Today we met with the medical oncologist at the Alan Blair Caner Centre. It caught us by surprise when he strongly recommended an axillary node dissection. This means another surgery for sure regardless of the state of the flaps. This surgery will determine if cancer has spread to other nodes and whether or not radiation will be required after chemo. We requested that this surgery be coordinated with plastics so that I have one not two surgeries. It won't be as long or intrusive as February's and will occur next week. Learning not to assume things are text book or normal anymore and preparing for the worst has been very humbling especially when you have absolutely no control over your body or what is about to happen to it. Thank God for God, family and friends!!
After a few tears, I asked the Dr for some positives to take away from our meeting. Again, we were assured that this is early stage, treatable and I will have a long life ahead of me. I will take those positives! It is going to take some work, courage and a whole lot of faith for the next little bit!
Once I am healed, I will start 6 months of chemotherapy. The first 3 months will consist of 4 rounds of AC therapy - once every three weeks. The next three months will consist of Taxol - once a week for 12 weeks. Radiation if necessary will take place after that. We also learned that I am both estrogen and progesterone positive but HER2 negative. This means I will need to take Tamoxifen for the next 5 years. Tamoxifen will block estrogen production.
This little 1.5 cm infiltrating tumor has created quite a ruckus in my body! Cancer sucks.....but it hasn't seen nothing yet! I am just getting warmed up to fight this...and I have a great coach and cheer leading team (that's a positive)!
Shelley & Bob