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Dee75
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   Posted 7/21/2008 5:54 PM (GMT -7)   
I have infilterating ductal carcinoma grade 3 of 3. I see a breast surgeon Wednesday. I am so worried about having chemo first or even after. I am 79 and wondering if they might consider my age and go another route. Has anyone my age gone through this and  how did they handle it? Thanks, Dee

Tavish
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   Posted 7/21/2008 8:31 PM (GMT -7)   
Dee, mine was a grade III also. I had negative nodes, 2.5 cm and was 30 at diagnosis. There is a lot that goes into the need for chemo besides grade. Size is a big factor, especially big is the node status. They will look at whether they get clean margins too. If all things are best case scenario and you have a tiny tumor, they may discuss choices with you in order to give you the best quality of life but also the longest life. You might ask what the chances of recurrence are if you do not do chemo. And if they are great odds, then you may have to make a decision. If they tell you that the cancer is likely to return and chemo will cut the risk in half, it may be worth it to have more insurance about another good 10 or 20 years. Quality of life is important...lots to consider.
I know you are not the eldest one to get breast cancer, but not sure we've had someone of your age on our board. Welcome and we hope you stick around with us for a while.
Lori


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   Posted 7/21/2008 8:33 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi, Dee. I'm so sorry to hear that you have been diagnosed with this disease. I'm sure your age will be taken into consideration when deciding on a treatment. I hope it is not in the nodes as well. I had an aunt who was diagnosed in her 70's. She had a mastectomy and no other treatment, and she is in her 90's and still going strong. They also have some other treatments, such as Tamoxifen and Arimidex, which are estrogen blockers, that you take on a daily basis and do a good job of keeping breast cancer at bay. They are particularly effective in older women, and they have relatively few side effects, compared to chemotherapy. It really depends on your circumstances...your tumor, lymph nodes, and your overall health.

Breast cancer is often a slow growing cancer...a lump may be forming for 8 to 10 years before it can be felt. So that is a good thing.

Let us know how your appointment goes on Wednesday. We'll be thinking about you.

Hugs...
BEV
"There's a difference between a philosophy and a bumper sticker."  --Charles Schulz


Dee75
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   Posted 7/21/2008 8:48 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you, Lori and Bev. The information is really helpful. I don't feel so alone when there's a website like this that is so reassuring. Hugs to all. Dee

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   Posted 7/21/2008 9:32 PM (GMT -7)   
Oh, Dee, it's never easy to learn you have cancer. My aunt, my mother's sister, was diagnosed early this year. She had a very early cancer and had a small area removed. No other treatment. You've gotten good advice from Lori and Bev. Just try to remain optimistic. We are here for you. Hugs, Lauri

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Dee75
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   Posted 7/24/2008 8:40 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi all! I met my surgeon yesterday. I'm going to have a lumpectomy on Tuesday. They will take out a couple of lymph nodes and examine them. It will depend on them as to rather they'll take out more nodes. My surgeon says that my type of cancer responds well to chemo. I'll meet with an oncologist in 3 wks. Between the surgeon, oncologist and a nurse, we'll discuss what would be the best option for me. My daughters will be with me. I'm hanging in there. Lots of hugs to all, Dee

gma
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   Posted 7/25/2008 5:21 AM (GMT -7)   
Dee you sound like a really positive person!!! I will be 70 soon and I admire your spunk. Not many our age take to computers and internet boards. so I know you are full of fun and life. You will do well with treatment! I had a mastectomy at 58. Hugs from one oldie to another! MK


Dee75
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   Posted 7/26/2008 9:25 PM (GMT -7)   
Nice to hear from you MK. I think all we oldies should be computer savvy. It keeps our brain active. I have a large rose garden and I take photos of the roses. I use the computer to make my greeting cards with the photos. I lost my husband to lung cancer and the computer has become my companion, after my American Eskimo of course ! Haha. Hugs, Dee

gma
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   Posted 7/28/2008 6:41 AM (GMT -7)   
My aunt was in her eighties and taking computer classes to learn all she could when pancreatic cancer took her. I admired her especially for going to classes to learn. When PCs came into the office world many men in my age bracket were not at all interested in learning and using them. My son took to the PC like a fish to water and zoomed up at the bank where he worked because he was able to make the computer sing out spreadsheets, etc. It's a great world! Hugs MK


grannymac
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   Posted 7/28/2008 11:15 PM (GMT -7)   
Dee,

