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Dec 3, 2018 02:14AM
DearLife, you wondering if cancer can come back so soon after radiation reminds me of my event. Forgive if this is a repeat.
I felt a lump in the good boob. Freaked out. Went for mamm on BOTH boobs. Report said the new lump is a cyst and it's so old it has dust on it HOWEVER the bad boob has a suspicious mass that we don't like the look of, we want to look again really soon, it might be scar tissue or it might be cancer, not sure, bi-rads 4.
I freaked out. I freaked out HARD. I started making phone calls. I was a serious pest and called my radiation oncologist until she called me back and I said , "Do you mean to tell me that you burnt my boob to a crisp and I walked out of that clinic with an active cancer ?!?! Didn't this stupid radiation KILL the damn cancer? Wasn't that the whole point of this?! "
She said, if you walked in here with an active tumour you walked out with it. Radiation after surgery is designed to mop up a few stray cells, it is NOT the kind of radiation that targets tumours, that is a whole different animal, so if you walked in with active cancer then yes, you walked out with it after three weeks of radiation.
I freaked out some more and there might have been words of extreme unhappiness, I can't even be sure, it was a blur.
Long story short, I had more follow up mamms 4 months later and then again 6 months after that and the 'thing' is shrinking and they are calling it scar tissue. Surgery and radiation do DAMAGE and scars are a real thing. I am hoping with all my might that is all this is for you.
Side note: Normal procedure is that you have a mamm, sit in the waiting room until they tell you either to go home or come in for more pictures. But no one gets any information of any sort at the mamm room. People ask. They are told their doctor will call them with the results. NOT ME! They take my pics, I sit down, the tech walks my pics into the radiologist's office and when she walks out she gives me a full and complete report of everything the radiologist just said and what the report going to my doctor is going to contain. I guess there is a sticker on my file that says: SHIT DISTURBER, tell her everything so she doesn't go away mad and confused and cause problems. I can live with that!
3/23/2017, IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
4/12/2017 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Sentinel
7/4/2017 Whole-breast: Breast
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