Monday, June 23, 2008

Maternal health update

My mom had surgery for her breast cancer at St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital in Houston on June 10. She got out of the hospital on the following Thursday and has been slowly but surely recovering at home ever since.

Her surgeon told us he was pleased with what the first round chemotherapy had done, but my folks didn’t get the pathology report results until last Tuesday. Fortunately, the pathology mirrored her surgeon’s preliminary findings. They didn’t find any cancer in the removed lymph nodes, which is really good news.

Once she’s sufficiently recovered, she’s scheduled to begin a new round of chemo, followed by radiation, followed by more chemo. Despite the severity of this treatment regimen, it’s better than what was available for inflammatory breast cancer five or 10 years ago. I’m very thankful for that.

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