OK, that doesn’t express how I’m really feeling. Breast biopsies are back, and I have low-grade ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) of the right breast. (Warning, true emotions coming up – FUCK, FUCK, FUCK) Sure, if one has to have breast cancer this is the type to have – assuming the needle biopsy is correct – confined to the lining of the ducts, survival rate beyond 15 years is 85-95% depending on which studies you read. Newest research gives results for lumpectomy (excision of surrounding tissue, even without a lump) compared to lumpectomy with radiation and lumpectomy+radiation+tamoxifen. (Tamoxifen has its own serious side effect profile.) There is added benefit for all 3 treatments but not sure if it’s enough to go through radiation and risk and side effects of tamoxifen. Then there is always the option to cut ’em off…
Decisions, decisions. Seeing breast surgeon May 2.
I was expecting this result but some how still stunned.
Good news is that being post-menopausal, my breast cancer doesn’t confer extra risk to my sisters.
Get your mammograms on schedule.