This is the info up to our oncologist visit this week.
Approx 4-5 weeks ago
Right breast was intensely itchy for two days dismissed as possible reaction to washing powder residue or something.
Intermittent pain in lymph nodes right underarm accompanied by sinus problems so dismissed as ‘fluey’ symptoms
18th-20th july dull breast pain dismissed as period pain.
21st (Monday)pain intensified -by end of day Breast was enlargedsore with redness, extreme puffiness of the skin and especially round the nipple which was inverted – pain in underarm
22nd (Tuesday) redness and pain had subsided somewhat in the morning so arranged to see GP after work on Wednesday.
23rd (Wednesday) saw GP after work very enlarged, painful and inflamed – put on antibiotics
Breast subsided a small amount and had/has a cycle of being less enlarged, inflamed and painful in the morning so when I saw GP on Friday and Monday mornings it looked like it was responding slowly to antibiotics though they were concerned that I was showing no sign of general fever or unwellness.
30th (Wednesday) worked all day before going to thedrs and breast was larger inflamed and extremely painful- had also had extreme stabbing pain in my underarm the day before.
GP gave urgent referral to Breast clinic with instructions I had to go within 2 days
31st July (Thursday) Saw breast physician at breast clinic – had ultra sound, mammogram, fine needle biopsy and core needle biopsy. Given stronger antibiotic in case it’s an abcess.
Monday 4th August – diagnosis of Inflammatory Breast Cancer. Referred to oncologist
the first thing we did when wegot home is look it up on the web. the websites are provided as links at the side of the page.
after reading these we realised it was pretty serious.
Thursday 7th CT scan and bone scan in preparation for going to the oncologist
While we we were waiting for my oncology appt coming round this week, I noticed that the glands in my neck were getting sore as well