A New Day – A New Term


Date: January 18th, 2010

Time: 4:50 AM PST

Status: A good night’s sleep – the daily routine begins.  Back to work and all of that.  What part of the routine will change?

Info: Today’s plan is to face our coworkers – many whom know of our situation. I’ve heard Bonnie talking about going back to work as if she’s coming back from a disruptive head cold.  I think we can all agree she’s tough – but at what point should she start to let her guard down, if even just a little?

In the blog yesterday about New Terms and Definitions I did not include the word “infiltrating” or “invasive” to the mix.  Bonnie’s pathology report does include that interchanging term.

Breast cancer types are named according to the part of the breast in which they develop.  Th most common forms of breast cancer come from cells that line the milk ducts (ductal) or the milk producing lobules (lobular cancer).

In the early stages, cancer cells divide locally, and do not cross the wall of the duct or lobule.  This type of cancer is called in situ – meaning “in place”.  Once the cancer cells cross the lining of the duct or lobule, they are called infiltrating or invasive.  The book I am reading continues to say “do not be duly alarmed if you are told your cancer is “invasive.”  Most cancers are, so our invasive cancer is the “normal”.  You know us … nothing if not normal, right?

Today about one in five cases of the diagnosed breast cancers fall into the non-invasive, or in situ category – either ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS), or lobular carcinoma in situ (LCIS).

The information provided above comes from Chapter 2 – Breast Cancer Basics – from “Your Guide to Breast Cancer Treatment” by Vladimire Lange, M.D.

That book and I will be joined at the hip today, and the rest of the week, so be prepared to learn more than you thought possible.

Mary – safe travels sweetie – give Italy our best.  Forget the two Italian jokes I offered up yesterday.  Funny, but both could be considered “invasive“.

I would also like to say hello to Annie and invite her into the fold.  Annie forwarded us some information on a a new MRI machine specifically designed for breast imaging.  This machine is called the  Aurora Dedicated Breast MRI System. Thanks a ton Annie – this is exactly why this blog was created so we can share this type of information. 🙂

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Bonnie might know of this as I’m sure technology out there excels. Here (at York Hosp.) there is a new MRI machine specifically for breast imaging. t’s the first of it’s kind in Maine (not exactly the hot bed of advanced technology) dedicated specifically for breast imaging called the Aurora Dedicated Breast MRI System. Identifies early stages of cancer not detected through other means & especially critical for women at high risk. It is the only system FDA-approved that is exclusively dedicated to examine both breasts, and both of the ta-tas can be scanned at the same time.   Painlessly, w/out compression (Yeah.) Amazing clarity, uses a magnetic field and radio waves (instead of X-rays), high definition, in 3-D images.   Identifies certain cancers not always seen using mammo or ultrasound. It is an 8,800 pound magnet.  (I guess you’d have to take your watch off!)
This info was just in our paper yesterday.
 
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Keep her close you guys,

Peace,

Paul

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