Hi Katt...so sorry for your news, all of us know exactly where you have been, and we can help you every step of the way. You may wish to check the toll call post at the top to see a little more about
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Breast Cancer is very treatable and even curable in many cases. This is not a death sentence, but the next few months will be a challenge. Doable, but a challenge.
Some advice...take a tape recorder, a list of questions in writing, and a friend to the next appointments. Sounds like you did good though, and got a lot of information yesterday! The chemo does not necessarily depend on how "bad" the cancer is, but what kind. There are several chemo routines that cater specifically to certain kinds of cancer, that target certain cells or receptors that it may have. Hormone receptors, for example, are common and exist on 2/3 of breast cancers...and there are specific drugs (oral) that you can take to try and prevent a recurrance. Having positive lymph nodes will likely earn you more chemo, which is standard. 1 cm is a common benchmark for needing chemo, and mine was 2.5 cm...so chemo was given for me.
There are several newer chemos out there, but many of us oldtimers had a fairly routine cocktail. Prepare for the worst but do not expect it.....I found my 4 cycles of chemo (AC) to be pretty tolerable and I worked full time through most of it. I had virtually no nausea and no other bad side effects...not that I loved it, but point is it is not like they show on tv, and you may not be sick at all.
The docs will probably order several tests to help rule out spread of cancer and then go from there. I also did radiation the old fashioned way, daily zaps for 6 weeks. I am over 5 years out from treatment and doing great.
One step at a time, you have lots of info to find out first. Read what you can but not too much, and ask us lots of questions. We're here for you!