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fruitgirl
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   Posted 8/31/2009 8:38 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi all,
 
I'm visiting from the Ulcerative Colitis forum.  My mother in law was just diagnosed with breast cancer.  So far, what I know is that it's an encapsulated carcinoma, and her options are to either have a mastectomy or 7 weeks of radiation, each followed by lymph node biopsy.  From what I've been able to find with a very quick internet search, it seems that this is a "good" thing. 
 
If any of you have any words of wisdom, etc, I would very much so appreciate it!
Thanks! 
 
I'm just editing to add the more technical diagnosis:
focal high nuclear grade ductal carcinoma in-situ with comedonecrosis
 


Status: Remission since May 2009!
Symptoms began in November 2008, ~4 weeks after giving birth to my son.
Diagnosed with pancolitis on 1/30/09
Currently meds: Apriso (4 0.375g pills ONCE!! daily), mesalamine enema twice weekly, Natural Factors Ultimate probiotic 12/12 Formula, and Zoloft (currently tapering; 12.5 mg).

Post Edited (fruitgirl) : 8/31/2009 12:17:28 PM (GMT-6)


barkyboys
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   Posted 8/31/2009 5:36 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi. Breast cancer in-situ is a better finding than invasive cancer, no doubt. The high nuclear grade and the comedonecrosis are indications that it is, nonetheless, probably more agressive than your garden variety brca in-situ. Emphasis on "probably." 5-year local recurrence rates tend to be somewhat more likely with these two factors than if there were a low nuclear grade with no evidence of necrosis. (How big were the clean margins that they got? This would also be important to know.) I can tell you that, were it me, I would opt for a more agressive treatment based on those findings. I would think that the lymph node biopsy results would determine whether any more treatment would be necessary.

Good luck to you MIL, and feel free to visit us anytime...

And congrats on your remission from UC! That is awesome!

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


fruitgirl
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   Posted 8/31/2009 9:25 PM (GMT -7)   
Bev, thanks so much for your response (and for your note about my remission...I truly feel wonderful right now and am so thankful to be in remission).

I don't know about the margins...she went in for a biopsy last week and from what I understand, they took the entire lump out by taking a lot of biopsies. Would they be able to determine anything about the margins from biopsies, or would a lumpectomy have been the only way to do that?

I think that she's leaning towards the mastectomy right now.

I've given her the info about healing well and a link to this post, so I hope she's reading. If so, hi to my mother in law and ((hugs)). I hope she'll join. The UC forum helped me tremendously when I was diagnosed.
Status: Remission since May 2009!
Symptoms began in November 2008, ~4 weeks after giving birth to my son.
Diagnosed with pancolitis on 1/30/09
Currently meds: Apriso (4 0.375g pills ONCE!! daily), mesalamine enema twice weekly, Natural Factors Ultimate probiotic 12/12 Formula, and Zoloft (currently tapering; 12.5 mg).

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