“ If I were you, I would cut them out,” said the surgeon. She also said, “ We don’t know if chemo was working or not until we become an old lady.”
According to her (who also was a breast cancer patient), once cancer spreads to other organs or tissues, it is considered not curable, but treatable, aiming to keep the quality of life as long as possible, but until then the treatment should be aggressive.
Cancer cells migrate to other organs and tissues through the lymph or blood systems. Then even if I remove the two lymph nodes, it doesn’t mean I will be safe. Yet, my cancer had spread into lymph nodes in the right armpit and was so resilient that it didn’t respond to the first chemo. The surgeon affirmed my concern that the two lymph nodes could be cancerous. In order to have a biopsy, the surgeon will remove them because they are too small to cut a sample. The procedure will take 5-6 hours; a same day surgery with a risk of lymphedema.
If today’s bone scan result is clear, we’ll pick a day for the surgery. I have to stop Navelbine this time instead of Herceptine if I have a surgery. Risks are always there , but I have to trust my good doctors and I must take every step to beat the cancer believing that “Aslan” is leading me.