My husband just got his biopsy results back. Grade 1 invasive ductal carcinoma. Any information would be helpful.
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Do you have ER/PR scores or HER2 results yet?
I looked up treatment for men: https://www.cancer.org/cancer/breast-cancer-in-men/treating/by-stage.html
Systemic (drug) therapy is the main treatment for stage IV breast cancer in men. Depending on many factors, this may be hormone therapy , chemo , targeted therapy, immunotherapy, or some combination of these treatments.
Surprisingly, it looks like treatment for men often resembles the treatment for women. I do wonder what surgery is possible though. And was surprised to read that hormone responsiveness (estrogen and progesterone) is also considered for men.
Hi, sorry to hear about your husbands news. I am a male breast cancer survivor (5.5yrs). I was informed of a grade 2 breast cancer shortly after biopsy at age 60. Not good news and very scary at the time. It would be nearly a week later before I had findings from pathology to know more about the specifics of the cancer. I really didn't know more, but the breast cancer care team did. It's a nerve wracking time waiting for the details to know what the treatment plan may be, but do try to remain calm.
For me the journey included surgery (a lumpectomy), followed by radiation, then 5 years on a drug called Tamoxifen. I know it's a scary time, but give time for detail to surface. There is light at the end of the tunnel. If your husband would like to be in contact with another male that has lived through this disease, feel free to reach out to me.
You came to the right place for support. I see a man is responding to your inquiry and that is a wonderful asset. Stay positive🌸
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Thank you so much. It sounds like you are doing good.
The initial diagnosis was scary. We met with a breast surgeon yesterday. My husband is grade one so she said the cancer is totally treatable and curable. He is 100% ER positive and still waiting for the final report back on PR and HER2. He did a chest X-ray, Ultrasound and lab work to gain more information. He is going on a ski trip next week. The following week he is scheduled for a mastectomy. It feels good to have answers and a treatment plan.
Tell me abut your recovery.
Hi and sorry to hear about your husbands news. I am a male and was diagnosed November 4 2022 with IDC grade 2 ER positive PR negative and HER2 Positive. My experience so far is waiting for results which is frustrating but they will come. I had a mastectomy and sentinel lymph node biopsy on December 12th was scheduled earlier but I got covid right after diagnosis. Mastectomy was not bad, the worst part was under the armpit from the lymph node, not painful just annoying, I also had a drain in for 2 weeks that needed to emptied 3 times a day. I know this is a scary time for both of you, stay calm and strong and he will get thru it. As my wife told me its a small hiccup in a long life.
My first round of Chemo will be Wednesday 1/25/23 after six rounds it will then be 15 radiation treatments. Remember not all breast cancer needs Chemo or radiation. If your going to the Mayo I am sure the Oncologist will guide you through the process they have been great with me.
Thank you so much for sharing your experience, strength and hope. Best of luck with your chemotherapy and radiation. It sounds like you have a good treatment plan.
My husband is scheduled for a CT scan and an ultrasound of the lymph nodes tomorrow. Mastectomy and lymph
node biopsy will be done on Wednesday.
I want my husband to be as comfortable as possible post surgery. Any suggestions would be helpful.
Thank you reaching out. It’s comforting to know we are not alone.
My wife bought a pillow system from amazon that helps for sleeping propped up almost like in a recliner or a recliner if you have one will help greatly as he will probably have to sleep on his back in an upright position. They also have some type of belt you can get to hold his drain especially when it is time for a shower. Zip up sweatshirts or button down shirts a must, will be hard to raise arm above head to put on pullover shirts. If I can think of anything else I will let you know but I think that's really about it for what made it more comfortable for me. Tell him good luck and keep positive.
This information helps so much. I will make sure we have those things on hand.
Surgery has been postponed a few days due to more testing. The waiting is the hardest part….
How was your recovery post surgery? When could you resume normal activities like driving?
Thank you for sharing:)
I know waiting drove us crazy. It is the unknown that makes it so hard.
I was able to drive about 10 days after surgery. Some doctors tell you to wait until the drain is out. I also had a port placed at the same time as mastectomy. I was back to work in 2 weeks.
Hope this helps, any other questions feel free to ask. I know you said he plays golf that will probably be a while before he can get back to that. He will do great and so will you.
Thank you so much! We are taking it one day at a time.
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