Hi. I had the lumpectomy last Friday; the biopsy in May showed a small area of DCIS, 6 mm; the final path from Fridays procedure measured 3.2 cm! We just got home from a sort of discouraging Dr. appt. We met with the Radiation Oncologist; he was wonderful, he said they were all taken by surprise by the size of this thing and were in no way prepared for that finding, nor the finding of a second site.
Because of the size of the mass, I do not qualify for the 5 day mammosite radiation, but instead have to do the 6 week stuff.
The final path shows that it is fast growing, fairly aggressive and has a high likelihood for recurrence, hence the need for a different type of radiation. My Van Nuys is 7.1; the margins aren't as clear as they would like and tomorrow my surgeon, the RO and the pathologist are meeting, reviewing the slides and determining if they have to do more surgery. The RO has brought up the idea of mastectomy.
I'll know about
the surgery tomorrow, this really wasn't the news we had hoped for, but it could be worse; they did not find any place where the cancer was invasive, but because of discovery of the second site and the size of the mass, they may have to go back in.
How does a mammogram show just a small bit of microcalcifications, but the the lumpectomy come up with 3.2 cm? I think everyone has the same thought too, if the mammo missed something of this size, what else is it missing?
Post Edited (LdyJane) : 6/24/2009 8:10:39 PM (GMT-6)