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Just found out my friend has breast cancer. She had mammogram a year ago.
My friend had a mammogram a year ago and was told she had a cyst. Her sister has battled breast cancer so she's extra vigilant. Now the 'cyst' has grown, she's had another scan and it's a huge cancerous tumour They've said she has to have chemo before they operate. Another friend said this seems odd as it's usually radiotherapy?
chemo first is often done tbh, depending on the size and location the tumor will be shrunk and then removed, lots of factors make a difference as to what treatment is given there isn't a one-size-fits-all solution.
if you have any questions there are some ladies who are going through or have been through it on the tamoxifen thread.
its the waiting that's the hard thing, scans, blood tests etc etc but they have to be sure what they are dealing with before they start treatment. Once there is a treatment plan it tends to become a bit easier to deal with (if that makes any sense at all)
Sorry to hear about this curiousmama. The scan will be to see if there is evidence of spread: if there is the chemo will also help with mopping that up.
s RWU said - the waiting and not knowing is often the hardest bit. Come and talk to us on the Tamoxifenthesixth thread if you have specific questions. Several of us have been through treatment, some are just finishing, and others are at an earlier stage (or still only at the suspicious stage), but we may be able to help a bit, between us...
Just adding to my Tamoxifen friends' posts Curiousmama. I'm so sorry to hear your friend is going through this rotten thing. As everyone has said, if you want to chat, or have any questions, or want something explained that we might be able to help with, do pop over.
As RWU says waiting for test results is one of the hardest parts. Once your friend knows where she stands, she will be able to start getting her head round it all a bit better. I wish her the very best.