Happy to have you back. I am finally coming around to sharing a little more on my treatment. There’s some information that might be new to you as it was for me. I have linked it so you can read it from the sources I used to informed myself.
A month and a half after surgery I was back to meet with the oncologist to discuss the treatment plan. There were two possible options: chemotherapy or hormone therapy only.
Here is a background on my cancer. I had a tumor about 2.5cm behind my areola area on my right breast. My tumor was considered hormone-receptor positive as it was PR-positive and ER-positive, HER2 was negative. My cancer was relatively small and had not spread. They were able to remove the tumor during surgery. However, we can’t avoid the treatment that follows after surgery. This will make a huge difference on recurrence.
When you are diagnosed with breast cancer they often do a genetic test where they check for genes like BRCA1 & BRCA2 which are genes usually related to breast cancer. Those two genes happened to be negative for me. However, results showed a PT53 mutation. Which basically is a gene that increases the risk for certain types of cancers including breast cancer. PT53 runs in my family. I never wanted to know if I was a carrier so I opted not to have generic testing until I was diagnosed. This was my personal choice. Remember you can have genetic testing at any point in your life. You can discuss with your doctor and see how it would benefit you to know if you are a carrier of these genes.
After surgery the tumor gets sent out for further testing. The results showed a high chance of recurrence. This meant I would need chemo if I wanted to lower my chances of having cancer again.
Finally, on October 24th the doctor informed us, I will be having 8 sessions of chemo. My heart sunk! I was so hopeful about the idea of not needing chemo, (a girl can dream right? ), I was not prepared for the news. Of course I would of preferred “no chemo” but here I am! Walking the journey I was given, trusting that God has everything under control and he has a purpose behind this treatment.
I rather see the positive side of it. What’s a cancer journey without chemo? How can I share my story with cancer without experiencing what it is to have chemotherapy. I have accepted the fact that this is part of the process, that I have to do it in order to live many years cancer free.
The good news is, treatment will only be twice a month for a period of 4 months and I did not have to get a port, wooo hoo! I am receiving my treatment through a PICC line that was inserted Monday. That was not painful at all. Thank God! I am a chicken when it comes to all of this! haha!
First treatment was today! So far I am feeling well. Check out my instagram for updates. I will be sharing more on there!
Thank you guys so much for allowing me to share my journey with you all. I really hope this serves as a learning process not only for me but for you as well. Remember to check yourself!