What Is Survival Rate For Level 3 Invasive Ductal Carcinoma?

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Asked by Krissy

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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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

Answered by PJ Hamel