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Team Zeam - Gail Zeamer
2/21/2016 Latest post:
Welcome to our CaringBridge site. We've created it to keep friends and family updated. We appreciate your support and words of hope and encouragement during this time when it matters most.
On February 2nd, 2016 I was diagnosed with Invasive Ductal Carcinoma (Breast Cancer). The cancer was detected first in a lymph node on the left side, under my arm through a routine 3D mammogram. After further ultrasound, a tumor was found in the left breast, which was amazingly undetected by the mammogram. I had felt a lump for many months in the left breast, but was told by a health provider that it was a cyst, and further testing was not done. What I didn't know was that the tumor was growing and spreading. At this time, I have Stage 3 C cancer. My cancer is also Triple POSITIVE, which means Estrogen positive, Progesterone positive and HER-2 positive. Although in the past, this would mean an aggressive and scary cancer, there are now specific chemotherapy drugs that target the HER-2 positive cells and destroy them. The cancer is isolated to the left breast and 2 lymph nodes in the left side. My treatment will consist of 6 rounds of chemotherapy, every 3 weeks. Then I will have mastectomy surgery and reconstruction, followed by radiation therapy. After that, I will receive Herceptin every 3 weeks for 1 year to make sure that the tumors do not return! This will be quite a journey, but I am ready to fight!