I have been fighting breast cancer for the past 5 months.
I have not written for some time on my blog. I felt I should explain why. I was diagnosed with breast cancer in the Spring of 2018. I have had 2 surgeries, 4 chemo treatments, and 20 radiation treatments.
I had no idea what was to follow after getting that message that my annual mammogram showed some calcifications from my family doctor.
This is what happened with my fight with Breast Cancer Stage 1.
First what where these findings?
In some cases, a biopsy of normal-appearing tissue may be done. This can help check for cancer
“”Suspicious” calcifications may be benign or an early sign of cancer; therefore, your doctor may recommend you have a biopsy. During a biopsy, a small amount of breast tissue containing the calcification is removed and sent to a laboratory to be examined for cancer cells. If cancer is present, treatment may consist of surgery to remove the cancerous breast, radiation, and/or chemotherapy to kill any remaining cancer cells.”
Many types of Biopsies
Surgical biopsy. Either open or laparoscopic surgery may be necessary to obtain a biopsy of hard-to-reach tissue. Either a piece of tissue or the whole lump of tissue may be removed. In my case, I had two surgeries, lumpectomies. No spread or metastases beyond the lymph nodes. I was very lucky to find this very early. Stage 1.
Told you have Cancer
The biopsy came back positive for cancer.
I was quickly given an appointment with a surgeon after my biopsy that showed cancerous cells. The surgeon told me rather matter of factly, he had done this over and over for many many years. But for me it was devastating. So I did my research.
The Cancer Hosptial
It was recommended by my oncologist that I have chemo and radiation as I had a family history of cancer. My mother had had Ovarian Cancer and as I would not find out if I had the harmful BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutation gene (genetic testing is still ongoing) rather than wait I decided to go ahead with the method of treatment. Should I learn that I do have the gene it would make me more likely to get breast cancer again or Ovarian Cancer. So further surgeries would be recommended.
My mother had Ovarian Cancer when she was .. 72 yrs old. About 10% of cases are related to inherited genetic risk; women with mutations in the genes BRCA1 or BRCA2 have about a 50% chance of developing the disease. So I or my daughter, or my sister may be at risk because my mother died from Ovarian cancer.
A harmful BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutation can be inherited from a person’s mother or father. Each child of a parent who carries a mutation in one of these genes has a 50 percent chance (or 1 chance in 2) of inheriting the mutation.
Preventative mastectomy and ovaries and fallopian tubes removed to reduce the high risk of developing cancer from the defective gene she carries.
I will be going to find out if I have the ” BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutation. If I do there will be further surgeries such as the ones that Angelina Jolie has had. Preventative mastectomy and ovaries and fallopian tubes removed to reduce the high risk of developing cancer from the defective gene she carries.
I have written a previous article about my Mothers Ovarian cancer for PAC. http://www.poweraffiliateclub.com/do-you-have-lady-balls/
Treatment was done in my local hospital, only 5 mins from home. The first day was ok, you think “this is not so bad”. After the third treatment, your body starts to feel the effect of the chemo medication. I felt sick to my stomach, food had a very strange taste and my hair started to fall out. Chemo brain is a reality, not able to concentrate and I was so tired all the time.
Treatment had to be done in an Ottawa Hosptial. An hours drive there and back again for many weeks. Again the first day was ok, but after about 5 treatments, things were uncomfortable, my skin felt like a sunburn, itchy and raw by the end of treatment.
Finally, after 5 months, I am done with Chemo and Radiation.
It will still be a while before I am feeling like I did before all this happened but I am happy to have it over with. I hope that the information I have listed can help someone going thru cancer treatment or help you to understand what is involved for a friend. Cancer is so prevalent today, so many people going thru treatments that were much worse than mine. God’s blessing to them all.
Breast Cancer Tests: Screening, Diagnosis, and Monitoring
Breastcancer.org 120 East Lancaster Avenue, Suite 201 Ardmore, PA 19003
Canadian Cancer Information:
55 St Clair Avenue West, Suite 300, Toronto, Ontario
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