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Thursday, April 22, 2010 Lori, Community Member, asks

Q: Invasive ductal carcinoma..grade 1 well-differentiated admixed ductal carcinoma

intermediate grade NG2 with no necrosis and focal calcification..need help on what this means and what to do..very scared and a young mother of 3 boy's.

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PJ Hamel, Health Guide
4/22/10 4:55am

Lori, you've been diagnosed with the most common type of breast cancer. Please read our Guide to Understanding Your Pathology Report for help interpreting that very confusing document! You don't give much information here, but since IDC is so common doctors have lots of experience treating it and lots of data about outcomes, so that's a good thing. Most women with your diagnosis are successfully treated and go on to live their normal lives, so keep that thought in your heart.

 

You don't really need to know what to do next - your treatment will be pretty much directed by the hospital or cancer center where you're being treated. If you've at a small local hospital, or have any doubt at all about your diagnosis or the treatment you'll get, you might consider accessing a Comprehensive Cancer Center, if there's one near you. These centers have been government-designated as being top-notch facilities; and as I said, any doubts at all about where you're currently going, ask for a referral for a second opinion at a CCC.

 

Breast cancer is scary, for sure. But it's simply not the death sentence it used to be. Sounds like you have at least three very good reasons to plow your way through treatment and give it all you've got; your boys will be an inspiration to you. Please take the time to browse around this site, and consider writing a sharepost - you'll find the women here incredibly supportive, and I daresay among us we can answer most of your questions, and certainly help you through this emotionally. We're here for you - best of luck going forward. PJH

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By Lori, Community Member— Last Modified: 12/25/10, First Published: 04/22/10