While you all know that I’m on chemo, there’s a little more to learn about why. My type of cancer is Triple Negative. This means that my cancer cells tested negative for estrogen receptors (ER-), progesterone receptors (PR-), and HER2 (HER2-). Meaning that the type of cancer I have will not respond to any type of hormonal therapy. The bad news is that we have fewer treatment options. The good news is that this type of cancer typically responds very well to chemotherapy. Because of this and because of the size, my doctors have recommended chemo before surgery. They want to first make sure that the cancer is responding to the chemo and to see if they can shrink it prior to surgery. Also to knock out any minuscule cancer cells that could have possibly traveled anywhere else on my body, not seen by any of the tests.
I’m on an aggressive treatment plan. It will be chemo for another 14 weeks. At this point I have one more dose of AC on next Tuesday. Then a week to recover and will then start a different cycle of drugs. One that I will receive every week, and another only every three weeks – for the following 12 weeks. Following this I will have a double mastectomy. Because honestly, currently one boob is trying to kill me. I’m not going to spend the rest of my life worrying about the other one. And, (very personal decision for every woman) I will not have any type of reconstruction. The thought of never wearing a bra again, quite frankly, makes me a little giddy. Going to have a massive bra burning later this year!
Following surgery will probably be radiation. Much of the treatment that follows surgery will be based on the lab findings. So it’s a bit of wait and see.
But here’s a bit of good news for today… Met with my breast surgeon today and the mass/area is feeling softer and is a little smaller. Which is exactly what they wanted it to do. Keep in mind, we aren’t feeling and measuring the cancer itself, but the other non-cancerous tissue that it’s attached to. So at this point, even though we don’t know for sure, all things indicate that the chemo is working. And we’ll take any type of good news we can get! Happy Friday all!