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Thursday, February 12, 2009 Krissy, Community Member, asks

Q: What is survival rate for level 3 invasive ductal carcinoma?

My mother was diagnosed with IDC level 3.  I feel like her doctors are not being aggressive and seem to wait and see.  What are the first steps to treatment?

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PJ Hamel, Health Guide
2/12/09 6:52pm

Hi Krissy: First, please read our IDC FAQS, to acquaint yourself fully with this diagnosis. The first step in treatment is usually either surgery to remove the tumor; or chemo to shrink the tumor. That said, there's often quite a lag between diagnosis and onset of treatment, sometimes up to 6 weeks or so. Various doctors/surgeons need to be scheduled, and it doesn't always fall into place quickly. Following surgery, your mother would probably have chemo (if she hasn't already); and possibly radiation, depending on the pathology of the tumor, where it was located, etc. Then, she might take hormone drugs. This is a pretty typical course of treatment. Hope this helps. Good luck - PJH

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Sandie hall, Community Member
3/ 5/12 11:13pm

They did a lumphectomy first on me and i requested both breast be removed a lateral masectomy both breast were removed and i had 6 rounds of chemo and 33rounds of radiation..I was diagnosed in 2009 and am now cancer free i would say deal with this aggresively it can spread quickly and needs to be treated harshly to remove it..Lot's of prayer is important as well..Hope this helped a little and God bless you Sandie Hall

 

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Phyllis Johnson, Health Guide
3/ 6/12 5:14am

Sandie, I am so glad you are doing well three years later.  I agree with your opinion about dealing with a Stage 3 diagnosis aggressively and about the use of prayer to get you through.  I know other people will be encouraged by your experience.  Thank you for writing.

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Phyllis Johnson, Health Guide
3/ 6/12 5:17am

Whoops!  You did not say your cancer was Stage III.  Nevertheless, we are glad you are doing well whatever stage your cancer was.

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By Krissy, Community Member— Last Modified: 03/06/12, First Published: 02/12/09