This will be a two-part post on breast health, if you’re following me on Twitter, you know that Nanay underwent mastectomy last December because of a malignant tumor in her right breast. That’s why I got so busy because I was the one accompanying her to the hospital for laboratories since November. Thank God it went well and Nanay is fully recovered.
I learned my lesson from Nanay, that I should also visit a doctor for check-up, since I also have a lump in my breast. I had it checked twice pa lang, with Dra. Diana Cua at Medical Plaza Makati, and the other doctor at Makati Medical Center. They said before that it’s benign and no need to undergo surgery because it’s still small. Few months ago, I noticed another lump in my right breast, kaya lang I wasn’t sure if it’s blocked milk ducts since I’m still breastfeeding.
When Nanay decided to pay Dra. Cua’s clinic for a second opinion post-mastectomy, nakisabay na rin ako since I still have my records there. Nanay got her good news that she doesn’t need chemotherapy nor radiation nor other medicines because her case is not a type of cancer, hooray!
When it’s my turn, Dra. Cua asked me kung matagal na ba yung lump ko na yun, sabi ko nawawala, bumabalik. Doc said it’s not milk and that she will do a core needle biopsy for that lump. AGAD-AGAD! She’s a breast cancer surgeon and she has equipments at her clinic, the next thing I know, ini-injectionan na nya ako ng anesthesia! (Sasamahan ko lang dapat si Nanay eh, :p) I felt numb and I didn’t feel anything kaya lang nakakapanglambot ng tuhod after seeing the core needle that she’s using:
The needle was injected 6 times to get samples from the lump. Buti na lang may anesthesia! The core needle biopsy procedure looks like this:
After the biopsy, there’s very little discomfort lang on my right breast, I was able to resume my daily activities. For the results, it’ll be available this week. I’m holding on to Dra. Cua’s words while doing my biopsy, “I don’t think it’s cancer”.
Mommies, I’m not writing this to scare you ha. Better have yourselves checked habang maaga pa. Kahit wala kayong nakakapang lumps, there’s still a possibility na may breast cancer kayo. Like my friend’s mom, no lumps felt, nagkasugat lang sya sa may breast tapos hindi gumagaling, nung nagpa-check up, she has breast cancer na pala and she had to undergo mastectomy too. With Nanay’s case, she has the lump for the longest time na, kaya lang binalewala lang nya thinking that wala naman syang nararamdamang kakaiba and she’s sure na hindi naman daw cancerous (I dunno where she got that), but it became malignant and the doctors had to take all her right breast. She’s right that it’s not cancerous though. But had she removed the lump earlier on, hindi sana ganun kalaki yung damage (aka right breast).
It’s the start of 2013 pa lang, and it’s best to start the year with a clean bill of health! Schedule an executive checkup, visit your OB, get a mammogram, etc… Early prevention is better than cure.
I got the results already and it’s benign, thank God! Now, Dra. Cua asked me how long do I plan to breastfeed, I said I don’t know, maybe 6 months or 1 year from now. She just told me to come back to her 6 months AFTER I stopped breastfeeding. This is to determine if the lump will get smaller, if it is then I won’t have to undergo surgery. But if it’s still the same size or it got bigger, it should be removed through surgery. All is well, at least I can have peace of mind that it’s benign.