We have a plan...update on my breast cancer diagnosis (and an update on my dh at the end)

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Posted 8/1/2013 by *KelleeM* in NSBR Board

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Posted: 8/1/2013 8:25:20 AM
My cancer is small (about a half inch), below the nipple, and was caught early. I'm lucky!!! Really, I think if you're going to get breast cancer this is the best case scenario. (BTW...I noticed a change and called for a mammogram which detected the cancer, so please...be proactive and advocate for your care and get your mammograms!!!)

Yesterday I met with the breast surgeon, radiation oncologist and medical oncologist. I had my husband, my amazing sister (she's an OR nurse and the BEST advocate, friend, and all around amazing person to have around!!) and my sweet sister-in-law with me. The doctors looked, poked and prodded, and talked. I went in thinking I would have a mastectomy and reconstruction and came out with a date (August 27) for a lumpectomy which will be followed by radiation.

The statistics for recurrence with a lumpectomy is only 2% higher than with a mastectomy...not enough to make me decide to endure the bigger surgery and recovery. My family history is two cousins, one has since passed away and the other was tested for the mutant gene and was negative which dramatically decreases the chances that I carry it.

I'm very comfortable with my decision. Of course things could change when they open me up and see what's in there or if the sentinel lymph node is positive, but for now it looks like it will be a pretty easy treatment...or as easy as cancer treatment can be.

Thanks so much for your thoughts and prayers

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Posted: 8/1/2013 8:27:32 AM
Great update! Prayers for a smooth surgery and recovery.


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Posted: 8/1/2013 8:38:42 AM
That is wonderful news.

My sister had a lumpectomy over 20 years ago, followed by radiation and less than a year on taxofen????. She just left on a honeymoon cruise after marrying her long time partner.

I wish you all the luck in the world!



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Posted: 8/1/2013 8:39:08 AM
That's good to hear Kellee. Chin up!

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Posted: 8/1/2013 8:44:21 AM
You sound like you have a great, positive attitude about everything and that is going to make all the difference for you!! Good luck with everything! You're going to be fine!

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Posted: 8/1/2013 9:06:20 AM
Sounds good!

I also had a lumpectomy and it is much easier than a mastectomy (obviously!) The worst part was the drain that you usually have to have for a couple days. Once that's out you'll feel great. This is one of those surgeries where you'll feel fine sooner than the doctors want you out and about. So you have to just follow doctor's orders and stay home and do what they say (no lifting, etc.) I figured it was a good excuse not to do stuff I hated to do. Like "oh gee, we'll have to get takeout because you know the doctor said no lifting my arm" or "laundry? ha!"

Good luck.

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Posted: 8/1/2013 9:12:06 AM
Kellee, I'm glad to hear that it seems minor. Well, as minor as breast cancer can be. Will keep praying for you, girl!



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Posted: 8/1/2013 9:19:25 AM
It is about time you received some good news! How encouraging.

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Posted: 8/1/2013 9:41:44 AM
This is encouraging news, but it still sucks that you have to go through this. You have a positive and very reasonable outlook. For now just kick cancer's butt and may happiness follow.


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Posted: 8/1/2013 9:52:59 AM
Make sure they check the cancer's DNA. There is a name for it, but I can't remember it. It can tell them how 'mean' the cancer is, i.e., chance of coming back.

I was in your situation until the testing, then I ended up having chemo too. It sucked, but I'm so glad I had that option.

Good luck and hang in there.


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Posted: 8/1/2013 9:56:08 AM
Kellee-That is a great update. What a relief to know things are early and small and you can do a lumpectomy. Believing with you and for you for the best! ((((hugs))))


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Posted: 8/1/2013 9:58:00 AM
What a nice update. I wish you all the best Kellee!


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Posted: 8/1/2013 9:59:40 AM
That sounds great (I mean, I'm sure you'd rather not have to do it....) and I'm glad you're feeling so positive and upbeat. All the best to you!


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Posted: 8/1/2013 10:03:52 AM
That sounds like wonderful news, Kellee!
Prayers will continue for your healthy outcome!

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Posted: 8/1/2013 10:12:09 AM
What a great update!


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Posted: 8/1/2013 10:15:36 AM
I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers. It must feel really good to have decided on a plan.


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Posted: 8/1/2013 1:17:40 PM
Thanks gals!

The tissue will be tested along with the lymph node so they'll know if its an aggressive cancer which needs further treatment. As the surgeon said, by starting with the lumpectomy they can go further if they need to later but if she did a mastectomy and it turned out to be a relatively minor cancer there's no going back. I'm comfortable with starting with this conservative treatment.


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Posted: 8/1/2013 1:19:39 PM
Best of luck to you!


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Posted: 8/1/2013 1:53:53 PM

I went in thinking I would have a mastectomy and reconstruction and came out with a date (August 27) for a lumpectomy which will be followed by radiation.


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Posted: 8/1/2013 2:30:03 PM
I am very sorry to hear of your diagnosis, but very glad that you were proactive and that this has been caught early and that treatment will not need to be too invasive.

I will be keeping you in my thoughts and prayers and wishing the best for you. {{HUGS}}

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Posted: 8/1/2013 5:34:07 PM
Awesome news on the lumpectomy - instead of a mastectomy. sounds wrong when I put it that way. But you know what I mean

I'm a BC survivor - lumpectomy chemo and radiation. Very early detection through a mammogram.

So ladies please take care of YOU - make a mammo appt now!

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Posted: 8/1/2013 5:45:28 PM
It must be a relief to have a plan!
I will be sending positive thoughts that all goes well with the plan and that things work out to be the best case scenario.


