I found out on my twins 2nd birthday (January 23, 2011) that my mom's mammogram showed a lump in her left breast. This is the same one that my grandmothers breast cancer started in. She has since had a biopsy which revealed that the tumor was 0.9 cm (about 3/4 in) and they removed 3 inches of tissue. The pathology report stated that she has stage 1 grade 2 breast cancer. This means that the tumor was small but semi aggressive and definitely invasive. This meant that they recommended and MRI to r/o any metastases as well as a lymph node biopsy. She was unable to complete the MRI with out getting sick, so that is one test that they are unable to do for her. Today was her lymph node biopsy. I guess, yesterday they injected her with a dye that would tell the surgeon what nodes to remove if any. My step-father said that the most the surgeon would take out would be 2 nodes, but they ended up only needing to take out 1 node. I guess that is a good sign. Now we just have to wait for this pathology report. As for treatment options, it really depends on the lymph node biopsy. If the biopsy comes back with cancer, then they are recommending 8 treatments of chemotherapy, then 5 days a week for 6 weeks of radiation. If the biopsy comes back without cancer, then she can choose either 4 treatments of chemotherapy and then the same radiation treatment or she can choose just to have radiation. At least one of my sisters and I are thinking that she should do the combo treatment and hopefully knock the cancer out of her system no matter what the results of the biopsy are. We also think that she can do conventional treatment along with CAM therapies (complementary and alternative medicine).
My mom will be having the BRCA test at some point. I'm not sure when and how this will play into her treatment. For now I am attempting to learn all the I can about preventing cancer, especially breast cancer. I am looking to apply CAM therapies to my own life for preventing breast cancer and any other type of illness that seems to be so prevalent in my family, mainly cancer of all types and heart disease. I have been drinking green smoothies, mainly consisting of some type of leafy green (red chard, collard greens, and kale so far) as well as berries, citrus, apples, pears, bananas, and grapes. I am attempting to eliminate pretty much all meat from my diet. Today has been the first day with out any meat. My next step is to move on and eliminate all animal products from my diet. I then want to eliminate all the allergenic foods that showed up on my blood test. I need to start exercising. It is March 1st and yes I know that it is New England and the weather is very rarely predictable, but I am hoping that the sidewalks will be clear enough that I can get out with the kids and walk with the goal to start running. I will be researching anything else that I can do to make myself healthier and keep myself from getting the diseases that seem to be so prevalent in my family!