On 12/5/2017 Sue was diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer. The good news is that she has triple positive breast cancer which has a much better prognosis than if it was triple negative. The triple positive means there is therapy that targets the cancer more specifically. The bad news is that it is an aggressive type of cancer so Dr. Le (her oncologist)highly recommends chemotherapy for 6 cycles before going into surgery. After 6 cycles of a regimen that consists of 4 drugs (2 chemo and 2 non chemo given every 3 weeks), the 2 cm tumor in her right breast will most likely shrink a lot, and thus will allow her to have a lumpectomy (rather than mastectomy) and then daily radiation for 6 weeks. She will also need a maintenance therapy of Herceptin to total an entire year (about 18 doses). This will take her to the end of next year. Dr. Le’s nurse was able to expedite everything and get her port procedure/bone scan/heart evaluation for next Monday (12/11)in preparation to begin chemo next week. Everything has been a whirlwind for Sue and Scott and they are quite overwhelmed. It's been days filled with appointment after appointment to which we are so thankful because waiting to start treatment would have driven them crazy! Please pray for Sue and Scott to have divine peace as they walk through this. She is blessed to have so many people that love and care for her and her family. They have such a huge support group and for that they are so grateful.
For now, please pray that there are no new complications that they have not seen. Dr. Le is very hopeful that this tumor is localized to the one area and has not spread to the lymph nodes. Right now she is considering it a stage 2 cancer unless the CT scan or breast MRI shows differently. Please pray that Stephen, Jack and Samantha will be able to handle what we know will become a huge change in their daily routines. And for Scott to be strong and courageous as well. And for Sue, that there would be minimal side effects from her chemotherapy regimen. (hair loss/neuropathy/nausea are the most common).