Just returned from the Juravinski Cancer Centre for a consultation with another oncologist. My surgeon had set up this referral to discuss whether I need further treatment for my breast cancer. I had been told that if I was in the U.S. I would be prescribed an oral medication to increase my odds of keeping the cancer from returning but in Canada I would not. Of course I wanted to get more information and discuss any and all treatments/options/percentages/risks, etc.
Once again, I met with a Resident first, who took my history and then asked could he examine me. “Of course”, I replied and quickly started to disrobe. “I can get you a gown” he said, looking a bit shocked that I was whipping off my dress so fast. “Oh, ok”, I said. ” I can put on a robe if you want me too. I’ve been poked, prodded and looked at by so many doctors as of late that I have no modesty anymore”.
He handed me a gown! Do you get a prize for embarrassing a doctor? Poor kid. He listened to my heart, lungs, felt my glands and then examined my incisions, hematoma and the swelling under my arms. He then told me I could get dressed and he would go get the Oncologist.
A few minutes later they returned and we got right down to business. The oncologist started to review with me the type of cancer I had, and the fact that the pathology report showed that it had not metastasized anywhere. The oral treatment that was in question was an oral hormone therapy that was used to decrease the probability of cancer coming back…in my the other breast!!!! Hey,hey….I don’t have another breast…as I had a double mastectomy. Bingo! As I am “breastless” there is no reason to take hormone therapy for a chance of cancer striking an appendage that is no longer there. Now THAT my friends is very good news. I always felt that I had made the right decision in having a double mastectomy. There were benign growths in my right breast that could have turned cancerous down the road….AND if I had chosen to have only the single mastectomy then I would be having to undergo hormonal therapy that presents a litany of other side effects. I feel very good about my decision to have a double mastectomy and feel a huge sense of relief that both my surgeon and today’s oncologist have given me very positive and reassuring news.
It’s Friday…..it’s summertime….I’m feeling stronger…I’ve had tremendous news….I think I just might indulge in a Martini. Or maybe a Margarita!? So glad that is the only decision/choice I have to make today.
Bye Bye boobs…Ta Ta Cancer!
President of As You Like It Marketing & Communications Inc. Award winning speaker and author. Breast cancer fighter and blogger. I’m sharing my journey…the good, the bad and the ugly. Hoping to help anyone else that has been touched by breast cancer be it you or someone you know or love.