Cancer is back/Recurred - Dmh987

Oh No Associated with Triple-Negative Breast Cancer, Ductal. Posted on September 1, 2012 View this journey (12 Experiences)

Late Oct, early November 2011, I was going to a program on transitioning from treatment to recovery. It had some exercise as a part of that, and I started to have some lypmphedema occurring in my left shoulder. I was also going to physical therapy at the time. I noticed a small pea size lump, and ask the therapist what she thought. The long and the short of it, I called my oncologist about the lymphedema and the lump that I felt. The nurse called back after the weekend and I said that the lump seemed to disappear but the lypmphedema was worse. She and the doctor sent me to see a lymphedema physical therapist specialist. I couldn’t’ get into her for 3 weeks, and when I did the lump was back and she sent me right back to the oncologist doctor, who then sent me to my breast surgeon. I was put on some antibiotics, but they didn’t reduce the size of the lump so, it was biopsied and was found to be positive, and was fully triple negative this time (last time there was just slight estrogen positive). The surgeon thought it was likely a new breast cancer as it was in a totally different area (although in the same breast).

Here is some emails to my family during that time:

On Sun, Nov 20, 2011 at 8:14 PM, D wrote:
Well, This is another update, but isn't good news, but is news that I figured that I would have some day....
I have another occurrence of breast cancer in the left breast (same as last time).... I just didn't think that I would have this news this soon. The breast surgeon indicated that while we will not know for sure either way for sure, she thinks that this may be a new occurrence as this is in a different location.
I am having the surgery tomorrow morning November 21st. After the last year and a half of being in support groups for cancer and BRCA (Hereditary Cancer), I feel that I am in a much better spot to deal with this surgery now.
Below are the details (that have been going to the immediate family this week)..... I just got the diagnosis this past Tuesday....
Sorry for the late update, but it has been a hectic week.... to say the

Subject: Surgery 11/21/2011
From: D
Date: Wed, 9 Nov 2011 22:53:09 -0500
To: Family & Friends
I am going to have my ovaries (and fallopian tubes) removed, an oophorectomy, on November 21st. It is an outpatient procedure with a 2-4 week recovery. It will be done at Good Samaritan Hospital by Dr. B, who did A's surgery. This is just a preventative surgery....

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On Thu, Nov 17, 2011 at 7:25 PM, C (sister) wrote:
D asked me to send this update out to siblings.

She met with her surgeon today to discuss options for the lump she found in her breast. She has made the decision to have a double mastectomy with reconstruction surgery to be performed at a later date after her chemo therapy.

Her surgery start time is the same - Monday, November 21, the removal of her ovaries / tubes will begin at 9 am and last approximately 1 hour. Her double mastectomy will begin immediately after that and will last two to three hours. She will be spending Monday night in Good Sam hospital and based on how her surgeon feels she is progressing with drainage / pain level she may go home Tuesday afternoon or if too much drainage / pain she will spend another night in the hospital.

We will send out text messages / phone calls Monday morning to let you know where in the hospital we are and give updates.

If you have any questions please call.

On Fri, Nov 18, 2011 at 12:30 PM, D wrote:
OK, So I talked to the Nurse at the Breast Surgeon's office and Good Sam does the Sentinel Lymph Node injections differently and so the schedule is as follows:
I still have to be there at 6:30am, at 8:00 am, they will do the injections with the dye to start the process for the sentinel lymph node biopsy on both sides.....
They will wait the 3 hrs for the dye to travel before they will let a surgeon start.... So....
at 11:00am Dr B. will start the Oophorectomy
and at Noon, Dr M. will start with the Sentinel Lymph node biopsy, followed by the bi-lateral Mastectomy. (which will last about 3 hrs.) I will still spend the night.
IT WILL BE A LOOOONNNNNGGGG DAY...... SO BRING books to read or cards to play if you are planning to come....LOL.....
(S, C will take me to the hospital if that is OK with you.... you will be able to get more sleep if you want then..... Let us know what you want to do....)
Love D.

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