Starting Chemo 2020 January
New to any forum actually. Found a lump in late October while washing my armpit. I am so healthy, I didn't even have a primary doctor. Found a clinic, the doctor said it was a cyst, but he'd order a mammogram. I don't have health insurance. Texas does not have Medicaid unless you are a kid, disabled or over 65. I made too little money for help with the Marketplace. $739 a month with $8100 deductible.
The radiologist who read the mammogram wanted another one plus an ultrasound. I told him I was tapped and couldn't pay for that.
He said he was in the business of getting people well...and is treating me without payment. I presume they are looking for help. No one has said anything.
I can't fill in my diagnoses completely. Large (3+cm) with a large swollen area around it, also in several lymph nodes. The largest node is 1.5 cm. My breast feels like someone put a tennis ball in it.
Mother died of this same thing. Estrogen positive, progesterone positive, HER2 positive, I believe. I think all that makes it Stage 3?
So, the doctor has a class this week. I'm assuming they'll do a port the next week and start CAT.
Any tips on any of this?
Thanks for listening.