Hi Jan! I see that Mia has given you some great advice. I am sorry that you now have a new illness to add to all that you already have. Many of us here are diabetic as well as have other health issues along with the bc. So, please don't feel alone. I am glad to hear that your different medical specialists are working together. Did I read your post right that your cardiologist is going to do the surgery for the mastectomy? Or is he just going to be in the OR assisting? You might want to talk to them about a port. This can be used to draw your blood, give meds, etc. during treatment. Mine was put in place during the surgery.I know that you are overwhelmed right now. Just take a deep breath and keep that wonderful sense of humor I detected in regards to what you told your husband.
H & P...Deb
Most docs order some routine tests after a cancer diagnosis, as they want to rule out metastasis. It may vary somewhat, but he may do a chest xray, bone scan and liver enzyme tests. Some also do PET or MRI scans too. Once they have the information, they will formulate a plan of attack. If chemo is likely, they may do a MUGA scan, which measures something in the heart (exactly what, I am not sure, but it is commonly done before chemo).
Keep us posted....Lori