Thursday, January 24, 2008

Right Breast Lumpectomy

I had a right breast lumpectomy yesterday. This was to determine how effective the chemo was and to see if there was any more cancer. I will have the results next week. In the meantime, I'm a little sore and the breast is swollen. But, right now all is well in my world.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Update on Treatment

An MRI was performed at Park Avenue Radiology on Thursday January 3, 2008. This was to determine whether or not the chemotherapy was effective and if and how the tumor changed. A doctor Marc Liebeskind, MD signed off on the results on Jan 4, 2008. On January 10, 2008 Natasha, Linda and myself met with my surgeon, Dr. Borgen, for additional information regarding treatment. At this meeting we talked about the results of the latest MRI. The news is very positive thus far.

Dr. Liebeskind's impression was that no residual measurable mass could be seen in the right breast. He could identify only patchy progressive phase enhancement at the location of the tumor. Dr. Borgen explained that this was probably hormone activity. There is no chest wall abnormality or evidence for left breast malignancy at this time.

However, let the buyer beware! While the best case scenario is that there is no residual cancer and only some radiation will need to be performed, there is always the possibility that a lump may exist. If this is the case there will be a lumpectomy followed by radiation. It is also still possible that there may be cancer in other parts of the breast and this would result in a mastectomy. So keep those prayers and good wishes coming.

The next step, then, is to do a procedure to find out if there is still cancer in the breast. This operation will occur on Wednesday January 23rd at Maimonides. And after that there will be another consultation with Dr. Borgen. Dr. Borgen assures me that this will only take about 15 minutes. He must be a better sticher than I am! In one of my former lives as a seamstress, I don't think I could cut anything up and sew it back together that fast :-)!

I plan to travel to Michigan this weekend to see my family. And, then I plan to take next week Wed, Thursday and Friday off of work
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