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Here is a quick summary bringing you up to date:
During a routine mammogram in October something suspicious was noted on the left breast. That led to a diagnostic mammogram, biopsies,and MRI The results indicated a non-invasive cancer, ductile carcinoma in situ (DCIS). Because the cancer was in several locations, a mastectomy followed by immediate reconstruction was recommended. Beverly had the mastectomy and initial phase of reconstruction on January 17. During the surgery the sentinel lymph nodes were biopsied and tissue samples collected for further pathology. The pathology done during the surgery indicated that the lymph nodes were clear. The surgery was outpatient but required an overnight stay for observation. On January 25 we met with the surgeon to go over the final pathology results and to determine the next steps in recovery. The final pathology confirmed the initial diagnosis of DCIS and clear lymph nodes. The only issue was is there is a small, microscopic bit of cancer at the margin of the tissue that was removed. At this point radiation is probably going to be required and possibly some sort of estrogen blocking medication might be prescribed. No further surgery or chemo is anticipated. This is all preventative in nature. The next steps are to meet with an oncologist and radiologist to confirm the next steps in treatment and to continue the reconstruction process with the plastic surgeon. We will keep you posted through CaringBridge when we have new information. The next appointment is with the oncologist on Feb. 1. All the prayers, cards, and other displays of kindness are very much appreciated. Ryan and Bevely