I was originally diagnosed with invasive ductal cancer in 2000. I went through lumpectomy, chemo and radiation. I had another diagnosis of the same type in April of this year. I had 4 rounds of chemo first then had a bilateral mastectomy and reconstruction. My chemo was finished in June and my surgery in August. I now have had a diagnosis of IBC. My oncologist says this is very unusual to have cancer appear so soon after mastectomy and chemo. Do you think I should go to a clinic like MD Anderson or is there another place that may have good experience with IBC? My oncologist has worked with MD Anderson but he has not offered to help me get an apt there. Should I contact them on my own? How much time should I take trying to get a second opinion? I like my oncologist and do not want to step on his toes, but I am scared.
Dear 2timesurvivor: If you are feeling uncomfortable with the diagnosis or treatment plan, you should get a second opinion. In doing this, everything can be re-reviewed and options discussed. You would want to get a second opinion within a matter of weeks. If nothing else, you will hopefully gain peace of mind.
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