Part One of My Breast Cancer Journey

Because this is a new blog, and will now be my preferred method of getting information out to those needing it, I am going to give a recap of what I call Judy’s Journey!  All of this info (and even MORE!) can be found in the forum.  The forum will remain, but has been locked for several years because of spammers attacking it.

Here we go!

June 13, 2007 – x-ray of lower back and mammogram because I had a lump on left breast that showed up two weeks prior, and also had been having severe back pain for a year or so.

June 15, 2007 – diagnosed with breast cancer by Internal MD, who said it appeared to be in stage 2.

July 3, 2007 – underwent surgery to have mastectomy of right breast.  Surgeon could not find mass, so he sewed me up and scheduled me for a mammotome

July 20, 2007 – Mammotome biopsy

July 30, 2007 – modified radical mastectomy of right breast.  Removal of 24 lymph nodes, 14 with cancer in them

August 10, 2007 – saw local breast cancer oncologist who said it looked like I was in stage 3 and ordered a port to be put in, a MUGA scan, a bone scan and a CT scan.  She also scheduled me for chemo to begin on 8/28/2007.  Aggressive treatment with four cycles of Adriamycin and Cytoxan, followed with 4 cycles of Taxol on dose-dense regimen every 2 weeks.

August 14, 2007 – had CT scan

August 16, 2007 – bone scan

August 27, 2007 – CT and PET Scans

August 30, 2007 – drains removed from right breast from mastectomy

August 31, 2007 – local breast cancer oncologist went over scans with me and husband Tom.  She said I was in stage IV of metastatic, ER Positive invasive ductal carcinoma of the right breast.  She said it was not curable and the median life expectancy was 2-3 years.  Bone scan showed cancer in L4, left 6th & 7th ribs and right femur.  Also showed “at least 4 adjacent hypermetabolic lesions in the left middle to lower abdomen” within the omentum.  Scheduled in one week to start chemo – Adriamycin and Cytoxan every 3 weeks.

September 2, 2007 – My dear friend Marilyn, called and told me to check into Cancer Treatment Centers of America.  I called, liked what I heard and set up an appointment immediately.  Now… watch how FAST things go from this point forward in comparison to up until this time!!

September 10, 2007 – Meet with Dr. Neelam at Cancer Treatment Centers of America in Zion, Illinois (CTCA) with my sister, Patti

September 13, 2007 – MRI of lumbar spine ordered by CTCA

September 14, 2007 – First cycle of Taxotere – also put on Tamoxifen – CTCA

September 25 – October 11, 2007 – 13 treatments of radiation locally

October 12, 2007 – Second cycle of Taxotere at CTCA with my husband, Tom

November 9, 2007 – Third cycle of Taxotere at CTCA with our daughter, Marianne

November 30, 2007 – Fourth cycle of Taxotere at CTCA with our son, Tommy

December 11, 2007 – Met with therapist for lymphadema – fitted for specialty german made sleeve

December 21, 2007 – Fifth cycle of Taxotere at CTCA with our son, Stephen.  Dr. Neelam said chemo was working and no cancerous activity seen!!