originally thought to be DCIS but post surgery biopsy result confirmed multifocal invasive carcinoma

Alex82 Member Posts: 1
edited July 2021 in Newly diagnosed
Hi all, I am new here and have been struggling a little with my rollercoaster of a diagnosis.  6 weeks ago I found out I had breast cancer.  4 weeks ago I had surgery to remove what was thought to be DCIS as the ultrasound, mammogram and MRI results all confirmed it was definitely a DCIS however at the same time they all picked up a suspicious lesion next to the DCIS that imaging could not determine and the surgeon advised they would remove that area during surgery also for biopsy.  The post operation biopsy came back a week later and I ended up being diagnosed with mutlifocal invasive carcinoma including Grade 2 mucinous carcinoma, Grade 2 lobular carcinoma in addition to the DCIS.  The lobular carcinoma was also found in my sentinel lymph nodes.  I am now well educated enough to know that there is a sneaky breast cancer that can go undetected that I was not aware of before.  I go every year for a routine check and if it wasn't for the DCIS this would not have been picked up that easily.

I am now in stage3, ER+ PR+ HER2 Negative.  My PET/CT Scan was clear of spread to other parts of the body however my surgeon advised given the extent of it that I undergo chemo first before I have full mastectomy and removal of lymph node surgery.  I can understand why but my mind would be at more ease if I had everything removed now.  I have seen the oncologist already and will have chemo therapy for 26 weeks starting next week.  Waiting also for confirmation of when I start chemo has not been easy for me either even though I have had several medical professionals ensure me that it wont compromise my current diagnosis and that my cancer type is not aggressive  etc.

I have came here to find out if anyone else has been in a similar situation as I am struggling to find anyone I can talk to that has been in the same boat.


  • arpie
    arpie Member Posts: 7,567
    Sorry to see you here, @Alex82 ..... absolutely - a BC diagnosis mucks with your brain, probably even more than your body!  Cos your mind then starts playing tricks on you too!  I hope that you're recovering well from your surgery ..... and I wish you well with your ongoing treatment. xx. Just remember that whilst every day on chemo may not be a good day - but every day will have some good in it!  ;)  I was lucky & dodged the chemo bullet - but my husband is currently on it now. 

    Whack your town/city in your profile - we may have members nearby who may be able to help you out with support groups/services in your area xx

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