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Deb was diagnosed with ductal carcinoma, a form of breast cancer in mid February 2007. On March 7th Deb had modified radical mastectomy surgery at the U of M Medical Center, Fairview. The left breast was removed along with 37 lymph nodes--the primary and axillary nodes above the armpit and behind the breast. Of those, 7 tested positive for metastatic carcinoma. The maximum size in the lymph was equal to or less than 1 cm and 'extranodal extension' was absent which is very good. The tumor from the breast is infiltrating ductal carcinoma. It was located in the lateral and left outer quadrant of the breast. Measuring 6.8 x 5.7 x 1.8 cm (picture a sort of citrus fruit segment shape). The invasive component is Grade 2 (on the Bloom Richardson scale) which is considered 'intermediate'. The tumor displays a high-grade micropapillary pattern that can be aggressive. However, the margins were negative with the closest edge measuring .3 cm. This means that the surgery was successful in removing the tumor and the affected lymph nodes so no further surgery will be necessary. The overall assessment, of the cancer is stage III A. In medical terms this is often expressed T3/N1 (T refers to the tumor and N refers to the lymph nodes) Deb is recovering from surgery and will soon begin chemotherapy followed by hormone therapy and radiation. She will likely finish the adjuvant therapy by the end of the year.
May 21, 2010. We have learned that Deb's cancer has returned. Please read the journal entry for more detail.