The tumor was diagnosed as Ductal Carcinoma In Situ (DCIS). It is the most commonly found type of breast cancer and is considered non-invasive.This is the good news.
There are several websites devoted to breast cancer but I averaged a few and they all said relatively the same thing…
“When you have had DCIS, you are at higher risk for the cancer coming back or for developing a new breast cancer than a person who has never had breast cancer before. Most recurrences happen within the 5 to 10 years after initial diagnosis. The chances of a recurrence are under 30%.” – quote from the website linked.
The bad news: this is what happened to my mom over 10 years ago. The cancer came back about 5 years after her first lumpectomy.
Mom hadn’t had the radiation treatment then but this time her options are different. The surgeon was different. The surgeon was AWESOME. She is such an amazing lady and I am glad my mom was able to get treatment from her. She was so informative and comforting. She was straightforward and open. She was optimistic.
and mom is optimistic.
I’m going to try to be. Not that I am going around all doom and gloom but its hard to forget what happened last time. I don’t want to see her go through that again. ever.
but overall this is a good thing. a very good thing.