A Cautionary Tale

This is a cautionary tale for all those cancer survivors that had radiation treatment after their surgery.

I needed to consult with my better half, Sue before writing this post because there is some personal information enclosed that I wanted to clear with her before writing.

We talked it over and she gave me the all clear to include the info as I saw fit.

About six years ago Sue was diagnosed with breast cancer….a lump was discovered in her breast and after consultation with her oncologist it was advised to have it removed .

The surgery was a success…they got the limp and some other lymph nodes to be sure that had removed all the cancer.

The follow-ups were encouraging and she was given massive radiation treatments to be sure that it would not return to haunt her.

After a couple of months of treatment all seemed good and she was cancer free.

All in all great news.

After 5 years of regular visits with her doctor and still in remission she developed a bruise on her right breast.

We thought nothing of it since her medications made it easy for her to bruise….after a month of the bruise getting no better and it was starting to spread she went to her oncologist……simply because it was the same breast that the cancer was removed.

They gave her a couple of mammograms that showed nothing to worry about….but the bruise kept growing and eventually became an open sore.

She returned to the doctor and they told her that she needed to get an appointment with a dermatologist.

Which she straight away…..the dermatologist looked the area and had no idea what was causing it…..so she took a sample and had it sent off for analysis.

After ten days Sue was called back to the office and was told that it was an angina-sacoma….an aggressive and rare form of skin cancer.

Once that diagnosis was made it was back to her oncologist.

After meeting with her doctor she was told that they could not treat her here so she would have to go to a cancer specialist in Houston.

She made her appointment and off she went……she arrived there after about $1500 out of pocket to her the consultations from specialists.

After two days of idle waiting she got to see the doctor……they consulted with her after reviewing her test results and after running a few of their own…..she was cocktail to be administered for 8 weeks then she must return to Houston for more tests.

She began the treatment 3 weeks ago and the bruised area was starting to dissipate….which is good news….but not great news.

We will know more about the treatment and surgery after her next Houston visit.

After her visit to Houston and a extensive chemo program her cancer has not progressed any further…..and now she will return to Houston for surgery.

Sue is handling her diagnosis better than me….she is so strong and level headed…..

After writing this draft we got word that Sue has 3 more chemo sessions and then in July the trip to Houston for the surgery.

This is a cautionary tale because….after her lump removal and her subsequent radiation treatment may have caused this skin cancer.

If you have had radiation treatments have cancer surgery please keep a close eye on your body…if you get a bruise that will not go away and is spreading please run to your oncologist immediately and ask them to check for this rare form of skin cancer.

Please talk to your doctor about this possibility…..like I said it is an aggressive form of skin cancer and is very very dangerous.

Appears that the radiation treatment in some cases can be more aggressive than the original removal.

Please be watchful!

Do not let it go unchecked!

Please make an appointment with your doctor if you notice anything unusual

Be Well…..Be Safe…..