God bless you! I'm a 7 year survivor. I went through chemo, rads and tamoxifen Mine was stage Ib - that is, it was almost stage II - 1.5 cm, infiltrating - but NO NODES! That was the 'saving grace" - I have a long-time friend who's battling stage IV - Some quack she was seeing diagnosed asthma when she was having trouble breathing - without a chest xray - and when she got too bad and switched docs, it was too late. An x-ray showed massive pleural effusions, etc., which turned out to be cancerous - as well as fluid around the heart, spots in the liver, spine and spleen. For now, she's 'stable' - it's neither growing nor decreasing.

As for being pc saavy...At 37, I went back to school to become a nurse. Two years later, hubby was killed, so I dropped out to take care of the kids. I worked various jobs - some temporary, some permanent. I'd been a word processor before all this, so renewed my skills, and by this time, word processing was done on pc's instead of stand-alone units (like the old xerox 860's, etc.). My mom gave me dad's old Apple II and I met a lady who taught me all she knew about the macs and apple machines. A former boyfriend of hers then offered me a 'job' (volunteer at the time) helping teachers get on a system that was supposed to filter out 'bad' internet sites for schools in that area - turned out it was a 'burb of Detroit. The tech support manager liked how I was doing stuff, and when I got laid off from my job in IL, he offered me a job there - TRA helped fund my move (the company sent a lot of stuff to Mexico, I was displaced due to that), and I went down there. At the tender age of 50, I was learning unix, learning how to build websites (I do light website creation at home - I've been on a hiatus from it lately due to recurrent pneumonias. I have GERD, COPD and sleep apnea, and my immune system is shot, due to chemo (only half my bone marrow makes cells, and tends to go on strike when I get sick, so I end up getting blood transfusions) and prednisone, which I'm on due to COPD (yeah, too many years smoking, plus GERD, both of which have scarred my lungs (nevermind the pneumonias) by aspirating contents of my stomach (GERD) and other stuff (gasping awake from sleep apnea), but ...I've had 8 bouts in 2004/2005; and 9 bouts in 2007/2008 - of pneumonia, that is. If the measures we're taking now (BIPAP for sleep apnea, possibly surgery for gerd) keep me from getting more pneumonia, I'm going to become more active at webdesign and so on. Unfortunately, my clients I did have were poor - one paid me when he could; the other paid me in kind - he used to work for an NBC affiliate here, so has access to free tickets and so on - nice, but they don't pay the bills! (well, I guess, I could sell 'em, oh well). But, yes...two mantras everyone should remember on a computer:

NOTHING you can do with the software will hurt the hardware!
the only stupid question is the one NOT asked!

And...bearing in mind the first one...as long as you have backups of your programs AND data, don't be afraid to experiment and find out what this key does, and what that key does. Go into a program, click on the menu items, find out what they do! 99% of your programs will always say: "are you sure???" before you do something irreversable. It's annoying when you know the program, but is a godsend while you're learning! Don't just read the book, DO THE PROGRAM!!!!! Ask yourself...what's the worst scenario? If it's restarting the computer, setting it back a few days (system tools in 2000 and XP), reinstalling the program, then do it! Those are only annoyances compared to the annoyance if you don't!

Sorry for rambling on :)

Grannymac (I'm a granny, and use a mac <G>)

Dee75
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   Posted 7/31/2008 11:07 PM (GMT -7)   
Granny Mac! Thanks for all the info on tne computer. Sounds like your a whiz. I had my lumpectomy Wednesday. They took ten exrays and couldn't get a good reading. The surgeon was able to find a few and I'll know the results the first of the week. Surgery wasn't to bad, but I don't care for the little bulb that I wear. Oh well. it's only a few days.I see the oncologist on the 19th of August. Hugs to all, Dee

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   Posted 8/1/2008 12:21 PM (GMT -7)   
Dee,
 
Glad to hear your surgery went well.  Hopefully, they got it all and maybe you won't even need chemo.  I'll cross my fingers for you.  Hang in there.  We are there for you.
L & H,
Kathy

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