My Surgery

My surgery was on Thursday, February 7th, 2019. The Doctor performs a single mastectomy of my left breast with 2/3 of the Lymph Nodes removed.   According to the Surgeon, the surgery was a success.

The surgery took about 4 1/2 hours and the complete tumor along with the Lymph Nodes was sent to pathology for further testing and to get more details of cancer.   The final results of the pathology will be discussed in my next post surgery appointment on February 20th.

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Oncologist Surgeon

I saw the Surgeon on January 2nd 2019 and she discussed with me my next step to fighting this cancer.  Dr. Hoover and the rest of the treatment team recommend doing a mastectomy because I was not a candidate to save the breast.   The tumor was still large and the chemo did not do much of a change to reduce it.

As she is telling me this, I felt so overwhelm ed and wanted to know if there is any other way to save the breast.  I felt like I am still young at 51 and without having a breast would be devasting to me.  I am very self-conscious with my body and going through this will destroy me and put me in a deep depression.

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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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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 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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