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Old 02-07-2013, 04:01 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Saw the surgeon yesterday. MRI showed mass to be 2.7cm. Biopsy results Invasive ductal. ER positive (that's a good thing). Having a right mastectomy and possibly prophylactic left. I will decide on the left after meeting with my cardiologist to see if I can safely be under anesthesia 4 plus hours. I'm actually at the cardiologist appointment as I type. Will have to wait for final pathology after the mastectomy to see if chemo will be needed. If lymph nodes are positive, I have chemo. If lymph nodes are negative, they will do oncotype assay to determine if I am at high risk for recurrence. If my oncotype score is low, probably won't need chemo. So the next big hurdle is to have negative nodes and a low oncotype score. Appointment with plastic surgeon is scheduled for the 18th so my surgery will be scheduled once I see him. What a world wind of appointments and a crash course on breast cancer this has been. Will keep you posted when I know more. Love and hugs to each of you.
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Old 02-07-2013, 04:08 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I'm so sorry that you have to deal with Tracey. You are in thoughts and prayers. My thought is the best thing to do is, to try to stay positive. And please keep us posted when your can. Good luck at the cardiologist. Hugs to you dear.

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Old 02-07-2013, 04:23 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Tracey - I'm not that familiar with what everything means but sounds like you're moving ahead. Are you staying with the one oncologist or getting a second opinion? I thought I just heard on the news the other night that they're finding out that those getting lumpectomies are doing as well or better than those with mastectomies. I'm assuming it depends on the size and type of tumor so maybe that's what yours indicated. Hoping all goes well and that indeed it will just be one breast. That's a very long surgery. Sending hugs!!!

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Old 02-07-2013, 04:25 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Old 02-07-2013, 04:26 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Praying for the results you want so you won't need chemo.

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You are his life, his love, his leader.
He will be yours, faithful and true, to the last beat of his heart.
You owe it to him to be worthy of such devotion.

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Old 02-07-2013, 04:33 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Tracey, I will continue to pray for you. My Mom had a double mastectomy several years ago. She only had the mass in one breast the other perfectly fine but she after speaking with her oncologist and fearful she would get it in the other, she decided to do a double mastectomy. I personally would not do that but some people do. She did not need chemo afterwards and I am praying you don't either. Stay as strong and positive as you can. Hugs to you!!
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Old 02-07-2013, 04:42 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Hang in there! My BC is ER+. Did they mention going on Femara or some sort of estrogen blocker? As far as mastectomy, I only had the one removed but wish I had taken them both. Will keep praying for you and your family.
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Old 02-07-2013, 04:50 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Tracey, I knew you were going to stand up and fight this thing like a champ! You continue on my heart & in my prayers!
How is DH taking all this? I know he has been the patient most of the time and he needs you to keep him out of trouble. Did his hand & back heal up well?
Sending hugs to all of you!
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Old 02-07-2013, 05:01 PM   #9 (permalink)
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I will continue to keep you in my prayers Tracey. Hopefully the least amount of intervention is all you will need.

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