Tonia Swartzer | CaringBridge

Tonia Swartzer

First post: May 31, 2018 Latest post: Aug 17, 2018

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As many of you know, Tonia was diagnosed with Invasive Ductal Carcinoma. Invasive Ductal Carcinoma is the most common type of breast cancer. Invasive means the  cancer has spread from the duct and has invaded the surrounding breast tissue.
In March I noticed a small lump in Tonia's left breast and convinced her that she needed to get it checked out. We made an appointment with a physician in the area and had a mammogram scheduled the following day. the lump didn't register on the mammogram ( kind of a scary thought).  The diagnostic center also did an Ultrasound that did pick up the lump.
They scheduled a biopsy on May 4th and got the results back on May 8th confirming that it was indeed cancerous. 
We had a great friend that got us in to Texas Oncology later that week so we could meet with  the surgeon and figure out the best course of action to get her treated.   After meeting with the surgeon, the recommendation was Genetic testing ( to see what if this was something we needed to be concerned about with Sydney) and an MRI. The surgeon recommended a double Mastectomy with reconstruction and Hormonal Therapy. The do not know at this time if Chemotherapy will be needed until they fully remove the tumor and send it to a pathologist .  
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