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