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After the Shock

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After the shock of it all I have some more news and information to report. Some of it is better, some not as good. To date Sue has had a Mammogram, Ultrasound & Biopsy of the tumor and a local lymph node.

The biopsy results are as follows:

  • Tumor type: Invasive ductal carcinoma
  • Histologic grade: Grade 3
  • Tumor Prognostic Profile: Triple Negative; Ki-67: Unfavorable; 75.37%
  • Lymph node: NEGATIVE (Negatives are not 100% until the lymph node itself is removed and pathology is completed).

Clinical staging is now: IIB, The original staging was III because of the tumor size of 6cm, since there seems to be no lymph node involvement it’s been revised to IIB.

The other biopsy facts indicate that this is a very aggressive and fast growing cancer and since it is a triple-negative (TNBC) it will only be susceptible to chemotherapy. The other modes of treating breast cancer such as hormone therapy would not be effective.

The recommended course of chemotherapy is three agents Adriamyin, Cytoxan & Taxotere (ACT) along with a bunch of meds for nausea, promotion of white cell production & steroids. A very powerful mix that is infused every three weeks for approximately 6 cycles (18 weeks).

The PET scan is on Thrusday (9/13/12) and will determine if the cancer has become metastatic (spread to other organs or tissues). Our hopes and prayers is that it has not. It will be difficult enough to fight in this one location.

The plan also remains to not perform surgery until after multiple cycles of chemotherapy. Multiple reasons exist. First they want to be able to physically see that the chemo is working on the tumor (the can measure growth and shrinkage) it will put things in a better position for eventual surgery and in TNBC it is the standard of care to have.

More good news to come after the PET scan on Thursday.

By the way I’m doing it again will be Sue’s blog to follow our battle with this breast cancer and for updates along the way. It’s going to be from a husbands & caregivers perspective. As a man we are driven to fix a problem when we see it. Once again I’m in the position where I cannot fix it but must contribute what I can to make it better and hopefully help someone else out there going through the same thing. Since I will be the source of information, as Sue may not feel like discussing this as her treatment progresses, I like this medium to communicate all the facts at once with the largest audience possible.

2 Responses to “After the Shock”

  1. Hi Sue and Joe….we have arrived in Colorado and are with JoAnne. She has kept me in the loop but I wanted you all to know that you are in my thoughts and prayers each day. xoxo

  2. Hi Moor Family. Sue I am so sorry for you and your family to have to face yet another struggle. YOU my lady are quite a fighter and I have faith and know you will beat this. We are praying for you. but what I would like to know is what can I do for you that would help you and your family out? Meals? food shopping assistance? please call upon me to help you I am here for you. You and your family are amazing. The Lord is with you on this journey. Praying for healing and strength. I know you definately have the fight I see that spark in your eye just like Faith had. Hugs!