Enlarged axillary lymph nodes suggestive of BC recurrence found UPDATE - it's cancer again
Hi, y'all — I guess the diagnosis is not official yet but it seems to be a foregone conclusion. I am almost 9 years out from left breast cancer diagnosis. Did the mastectomies, 9 weeks of Taxol (all I could tolerate); did 18 Herceptin treatments; 4 months of Arimidex; 3 years of Exemestane; 8 months of Tamoxifen —- all bad, long story. Now 4 enlarged axillary lymph nodes the largest being 17mm x 24mm have been found. Meeting with oncologists Monday. Looking for all the advice I can get — questions to ask, next steps, surgeries, scans, treatments. They have me scheduled for 15 minutes!! I need to make the most of the time. I will be getting a 2nd opinion and possibly moving records to a town closer to where I live now. Has anyone done this? Thank you very much.
UPDATE: Biopsy is back — it's breast cancer again ER+PR+HER2+ - apparently it is only in 3 lymph nodes under my arms per the petscan. They say I am very lucky it was even found. We meet with the oncologist next week - he already had a surgeon call me about inserting a port — and I don't even know what type of infusion he is recommending. You can see by my history that chemo was not well tolerated. So I have postponed the surgeon until after the oncologist and I talk. I will be 69 next month — and I want to live well — but I want to be treated with the least toxic solutions. Am I crazy?