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.
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.
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.