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  1. #1
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    Good Update on my mom

    Hello, there.

    We met wiith the surgeon Dr. Lafreniere late this afternoon. Mom has lobular cancer - it relates to the milk ducts in the breast. These are never discovered early with mammograms - only with ultrasounds! Thank goodness my mom's GP did detect something manually and ordered the US as well as the mammo.

    Surgery will involve a mastectomy, simply because there are two areas of concern and they are a type III. Mom will get an injection the day before surgery of a radioactive material that will travel to several lymph nodes. A couple of them will be removed and tested while Mom is under. If those two have no cancer then the lymph nodes will be left alone.

    The procedure will take one hour and mom will be at Foothills overnight, unless circumstances dictate a longer stay. Yeah, that surprised me too!

    As he said, "When you wake up you will be cancer-free." Virtually NO chance of recurrence and no follow-up radiation or chemo. Tamoxifen is a possibility but that will be discussed later.

    Mom is bumped to the top of the surgery list - the next opening is hers. This can take up to 3 weeks but Dr. L expects it will be sooner than that.

    If there is good news about cancer, this is the best news we could get. Thanks so much for your care and concern.


    Mom is very relieved - I think I am too!
    "I like physics, but I love cartoons." -- Stephen Hawking

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    That's good news! Good luck to her that day and the days following! Tell her she is welcome to join the "Good Riddance to Bad Parts" club!
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    Wonderful news, Candace

    Prayers and positive thoughts will continue for as long as you both need them.

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    The best news given the circumstances. Prayers for you both.
    Gayle - self proclaimed Queen of Poop
    Mommy to: Cali and Diego (six year old kittens)
    (RB furbabies: Rascal RB 10/11/03 (ferret), Sami RB 24/02/04 (dog), Trouble RB 10/08/05 (ferret), Miko RB 20/01/06 (ferret) and Sebastian RB 12/12/06(ferret), Sasha RB 17/10/09 (border collie cross)

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    Thank you all.

    Even if she had a prognosis of "only" 10 years, she would be 90 then. Her EKG showed a strong heart, no murmurs or anything at all amiss!
    "I like physics, but I love cartoons." -- Stephen Hawking

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    Oh, Candace, what wonderful, promising news for your mom and you!

    We are all sending along our continuing prayers and good wishes and healing energies.

    I meant," said Ipslore bitterly, "what is there in this world that truly makes living worthwhile?"
    Death thought about it.
    "Cats," he said eventually. "Cats are nice."

    -- Terry Pratchett, Sourcery

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