We saw Dr. Tasha Hunter, David's oncologist on Monday, March 11. The great news is she did not recommend chemo. This was not what David expected. Instead he will take Tamoxifen, an estrogen-blocker for 5 years. This is a very common treatment. David has Stage 1A in his right breast and Stage 1B in the left. Dr. Hunter explained that the goal for treatment is a cure. If she had recommended chemo followed by Tamoxifen, the increased chances for a cure were less than 1 percent. David will see Dr. Hunter again in a month to check on any side effects.
On the same day, David's mother, Helen Marie Harris Engle went to God. During her last days she was surrounded by all her children, spouses, grandchildren, great grandchildren and many friends. Love for her came from all who knew her. Her neighbors held a candlelight vigil in her back yard. The link below is the article about Helen in the Tacoma News Tribune.
Front-page tribute to Helen in the Tacoma News Tribune and online https://www.thenewstribune.com/