Amy Ellenwood Team Amy

First post: May 11, 2017 Latest post: Jan 16, 2018
Dear Amy’s Loved Ones –

As many of you know, Amy was diagnosed with breast cancer 6 weeks ago.  We’ve decided to use this website to update everyone with where she is in the process of treatment and management, and to keep everybody in the loop about our plans to support Amy through this process.   Kiera McAuliffe, Heather Eisner, and I will be updating this website as Amy moves through the process, and Amy may send out some messages too. 

This initial update covers the medical details, which is what she is trying to figure out right now (and what I’m good at updating since I’m in the profession).  A mass was found on her routine Mammogram in January, which was questionable, and after a re-read, she was referred for a biopsy.  The biopsy showed Invasive Carcinoma In Situ, which means that cancer cells were both in the ducts and invading out of the ducts. The cancer was also found to be ER/PR positive (which are hormone receptors). This means that the cancer will respond to hormone therapy.  

What was not determined from the biopsy was whether or not the cancer expresses a gene called Her2Neu.  It was also difficult for her surgeon to locate the edges of the cancer so she sent her for an MRI which showed some “enhancement” in other areas of the breast.  This enhancement was concerning for additional cancer cells and she had an MRI biopsy last week which showed an additional area of Ductal Carcinoma In Situ which is isolated to the ducts.

We know that the cancer is Stage 1 and the next step is surgery.  After the surgery, and pathology results, there will be additional information about the status of the lymph nodes as well as the Her2Neu gene expression, margins, and aggressiveness of the cancer. This will determine whether or not she will need chemotherapy. This may all be followed by hormone therapy.

I feel like her medical team is going to be very strong.  She has consults with two excellent and highly regarded Oncologists as well as a consult for a second opinion with a surgeon and an excellent plastic surgeon.

I’ll keep everybody updated once we have dates set up and we will start working towards getting organized about different ways we can help out while Amy recovers.  Please use this site to communicate anything you would like to Amy and I’ll send out another post once we get more information from her appointments next week.  

I want to acknowledge how brave and organized Amy is pushing forward into this difficult process.

Aurora Helm

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