What's an axillary node dissection? A biology lesson, a lecture for pre med students? Or something I have experienced.
I wouldn't have a clue what that is except that once I started reading the article, I understood. That is what I experienced, and once we have experienced something we understand much, much better what things are. I remember clearly in my mind about the "arrow" sticking out of the breast I was going to have surgery (lumpectomy) on. Had a laugh about that one. My husband, Ken, did not think it was funny. Just before surgery, I was taken down to the ultrasound department to have a needle or "arrow" inserted into the cancerous lump. During surgery, a dye was inserted into the lump or bump and a note was taken as to into which lymph node in my arm pit the dye drained (the sentinel node).
Then it (actually they removed 3 or 4) was removed along with the cancerous lump. Hence the phrase, axillary node dissection for breast cancer . l
6 years ago plans were made as to how many radiation treatments I was to have. The radiation oncologist gave me the option. Up till then the ladies I knew who had had radiation treatments all had 30 treatments, or 6 weeks. But the oncologist said that he and his fellow oncologists believed that having more than 16 treatments had no beneficial effects and in fact could do more harm than could. So did I want 16 treatments or 30? Having heard what my friends experienced, I opted for the 16 treatments. Was that the correct decision I made? Reading this article, I believe I did. I also found it interesting that there was a third option - an option not presented to me prior to my lumpectomy. But interesting none the less.
What was your experience?
"Dr Brodie is credited with pioneering the development of aromatase inhibitors (like Letrozole), which are now a mainstay for the treatment for hormone-positive breast cancer."
The following is a wonderful tribute to a lady who has helped so many of us to fight breast cancer. I particularly found the sentence "She often forgot to go home, so her scientist-husband took on cooking for the family and their two sons learned to do the grocery shopping." interesting. Truly a lady dedicated to helping other ladies.
You go through surgery, chemo, radiation. Then bammo..... suddenly no more testing unless you show signs of some kind of a recurrence of breast cancer. What is more important to you as a breast cancer survivor - concern re possible unnecessary blood test and imaging, or concern for continuing tests to make sure early signs of recurrence get picked up? Here is a link for a study done about the possible unnecessary test done. Studies are great, but as breast cancer survivors, what concerns you most?