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Invasive ductile breast cancer: What should I expect?

Breast Cancer | Last Active: Jun 30 8:52am | Replies (46)

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Yes, it was found during a routine mammogram I delayed my annual screening because of COVID, especially given the local reluctance of a good segment of the people to adhere to standard cautions (masking, distancing), but the surgeon said it may not have made a difference. The cancer might have been too small to detect during my due mammogram, so in a way it sort of worked out. I’m pretty calm about the diagnosis, the prognosis is excellent. Tumor size 8 Millimeters, so quite small. Still, I’d be interested to hear about which hormone treatment options seem to be best tolerated, with fewest side effects, and still being effective.

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I had IDC found during routine check. Diagnosed in May 2018. I had a lumpectomy with radiation. Stage 1, grade 3B. I started on anastrozole but found I could not tolerate the side effects – after 12 months I switched to Exemestane which I find I can tolerate. Each person is different – like 60% of women have no side effects. So you won't know unless you try it. I was 62 – so wanted to try it for the reduction of future reoccurrence. I'm not saying Exemestane had no side effects – but ones I can deal with. My joint pain is like a 1 on it – where on Anastrozole it was like a 7 all the time. People with no side effects don't post. 🙂 Good luck with what you decide – I find the most important factor is trusting your oncologist. If you don't like them- find a new one.