I'm hoping to hear that someone has a very similar experience as I have, and can tell me what to expect. Here are the chain of events:
Oct 11 - Found lump while putting on deodorant, went to Primary dr, sent to mammogram, then ultrasound
Oct 16 - Sent to Breast Specialist
Oct 19 - 5 tissue samples Biopsy
Oct 25 - the "call"; Breast Cancer...will schedule MRI and Oncology visit
Nov 1 - go to Breast Specialist to see if Biopsy was healing, he goes over pathology with me:
Final Diagnosis: Metastatic Carcinoma, Compatible with breast primary within lymph node tissue
ER - Weak Positive 20% Staining
PR - 0% Staining Negative
HER2 Score 1+ Negative 0% Staining
Breast Specialist doctor says that this will probably be treated as a Triple Negative by the Oncologist. He says that I'll probably begin the 6-8 rounds of Chemo within the next 2 weeks (2 weeks between each treatment), next have surgery to remove the lymph node, then start quite a few radiation treatments.
This seems really scary. Thoughts? Am I going to be able to teach while being treated? I see online that Metastatic Breast Cancer is Stage IV and only 22% live after 5 years. I really have positive thoughts about all of this. I haven't shed a tear. I just want to hear the good, bad, and ugly, so I am prepared.
Nov 6 - MRI to look for the source (there's no sign in either breast)
Nov 7 - Meet with oncologist to discuss the start of treatment
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