My wife aged 74 has been diagnosed as having breast cancer in the left breast and markedly enlarged left axillary lymph nodes reaching up to 5cm in greatest diameter. The MRI report says in part that there is an extensive dense band of asymmetrical tissue lying superficial to the (breast implant done 25 years ago) There was intense rapid enhancement of this tissue with typically malignant time intensity curves extending over 7cm in a transverse plane up to 1cm in depth. This tissue is contiguous with the dermal surface which is markedly thickened, and there is similar intense abnormal enhancement over virtually the inferior half the left breast. There is considerable corresponding left breast oedema and there may be a small seperate 1cm sattelite nodule located at 12 o'clock.
The MRI report summary reads 'a widely infiltrating primary carcinoma. There is diffuse tumor involvement of the overlying dermis throughout the lower half of the left breast and there is extensive metastatic left axillary lymphadenopathy
She had a biopsy today on both the breast and swollen lymph node under her arm
The doctor is away for a few days now and we are going through hell with this, waiting for the results. She will definately need surgery he says and depending on what kind of cancer it is she may be prescribed drugs to reduce her estrogen production? and reduce the size berfore surgery. I think that's right. If not, she will need a bigger operation and probable radio therapy afterwards.
How serious is all this? Can anybody help with some clearer information please?
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