Well, I now know why I had an ectopic pregnancy. In the midst of my lowest lows in the hospital, I was so mad at God for taking our baby. But now, I am thanking him for saving my life.
I have breast cancer; there's no way I could battle this being pregnant. The suspicious lump they biopsied is indeed a cancerous tumor. I'm 28 years old, I'm in the best shape of my life. I have no prior family history of cancer. This is such a freak incident.
Here's the lowdown on my appt today. It was a whirlwind but I'm glad to know what I know now.
Type : Ductal Invasive cancer -- means the cancer cells inside of a milk duct has broken out and spread to nearby tissues. Ductal invasive is 50-75% of cancers so I have the most "common" type.
Grade: Mine is a grade 2 out of 3. Or "intermediate". Tumor grade relates to the structure of the cells and is different from tumor stage. In general, the more the cancer cells look like normal breast cells, the lower the grade and the better the prognosis.
Stage: They do not know this yet and won't know until surgery. It goes along w/ how far it's spread, if it's in the lymph nodes or not. At this point he does not have a reason to believe it's in the lymph nodes or spreading.
Also, my tumor is estrogen & progesterone positive which means in the future I will be treated by hormone therapy to BLOCK estrogen and keep it away, which will stop "feeding" the tumor.
I also took a genetic test for the BRAC mutation. That is the most common genetic strain and is linked to ovarian cancer.
So the plan. MRI on Thursday to check both breasts for anything else they haven't seen. Monday I'll meet with the oncologist to discuss my tenative treatment plan and with a plastic surgeon to discuss implants/reconstruction. Ultimately the final outcome is a double mastectomy with reconstruction. Surgery will probably be in 2-3 weeks. I hope to have a surgery date nailed down next week. Then I will begin chemo a few weeks later. Not sure on the chemo plan yet but I know they suggested an aggressive treatment because I am so young.
Surprisingly I am feeling 'good' about all of this. Several people, including my breast dr suggested a specific oncologist to me. Turns out I am already seeing this Dr, as my hematologist, for my bleeding disorder. I feel like that isn't a coincidence, it's a God thing. I am really optimistic about the plan we have and I'm ready to get going. I want this DONE and out of my body. I am ready to kick its ass and come out on the other side fighting. I know with prayer & love/support we'll get through this!
Feel free to ask questions..I don't mind at all and I feel like talking about it really helps me cope.