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Feb 28, 2019 09:18PM
Feb 28, 2019 09:20PM
Merkel--and Kathy Albain at Loyola (Bob's fellow resident during their UIC days)--are probably the best BC MOs in the region. Merkel doesn't have the greatest bedside manner (he's slightly "on the spectrum," according to a fellow BCO friend who likewise has mild Asperger's and really "clicks" with him), but he's been very highly-regarded since his "boy-wonder" days. My friend likes him so much that she goes to him even though she had her surgery at St. Francis.
Who's your surgeon? I had Kathy Yao, who is marvelous--she was a pioneer in the use of sentinel node biopsy and nipple/skin-sparing mastectomy (as was Albain in helping develop OncotypeDX). I'd been told by the bra fitters at the late, lamented Schwartz's (n. of Old Orchard) to try her partner David Winchester, but he was booked at least 2 months out. With Yao, I was "under the knife" only 4 wks post-diagnosis. (Winchester did stitch up my sentinel node incision after it popped due to the weight of my "oversized breast"--his words--and spritzed the contents of my armpit seroma all over the place). I was unable to get my annual followup with her till April ("annual" for me is late fall-into-Jan.), so I saw her newest associate, Kate Kopkash--who specializes in oncoplastic surgery. She will be doing my L reduction if my June annual screening mammo remains BIRADS 1 (normal).
The one bummer about Kellogg is that we haven't had a BC support group there in over a year. (The only one in Chicagoland not limited to women of color, LGBTQ, or metastatic is all the way out south at Advocate Christ, where my DH Bob is a cardiologist. And at rush hour, the commute from Edgewater is as long as 2.5 hrs.--even worse from Evanston, since you're further from Lake Shore Dr,). Those "special interest" support groups are at Gilda's Club in the Loop; Cancer Wellness Center in Northbrook has only an "all-cancers" support group.
Best of luck with your surgery--at 85, I'd ask sincerely if even just an aromatase inhibitor is truly necessary, For me, any recurrence at 85 would be after a 21-year remission. At 85, any remaining micromets would grow extremely slowly, if at all!
Diagnosed at 64 on routine annual mammo, no lump. OncotypeDX 16. I cried because I had no shoes...but then again, I won’t get blisters....
9/9/2015, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC)
9/22/2015 Lumpectomy: Right
11/1/2015 3DCRT: Breast
12/30/2015 Femara (letrozole)