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my mother has been dianosed with grade 2 invasive ductal carcinoma & a doctor in nigeria said d breast b remov?

doctor recommend the breast be removed,why and is that correct.pls advise.l am worried,she's 73yrs old.

A ductal carcinoma is a form of breast cancer, where cancer cells grow inside the breast ducks. By removing the breasts, the cancerous tissues will be removed (i.e the tumor). On top of that it will prevent it from spreading (if it isn't done yet). So year, removing the breast is a suitable course of action. On top of that she may need radiotherapy and chemotherapy.

If you mother was healthy until then, she will be fine, but I cannot promise anything.

All you can do is be by her side, and support her as much as you can. She will loose or gain weight which may be scary. She will also be very tired, she may loose her hair, and she will also become very cranky (most doctors don't tell you that). Just deal with it and love her. Don't show her that you are worried, but do ask for all medical details, I find that it helps a lot of the patients to know exactly what's happening and why.

Furthermore, make sure you mother keeps (or starts) exercising several times a week (2-3 times). It will be hard for her, especially at the beginning, but on the long run, cancer patient who exercise have a better recovery.

Finally, you mother will need a very strict medical follow up. Once most cancer cells are gone, she will have to get a full blood count every 3 months at least.

Good luck.  (+ info)

was just diagnosed with dcis - ductal carcinoma in situ. Who is the BEST Breast Cancer Oncologist in LA area?

prefer an oncologist that is board certified in both oncology and hematology and on staff at either cedars and or city of hope, and specializes in aggressive treatments of breast cancer.
I know that there are more LA based Yahoo's out here...pls need a referral/recommendation to get best diagnosis and treatment plan.

If you have "just" DCIS, why are you looking for a hematologist? Is not radiation therapy sufficient in DCIS treatment? You may not need chemo.

Sorry...I digress...

UCLA or Cedar-Sinai or USC Cancer Center.

City of Hope, in Duarte, is quite a drive if you only have to have the radiation therapy.

I LOVE the radiation oncology department at Providence Holy Cross in Mission Hills.

Ask your doctor, maybe.

Many of these have satellite offices in "neighborhood" offices.

Good luck to you!  (+ info)

how do i know when is chemotherapy for ductal and lobular breast cancer?

when is need chemotherapy after radical mastectomy for patient with mixed invasive ductal and lobular carcinoma (grade 3 score 8) 2-involement of two axillary lymphnodes by tumoral lesion were seen.mastectomy of one mam is done -age is 61-?

After you were diagnosed and work up was completed you should have been referred to an oncologist who would have told you. The surgeon should have also told you when to follow up with them and the oncologist.  (+ info)

Ductal Carcinoma (Breast Cancer)?

My Sister was diagnosed with Breast Cancer in November. It started off as a little lump in her left breast. She has gone through lots of Chemo and alternative drugs. She lost her left breast now and most of the pectoral muscle and roughly 23 lymph nodes as all were invaded. She is now being told that there are spots on her spine and in her other breast and some of those lymph nodes. There may be a spot or two as well on her liver. She does not want to know the prognosis as she doesn't want to think about it. She has a 4 yr old son and a 1 yr old daughter. I want to know the pronosis though. I want to be prepared so I can be strong for when my parents need me the most. Any information out there I would appreciate it. I have researched so much. By the way I am also doing the Making Strides 5 mile Breast Cancer walk in Philly in October, if anyone would like to make a small donation to that please let me know and I will send you the link. Take care and thank you.

There was abook published in 1994 called: STRAIGHT TALK ABOUT BREAST CANCER by Suzanne Braddock , et al = ISBN 1886039216. It gives every woman and family basic info.

What maybe you need is her permission to speak with her doctor and get her info directly.  (+ info)

Invasive Ductal Carcinoma or Inflammatory Breast Cancer?

I am curious....my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer (the first time) in 1994. There was a recent family event that led me to look up her original pathology report - my mother is very open with us daughters about her diagnosis so i have her permission to do this. I can't figure out if she had IDC or Inflammatory Breast cancer. She recently stated that it was inflammatory breast cancer back in 1994. I always thought it was IDC but I was a teenager at the time so it wasn't discussed with me very often. However, I remember back in 1996 that she said her breast cancer was hard to see (or not seen at all) on mammogram because the tumor was enclosed in a cyst (which she confirmed yesterday) - however, i thought tumors are not usually associated with inflammatory breast cancer.
So, she says it was inflammatory breast cancer but the pathology report from her 1994 needle biopsy says IDC with chronic and acute inflammation ER-, PR+, grade 3. Is there anyway this needle biopsy pathology report could be wrong? For example, maybe they did more tests after her mastectomy and changed her diagnosis to inflammatory breast cancer? This question has no effects on her treatment or anything (as she is cancer free and not on treatment), I am just curious. I tend to believe that maybe she heard the word inflammation and thought it was inflammatory breast cancer.

