In mid-August my mom found a lump in her breast. She went to the doctor like she needed to and they did a biopsy. On August 30, 2017, my mom was diagnosed with Invasive Ductal Carcinoma. In other words, breast cancer. It's been a pretty hectic three weeks. We've seen lots of doctors that have given us lots of information all at once and are still trying to get more. We know that her tumor is less than an inch(that's good,) that it is HER2/neu positive(aka there is some sort of protein that would allow it to blow up like the Hulk,) it is hormone positive but not 100%- this is good because they can block the hormones that it leeches from. They are currently doing genetic testing to see if she is positive for the BRCA gene. They have found out it's not in her lymph nodes, and the only other tumor they found was very near the first one, but they aren't sure if it's cancer, so they're going to do an MRI guided biopsy. What we know has to happen: We know because of being HER2/neu positive, she will have to go through chemo. Her appointment is within two weeks to discuss when that starts and how the appointments will go;about three weeks after chemo is done, she will go back to the doctor to discuss surgery options and radiation. Radiation treatment will be 35 treatments, I believe 5 times a week for 7 weeks. As of right now, it looks like she can avoid mastectomy(yay!) and opt for a lumpectomy. The schedule is to have the MRI guided biopsy, Muga scan to check her heart, and then see her oncologist, Dr. McGee to get the details for chemo.
We wanted to start this as a way of keeping everyone updated quickly and get all the prayers we can! God Bless -Kelsei