Humphrey apparently measured an inch and was accompanied by a quartet on his removal. I shed a few tears today when they told us that they’d got all of him and the four lymph nodes also taken were all clear.
That means additional surgery is definitely not on the cards, and I’ve come home with more booklets on procedures, treatments and further tests, so there is a fair amount to digest.
There is still a lot unknown about cancers, but medicine is coming along in leaps and bounds trying to find out as much as possible.
We have agreed for a sample to be sent for a ONCOTYPE DX test, which will analyse the genes of the removed cancer to ascertain the likelihood of it returning and whether or not chemotherapy would be beneficial. As there is a history of breast cancer on my Dad’s side of the family, we’re not taking any chances, and if the results come back putting me in a high risk category, then I will be having chemo sessions over several months followed by radiotherapy and medication.
I will be sent an appointment with an oncologist in the next fortnight who will have the results and we can discuss my course of treatment accordingly.
If chemo is not required, then I shall have 5 radiotherapy sessions every week for six weeks, plus be on medication (I have a leaflet on Anastrozole) for five years. I will also have a mammogram every September for five years before reverting to the three yearly screening.
The Consultant Surgeon drained off quite a lot of liquid today and I could almost feel my boob deflating as the pressure eased! Still, I’m doing everything right and will be looking for ways to increase my intake of calcium and vitamin D without screwing up my SW programme too much. I’ve sent a text message to our group leader for some help on that and will be going through the SW bible and the booklets given me today about diet.
I also have a very important Thank You letter to write to the nurse who mentioned I qualified for those first 12 weeks free membership at Slimming World.
She has been our Angel.
Hubby and I are convinced that if I hadn’t joined and lost some weight, Humphrey would still be a part of me and not lying dismembered in a petri dish somewhere else.