With only two (TWO!) rounds left, a lot of folks have been asking “What happens next?” Well, that brings us back into the unknown.
Once I complete chemo, I’m done! No radiation is anticipated. Upon completion of the 6th round, I’ll get a new CT scan. If (when) that comes back clear, they’ll schedule surgery to remove the port. I’m not sure if that’s an outpatient procedure, but I imagine it’ll be an easy one regardless. That will occur 2-3 weeks after chemo ends.
Then, I get recommended to the breast specialist! (I was sad to realize that Dr. Tierney would not continue with me on this journey, but you know, wrong body part and all.) This is where the unknown comes in.
The new doc may want to wait out the recurrence period (18 months) before we proceed with any breast surgery. At first, the reaction was that if it was medically necessary to wait, we would, but if it wasn’t, we would seek other options outside of Kaiser. Upon further education, a double mastectomy is quite the undertaking. (Understatement of the year.)
It’s not a matter of “woohoo new boobs!” — all of the breast tissue is removed and tissue expanders are inserted and saline added until the desire skin stretching has occurred. Approximate timeline: 4-6 months. Hmmmm, maybe the full Cs I was thinking about aren’t sounding so great anymore.
In any case, we’re taking this one thing at a time. But that’s what on the horizon!