I had my follow up appointment with my surgeon yesterday. I was thrilled to find out that the margins were clear and lymph nodes were negative which means I do not need anymore surgery.
I also met with my oncologist yesterday and reviewed my pathology report. She was very happy that the cancer was small, but explained the guidelines recommend considering adding chemotherapy to endocrine therapy for my size cancer. Because of this, additional testing is being done to make a final decision regarding chemo. This test is called a Mammaprint test and takes approximately 2 weeks for results to come back. It was sent off yesterday. She spoke very positively about the possibility of this test coming back saying I do not have to have chemo.
We know I have to have radiation, but I have not healed enough for that yet. I have another appointment with the radiation oncologist in two weeks to discuss my radiation treatments. When those are done is based on if I have to have chemo and when I am completely healed from surgery. We have not discussed how many radiation treatments I will have.
All of this is good news and we are very blessed. I'll be the first to admit I've been a little, ok, maybe a lot grouchy over the waiting and the waiting and waiting and then some more waiting. I had REALLY hoped we would learn more yesterday. Patience is soooo hard. I am so ready to have a schedule and know what is ahead of me. I know I am so blessed and I am so thankful this cancer is small. I am soooo thankful I didn't wait 6 more months for another MRI when the mammogram and ultrasound didn't show the spot and I was told to wait 6 more months and then have an MRI.
We added in a little extra fun and took the kiddos with us to Durham this time and went to a Durham Bulls game. I think the last time we did that was in the late 90s. The weather was absolutely perfect!
DO YOUR SELF EXAMS! SCHEDULE YOUR WELLNESS CHECKS!!! If something feels different or you have a gut feeling, get it checked out thoroughly. Cancer sucks, but early detection saves lives.
Thanks for all the cards, messages, texts, food, and most importantly prayers. We are so blessed and we have amazing family and friends.