While I’m waiting for the SO to return from an appointment so we can go pay property taxes that I forgot to pay, I’ll see about getting out another update. I let the tax deadline pass by but I’m sure y’all can understand how that could happen.
It seemed that the longer I lived with the decision not to have the mastectomy the lighter I became. I only wish that would translate to actual physical lightness. I accidentally saw what I weighed at the last appointment and now I’m depressed about that. I haven’t weighed myself nor looked at the doctors’ scales in over a decade. Sigh.
Not everyone agreed with my non-mastectomy decision, of course, but if it makes me feel better – if not actually lighter – to forgo it, then for me it must be the right one.
And that means checking on radiation therapy and chemo again. I saw the oncologist yesterday and got the results of oncogene studies on the tumor. Even without chemo there’s a less than 10% chance of recurrence. The way I see it, it took five years to get as big as it was the first time so it would take that long again, and given my age, something else is more likely to kill me than cancer. So, no chemo recommended.
Since there was no lymph node involvement and the chances of recurrence are so low, chemo is out and the next step seems to be radiation therapy. The "margins" aren’t as clear as radiologists would like but I’m hoping to talk them into it anyway. The surgeon agrees and said there’s just one small focal point that they might be willing to overlook.
After any radiation therapy will come hormone therapy. Hot flashes all over again. Double dam’! I expected to be finished with them after going through them the first time. Oh, well, hot flashes got nothin’ on cancer. *G*
And that’s the news until now. More to come as it occurs. Or something like that.