I thought it may be interesting for anyone who is starting their cancer treatment to see a timeline of my cancer story. I stay in Scotland and am being treated through our National Health Service.
14th March 2016: Found my lump on my right boob
15th March: Saw my GP and was referred to the breast clinic
After 2 weeks and no appointment letter I complained by email to the hospital for the long wait.
27th April (6 weeks after referral): My first appointment at the breast clinic, was examined, givn an Ultra sound, Mammogram and 3 core biopsies were taken with a local anaesthetic using an ultra sound to guide
4th May: Biopsy result appointment, was told I have Invasive breast cancer 17 mm lump
18th May: MRI scan
19th May: MRI results and given operation date
20th May: Operation- lumpectomy and lymph node removal from under arm
2nd June: Operation results, lump smaller than thought 12mm, margins and lymph nodes clear
28th June: Heart ultra sound and ECG
15th July: 1st of 4 Chemotherapy sessions every 3 weeks Docetaxel and Cyclophosphamide
16th Sep: Last chemo
17th Oct: 1st of 19 Radiotherapy every week day for 4 weeks and due to start hormone therapy
10th Nov: Last Radiotherapy
23rd Nov: Bone scan
7th Nov: First monthly Zoladex Implant
27th Mar: First Six monthly Bone Infusion
So all in all my breast cancer treatment has taken around 9 months and I’ve been advised to take hormone therapy for 10 years and bone infusions for 2 years.