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Monday, November 23, 2009 JO, Community Member, asks

Q: BREAST CANCER AND NOTTINGHAMS SCORE

I WAS DIAGNOSED WITH "INFILTRATING DUCTAL CARCINOMA" ON NOV. 17, 2009....MY NOTTINGHAM'S SCORE IS : 3/3 + 3/3 + 2/3 = 7/9....THIS IS ALL NEW TO ME....WHAT DOES THE SCORE MEAN ? DO i HAVE A GOOD CHANCE ?....JO...@ JTPATTON1960@YAHOO.COM

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PJ Hamel, Health Guide
11/23/09 6:33pm

Hi Jo - Welcome to "the club no one wants to join!" Sorry you're having to go through this. Your Nottingham score is on the high side, signaling a more aggressive cancer; but there are many, many more factors that impact your prognosis.

 

Please study our Guide to Understanding your Pathology Report for help interpreting the "medicalese" you see in your report. And I'm sure that your oncologist will discuss your results with you fully, at one of your upcoming appointments.

 

Do you have a good chance of surviving? Without knowing your complete diagnosis, that's hard to say; but the significant majority of women DO survive breast cancer; there are millions of breast cancer survivors in America alone. So statistically speaking, yes, you have an excellent chance of going through treatment and living a long and health life. Good luck - and stay in touch here, OK? We can help – PJH

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JO, Community Member
11/23/09 10:04pm

PJ...ARE THESE NOTTINGHAM SCORES ACCURATE? WHAT THEY DO FIND JUST PUT THE RESULTS ON A SCALE? I HAD A MAMO LAST MAR. 08 NOT ONE THING SHOWED IT WAS CLEAR...HOW COULD SOMETHING HIT ME SO FAST? I HAD NO SIGNS....I NEED ALL THE HELP AND ANSWERS I CAN GET.

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PJ Hamel, Health Guide
11/23/09 10:48pm

Jo, it's not at all unusual for cancer to "suddenly" show up on a mammogram; your last one was over 18 months ago, which is quite awhile. Cancer grows slowly, but eventually gets large enough to be detected - sounds like that's what happened to you.

 

For more information, please read all you can on this site. We offer information on all aspects of breast cancer, written in laymen's terms. I hope you take the time to read the pathology guide (link I gave you earlier), once you have your report in front of you. In the meantime, please use the search box to type in anything you'd like more information on (e.g., IDC, chemotherapy, etc.) And if you have any other specific questions - we can definitely help. PJH

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By JO, Community Member— Last Modified: 12/18/10, First Published: 11/23/09