Here are the new updates concerning my treatment plan. This Thursday, the surgeon will implant a temporary device called a port into my chest. The port is used for chemotherapy infusions, it is a lot safer than injecting the medicine directly through a vein in the arm. My first treatment will begin on the 12th. I will be receiving a dose dense combination of Adriamycin and Cytoxan. The treatment will be administered every two weeks, four times, followed by the chemotherapy drug Taxol, which will also be administered every two weeks, four times. This will be a total of 16 weeks of chemotherapy.
Normally surgery is performed to remove the tumor before chemo is given, but because this cancer is so aggressive and has now started to grow in my right breast as well, my doctor have decided to start chemo first in hope that it will shrink some of the tumor and keep them from spreading. If it proves to be responding well [half way through treatment] then surgery may be an option. It looks as if a double mastectomy may be what the doctor orders. Why? Because I am under 50, the cancer is triple negative, and in both breast and I have a [male] cousin who is also being treated for breast cancer, my doctors believe I may have a genetic disorder or gene [BRCA-1] that causes breast cells to mutate and become cancerous. Hence, to keep risks low, all breast tissue should be surgically removed.
When it come to breast cancer, reconstructive surgery is no longer considered cosmetic. Instead, it is now a part of treatment and insurances have to cover it. As a woman, I appreciate this long thought out and fought out breakthrough, as you can probably imagine why! In some cases they can start reconstructive surgery right after the removal of your breasts, just so you won’t have to see yourself without your longtime homies!! You will be renewed, and so will they!!!
So the next time I post, it will be to let you know how the port surgery went and then treatments. I will be going to the beach on Monday with my family. My eldest son came home yesterday and will be with us for ten days!!! I will find reasons to laugh, smile, shout and praise…because God has TRULY been good to me!!! 🙂 Until next time…
TO GOD BE THE GLORY..IN JESUS HOLY NAME…AMEN 😉