Stage 4 Patient
I'm sorry to hear that Lisa. I know how hard it is learning you have breast cancer. I was diagnosed with IDC as well in May of this year. Your treatment will be determined after all your testing results are in. Usually a PET or CT scan is performed to see if the cancer has spread to anywhere other than your breast. Your Dr will look at the results from your scan and biopsy. That will show your hormone receptor status (ER & PR), stage, and HER status. All of those things will determine your treatment. It's all so overwhelming at first. Make sure someone is with you...and that person brings a notebook. Write down any questions you have before you go. Learn all you can about your type of cancer. Knowledge is power! Be careful about the things you read online. Some info is good...some isn't. One good book is "The Breast Book" by Susan Love. Breastcancer.org is a great site and also has a good discussion group with other women in our shoes. The American Cancer Society is a great source for all kinds of info!! Join a support group if you can. It's helped me so much. The thought of going through treatment is scary....but it's doable!! You'll be in my prayers. Let us know how you are.