About 3 weeks ago I felt a growing mass in my right breast. At the time I had already scheduled an appointment for an annual exam with my doctor, so upon examination she ordered a diagnostic mammogram and ultrasound. They revealed a large suspicious mass and a biopsy was ordered. Last Wednesday, October 30th, I received the call that the results had come back and that it was indeed cancer, more specifically invasive ductal carcinoma. As far as they could tell the cancer is contained to the right breast only but is estrogen negative and HER2 positive in nature indicating an aggressive cancer requiring immediate attention.
The next Monday I met with a team of cancer specialists (a breast surgeon, medical oncologist and radiation oncologist) to discuss a treatment plan. They recommended chemotherapy every 3 weeks for 6 sessions and an ongoing immune therapy medication every 3 weeks for a year for the HER2 positive aspect of the cancer. They want to shrink the 4.1 cm tumor as much as possible before doing surgery so as to preserve the breast. Following surgery will be a further round of radiation to fully eradicate the cancer.
On Tuesday next week (Nov 12th) i go in for an ultrasound of my lymph glands in my armpits to confirm that the cancer has not spread there followed by a breast MRI to better assess the tumor.
Then, on Wednesday I go in for a central line/port to be placed in my chest for the extensive treatments that I will receive.
Finally, on Thursday (Nov 14th) in the morning I will begin my first round of chemotherapy which will last for 5 hours. It is unclear how my body will react. I am impressed with the advances they have made in helping with chemo side affects. While I am hoping for the best I am preparing for the worst. 🙂