Newly diagnosed mixed IDC and ILC
In November of 2021 I had a "normal" mammogram (always noted heterogeneously dense breasts) On Oct 7th I had a very long-awaited breast reduction surgery where over 1lb was removed from each breast and I was feeling so happy with the results. On Oct 20 I received a call from my surgeon saying that 2 tumors were found in the routine pathology they do on the breast tissue after reduction- tumors considered grade 2 with mixed IDC and ILC features, and he was sad to inform me that I have Breast Cancer.
I feel like I have been blindsided by a mack truck. Things are moving both quickly and at a snail pace all at the same time. Issues are they know the tumors were both in the left breast but do not know where the tumors were on the breast since all of the left tissue removed was in one sample and same with the right side. So far I know I am Er+, PR+ and Her2 negative. Awaiting genetics testing results have not had lymph nodes have been tested yet.
I have had appointments with an Oncologist, Surgeon and Breast Care coordinator and was overwhelmed with the treatment plans ranging from radiation and hormone therapy through double mastectomy and Chemo based on more testing. They are waiting to do the lymph node surgery until it is determined if I need further breast surgery so they can do them both at the same time if possible. They gave me so much information but none of it was particularly specific to me because they do not know what my actual stage and full diagnosis is just yet.
I just turned 48 and there seems to be concern regarding my age (they kept calling me young and that was a nice change) and the chances of the cancer returning based on my age and that in addition to the tumors the tissue tested showed "extensive atypical lobular hyperplasia with foci of lobular carcinoma in situ".
I am currently thinking I want to proceed with the most aggressive treatment plan presented but I may change my mind 100 times by the time all of the tests and diagnostics are completed.
Short version of a long story- I am shocked, scared and in a bit of denial. I will feel better once I have a full diagnosis and plan of action. Thank you for reading my long-winded post and I look forward to finding and lending support in this forum as I continue on this journey.