Friend just diagnosed today

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kronstoolong
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   Posted 10/27/2007 12:54 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi everyone.  First of all, blessings to you all for the fight you are fighting.  Each and every one of you are in my prayers daily.  I have Crohn's Disease and Rheumatoid Arthritis.  I post regularly on the CD forum.  This is such a great place to go for support. 
 
My friend found out today that she has Breast Cancer.  She is in her early 40's.  She is a nurse and is very responsible with her screenings.  They found a 4cmX3cm. mass in her breast.  Her biopsy came back today and it is Cancer.  The Dr. seems particularly worried b/c of the size.  It had to have grown very quickly and he said there is a likelihood it is already in her lymph nodes.  We are all scared.  What can I do to support her, her husband and her two young children, other than the obvious.  We will cook for them, and help out with family demands as much as possible.  Are there things when you are first diagnosed that you just don't want to hear?  I just want to help them the best that I can.  She is having surgery on Tuesday and wills tart Chemo. after that.  This has all happened within the last week and a half.  Thanks for any advice.  Take care.
 


Dawn
 
31 Years Old
Diagnosed with Crohn's Disease at age 17.
Diagnosed with RA or severe joint inflammation due to CD.
Hypothyroid, GERD.
 
Currently taking Leucovorin, Levoxyl, Humira, Methotrexate, Vitamin D - 50,000 IU per week, Vitamin B12 injections, Lunesta and Vicodin or Percocet as needed.
 
In the past have taken Prednisone, Pentasa, Remicade, Imuran, Plaquenil and I am sure many, many more.


lemonz
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   Posted 10/27/2007 5:38 AM (GMT -7)   
Dawn, first let me say its so nice of you to be there and asking for advice to be able to better help your friend. I have a question. Did you mean 4x3 cm or mm? If you really mean cm you might tell you friend to ask for a second opinion. Larger tumors are being treated more and more with chemo first. The idea is to kill as much of the cancer cells as possible before the surgery. This treatment is done on more and more of the cm size tumors. If nothing else make her aware of her options.
How wonderful it would be to see Angels where there are only clouds. How sad it would be to see clouds where there are Angels.
 
 


kronstoolong
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Date Joined Mar 2006
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   Posted 10/27/2007 9:40 AM (GMT -7)   
lemonz, I meant CM...I guess this is huge. They offered the option of Chemo. first and then surgery, or do the surgery right away and then do the Chemo. They said the Dr. gave them those options, but the Dr. didn't try to persuade them in any direction. She feels like she just wants it out NOW.
Dawn
 
31 Years Old
Diagnosed with Crohn's Disease at age 17.
Diagnosed with RA or severe joint inflammation due to CD.
Hypothyroid, GERD.
 
Currently taking Leucovorin, Levoxyl, Humira, Methotrexate, Vitamin D - 50,000 IU per week, Vitamin B12 injections, Lunesta and Vicodin or Percocet as needed.
 
In the past have taken Prednisone, Pentasa, Remicade, Imuran, Plaquenil and I am sure many, many more.


lemonz
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Date Joined Jul 2003
Total Posts : 1090
   Posted 10/27/2007 4:14 PM (GMT -7)   
Of course its a personal choice but has she looked into the percentages of survival for chemo first? This started out as an experimental type of treatment over ten years ago, and has shown such good results with large tumors that I personally would be shocked if it is not soon totally adopted as protocol for large tumors. I actually thought that most teams had switched, over to this method. Just a thought on her options. Whatever she decides, I will keep her in my thoughts. Joyce
How wonderful it would be to see Angels where there are only clouds. How sad it would be to see clouds where there are Angels.
 
 

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