I'm a breast cancer survivor of 11 years and I'm so sorry to read about your Mom's diagnosis. With any serious medical diagnosis, if possible, it's always good to get a second opinion from a medical teaching college (State University School of Medicine) in your area.
Here is some general information about Stage 3 Invasive Ductal Carcinoma (IDC):
* In stage 3A IDC have a tumor that is 5cm or smaller with a clump of cancer cells in the axillary lymph nodes, or a tumor that is 5cm or larger with a clump of cancer cells in the axillary lymph nodes. (Axillary lymph nodes are found in the armpit region)
* In stage 3B IDC patients may have any size tumor as well as cancer cells on the chest wall and skin of the breast, or cancer cells in axillary lymph nodes or lymph nodes near the breast bone.
* In stage 3C patients have cancer cells in the lymph nodes beneath the collarbone or within the breast bone.
Please let us know how your Mom is doing!
Thank you for your reply. I am glad to here that you are cancer free. :) I will keep you up to date about my mom. Im just so confused why they are taking such a long time.
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