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Not strictly lung-cancer related...

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But after all the drama last year with my diagnosis/lobectomy, I didn't feel like sharing this in my circle of friends/colleagues/family.  Backdrop: lost my mom to metastatic breast cancer 30 years ago.  She'd had a mastectomy and was in the clear almost 5 years when she developed pain in her elbow (she thought it was a repetitive stress injury), but it turned out to be a spinal tumor from the original cancer.  She lived only a matter of months after that, and died when she was six years younger than I am now.  

So I've always been pretty religious about mammograms and stuff, but no other family history of breast cancer (or any other kind, to my knowledge, other than maybe small skin cancers).  A couple of months ago, I noticed a bit of bloody discharge from one nipple.  After googling, I felt somewhat reassured that there can be other causes, and I didn't have any lumps or other symptoms, but my ob/gyn ordered a diagnostic mammogram and ultrasound, which I had today.  I got nervous when the radiologist came in to see me (I've NEVER met with a radiologist at the time of a mammogram!), but he said they saw NOTHING suspicious.  HUGE relief, obviously!

The ob/gyn (a nurse practitioner, who by coincidence was there getting her mammogram at the same time as I was) suggested that given the family history and my own lung cancer, I might want to consult with a breast specialist and/or a genetic program.  So today I called the MD Anderson Center where I was treated for my lung cancer, and made an appointment to meet with someone in their genetics program, who could help me decide where to go from there.  I felt like they gave me such great care with the lung cancer, I want to stick with them.

Thanks all of you for being there--like I said, it wasn't something I wanted to dump on others--at least until there was a confirmed problem--but something I wanted to share.


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