Long day today, but here’s what we now know. I have Invasive Ductal Carcinoma, Stage 2. There is a 5 cm mass in my right breast, with several affect lymph nodes both in and outside my breast tissue. I am ER/PR/HER2+ (Triple positive) The triple positive receptors are good news, in that all of these receptors have targeted (proven) treatments available.
I will have pre-treatment meetings/tests Tuesday next week at Rush. I am having a port put in my left chest/shoulder and will start chemo next Wednesday.
I will have one year of treatment with 6 rounds of 2 kinds of chemo plus 2 other medicines over the first 18 weeks. Then surgery (TBD what that is, lumpectomy or mastectomy or dbl mastectomy) sometime in June. Then continue 2 of the cocktails / non-chemo-shit for the rest of the year.
Bill and Brian Moore were with me for the meetings.
The reality that the next year of my life is in someone else’s hands became very real today.
All in all, I have positive feelings, like the team of experts and am ready to get started.
Plus, there’s wine. Lots and lots of wine.