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Hi I was diagnosed 3 weeks ago with invasive breast cancer. I'm having a mastectomy on the 28th then get results the Tuesday after. How long after surgery do you start chemo?

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Learning About Breast Cancer about 8 years
 
  • Diana Foster Payne Profile
    anonymous
    Stage 4 Patient
    Hi Vicky, I'm sorry to hear about your cancer diagnosis. I was diagnosed last May with invasive breast cancer as well. It's such a shock when you're first diagnosed. It's a lot to process. It helps so much to talk to other women who have gone through the same thing. Not happy for the reason you're here....but glad you found us. :). Some women have their surgery first...then chemo. And other women have their chemo prior to their surgery. It depends on many factors such as size of tumor, stage, etc. I had chemo first to try & shrink the size of my tumor. I had my mastectomy 3 weeks after my last chemo treatment. Then I had more chemo 3 weeks after my surgery. But that doesn't happen too often. :). As Sharon said...when you get your path results back and have a set game plan, you'll feel much more in control. The time period could be anywhere from 3 weeks after your surgery on. Depending on your Onc. They'll probably want to do a port. You'll be so glad you did in the long run. It's so much easier in every way! I think the emotional aspect for me has been harder than the physical aspect. Just know you're not alone. Surround yourself with positive people. No "basement" people allowed! :). You're going to have "down" days. And that's ok. Cry when you need to. I'm a very positive person. But it's just normal and to be expected for you to be sad sometimes. Anyone that can be positive 24/7 doesn't have both oars in the water. ;). Read uplifting survivor stories. And there's a lot of them! My fav books are "chicken soup for breast cancer survivors", & "there's no place like hope" by Vickie Gerard. Plus you can key up a lot online. That kept me going. And we'll be here for you!!! There is a light at the end of the tunnel Vicky. I had stage 3C when I was diagnosed last may. I had 13 positive lymph nodes, two had broken outside the node, & a place in my chest wall. After chemo, surgery, then more chemo...now I have 6 more radiation treatments left. I am happy to tell you that my last PET scan showed no cancer!!!! I feel truly blessed! If you need any mastectomy tips...let me know. Much love & hugs
    about 8 years Flag
    • Evelyn Heilbrunn Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2012

      As always, the answers of Diana and Sharon are spot on. I won't repeat anything they have said, because I couldn't say it any better. Please know that this is a great website and there are a lot of women available to answer any questions you may...

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      As always, the answers of Diana and Sharon are spot on. I won't repeat anything they have said, because I couldn't say it any better. Please know that this is a great website and there are a lot of women available to answer any questions you may have, or just to calm your fears.

      I had my most recent mastectomy in October 2011 and started chemo in November, about 3 weeks later. As far as I could tell, the post-op mastectomy issues (i.e., pain) weren't affected by the chemo.

      about 8 years Flag
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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Did they give you anything for pain? I'm finding that my doctors are funny about giving pain medicine because their are people out there abusing medication - after the port I was in a lot of pain and was given five codeine which did nothing for my...

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      Did they give you anything for pain? I'm finding that my doctors are funny about giving pain medicine because their are people out there abusing medication - after the port I was in a lot of pain and was given five codeine which did nothing for my pain- I have a neighbor that twisted her angle and was five 10/325 percacet -- I don't get it?

      over 7 years Flag
  • Sharon Danielson Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2007
    Hi Vicky, I wish you hadn't joined "our club". It is typical for treatment of breast cancer, to be different for nearly every patient. Lots of us have had the same diagnosis but in the big picture, treatment depends on microscopic findings by the pathologist. There is no set amount time for patients chemo. treatments to start. Have you had a consultation with an oncologist and if so, you can call him or her and ask the question? They will usually talk to you about having a port installed too. A port makes the delivery of the chemotherapy much easier. I know things have happened so quickly for you and your head is swimming with all sorts of questions. Things actually settle down once you get the surgery done and tests back. You will really have a solid plan laid out for you. Please keep in touch with us, we have all been there and will be happy to share our experiences. Take care, & healing hugs, Sharon
    about 8 years Flag
    • damian squares Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Ok.

      over 7 years Flag
    • damian squares Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Yeah

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  • vicky kayley Profile
    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    Thank you only had one consultation dreading Wednesday but will be glad it's over with. Do you get all results after surgery not even sure what type I have , got a long rocky road ahead but I am lucky have lots of support. Glad I found this site the posativaty is amazing and also reassuring . Thank you for your fast response x x
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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Vicky, it is all such a shock and terrifying but be assured you are not alone. Usually, you get the pathology report at your first post-op check. There is one particular test that does take a little longer. It is called an Onco-type DX. (you...