Treatments for IBC in 1994 had a horrible track record. Indeed it isn't much better now. I would believe that it was IDC based on the fact that she is still here. There are only a very few people still around 15 years after a diagnosis of IBC. Most of those underwent very radical high dose chemotherapy. Glad to hear that your mother is doing well!

edit -- further research proves me wrong Dr. Cristofanilli is the lead researcher at the IBC clinic at M.D. Anderson (Texas). relevant quote --

From Dr. Cristofanilli, here is his answer to the IDC and IBC question:

IBC is a clinical diagnosis, meaning that patients present with all
the features that we know (redness, swelling etc) and we recognize it
as such. When these patients go to biopsy then they have a
pathological dx. The cancer cells may look like "ductal invasive
type" or (less frequently) "lobular invasive". In summary, IBC is
usually an IDC type under the microscope...

Patti Bradfield, President
Inflammatory Breast Cancer Foundation



So she might have had IBC based strictly off of the pathology report. I hope this helps

Denny  (+ info)

I have just been diagnosed with infiltrative ductal carcinoma (breast cancer).?

I am just wondering what may lie ahead. I'm scheduled for an MRI and a surgical consultation. They say I have two cancer sites and it sounds as if they may do a "lumpectomy." I understand this type of cancer is very common. Any words of wisdom are most welcomed. I have a strong support system, I am very positive at this point.

Lots of love to you. I myself am a survivor of the same type of breast cancer. I just wanted you to know that it is very beatable. I had a very aggressive type and I went into remission in 2003. I was 27 when I was diagnosed, and am now happy to be 33. A lumpectomy is a good, good sign. If they are choosing the less invasive of a surgery, it's always a very positive sign.

Even if they do a mastectomy, just know it will be OKAY! I've lost my breast, but not my life, and I am far happier now than I was before I got sick. Love yourself. Be nice to yourself, and accept help from others. I'll be thinking about you.  (+ info)

Possible breast cancer..ductal carcinoma ?

my best friend had a lump for a year and noone knew. she had a physical and they sent her for mammogram which found lump 2 to 4 cm and spider web appearance.

She has to have an ultrasound tomorrow and then go from there. the radiologist already said suspicious of cancer.
She knew she had lump but we didn't know.
I am her best friend and sis in law and comes to me for support. i am researching and making sure she follows through and was wondering does this sound like cancer ? how do you help friend with wide range ofemotions from anger to laughter to i want a 2nd opinion. i am afraid she may even go in denial and want to be there for her.

You have asked various versions of this same question the past couple of days, so you are either not getting the answers you want or this isn’t really your question. It is normal for people to deal with cancer in wide range of emotions, but try not to ride them with her. Someone needs to be level headed when she is not and be the voice of reason for her. Go to her appointments with her, listen to her, encourage her to be positive, love her and by all means get a second opinion.  (+ info)

What are the treatment options for invasive Ductal Carcinoma In Situ?

I was diagnosed with invasive Ductal Carcinoma In Situ. It was 1.7 cm. in size. Had lumpectomy and lymph node biopsy. The pathology they did during surgery came back clean. I am very scared. Any information would be appreciated.
I thought the invasive diagnosis was unusual also, but I saw the breast biopsy report and that is what it said.

It is impossible to have “invasive Ductal Carcinoma In Situ” as in situ means non-invasive. Are you saying you have invasive ductal carcinoma AND DCIS? Treatment option should have been discussed with you before you had surgery as what kind of surgery you have is based on your decision. I think you need a other talk with your doctor.  (+ info)

what is the chromosome number of infiltrating ductal carcinoma?

it is a type of breast cancer

9  (+ info)

What causes breast and arm pain after having biopsy with Lobular Carcinoma in Situ diagnosis?

I can barely raise my arms up over my head. I have sever pain between the shoulders and elbow on both arms. I had three wire localizations with excisional biopsies in April 2008, and this has gotten alot worse since the surgery. What can I do and where should I start to look for answers.?

look in the chat section of this link and see if someone their is experienced the same problems that you are having, but I would advise you to go and see your doctor just in case you have developed an infection from having a biopsy done. good luck.xx  (+ info)

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