On July 2, 2018, I found a lump in my right breast. After consulting with my gynecologist, I was sent for a mammogram and ultrasound. The lump was confirmed and I saw a surgeon. Surgery was scheduled for August 3rd. The lump was removed and sent for biopsy. The results came back that the lump was a benign tumor, which was good news, but they also found something that is a risk factor for cancer.
In order to be proactive, my doctor sent me for an MRI of both breasts on August 24th. This showed a mass in the right breast. A subsequent ultrasound on August 31st showed two areas of concern. I went for a biopsy on September 18th in which three samples were taken. The results came back on September 21st. I was diagnosed with lobular carcinoma breast cancer.
I met with the oncologist on September 27th, and she had me go for a whole body bone scan on October 5th and CT scans on October 10th. The news was good. There is no evidence of metastatic disease so the cancer has not spread. There is no lymph node involvement. Sending up prayers of thanks to God!
Appointments with the oncologist and the surgeon followed. While we were with the oncologist, we discussed possible treatment options. She doesn’t want to stage the cancer until it is removed by the surgeon — right breast mastectomy. Once it is staged, we will determine the final treatment plan. However, she did mention that due to the size of the tumor and because is is an invasive cancer, I will probably have chemo, radiation and anti-hormone treatment. She mentioned that the chance I will get new cancer in the left breast is 1% per year and increases at that percentage, so 5% after 5 years, 10% after 10 years, etc. The chance of the cancer recurring on other parts of the body (soft tissues) is 5-6%.
It’s a lot to think about and very overwhelming. After waiting anxiously for the doctors to coordinate their schedules, I finally got the call…my mastectomy is scheduled for Tuesday, November 13th.