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The Results are in

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Today was our almost two week post operative visit with the surgeon at MSKCC. This time we only had to venture to Basking Ridge, NJ and not wonderful NYC.

Besides checking on Sue’s healing, which by the way is doing very well, we were also to learn the results of the pathology of the lumpectomy. The purpose of the lumpectomy is to remove the tumor and enough tissue around it so that they have what is called clear margins. Clear margins are enough tissue surrounding the cancerous tumor that indicates to the surgeon they “got all of it”.

Clear Butterfly

Clear Butterfly

The results: CLEAR  is a bit of an understatement as NO CANCEROUS CELLS AT ALL were found in any of the tissue removed. My first question of course was “Did you remove the right area?”. After giving me a look you would expect, she assured us she did. Obviously very good news.


Four (4) more weeks of healing and then seven (7) weeks of radiation therapy. Don’t know much of the details yet about radiation, the surgeon told Sue to be prepared to come home afterward and sleep as fatigue is the most common side effect.

One Response to “The Results are in”

  1. I have been following your posts since you started. I knew Faith from the Lawrence School. I am a volunteer in the school and saw her in the hallways. It is an incredible journey your family has gone and is going through. I am glad to hear the “clear” news. I have been praying for your family since Faith was sick. Your family will continue to be in my prayers. Space is limited in the comment box so this will be one paragraph. I’m not sure what, if anything, your family may need. If you need meals cooked, house cleaned or even some quiet time I would like to volunteer my time to you. If there is anything I can do please email me. It would be the least I could do for you and your family.
    Sending you positve and healing thoughts! xoxo
    Diane Barbieri