About Me: Female, 70, Lima, Peru, member since Jan 2010
I am now living overseas and have bumped into some cancer issues.
May 2009: I was diagnosed with cervical cancer though I do not meet the criteria for such a diagnosis,
[More] but I had it all the same. I received chemotherapy and radiotherapy in 30 simultaneous sessions. Then in 15 days I had two brachytherapies one after the other .
October 19th. 2009: I went to my oncologist for a post therapy checkup, he said there was no cancer any more. Never the less.......
The oncologist practiced a clinical breast exam nothing was found to be wrong. He immediately order a mammogram and an image test, the image tests were clean but the mammogram showed multiple microcalsifications in one of my breasts. The radiologist said a biopsy was necessary so he then referred me to a breast surgeon. Tomorrow Thursday I am having a surgical biopsy.
I am very anxious and scared to death about this procedure as the surgeon told me I have three alternatives: 1] 1/3 of the breast would be surgically removed for the biopsy, if nothing bad showed up in the results then end of subject. 2] 1/3+ a few inches of the breast would be surgically removed, for the biopsy lab tests, again if nothing bad showed up end of subject. 3] If there was an invasive issue, he would remove the same as in item 2 + the Sentinel Lymph Node, then I would get chemo and radiotherapies.
No. 3 means I have a second cancer issue. I wonder is it worth the pain and suffering?
I don't understand why all this is happening, there is NO family cancer history in any of the two sides of my family. Cancer has never been an issue and has not ever been in the picture. I never had any issues with my breasts, never a discharge, pain or any other.
Could this be a medical mistake or any kind of a weird issues? I wonder.
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