I’m shocked, afraid and still can’t process everything. Hoping to get some advice from those who have been there. I’m a 58-year-old woman in good health. Last time I was in hospital was when I gave birth to my daughter 25 years ago! At the end of November, I went for my regular mammogram – and shortly after that, my life hasn’t been the same. Following a call back and then a biopsy, I was diagnosed with invasive DCIS shortly before Christmas. It was so hard giving this type of news to the family at a time like that. I had an appointment with the surgeon in the new year to go over the biopsy results and determine surgical options and treatment. I was relieved to learn that the lump was still small enough to remove with lumpectomy followed by radiation. And told myself I can do this. Before leaving the appointment, I mentioned that I had felt nothing at all in my breast, but that I had been losing weight over the last little while and experiencing pain in the back. I asked if those were possibly symptoms related to the breast cancer that I might have missed. She didn’t think so and wrote me up for a CT scan “just to be sure”. Then everything broke apart again. Following the CT scan, I was immediately sent for an Ultrasound. The next day the surgeon told me that the imaging results indicate a “large complex cystic mass in the pelvis” which is in keeping with a primary ovarian neoplasm. An appointment is now being arranged with gyne oncology. In the meantime, the breast surgeon has recommended going ahead with the breast surgery – but now doing a mastectomy instead of a lumpectomy, so that the radiation does not interfere with the other potential surgery. I gave up the surgery date for this week as I was too stressed and needed more time to absorb all this new information. Sorry for the long lament – I really don’t know what to do or think!
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