Results of the CT Scans and Bone Scans

Disappointing News:

I had my CT and Bone scans on the 21st of December to see how well the chemotherapy worked on my cancer tumor.   I sat with Dr. Khong at Moffitt Cancer Center and he went over the results of my scans.   It was disappointing to know that the chemo did not get rid of all the tumor and it only shrunk by less than half.

The Dr said that it wasn’t what he expected and the next treatment option would be discussed by the oncologist surgeon, Dr. Susan Hoover.   My appointment with her is scheduled for January 2nd.   According to the bone scan was still showing cancer on my spine.   The only positive news was that there were no other signs of cancer anywhere else in my body.

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New Chemo Drugs

After having the bad experience with the first set of chemo, I was set to start a new chemo drug called Taxol and with this drug it takes about 3 hours to go into the body and it would be administered every 2 weeks.   I was also told by the Doctor that this drug is different in terms of the side effects and that it would be easier on the body.

The only side effects that would become a problem is having the numbness and tingling feelings on the hands and feet.   I started this drug which did not become a problem for me until I started the 2nd cycle of it.   When the nurse administered the chemo, I immediately started to have a bad reaction to it.

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Making A change On My Diet

After getting the news of my breast cancer, I started to wonder, how did I get it, was it from my diet, stress and the environment.  I did so much along with one of my brothers who stayed with me to help me get through this.

We researched about how food can contribute to me getting cancer.   So I completely changed my diet.   I actually started after getting the news of my cancer but it took a lot to be able to do it.   I started to eat healthier.

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Procedures Prior To Treatment

I couldn’t wait any longer because it was already almost 2 months since I was diagnosed and I haven’t started treatment.  Prior to starting the chemo, I had to have a port implanted on my upper right chest right below the collarbone.  This is where the chemo will be going in and where the Nurses draw the blood.  This is to make the chemo go in without having to keep poking me to find a vein and It goes in faster through the port.  I had the port put in on June 29th and then I had to see the Doctor and Oncologist Nurse after I healed.

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Going For A Second Opinion

I was so disappointed with the Oncologist that I transferred my records to another cancer Center that was closer to me. The clinic was just 15 mins. away from home and Dr. Apuri came highly recommended by the Oncologist Nurse that leads the breast cancer support group.

I wanted to see if this Doctor can provide me with another type of treatment that does not require having to do chemotherapy. After, my first visit with her it was exactly the same as the first Doctor. This Doctor was just as bad as the first one and I found out that this Doctor was a past student of Dr. Ismail-Khan at Moffitt. I was told exactly the same as the first Doctor.

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Meeting With My Medical Oncologist

During the early month of February of 2018, I started to feel a lump on my left breast and it looked different because it also had a dippling but I didn’t think nothing of it since I’ve had a cyst in the past and it was benign, so I ignored it. By early March, I started to have some pain and it was radiating up to my shoulder and under my armpit. It was a cause for concern, so I made an appointment to see my primary care Doctor.

I was scheduled to meet with my Medical Oncologist at Moffitt on May 23rd to go over my treatment plan and meet with the rest of my cancer treatment team. I had a early appointment to meet with Dr. Ismail Kahn and I first impression of her was not good.

The Doctor had no bedside manners and she lacked compassion. She was cold with me and I felt like she was just wanting to treat the disease and not me as a person.

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Meeting With the Cancer Treatment Team

After receiving the bad news over the phone, I was scheduled to meet with the Oncologist Surgeon at Moffitt Cancer Center. The appointment was on May 4th and I met with Dr. Susan Hoover who is going to be my Surgeon. On this appointment, I was told about the type of breast cancer I have and what is going to be my treatment plan.

The Doctor explained to me the details of my cancer.

I was diagnosed to have Invasive Lobular Carcinoma which is a type of cancer that begins in the milk- producing glands(lobules) of the breast. Invasive means that the cells broke out and spread to the Lymph Nodes and other areas of the body. Also the type of cancer I have is fed by estrogen hormones. Which have me at a Estrogen positive, Progesterone negative and HER2 Negative.

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Additional Screenings (MRI, CT Scan, Bone Scan)

The Oncologist Surgeon, Dr. Hoover puts an order to have more additional screenings to check and see if my cancer hasn’t spread to other organs and to the bones. The Doctor wanted to also have the MRI done to see if it is not on the other breast. All this is the start of an overwelming cancer fighting journey. So here we go again with more testing and poking.

The results of the MRI came back negative for cancer on my other breast but was concerning for the CT and bone scan. These tests showed that there was a suspicious lesion that was found on my spine.

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The Biopsy Results

The Biopsy Results confirmed that I had breast Cancer.

I had my biopsy done at Moffitt Cancer Center on April 27th, 2018 and the procedure was not painful. I was put in a room with the ultrasound machine and the core biopsy needle the Radiologist uses to do the biopsy. It took about an hour for the procedure and left with no complications and with a ice pack to put on my breast. I was told to wait about 3 days for the
results.

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The start of my difficult journey – (My Symptoms)

During the early month of February of 2018, I started to feel a lump on my left breast and it looked different because it also had a dippling but I didn’t think nothing of it since I’ve had a cyst in the past and it was benign, so I ignored it. By early March, I started to have some pain and it was radiating up to my shoulder and under my armpit. It was a cause for concern, so I made an appointment to see my primary care Doctor.

I was due for my annual mammogram so I did on April 12th. I remember the technician’s face when she was doing the mamogram. She had a concerned look on her face and deep down I had a feeling something was not right.

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