Sep 19, 2003 - 2:27 pm
When I noticed my lump at the end of 2000, I went for a mammogram, found cancer, and the radiologist performed a stereotactic biopsy the same day which left me bruised and with some pain but it healed up. That gave me a pathology report which I showed to two surgeons and choose the one at the cancer institute.
The one from the community hospital said lumpectomy with radiation or mastectomy w/out rad.
I had AC and taxol, radiation and almost two years of tamoxifen following rad. and now have mets in the lungs, liver, and bones as well as a "mildly" enlarged axiliary node in the right arm (cancer was on left) and a suspicious area adjacent to the clips left where the lumpectomy was done as well as subcarinal enlarged nodes in chest area ( Hummer - you understand that I think)
What are I leading to - wondering if the sterotactic which is outpatient, quick, and CHEAPER than the old way of removing the lump carefully and studyig it without any punching, squeezing and piercing of the lump might not lead to a less favorable outcome.
I guess I am looking for a reason I can grab hold of instead of just thinking that healthy old me who gets a cold about every 5 years, could have been assaulted with cancer cells which thumbed their noses at all the treatments.
Now I take Femara for a limited time and will be rechecked with bone scan and CT scan again and had my first Zometa 9/4 which left me in a lot of pain for several days and then a lessening of pain. Due for the next Oct. 2nd.
Thanks for your thoughts/comments.