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Jun 3, 2019 01:46PM
Hi- It has been a long time since I have posted here. I have been in remission, and so I did not feel that I needed the support. Well when I went to see my MO Dr. Merkel at Kellogg for a follow up in April, he asked me if I noticed any changes in my breasts since I saw him last. I said there was a change in the lump in my R breast, which he had attributed to scar tissue a few years ago. He spent quite a bit of time examining that breast, and he agreed that it had changed. He then looked to see when I had my last mammogram, and it had been almost 11 months. He ordered a mammogram and ultrasound, but I told him I was going to New Orleans in eight days. He said I could have it done when I got back. The problem is that he is at Evanston Hospital, and all of my mammograms have been done at St. Francis in Evanston. A friend of my sister in New Orleans told me that I should have it done at St. Francis. When I got back here, I called and left a message for his nurse who called me back. She told me that I could have the mammogram and ultrasound at St. Francis, even though Dr. Merkel is not on staff there. It took me 6 days to make an appointment. The radiologist did not see any thing worrisome in the mammogram, but wanted to have additional pictures taken. Moving on to the ultrasound, they did not mention anything, and so I thought I was in the clear. Two days later I got the results of the mammo and ultrasound in my spam. The mammo is rated birads 2, but in the ultrasound the radiologist noticed there was a lump in my R breast, but she cannot make out what it is, and so she recommends that I have a biopsy. It was rated birads 4.
Four days later my PCP called me up, and told me I needed to make an appointment with my surgeon at St. Francis so he can examine it, and schedule a biopsy. It took me 22 days to make an appointment to see him. I am seeing him this Thursday, and he only does biopsies on Wednesday morning, and so I am going to have to wait again for the biopsy. In the meantime Dr. Merkel's office never contacted me about the results of the ultrasound. When I did some research about birads 4, I found that there is about a 30% chance that the lump is cancer, but it is probably DCIS if it is.
Moving on, I wanted to tell people in the Chicago area, and particularly Sandy, that I found out that Lutheran General now has a breast cancer support group that meets the first Friday of the month at 2:00 pm at the cancer survivorship center. They are going to meet this Friday 6/7 at 2. I haven't figured out how to do links on Windows 10, but if you google breast cancer support group Lutheran General, it will come up, and allow you to register for the group. Hope this helps, Nancy
5/13/2016, IDC, Right, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
7/17/2016 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel)
10/24/2016 Whole-breast: Breast
12/15/2016 Femara (letrozole)