Monday, February 23, 2009

More surgery

Back to surgery this week. My surgeon is going to "re-excise" me, which for some reason, sounds really gross. She wants to get "clean margins" around the tumor. So that's the first question. Can she get clean margins?

The next question is the Oncotype DX results. Will it predict that I have a high, low, or intermediate (and indeterminate) risk of recurrence?

This is what an article on breastcancer.org has to say:
After lumpectomy alone with clear margins, chances are that you are cancer-free. But your doctor will talk to you about treatment you can have just in case some cancer cells were left behind.

In this situation, getting the best breast cancer treatment can feel like a balancing act: You want to do as much as you can to get the cancer out and lower the risk of it coming back. But you'd like to avoid uncomfortable side effects that might lower your quality of life.
That just about sums it up.


2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Positive, negative, close margins... yes, your surgeon can get clean margins. I guess I may believe after all.

B

morethangray said...

Best wishes for your surgery and outcome.