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Wednesday, October 01, 2008 Brenda Brantley, Community Member, asks

Q: Does Invasive Ductal Cancer return

My mom has been diagnosed with this cancer and is fixing to go in for Sentinal lympnode study next week and lympectomy so I was just curious.



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PJ Hamel, Health Guide
10/ 1/08 5:39pm

Like any kind of invasive cancer, Brenda, IDC can return. Whether or not it's spread to her lymph nodes will tell the story. If it hasn't spread, it almost certainly won't return. If it has, her risk of recurrence is higher. Good luck to both of you as she goes forward with treatment - PJH

Angi, Community Member
10/ 2/08 10:53am

From my experience with Invasive Ductal Carcinoma, that had no node involvement with a modified radical mastectomy after a failed lumpectomy; my cancer returned just 3 short years later as a chest wall recurrence.  Of course everyones cancer is different, but it is a possibility.  There are no guarantees that the cancer will not return, but the odds are good and getting better all the time.

All she can do is take it one step at a time and follow through with all of her monthly/yearly tests and hope for the best.

Good luck!


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