Mom
    Gabe N Abby Mom Member Posts: 2,413
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    Ritzy said:

    Really super duper good news! Congrats Linda! Wishing you the best of luck with rads.


    Be sure and use the creams your oncologist prescribes from day one. It will help your skin to stay moist and you want that. I used Aquaphor, which you can buy in any drug store to keep my skin moist, and, I used Biafine, a prescription, when I started getting pink.

    Get lots of rest! Drink lots of fluids. You might want to wear long pants and socks for your treatments. It is freezing in that room. They covered me with a blanket, but, it was still cold.

    Ok, think that's it for my lecture. lol


    Sue :)

    thanks for the tips!

    thanks for the tips!
  • Ritzy
    Ritzy Member Posts: 4,381 Member
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    thanks for the tips!

    thanks for the tips!

    One more..if you use
    One more..if you use Aquaphor, and, only use what your own rads oncologist says to, be sure and wear something that you can just throw away when you finish rads. I wore old tshirts of my hubby's because Aquaphor is really greasy and stains. Even hot water can't get the stains out.

    I used it mainly at night when I went to bed and greased myself up good. lol Aquaphor first and Biafine on top of that.


    And, you can't put anything like that on your skin for a few hours prior to your treatment. Be gentle with your skin too when you bathe or shower.


    I sound like an old mother hen, don't I? lol


    Sue :)
  • Gabe N Abby Mom
    Gabe N Abby Mom Member Posts: 2,413
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    Ritzy said:

    One more..if you use
    One more..if you use Aquaphor, and, only use what your own rads oncologist says to, be sure and wear something that you can just throw away when you finish rads. I wore old tshirts of my hubby's because Aquaphor is really greasy and stains. Even hot water can't get the stains out.

    I used it mainly at night when I went to bed and greased myself up good. lol Aquaphor first and Biafine on top of that.


    And, you can't put anything like that on your skin for a few hours prior to your treatment. Be gentle with your skin too when you bathe or shower.


    I sound like an old mother hen, don't I? lol


    Sue :)

    No, I love the advice.

    No, I love the advice.
  • Bella Luna
    Bella Luna Member Posts: 1,578 Member
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    Wonderful to hear margins
    Wonderful to hear margins were clear! Best of luck with radiation. The Gals gave you some good advice regarding radiation. You will get through this phase in your recovery, hang in there!
    BL
  • ladybug22
    ladybug22 Member Posts: 646
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    Gabe
    keep it up. we with you all the way
  • mollyz
    mollyz Member Posts: 756 Member
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    ladybug22 said:

    Gabe
    keep it up. we with you all the way

    Great News
    You've been waiting since your surgery for this good news,I'm so glad for you and the family and will continue to keep you in my prayers. MOLLYZ
  • Heatherbelle
    Heatherbelle Member Posts: 1,226 Member
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    Good news on the clear
    Good news on the clear margins! I'm glad to hear you're doing well, and that the chemo did it's job!! I will continue to keep you in my thoughts and prayers :) I hope you continue to do well through radiation - my mom has her consultation on Friday as well!
    *hugs*
    Heather
  • CypressCynthia
    CypressCynthia Member Posts: 4,014 Member
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    Linda I am so glad that the
    Linda I am so glad that the chemo is working. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Please let us know how radiation goes.