Borderline Phyllodes Tumor Diagnosis at 22
I'm a 22-year-old dealing with a recent diagnosis of a borderline phyllodes tumor, and I could use some guidance and support.
On 11/10, I noticed a tumor, leading to a biopsy on 11/14. The biopsy results were inconclusive, and a lumpectomy on 12/6 revealed a borderline phyllodes tumor with negative margins.
I've been struggling with this diagnosis, considering my age and the borderline nature of the tumor. While I never wished for cancer, I find it challenging to explain to others and feel a bit invalidated when people say, "at least it isn't cancer." I almost wish it was cancer because it would be easier to communicate, and people tend to be more sympathetic. My doctor is opting for a re-excision to get larger margins without adjuvant radiation, with the possibility of radiation if the tumor returns.
Any insights or advice on dealing with a borderline phyllodes tumor would be incredibly appreciated during this challenging time. 💕