My husband had just left that day for Traverse City when that evening I felt a lump on my left breast along the bra band. At first I thought it was just my rib, maybe a little swollen. After comparing it with the right breast, I realized it was different from the left and couldn't believe it was actually a breast lump. I was thinking this just can't be happening and my heart just sunk. I reacted fast and 2 days later I got in for a mammogram. I didn't want to tell my husband for he was on vacation with our son, I knew if I told him, he would worry and come back home. I decided to wait until after I have the mammogram when I know more of what I'm dealing with.
Tuesday, August 3, 2009
I went to Toledo Hospital for my mammogram, haven't had one since my baseline at age 36. I told them that I found a lump and they put a marker on it in that area and took digital images and told me that this was the newest state of the art technology that is more accurate and shows more detail. After the mammogram, they performed an ultrasound of the lump in my breast, I saw a large mass showed up on the monitor and it looked huge to me. I asked if that was the tumor and she replied, "yes." I asked if the tumor was really that big and she replied that it was a medium size lump measuring 2cm.
The breast care doctor told me the results of my mammogram and said it came back negative. I told him it's there I can feel it. He said there is a lump that showed up on the ultrasound but didn't show up on the mammogram because my tissues were too dense. The doc said it's probably nothing to worry about that it was probably just a cyst but I was very concerned and insisted on a biopsy right then and there. The doc inserted a needle into my breast into the tumor as I watched the needle poking the tumor on the ultrasound screen. After the Doc got the specimen, I asked him what he thought. Doc said, "before the biopsy, I was 50/50 on it, now that I did the biopsy, I say there's about 25% chance it could be cancer but I really think it's just a cyst for as I was doing the biopsy, the lump changed in shape leading me to believe that it's not solid". The Doc further said, " I don't want to say too much, you'll have to wait for the lab results".
So I went home feeling relieved, thinking I just have a cyst in my breast. I called my husband and told him about the lump and the testings I had done. I assured him not to worry that I'll be ok. My husband did come home the next day.
Thursday, August 4, 2009
TRIPLE NEGATIVE BREAST CANCER, THE UGLY TRUTH
- Developing inhibitors that target a protein, RSK2 which eliminates TNBC cells completely.
- study to determine if an experimental drug, Entinostat, can reprogram tumor cells to express a protein called an estrogen receptor to make them sensitive to hormone therapy.
- A research study showed that natural fruit, blueberries gave preliminary promising results of controlling tumor growth, reduction of metastasis, and causing cell death in triple-negative breast cancer cells, at more than double the rate observed in untreated cells.
- Increase your intake of colorful vegetables and fruit for many contain antioxidants that keep your immune system healthy and protect against cancer. The brighter the food, the richer the color, the higher its anti-oxidant count. Fresh and frozen is best for nutrition intake.
- Great antioxidants and anti-inflammatories: Salmon (wild caught), broccoli, cabbage, quinoa, oatmeal and dates. Broccoli kills cancer cells.
- Eat whole grains
- Green tea- may reduce your cancer risk
- Studies associate low Vitamin D at diagnosis with a higher risk for recurrence. Vitamin D and other nutrients from oily fish, milk, fortified cereals and cheese. 20 minutes of sunlight (vitamin D3) a day helps boosts Vitamin D
- Avoid sugar. Eliminate junk food and soda drinks
- Studies show diets high in sugar cause spikes in insulin and stimulate tumors to grow and can contribute to breast cancer, especially triple negative breast cancer.
- Avoid processed or package foods
- Avoid fried foods
- Obese patients with breast cancer have more frequent recurrence and worse prognosis as compared to lean patients
- Walking, running, aerobics, bicycling and swimming
- 20-25 minutes daily or 30 minutes 5 days a week
- 1 drink per day increase risk of breast cancer by 7%
- Studies show that more than 2 drinks a week can raise the risk of recurrence significantly.