Positive results

18 Aug

I’ve been staring at this post wondering how to start it for half an hour so will just make a bulleted list instead:

  • The tumour is defined as an invasive ductal carcinoma (IDC)
  • It has been classed as a grade 3 (where grade 1 tumour cells are somewhat abnormal, and grade 3 are very abnormal)
  • Positive for oestrogen (ER+) and progesterone (PR+) receptors
  • Probably negative for HER2 receptors (has been sent away for further testing to confirm)
  • Just one lymph node involved out of 18 tested – and it was only a micrometastasis (good)

My surgeon was very happy. She said we couldn’t have hoped for better. It was great to hear that, particularly because I was a bit gutted when she said it was ER+ and PR+. She said it was good because hormone positive cancers tend to be less aggressive than negative ones, and they can treat it with hormone therapy to really kick it’s butt. I’m still not keen on taking hormone therapy pills for 5 years (can’t get pregnant when you’re on them) but will discuss that further with my oncologist and make up my mind once I have all the facts. She did say that you can do a 2 year course, then try to have children, then complete your course after you’ve had your baby, so perhaps it’s not all bad.

After delivering my results from the pathology report, my lovely surgeon then proceeded to pull my arm up and around and back and forth…. OWIES!! She gave me a tut tut and said I need to get that arm moving better. Yes, I’m guilty. I have not been practicing the exercises that the physiotherapists gave me as often as I should have been. It’s still very sore if I try to lift my arm up or out to the side. She’s given me some different pain relief now though which is working better, so I am practicing more now. It is actually very important to do this if you want to regain full arm motion. I’d better keep it up. Don’t want to be living with a gammy arm for the next 70 years.

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3 Responses to “Positive results”

  1. Teresa December 1, 2010 at 9:18 pm #

    Came across you on Boganette’s comments — glad to hear it’s ER/PR positive! If there’s any type of BC to get, it’s that. My best wishes for your recovery, will be following your blog.

    • Teresa December 1, 2010 at 9:20 pm #

      Also, re: mobility — my friend’s mum really got into nordic walking after her double mastectomy, said it really helped with the rehab. A bit daggy, sure, but might be something you’d like to try.

    • Kylie December 1, 2010 at 9:20 pm #

      Thanks Teresa 🙂 Just discovered Boganette today. Love her work.

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