Women's Health

North Carolina News Employee Shares Breast Cancer Journey

Invasive ductal carcinoma

Invasive ductal carcinoma

In February 2017, just two months after her last mammogram (where the results came back normal), she felt a sharp pain in her left breast. “I didn't really pay that much attention, but two weeks later I rolled again and felt the same pain. Within a couple days I saw my doctor, who wasn't worried but said I should get a biopsy to confirm” Michal said. On March 13th, she received a call that she had invasive ductal carcinoma. “I knew carcinoma was cancer but what was all that other jargon? I wanted to get off the phone to Google but was further instructed by the nurse to only go to cancer.org to research. I had just had a clean mammogram. How did they miss this?” Michal said. Later that day, Michal visited her gynecologist, who informed her that she had stage I cancer – a small tumor that had not affected the lymph nodes. Her doctor ordered an MRI just to be on the safe side.