I hope to hear GOOD news from Reyn about his wife. I know this is slow torture and I don't know why tests have to take so long. Sending really good thoughts to you and your wife, Reyn! I know she appreciates your loving support.
I have been reading a lot about ultrasounds vs. mammograms for detecting breast cancer. Seems MRI's are the best bet but money is a factor, so they aren't done unless a woman is high risk. This seems silly to put women at risk because of money. ALL women should be screened by the best possible method! I had ultrasounds rather than mammos, and I understand that they can detect cancers sooner than mammos but mine still wasn't seen until it was 2 cm. I had ultrasounds every year. Last year ductal ectasia- but no tumor- showed up on the same side as the breast cancer so if any of you women have that, follow it up closely! I waited another year rather than push for another check in 6 months. A biopsy is better than a mastectomy.
I am trying to stay busy and active. We hiked a few miles into the woods yesterday. Boy was I sore last night! But it was worth it to sit and watch boats go by on the sea and smell the fresh air.
I am totally confused about my results and get conflicting reports from not only the internet but from the B.C. Cancer Agency. I guess it's good to have negative nodes, BUT I have this thing called HER2 positive as part of my breast cancer diagnosis. From an article I read on MedScape, they said it doesn't matter whether you are lymph node negative or positive, if you have HER2 positive, your 10 year survival is about 70%. I don't know how they know this since the drug used to target HER2 positive cancer, Herceptin, has not been used on HER2 positive women for 10 years.
If any of you are good at looking things up online, which I am not, I'd be happy to see something valid about this HER2 positive, lymph node negative diagnosis. It seems hubby and I were premature in our glee at getting the results and being classed as Stage 1. So I'm back in the doldrums again wondering if we'll celebrate our 35th wedding anniversary in 20 years.
I see the oncologist Wednesday to discuss giving me poison (chemo) in a few weeks. If any of you are familiar with Jane Austen's books, this guy reminds me of Mr. Collins in Pride and Prejudice and I just don't like him. He's creepy. So I am hoping to get another opinion from a great female oncologist in Vancouver soon. Any Canucks in B.C. who have an oncologist they can recommend?
Dutchy, Izzy, ehBeth, Sozobe, JPB, thank you for the hugs and encouragement. Please keep talking to me! I hope I didn't leave any names out. That's one thing about the new a2k - you can't scroll down and read previous comments! And my memory ain't what it used to be.
I am hoping to be among the 50% that the drug Herceptin helps, and also hoping to NOT be among the Herceptin patients who develop heart problems from the drug. A scary time, indeed.
(((((HUGS)))) back from old Bathy to each and every one of you dear people. ehBeth, you will win the world record for the most knitting ever! I wish I had that talent!
All the best ~
PS -2 weeks post op double mastectomy (owch) but healing fine.