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Oct 7, 2020 12:12PM
I am so very sorry it has taken me so long to get back to reply! Thank you, thank you for checking in and asking about me. These past several days have been a blur of tests, doc appointments, updates to family and on and on!
Well, first the good news...after CT with contrast and cystoscope and multiple urine samples it has been determined that I do not have Bladder Cancer. BUT...CT scan revealed a questionable issue with the blood vessel at left kidney and other areas of concern with left kidney and ureter. So, urologist has me scheduled for a ureteroscopy with IV sedation next and talked about a ureteral stent. I was lying in the procedure room after the cystoscope when I was told about this so I really couldn't take it all in and understand what he was saying about the stent. I did hear him clearly say he wanted a better look at my left kidney and ureter. Will ask more questions when I see him next.
Then, urologist talked to my medical oncologist and she has me scheduled for an MRI because CT scan also revealed a small area of "Low Density" on my pancreas. After MRI I am to meet with an abdominal oncology surgeon at the cancer center for his take on the MRI results. Med oncologist did say that it could be a cyst but they need to look further because one of the ducts is also dilated and that can signal something more.
So, the long and short of it so far is that I don't have bladder cancer but a whole new can of worms, or two, have been opened! Since I was stage III at BC diagnosis and I have a maternal aunt that died of pancreatic cancer I am terrified of what may be found. But I do know that whatever it is it is better to know earlier than later. I have no jaundice or abdominal symptoms and my labs have been great. I am trying to keep busy and keep things from spinning our of control in my head until I have more answers.
I hope you both are tolerating treatments OK. I thought of you Tammy as I was having my cystoscopy and how it seems like one primary cancer should be enough for a lifetime! Now we have to worry about things "down there" in addition to our BC.
I will post an update when I have more information. Prayers to you both, Tammy and Delaine, for strength for the journey and effectiveness of the treatments!
11/23/2009, IDC, 1cm, Stage IIIA, Grade 3, 4/16 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
1/9/2010 Lymph node removal: Left, Right, Sentinel, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Left, Right
2/14/2010 AC + T (Taxol)
9/30/2010 Femara (letrozole)
10/31/2010 Breast, Lymph nodes