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      Vicky, it is all such a shock and terrifying but be assured you are not alone. Usually, you get the pathology report at your first post-op check. There is one particular test that does take a little longer. It is called an Onco-type DX. (you might ask the doctor if he/she will be ordering this test for you) This test tells you if your cancer is the type to reoccur in the future. I think the scale is from 1 to 100. 100 being the worst. The other tests will be back at the one week period. Every woman goes through the experience in their own way. You take one procedure at a time and check it off the list. Once that is done, you are one procedure closer to being back on the road to life. Invasive Ductal Cancer is the most common type of breast cancer. I also had the same type. I had a mastectomy, and chemo. I am now nearly done with the 5 years of hormone blocking therapy. What I can share with you is try to stay positive and above all have a sense of humor. (yes, I AM wearing reindeer antlers getting chemo.) Be your own best advocate. Ask questions! Do not assume that --they-- always know what they are doing... they are human and they make mistakes. If you have a reaction to something, tell doctor's and staff.... they need to know. I was always polite, but got my point across. You will be ok..... there are ba-zillions of us out here who have been where you are going. We are ALIVE and living our lives. Vicky, you are more than welcome to write to me any time. kharazi@aol.com
      PLEASE feel free to ask us anything... there are a tons of us here and would love to help you. Take care, healing hugs, and hang in there. Sharonh

      about 8 years Flag
    • vicky kayley Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Thank you once again I read your post out to my hubby as he is struggling and it has made him more positive. You must be near the end of the roller coaster ride am so pleased for you gosh 5 year is along time having treatment. My head is all over...

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      Thank you once again I read your post out to my hubby as he is struggling and it has made him more positive. You must be near the end of the roller coaster ride am so pleased for you gosh 5 year is along time having treatment. My head is all over but I will stay strong and follow your advice and ask the questions god bless you >>> sending big hugs back. Vicky x x

      about 8 years Flag
  • Marianne R. Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2011
    I was diagnosed with invasive lobular breast cancer 1/25/2011. Feb of 2011 I had 2 sugeries. Right breast partial mastectomy 7.3 cc. 3/16/2011 I started chemo, 6 rounds. I finished chemo 6/30/2011. I started 35 treatments of radiation on 8/1/2011 and finished 9/21/2011.9/22/2011 was the scarest day of all the ttreaments. Is it really over?
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    • Diana Foster Payne Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 4 Patient

      I know what you mean Marianne. I began my treatment in May of last year. I have 6 more radiation treatments & I'll be done. I've been particularly weepy the last few days. Maybe I've had the chance to really think back about this last year. I...

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      I know what you mean Marianne. I began my treatment in May of last year. I have 6 more radiation treatments & I'll be done. I've been particularly weepy the last few days. Maybe I've had the chance to really think back about this last year. I still have my reconstructive surgery to do. I have to wait 3 months after my last radiation before they'll do it. I'll be put on hormone blocker & have one more scan next week. We did it Marianne! We're survivors. :)

      about 8 years Flag
    • Marianne R. Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      I still have my reconstiction to do. My Radiology oncologist asked me to wait a year from my last rads ttreatment. To wait for healing for body and mind. I've started yoga and trying to get the chem pounds off tomoxifen makes that hard. I'm...

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      I still have my reconstiction to do. My Radiology oncologist asked me to wait a year from my last rads ttreatment. To wait for healing for body and mind. I've started yoga and trying to get the chem pounds off tomoxifen makes that hard. I'm still fight the fear of being on my own. During treatment I had a lot of doctors, nurses, and tech helping me to cope now I'm on my own trying to make my way back to ???

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    • Diana Foster Payne Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 4 Patient

      I still have reconstruction to do as well Marianne. My Rad. Onc told me I'd have to wait at least 3 months after my last radiation treatment (which will be a week from today). I've had so much problems with fluid collecting at my mastectomy...

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      I still have reconstruction to do as well Marianne. My Rad. Onc told me I'd have to wait at least 3 months after my last radiation treatment (which will be a week from today). I've had so much problems with fluid collecting at my mastectomy site...I'm really not in a hurry for more surgery right now. :). My surgery was in Oct. and I still have to go in to have a needle inserted to drain the fluid. But it will get better in time. To me it's like...my life before cancer...and my life after cancer. I'll never be the same but there are some good things that have come out of this journey as well. Its the new "normal". :). Hugs

      about 8 years Flag

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