Whew – it’s a Cyst, NOT Cancer!!!

Radiation-Oncology
Next Step–Radiation Oncology

June 13, 2018

I was relieved to learn that the bump on my right breast was not CANCER but instead a CYST.  In fact, today I learned that it’s a removable CYST.

This morning I visited the Medical Team (Breast Specialist and Plastic Surgeon) that will remove the CYST.  Together the team makes a very knowledgeable, thorough, cautious and compassionate front.  The next step is a Radiology Oncologist.

My appointment with the Radiology Oncologist is scheduled for July the 9th at 9:45am.  This step is important because I have a type of skin that scars easily so the Plastic Surgeon would like to use radiation as one of the strategies to limit scarring.  Before surgery can be scheduled however, the Radiation Oncologist must verify that radiation as a strategy will prove beneficial for my skin type.

The Plastic Surgeon also would like to use steroids and a special patch to ensure scarring is kept to a minimum.  I have been told that the procedure will occur in the hospital on a out-patient basis.  Then within 24 hours of surgery I would go for a radiation treatment.  The entire process from surgery to complete healing will take approximately a year.

In the end, I am thankful that I did not have Breast Cancer.  There are so many reasons that I need to be around for my family and the stress of cancer would be a burden to many.  I feel incredibly lucky to have escaped another medical issue and especially one as invasive as cancer.

In the meantime I have 3 1/2 weeks to process the removal of the cyst and the idea of radiation.

Follow my progress at http://www.MSLuckyDuck.com 

 

 

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8 thoughts on “Whew – it’s a Cyst, NOT Cancer!!!”

  1. I am so happy to hear it is just a cyst and not cancer!! Lord knows I have many cysts and just leave them there because they are not causing any issues for me. Heck maybe they help the size a little:)! I am just kidding!!!

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    1. Hi Alyssa— Sorry I have not replied. Life has been crazy lately. In response to your comment, this cyst must be removed or else I too would just leave it be. However, I would rather this choice as opposed to a cancer diagnosis. Hope all is well. I’m learning a lot from reading your blog (FMLA and the idea of Disability).
      Talk soon. Jennifer

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      1. Oh no worries Jennifer! I completely understand that life gets busy and things get out of control at times!! You are doing the right thing having the cyst removed and yes it is a way better choice that a cancer diagnosis.
        I am so happy to hear my blog has been a good learning experience and helpful! Honestly that is one of my goals! I hope you have a lovely evening and relaxing weekend!!

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  2. Thank goodness it is not cancer … unfortunate it has to be removed, but your doctor is being proactive to thwart more problems and that is a good thing. We all will pull together for you to heal up quickly Jennifer a/k/a Ms. Lucky Duck.

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      1. You are in my thoughts Jennifer – Monday, the 30th. I was just reading another blogger’s account of rotator cuff surgery. She had that surgery back in June and went home the same day and the restrictions – sleeping in a chair, no lifting, reaching – amazing. You are in my thoughts and prayers – I told you that my mom had many medical issues through the years, all beginning at age 11 and so I have never, nor will I ever, take my health for granted. This is Terry’s account of her surgery – why in the world do they not keep you overnight? The insurance companies are so aggravating sometimes.

        https://terrymarotta.blog/2018/07/23/one-bad-wing/

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  3. Thank You for sharing that story Linda!!!! Dear woman!
    I’ll be fine in no time compared to Terry. It’s almost neglect to send a patient home after such a surgery. Shocking!!!!!!

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