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Thursday, May 23, 2019

Breast Cancer - TNBC/IDC/BRCA2


Andrea was diagnosed with Stage 1 IDC (Invasive Ductal Carcinoma) Breast Cancer yesterday.

This news is not what we ever wanted to receive or share, but this cancer is something that will define our year and and is something that Andrea is going to be fighting for some time. We've known for the last 5 years that Andrea had an elevated risk for breast cancer when she did genetic testing that showed she had the BRCA2 gene. Andrea had prophylactic surgery to remove her Fallopian tubes and later her ovaries, which reduced her risk of breast cancer. We actually had been talking just the last couple of weeks as she's been considering a prophylactic mastectomy. That surgery is no longer optional and we have been discussing surgeons and dates for this summer. We don't know everything about the cancer yet, only that it is was fairly localized in her left breast. The small calcifications (0.2cm) were observed during her annual mammogram and all were removed Tuesday during the biopsy. It's unclear if the cancer has moved beyond her breast tissue, we won't know that until after the surgery. We also don't know the hormone receptor status for the cancer, so unclear whether chemo or radiation will be necessary.

Thank you to our friends and family that have already given us love, support, and help through the last week. We love Andrea so much and we are going to take really good care of her, please keep her in your thoughts and prayers.


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