Ok, I saw the breast cancer doctor last week. This is her. http://utmc.utoledo.edu/physicianapp/physingle.jsp?ID=495
She’s great. Honest and straight to the point. My Boyfriend Tim said she reminded him of Dr.House with the way she walked in with a plan and laid it out for me. I answered so many questions on my history i don’t think i’ll ever forget the dates of my previous surgeries or medical history.
This is what i have-
What is ductal carcinoma in situ?
One out of every five new breast cancer diagnoses each year is ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS). This is an uncontrolled growth of cells within the breast ducts. The phrase “in situ” means “in its original place.” This cancer is noninvasive and has not yet made it to breast tissue outside of the ducts.
Ductal carcinoma in situ is the earliest stage at which breast cancer can be diagnosed. It’s known as Stage 0 breast cancer. The prognosis for women diagnosed with this form is excellent. The vast majority of cases of ductal carcinoma in situ are curable.
Even though ductal carcinoma in situ is noninvasive, it is imperative that women with the disease receive medical treatment because it can be a precursor of invasive cancer. Experts believe that 20 to 50% of women with DCIS will later develop an invasive breast cancer within 10 years of the DCIS diagnosis. The invasive cancer usually develops in the same breast and in the same quadrant of the breast that the DCIS first occurred.
In one day i gained 3 new doctors. The breast cancer doctor, The radiation oncologist, and the medical oncologist that will deal with my hormonal therapy since the cancer is estrogen and progesterone positive.
This week i get to meet my oncologist to set up the radiation treatments and get an MRI done of my breasts. I tend to be very claustrophobic so they are drugging me nicely for it. My oldest friend Cindy is taking me for the MRI and for my surgery. We have been friends since 5th grade and she lost her mom to ovarian cancer a few years ago. Shes dead set on helping me through this and i’m glad she is. I don’t know how i would make it through this positively without people that care for me.
People i would have never thought to offer have stepped up to help me out, and some days its over whelming. I’m the person used to doing for others. It’s hard to let someone else do for me. I’m learning that people care and they all go about caring in different ways. I don’t mind being asked how i’m doing, but when the same person thinks to call me daily and ask it, i’m grateful, but i get annoyed as well. I mean understand this, I have those days, especially right now before surgery, i just want a day to be breast cancer free and not think about it. I don’t think feeling like that is a bad thing because soon enough i’m going to be waking up to a scar on my breast and radiation daily. Right now i feel fine. I’m healthy. Only the Mammogram found the cancer, so its not like its affecting me physically yet. I’m full of energy, i’m not depressed, and im still whole. I know that days will come when i may be feeling differently and i’m trying to plan ahead for all those situations. Im reading the book Just get me through this by Deborah A. Cohen
It came in my Baskets of Care from http://www.basketsofcare.org/basketofcare.asp
I’ve talked to the founder of Baskets of Care Gail Cooper and we are meeting for coffee thursday. She’s a 2 year survivor and i’m really glad i get to meet her and talk to her. I am planning on doing a fund raiser for them after my treatment is finished. I really want to give back to those that are helping women with breast cancer.
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