Back from the follow-up ultrasound. As they had warned me (many times), the ‘problem’ with an MRI is that it really lights up all manner of concerns. Ultimately this is a good thing because you need to find everything.
My right breast remains clear, which is good if I’m aiming for lumpectomy. My left breast, which already contains the cancer, does have other areas they want to biopsy. But there is still hope. Two very small lumps that they suspect might be cancer are very close to the primary lump, and so they can probably get all that in the lumpectomy. There is an additional lump in another quadrant however, and if that turns out to be cancerous, I’m looking at a definite mastectomy. The radiologist suspects that it is benign but wants to be double sure. So again, there is still hope for a lumpectomy if that’s what I decide.
Monday I will have the three more sets of core biopsies. Wednesday I will find out the results. I also had blood work done today and a chest X-Ray so the results of those should be coming.
I should say too that while all this testing and waiting is agonizing, I don’t have the kind of cancer that requires immediate care. Some women take their month long European vacation before getting treatment. Of course, they are complete lunatics in my opinion, but the doctors do send them off with a smile.
So another weekend without definitives. But as Cheryl just reminded me, all good stories require tension and suspense. So tune in next week for another exciting episode of As The Magnetic Resonance Imager Turns!