Gail Zeamer | CaringBridge

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First post: 2/21/2016 Latest post: 9/19/2016
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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!

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