Medical Update

Medical Update


I mentioned before that having cancer means getting a whole new vocabulary. There are all sorts of idiosyncrasies that are peculiar to this subset of the population. I recently learned that the date of one’s biopsy serves as the date of diagnosis. Therefore, it has been one month since August 9th and I haven’t begun any treatment yet. This has been a time of information gathering. Although I have a very aggressive cancer (practically triple negative), no move is to be made until we know exactly what we’re dealing with. Now that I’ve had the MRI my doctor recommended, and two additional biopsies, we are waiting for the genetic testing to come back before we make any decisions on treatment. So far we know that there is cancer in two spots on my right breast, but the tumor that the MRI showed on the left side was benign. That was an answer to prayer.

Some of you may be wondering why this is taking so long. The way I understood it best was when the doc explained that by the time you have a discoverable lump, cancer has been in your body at least 3-5 years. The cancer I have may be aggressive, but it is not running rampant through my body. We have enough time to discover more, so that we treat more effectively. That said, though, we will be expeditious. I’ll be seeing an oncologist on the afternoon of Friday the 15th, and the surgeon again on the 18th (when we hope that the genetic test results will be back).  At that point, we can begin the process of formulating a plan of treatment.

3 Replies to “Medical Update”

  1. I work for an imaging company with the main focus of mammograms. I am sorry that you are having to fight this fight, but will follow your journey. While we have not met, I am an avid James T listener. Your insights are right on target and I truly enjoy listening to you. Blessing to you.

  2. Hi Yolanda. I thought I’d share that I was recently diagnosed with breast cancer as well. I’m very lucky in that mine was caught so early I only needed to have the lumpectomy surgery. I had the surgery September 1st and I got the all clear from the pathology report a week later. I’ll be praying that you get similar good news!

    1. Thanks for sharing, Debi. I pray that you continue to heal well, and that you are being encouraged and lifted up while you are still obviously encouraging others!

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