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Jul 18, 2020 06:11PM
SandyHay...a Breast MRI is the most advanced and definitive Test available for Breast Cancer. Then you might have a Breast Biopsy to determine what it is. Then depending on those results you may have a CT Scan or a Bone Scan.
The Bone Scan would show areas with a lot of growth activity in any specific area of the bone. The CT Scan would show any possible areas of concern for other possible tumors. A PET Scan is often not approved by Insurance because the CT Scan an Bone Scan would tell the same thing.
Your fear is basically a fear of the unknown and is highly normal. And as some have said, unless you’ve been there it’s hard to understand.
But there are so many different things that must be tested and investigated before your Care Team can give you the best options for you. And believe me, it will be tailor made just for you. Even down to them knowing the genetic code for your particular tumor.
Now is the time for you to write down questions you want answers for. After you have details then you decide how much you want to know. Then search.
But don’t rob yourself of sound sleep right now.
Wasn’t it Hagrid who said “Whatever is coming will come, and we will meet it when it comes.”
Hugs and best wishes!
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