Well, I had a 3 hour appointment today, but I'm still not any closer to knowing what is going to happen. I met most the "Breast Cancer Team" today. This consists of the surgeon, the radiation oncologists, the program coordinator, and a volunteer. This is a teaching institution so I didn't even list the residents and fellows. AND I didn't get to meet the medical oncologists or the plastic surgeon (vacation time ya know.) Essentially this was just a 'meet n' greet.' They discussed ALL of the options with me, however the upshot is they just can't make any concrete determinations of what I need until I have an MRI, which is scheduled for Friday. They would then like me to meet with the oncologist and the plastic surgeon, just so I can make a completely informed decision. I have an appointment with the plastic surgeon on 9/13, so I'm certain that NOTHING is going to happen prior to then.
So in a nutshell, my options are as follows:
- Lumpectomy and radiation - They remove the "offensive" tissue and conserve as much of my breast as possible. Then I would have radiation. This can either be external (they would light me up once a day for 6 weeks) or there is a study that they could put a balloon of sorts into the area that they took out and inject that balloon with liquid radiation (radiator fluid?) for twice a day for 5 days.
- Mastectomy with reconstructive surgery: They lop that sucker off and stick on a new one. No, really... They would remove the "offensive" tissue along with everything else and then, during the same surgery, they reconstruct a new one. This can be done in a few ways: first is the usual method that is favored by SO many in Hollywood (can you say implant), or they can take "belly fat" (their words, not mine) and make a more natural breast out of... ME. During this explanation all I could think of was, "Can they take it from my ass? I've got plenty there to spare!" I'll save that question for the plastics guy.
So again, we wait. I have to say I am still upbeat, but a little disappointed we aren't closer to resolving this. Again with the patience stuff. Hurrumph!!!