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Checking in with a health update...

Since it has been a month, I thought I'd leave a small update about my health.

I went to see my surgeon, and apparently he thinks there is a disconnect between the first and second lab reports. The initial biopsy said intraductal papilloma, something that is generally considered benign, and the results from the lumpectomy that showed encapsulated papillary carcinoma. So, he is sending the slides to a pathologist at the hospital for a second opinion.

I saw an oncologist, and he reports that there are no markers to indicate that I would need chemotherapy. The day before the surgery a radioactive material will be injected, and then during the surgery they test for the sentinel node. If that is cancer free, then I won't need radiation either. The oncologist said chances are I would be on an oral medication for a number of years.

I decided to have a mastectomy and reconstructive surgery. The plastic surgeon explained the whole process, and while it sounds painful I'm sure I'll manage through it one way or another.

Surgery will be scheduled within the next few weeks.

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hawk_soaring
Jun. 24th, 2013 07:35 pm (UTC)
It's good to get a second opinion.
rowenasudbury
Jun. 24th, 2013 08:10 pm (UTC)
Yes...I think so too. Apparently it doesn't change the fact that I need surgery, but I feel in very good hands with all the doctors I've seen so far. :)
hawk_soaring
Jun. 24th, 2013 08:11 pm (UTC)
that's a very good thing.
rowenasudbury
Jun. 24th, 2013 08:52 pm (UTC)
Yes...I think so :)
chrysalis_1975
Jun. 24th, 2013 08:35 pm (UTC)
Oh goodness!! Thank you for the update...praying for you! At least you won't need chemo or other treatments, and scheduling the reconstructive surgery soon after the mastectomy is (IMHO) a sound idea :-)
rowenasudbury
Jun. 24th, 2013 08:52 pm (UTC)
Thanks....the reconstruction starts on the same day as the surgery...I'd rather get it all over at once! *hugs*
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