Thursday, February 19, 2015

The plan. A quilt. Some boot cuffs.

A friend asked what the plan was once I get home. As one of my friends says,"Here's the deal!"
1) Tuesday morning I have an appointment with my oncologist to go over the paperwork from MD Anderson. 
2) Tuesday afternoon I see my surgeon to schedule the appointment to put in the port that's used to administer the chemotherapy as well as bloodwork etc.
3) I have surgery for the port.
4) After it heals sufficiently, I will start four cycles of chemotherapy every 2 to 3 weeks.
5) Then, I return to MD Anderson for an ultrasound mammogram and an ultrasound of the lymph nodes under my arm.
6) Assuming that the chemotherapy is working, I will return home for 12 more chemotherapy treatments, every week if I can handle it.
7)  Then, the lumpectomy and surgery on the lymph nodes.
8) Finally, radiation for six weeks.  

I have triple negative breast cancer, only 15% of all breast cancer patients have triple negative breast cancer. The reason the doctors are recommending only a lumpectomy is because this type of cancer rarely metastasizes in the breast again.   It is more common for it to metastasize elsewhere in the body within 3 to 5 years.

So MD Anderson and my doctors in El Paso will be monitoring me very closely over the next 3 to 5 years, if not longer. 

For now I need to focus on getting through the next six months of chemotherapy.

Here's a picture of the quilt that I worked on while in Houston. It is just a panel quilt but I love it.

My daughter asked me to make these boot cuffs for friend of hers, so I did. Aren't they cute?

1 comment:

  1. Love that I have seen the pretty quilt in person! Plan sounds good. I know that some of our patients start their chemo the day after the port is put in, so it might not be as long as you might expect. Staying positive for you friend and praying daily.