Well, we really liked the surgeon and he does do most of the breast surgeries in town.
What I liked about him especially was that he was the only one so far who told me that there was a chance to shrink this tumor down enough to just do a lumpectomy. He's seen it happen before with chemo where the tumor does respond well. It's rare but he's seen worse then me disappear to nothing. So, hearing that changed my whole perspective toward having to undergo chemotherapy. Now I was feeling like, "OK! bring it on!!!"
He also said that my cancer type does respond well to chemo.
And he has done this procedure that I heard about where you test the tumor first to see which chemo it responds to best. Whether I get to have that procedure or not will depend on another discussion with the oncologist.
Looking at my mamogram slides, he doesn't think anything's going on with my right breast at all. The MRI next week will tell more.
On another positive note, my mother-in-law's friend (who's daughter went through this) gave me a great book! "Just Get Me Through This! A Practical Guide To Coping with Breast Cancer". It's really great and answers little questions that you don't even realize you need to ask. For example, now I know I'll be sucking on a Popsicle while undergoing chemo so I won't get mouth sores.
Next week on Tuesday is the CT scan and the breast MRI and I'll write again after those.