Thursday, 11 October 2012


Finally, some good news!

Out of the 13 nodes I had removed, only 1 has tested positive for tumour cells. Thank eff for that. Talk about relieved.

So, my treatment plan as I had expected and "hoped for":
  • Chemotherapy every 3 weeks for 6 - 8 cycles
  • Radiotherapy every day for 3 weeks, post chemo
  • Herceptin every 3 - 4 weeks for a year
  • Tamoxifen pills for 5 years
I've got lost of other tests and scans to have in the next two weeks or so - a "staging scan", as well as pre-chemo blood tests, so it sounds like I am going to be rather busy.

I am waiting for my oncologist appointment to come through - the appointment itself should be in the next 10 days, so after that I'll find out what drugs I am going to be on.

Once I get 6mths or so pas the RT I can start to think about reconstruction, and most importantly, having the other breast removed. I have also asked whether they will remove my ovaries - apparently, the outcome for women whose periods don't return post chemo is better for those whose periods do return, and on that basis Mr Pain thinks that it might be a sensible option for me. Frankly, I'll be glad to see the back of them!

Other than that, all pretty straightforward stuff. I asked about a genetic test and he said that unless we can discover any other family history that indicates otherwise he doesn't think that genetic testing is necessary - my test results also don't indicate that this is something hereditary, so I have just been unlucky. I think that my father is going to delve a little deeper into the family tree and medical history, so we'll see what comes of it.

It's so nice to be abled to have good news for a change! All we need now is for the children to start sleeping properly, and we'll be set...

1 comment:

  1. That is wonderful news - well done

    Think there's something in the air at the moment making sure the small people aren't sleeping... at least that's what I'm telling myself