Apr 13, 2018 10:50AM kaywrite wrote:
Feline - I like what metoo2019 has to say, above - I have two friends with metastatic cancers (breast and brain) who are living happy lives managed by hormone therapies - one is a man (the brain met). I think about them and their lives when I worry about what might happen with my own. But that's letting the cart get before the horse in your case (and mine). If this were my news I'd be wildly disappointed and shocked - so I'm going to assume you've had some similar feelings, especially considering the year you've had. I know I'm not the only one to say: we are here to support you in your anxiety, your treatments, and your decisions. Please let us know what happens.
Boost 1 of 5 today - I got to see the clips, but am still mystified by the .02mm anterior margin. The RO and all the therapists were there to review the films with me, and I could see the area of radiation and know it made sense to them, but over and over when I ask where is that .02mm piece of skin, they don' t know - they say the SO didn't know either, only that it was on the skin side of the tissue they removed. They explained the tissue is sliced into 32nds and looked at under a microscope - that of the 1.5 cm sample, the .02mm positive margin was somewhere near the skin. So - that explains their overall boost area, which includes the nipple and scar. I just thought they (meaning the SO, the pathologists, the RO, etc.) would know specifically where that margin was, due to the "ink," the "clips," and the "trail" they tell me they've left. Since the SO said it was in the upper-outer quadrant, I'd think they'd point there, but I get that they need to include the nipple and the scar. For piece of mind, I am going to send the SO a note via patient portal to look at the films the RO is using and assure the margin he was talking about is included - he'd the one who SAW where there was no more tissue to take, WHERE it was.