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For financial reasons, Delores had delayed medical checkups and treatment for several years. In December, 2017, she could no longer put off seeing the doctor in spite of finances. On her birthday, December 28, she was officially diagnosed with breast cancer. In the following weeks she found out that the cancer had metastasized to her femur near her hip. The condition of the bone was such that she was in danger of shattering the bone. Surgery and a rod placed into the bone has restored her mobility. Between the middle of December and today (March 8, 2018) she has had four surgeries.
The current treatment plan is to treat the cancer systemically with 12 weeks of chemo and additional therapies that support the effectiveness of the chemo then surgery for the breast cancer. In the meantime, it seems she may have some cardiovascular issues that need addressing. She will have an ultrasound on her heart next week.