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Sunday, July 14, 2019

Breast cancer update - TNBC/IDC/BRCA2

Andrea is continuing to heal from her double mastectomy. This past week it's been one month since surgery and we had a few appointments with the plastic surgeon to look at everything. Andrea has had one fill so far and went from 100mL in each side to 150mL in each. The unfortunate news is that the left side had some skin that didn't quite survive right where three pieces of skin came together at the bottom of the breast. A small area about an inch in height has been an open wound for over a week now and it's healing very slowly. It is not infected and we've been applying zinc oxide to it and keeping it covered.

We met with Andrea's oncologist Dr. Advani a few times now and we're discussing chemotherapy options. At the moment we are considering four rounds of TC (Taxotere and Cytoxan), which would be administered once every three weeks.

Overall, Andrea is doing well physically, and the mental aspect of it has been difficult. Andrea looks back on her life and feels like there is a division with everything before cancer and life after. There has been a lot on her mind, making it hard to sleep and hard to focus.


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