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Posted: 8/1/2013 5:47:52 PM
I'm so happy to hear your good news.

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Posted: 8/1/2013 6:28:59 PM
Good luck with your treatments!!!

My mom had similar cancer 6 years ago. They did a partial mastectomy and 2 weeks of radiation. She's always had issues with her breasts and having fluid taken out of the lumps.

I'm 34 and had my own scare a few weeks ago. Found a lump. Went in to get an ultrasound. Radiologist ordered a mammogram when he saw the ultrasound images [this all happened the same day]. He then ordered me back into the ultrasound room but he would be in the room. I cried because with my mothers history of breast cancer...I was scared! So they did find the lump and it looks benign. I am supposed to go back in 6 months for another ultrasound/mammogram.

Keep us updated on your progress please!!!

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Posted: 8/1/2013 7:58:27 PM
Sounds like a really good, manageable plan! I have a good friend who had a lumpectomy and radiation about twenty years ago, and she is just fine!

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Posted: 8/1/2013 8:03:37 PM

So glad to hear that maybe this won't be too bad and you can get back to enjoying married life ---- right after we wrap the two of you in bubble wrap for a while to keep you safe. LOL.

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Posted: 8/1/2013 8:09:28 PM

I'm so glad that your prognosis is so good. I hope that everything goes well for you and that you have a quick recovery.


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Posted: 8/1/2013 8:12:25 PM
As a cancer survivor I want to wish you the best. A positive attitude like yours is part of the battle.



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Posted: 8/1/2013 8:47:19 PM
I'm so happy about your news! Not happy about the breast cancer, of course, but so glad it has turned out to be what it is!!!

Looks like the Power of the Peas came through again! I've been keeping you (and Dick) in my prayers from the first day of his accident and will continue to lift you up.

Whew! I know it's still cancer, and it's still scary, but this news is so much better than what it could have been!

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Posted: 8/1/2013 10:13:20 PM
Wishing you all the best in your procedure and treatment.


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Posted: 8/1/2013 10:38:02 PM
I am very glad that you have made an informed decision.

Boston has excellent medical facilities and an invasive surgery is good to avoid.

Now, how is Dick doing?

BTW, the test results that I was waiting for (same time as you a couple of weeks ago) were a good news situation.

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Posted: 8/1/2013 11:48:08 PM
Kellee: My gosh, you've been thru so much lately!!!!!!! I must have missed your initial post about this. Good luck with the surgery. Positive thoughts! I'm going thru breast issues too right now. I have to go every 6 months for now until they decide if something more needs to be done. It was in 1 breast and now they see it in both. It's scary! I thought I was all done with the whole cervical cancer route, having had a hysterectomy last year and I'm relieved not to be worried about that, but now I have my boobs to worry me.

Take heed in that both of us are on top of it and it was discovered early. Get it done and keep rechecking and stay healthy! Yeesh--we both deserve to be enjoying these new marriages, don't we???????

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Posted: 8/1/2013 11:51:08 PM
Thanks for the update. You are in my thoughts!


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Posted: 8/2/2013 1:08:32 AM
Wish you all the best Kellee!


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Posted: 8/2/2013 2:17:07 AM
So glad to hear this! You deserve some good news, even if its about something bad, kwim?

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Posted: 8/2/2013 8:12:42 AM
Kellee, I'm glad to see a positive update from you (as positive as it can be, anyway). You go and get rid of this nasty thing. Then come back and give us a GREAT, HAPPY update! Many hugs. Now go get healthy!

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Posted: 8/2/2013 8:32:45 AM
{{{ hugs and prayers }}}



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Posted: 8/2/2013 9:15:15 AM
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Posted: 8/2/2013 9:21:49 AM
Best of luck to you! I'm so glad that you have such a strong support system during this time, as well as a medical team that inspires confidence.


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Posted: 8/2/2013 6:40:32 PM
Again, thank you. Those words seem so insignificant but they're heartfelt. I'm grateful to have the Peas to lean on for support and to come to when I'm scared. I've told a lot of people about my diagnosis but cancer seems to be a really bad word...I know it's a scary one and no one really wants to think about it.

As for Dick, my sweet husband of 7 months, he's doing really well!! He is still non-weight bearing on his left side but he's done with his home care (nurse, PT and OT) so now he can go out He started out slowly with going with me for a little trips and now will go out alone a bit, but only to visit his Mom or brother. He is getting stronger every day and miraculously has maintained his charismatic personality and great sense of humor throughout this ordeal. He tires easily and doesn't sleep very well (in spite of Ambien) but he's very very happy to be alive He's hoping to be able to put weight on his left leg in the next few weeks so that he can take care of me when I have my surgery

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Posted: 8/2/2013 7:28:11 PM
Best of luck to you Kellee. You have a terrific attitude!

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Posted: 8/2/2013 7:33:04 PM
Wishing you all the best, Kellee, and so glad to hear the positive update on your hubby!

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Posted: 8/2/2013 7:35:18 PM
GREAT update on your hubby!

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Posted: 8/2/2013 7:50:57 PM
I am happy to hear about your husband. And you have a great attitude.



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Posted: 8/2/2013 9:07:31 PM
Yay! I was wondering how your dh was...so glad it's good.


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Posted: 8/2/2013 10:32:56 PM
That is wonderful news if you can avoid a mastectomy. So glad you caught this early! And what a nice update on your husband.

Things are looking up for you!!

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Posted: 8/2/2013 11:28:28 PM
Glad you caught this early and wishing the very best for you.

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