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Sep 15, 2018 11:48AM
I agree with seeing an oncologist prior to surgery. I had my port put in (I was HER2+++ so I knew chemo was on the table) and had a node biopsy during the port surgery. So I knew right away I was node negative. I also had an MRI, MRI biopsy and two additional ultrasounds to look for additional cancer spots. No PET scans.
Once I had my original mammogram and they found cancer, my primary doctor wanted me in surgery ASAP. Since my primary and the cancer center I wanted were in two different hospitals, I was already listening to my cancer centers advice. I ended up having chemo, lumpectomy (twice, once for re-excision for clear margins) and radiation (and more chemo because of the HER2) and NOT just jumping into the surgery for which I am very thankful.
I was told (by my radiologist, ironically, who I met with at the very beginning) that I had two months from diagnosis to make up my mind about treatment. I was diagnosed on December 8th and started chemo on January 23rd. While it can be, for me, cancer is not an emergency. I wanted ALL of my facts and wouldn't let anyone rush me. Ask a million questions. It's your body and their job. If you don't like the answers, change doctors.
And the lumpectomy surgery was easier than the node biopsy, quite frankly. Two ibuprofen three times a day for two days and I was fine. I also took the advice of taking it easy.
12/8/2017, IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+
1/22/2018 Herceptin (trastuzumab)
1/22/2018 Perjeta (pertuzumab)
1/22/2018 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel)
5/22/2018 Lumpectomy: Left
6/11/2018 Lumpectomy: Left
7/17/2018 Whole-breast: Breast
10/9/2018 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)