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 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...