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Oct 9, 2019 10:06AM
Thanks for bumping this up.
Just recently had a Breast MRI done for recurring Breast Cancer. I had a mastectomy for the first BC but they would not do a bilateral. Theory was that IF it came back it would be a different type.
It was different. Instead of IDCIS it’s ILC. Big f’ing “difference.”
I’m having Genetic Testing done now because it’s a recurrence.
Medicare is paying for the Breast MRI and the Genetic Testing.
If you have had Breast Cancer it is my understanding your Insurance MUST cover Testing needed for diagnosis and prevention.
Neither of these Breast Cancers showed on a mammogram. I have “dense” breasts. It took ultrasound and Breast MRI to find them. The first was StageIIIb. Waiting for Staging on this one.
Ladies, we have to be our own advocates! I was so sick of doctors and medical routines it took 8 years to gather courage to do it again.
If I had known Breast MRI was available I might not be in this again
7/20/2010, DCIS/IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IIIB, Grade 2, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC)
9/5/2019, ILC/IDC, Both breasts, 6cm+, Stage IV, metastasized to lungs, Grade 1, 1/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
6/5/2020 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes, Chest wall
Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant, Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant, Tissue expander placement
Abraxane (albumin-bound or nab-paclitaxel), Adriamycin (doxorubicin), Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Fluorouracil (5-fluorouracil, 5-FU, Adrucil)
Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement