The results

After waiting an hour in the waiting room, we were called into the surgeon’s office. He began with the MRI. The MRI showed that the tumor area was about 7 cm large, which confirmed his initial diagnosis and meant that the full breast and skin would have to be removed.

He continued by telling us that the bone scan was fine, and also the lungs were free of metastases. This was not the case for the liver. The radiologist had seen some abnormal tissue on the echo and had requested the CT Scan. The CT scan showed that the liver was highly damaged. The doctor asked me if I had any liver diseases in the past, such as Hepatisis B or C. Apparently my liver looked like one with cirrhosis. This could also be damaged due the cancer cells, but in that case the liver would be infected all over. The only way to be sure is to take a liver biopt. Since there was a multidisciplinary meeting in the afternoon where my case would be discussed, my doctor asked me to return at 15.10.

This is of course bad news. If the breast cancer has infected the whole liver, there’s not much that can be done about it. Chemo therapy is then the only option.

We went back at 15.10 pm to discuss the outcome of the meeting. The doctor informed us that the team agreed a liver biopt should be taken, and he had scheduled it for tomorrow. Before the biopt is taken, a bloodtest must be done to check the blood’s ability to clot, and to check for Hepatisis B or C. Next week, I am scheduled to meet with the oncologist to discuss the results, if they are done in time, and possible treatments.

Since I’ve been doing some research on the internet, I’ve learned that metastases in the liver are a bad thing. Basically, getting better is unlikely and treatments are aimed at prolonging your quality of life. Still, nothing to do but wait for the next set of results. So tomorrow, I’ll go in for a liver biopt.

It still seems unreal to me that I would have such a bad liver, considering I’m hardly ever sick, and have been eating healthy my whole life. I will now try to come to terms with the diagnosis and try to make the best of things! I’m so glad Victor is such a wonderful supporting husband and best friend. Thanks again to everyone for your support, it means a lot to me.

17 Replies to “The results”

  1. Lieve Sheila
    we moeten steeds aan je denken en hopen zo dat je er weer bovenop komt!
    Heel veel liefs van Paul en Isabelle

  2. Lieve Sheila, we hebben vandaag veel aan je gedacht en in spanning afgewacht. Sterkte voor morgen. Hopelijk is er snel meer duidelijkheid. Veel liefs.

  3. lieve Sheila,
    Het wil er bij mij nog niet in dat je zo slecht nieuws hebt gekregen. Leef morgen in spanning met je mee. Toi toi toi. Lieve groet, Ellen B.

  4. Hi Sheila, met klamme handjes zit ik je laatste status te lezen. Veel sterkte morgen! Hopelijk is er snel duidelijkheid en een plan. Het enige in je berichten dat gaaf is om te lezen, is dat je man je zo geweldig steunt. Ik denk aan je. Floor

  5. Shiel, zwaar nieuws, maar elke keer een stapje, morgen een liver biopsie en dan weten ze hou ze het het beste kunnen bestrijden. We gaan allemaal mee vechten!

  6. Hoi Sheila, ik was te vroeg met m’n berichtje op de homepage, toen had ik het bovenstaande nog niet gelezen. Tegen de tijd dat je dit leest zul je de biops wel achter je hebben, hoop dat het goed gegaan is. En zoals Wendy al zei, dat wachten lijkt me het ergst! Heel veel sterkte, ik duim voor en denk aan je!

  7. Lieve Sheila,

    Wat een onwerkelijke situatie. Hoorde gisteren van Victor het slechte nieuws. Ik leef intens met jullie mee.
    Liefs, Eric

  8. Moeilijk nieuws, maar nog hoop dat er iets aan te doen valt… Wat een zenuwslopende tijd moet dit voor je zijn. Fijn dat je ons op de hoogte houdt, we leven erg mee en ik hoop je snel te zien…

  9. Dear Sheila,
    Knowing what you go through, I wish you all the luck in the world. Distraction is my best medicine and writing is one of the things that does the trick. Try to think about the good things in life. You have a loving husband and many friends that care about you. That helps to find the courage to go through the treatment. My breast cancer was discovered in a fairly late state, but as I am older, I was lucky that the nasty cells were growing more slowly. The treatment after the operation was exhausting, but than I discovered writing. Good that you start now already! A big kiss, Annemarie Enters

    1. Thanks Annemarie! Victor told me about your experience and it gives me strength. I have done a lot of writing in the past since I’ve always enjoyed writing. I plan to pick it up again and hope maybe some of it may be published. Any tips you have are most welcome!

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