I have struggled over the years with how often and how much I want to share about my experience with breast cancer. Friends have even suggested that the mere mention would will a recurrence. I don’t believe that. I do believe I’ve accepted that breast cancer will forever be part of who I am. 2018 marks my ten year anniversary of being diagnosed and while consistently creating content about a sometimes very heavy subject might takes its toll on me, I strongly stand behind the idea that this is what I am supposed to do.
My personal cancer profile
I am always interested in know what kind of breast cancer someone is diagnosed with. Here is my personal cancer diagnosis.
- Infiltrating ductal carcinoma and ductal carcinoma in situ
- Grade 3
- Size of invasive tumor: 4.0 cm
- Lymphatic invasion identified (2/13 lymph nodes positive for cancer)
- Estrogen receptor positive, 100%
- Progesterone receptor positive, 50%Ki-67, high
- HER-2/neu, negative
- BRCA, negative
- Current cancer medications: Aromasin
My cancer treatment
Treatment for breast cancer varies greatly depending on a person’s specific diagnosis. The following outlines my personal treatment from 2008. This information is not to replace any advice from your own doctors.
- Breast conserving lumpectomy
- Chemotherapy: Adriamycin, Cytoxan and Taxotere
- External beam radiation therapy
- Bilateral oophorectomy
- Hormone therapy