Sorry Archie , I'm not on here as often as I used to be . I'm almost at 10 years since my diagnosis , which was in February 2010. My cancer was in a different place to yours so I don't know what radiation will be like for you or what the side effects are , but do ask any questions of your doctor . Perhaps you and your wife could write a list of questions . During radiation the hospital staff are very caring and helpful and the nurses can often answer your questions between doctor visits . They are there to offer advice every day . For me radiation was not as bad as surgery but many people find the opposite . My biggest problem at the time of radiation was feeling depressed about it all and I tried to get counselling which was on offer but didn't get an appointment during that time . I did get counselling a couple of months after radiation ended and it was so , so good . I contacted the Cancer Council after having trouble finding a suitable place to go . I highly recommend them to anyone feeling down or depressed about their cancer . I can understand how all that is happening for you is taking a toll on you and your wife . I was 59 at diagnosis and luckily I had a supportive husband . I wish you well throughout .
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I have no helpful advice but can say that some cancer diagnoses are able to be considered terminal . My young sister died within a few months of her diagnosis . She had a different rare cancer and at diagnosis they knew she wouldn't live long because of the spread , despite a second extensive surgery . I'm guessing this is nothing like your circumstances . Sorry this isn't very helpful to you .
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Hello Melissa I'm glad I found your post as I am not good at using this site since it changed . ACC of the breast affects about 12% of those with ACC . I used to get the statistics from the Cancer Registry for our cancer but after a few years they started charging a lot of money for that so I stopped . I think ACC of the breast usually has a better outcome compared to ACC in other sites . Of course every person's experience is individual . I can think of at least one Australian in our Australian Facebook group whose cancer was in the breast but I think there are a couple more too. Please contact me on Facebook as I know of no other way and I'll put you in touch with these others . I live on the Gold Coast but many of our group also live in Brisbane , All the best for your next surgery . It sounds as though it will go well . Sylvia Farry
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Cancer Council NSW would like to acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land on which we live and work.We would also like to pay respect to elders past and present and extend that respect to all other Aboriginal people.