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Ms. Toad

(34,437 posts)
Tue Oct 4, 2016, 01:25 AM Oct 2016

Not ready for this merry-go-round again.

I just put breast cancer in the rear view mirror & I have new (completely unrelated) symptoms in the other breast. Hopefully nothing, but I'm off bright and early in the morning to get scanned and prodded. Again.

The only up side is that unless they decide it is something unusually aggressive that can't wait a week, I won't be letting them biopsy me until after I've had a proper vaction.

Cross your fingers, toes, eyes, whatever for me.

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Not ready for this merry-go-round again. (Original Post) Ms. Toad Oct 2016 OP
It's all crossed. Every limb and digit. n/t moonscape Oct 2016 #1
Thanks! Ms. Toad Oct 2016 #6
Everything is crossed for you. KC Oct 2016 #2
It's only a small merry-go-round. Ms. Toad Oct 2016 #5
Fingers crossed. sinkingfeeling Oct 2016 #3
Thanks! Ms. Toad Oct 2016 #7
Hoping hoping hoping PennyK Oct 2016 #4
Thanks! Ms. Toad Oct 2016 #8
Well, damn. Here's hoping for the best. Solly Mack Oct 2016 #9
I agree. But at least it's a teeny, manageable damn, Ms. Toad Oct 2016 #10
Boost your spirits then come out fighting. :) Solly Mack Oct 2016 #11
You know what to expect alfredo Oct 2016 #12
Now that I actually do know what to expect, it's good. Ms. Toad Oct 2016 #13
Yeah. I'm glad you got good news. alfredo Oct 2016 #14
Sorry this new concern has surfaced ... slipslidingaway Oct 2016 #15
I did not see your post until now dixiegrrrrl Oct 2016 #16
So far, so good. Ms. Toad Oct 2016 #17
It's really sad, Ms. Toad Oct 2016 #18

Ms. Toad

(34,437 posts)
5. It's only a small merry-go-round.
Reply to KC (Reply #2)
Tue Oct 4, 2016, 02:09 PM
Oct 2016

The trigger for the visit (that could have been extremely aggressive) is almost certainly a non-issue.

But - the preliminarly imaging they did to rule out aggressive causes turned up a 5 mm tumor (in the opposite breast from the cancer I just beat). To quote Gilda Radner, "Well, Jane, it just goes to show you, it's always something — if it ain't one thing, it's another."

The characteristics of this tumor are indefinite - parts of it look like cancer; parts of it don't. Biopsy a week from Friday, after 3 days of diving!


(2,304 posts)
4. Hoping hoping hoping
Tue Oct 4, 2016, 10:59 AM
Oct 2016

Please report back as soon as you can -- you deserve this vacation!
I myself am waiting to hear when radiation treatment will start, but now we have to be alert for a hurricane. Ugh.

Ms. Toad

(34,437 posts)
8. Thanks!
Tue Oct 4, 2016, 02:11 PM
Oct 2016

Update here: http://www.democraticunderground.com/?com=view_post&forum=1146&pid=3982

And - FYI - The doctor declared the state of the recently radiated breast remarkable. She would not have known I had just had radiation, except for the medical record in front of her.

Ms. Toad

(34,437 posts)
10. I agree. But at least it's a teeny, manageable damn,
Tue Oct 4, 2016, 03:16 PM
Oct 2016

Not the overwhelming, get in here this week if you don't want to die within a year, damn that I was afraid of.

The new tumor is about 1/3 the size of the cancer I just kicked to the curb - and it may not be cancer. Lazy, teeny, cancer I can manage. After I go diving!!!

Ms. Toad

(34,437 posts)
13. Now that I actually do know what to expect, it's good.
Fri Oct 7, 2016, 10:53 PM
Oct 2016

What triggered the visit was symptoms of inflammatory breast cancer (without looking at the figures, somewhere around 50% fatality within 2 years).

What they found (because the visit triggered an earlier than usual look) was a teeny tiny tumor. 2 mm x 4 mm x 5 mm. As long as it's the same kind that runs in the family, it's barely a speed bump. (Based on characteristics - elasticity, vascularity, borders - it's about a coin toss for cancer v. not.)

But NO inflammatory breast cancer. Whew!!

So - I'm off diving; the reward I had planned to give myself in August for losing 74 lbs and beating back diabetes - until cancer popped up and interrupted things. 3 dives in so far - up to a dozen more.

I'll take my camera down tomorrow afternoon and see what I find. (I think I remember you from the photography group? - I haven't had time to do much photography so I pretty much dropped out.)

How are you holding up?


(60,096 posts)
14. Yeah. I'm glad you got good news.
Fri Oct 7, 2016, 11:25 PM
Oct 2016

I'm doing ok. Had some bad days, some good days. But I see progress

Please share the photo.


(21,210 posts)
15. Sorry this new concern has surfaced ...
Wed Oct 12, 2016, 01:36 AM
Oct 2016

but glad it is 'a speed bump.'

I cannot imagine a more healing process than to do what you enjoy, please post some pics when you have time.


(60,010 posts)
16. I did not see your post until now
Fri Oct 14, 2016, 01:48 AM
Oct 2016

Pls. share how your are doing.

I was totally amazed that I went from shock at finding a bad lump to deciding in just a few days who I wanted as a surgeon,
to mastectomy, a word I could not even spell, but 3 weeks later being very comfortable with making post operation treatment decisions after educating my self in cancer treatment
plus getting help here, and then, on my own, finding a very cheap way to get horrendously expensive drugs.

So I hear you loud and clear about been there, done that and now vacation comes first.

Ms. Toad

(34,437 posts)
17. So far, so good.
Fri Oct 14, 2016, 09:18 AM
Oct 2016

Vacation was fantastic! I'm now back and trying to catch up. I had been working really hard prior to the new symptoms to make sure I left for vacation ahead of schedule on things I needed to do, but that fell apart when I needed to do more research and squeeze in doctor appointments.

But I did manage to put work and medical things out of my mind for 6 days

Monday I have a biopsy and start the waiting game for the results. The odds are about 50-50 that it will be cancer. Again. But if it is cancer, it is likely to be the relatively benign kind I've already put in the rear view mirror.

I'll update once I know the results!

Ms. Toad

(34,437 posts)
18. It's really sad,
Sat Oct 15, 2016, 11:28 PM
Oct 2016

when the ultrasound tech, calling to make sure everything is good for Monday's biopsy, recognizes you since it has only been 5 months since the last (pre-treatment) biopsy.

Wish me luck for Monday. As near as I can tell, chances are about 50-50 that it is malignant. I don't have a strong sense (I did last time), but I'm leaning slightly toward this one being malignant, also.

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