Neuroendocrine cells are located throughout the body. Neuroendocrine cancer could be found anywhere in the body. Through the support groups, I know people who have it in their knees, elbows, bones, intestines, ovaries, liver, mesentery, lung, pancreas, under the skin, etc. So, when I found a lump in my left breast (wasn’t checking, just washing), I immediately went to the doctor.
This was before Christmas. We agreed that it should be removed and biopsied, because although NETS in a breast is not dangerous, it could be the better known and more dangerous breast cancer. Because I was changing insurance, I had to wait until I had new doctors lined up to get this done.
Dr. Liu did it. It was a simple day surgery without anesthesia, just an injected anesthetic. I was allowed to drive myself home.
The news is: It is a lipoma (capsule of fat). The doctor will have it biopsied but it is almost certainly a benign lipoma. This is great news! I can go on a trip to Scotland and Iceland next week with a light heart.
When we return from Iceland, the immunology treatment (BCG) for my bladder cancer starts immediately. It will be once a week for six weeks and after that maybe once a quarter for three weeks. It is not chemo and should not be that challenging. I will report on the experience. Someone in the Colorado Carcinoid Cancer Support Group suggested that the treatment might have some good effect on my primary cancer (the neuroendocrine cancer). I will watch and report on that as well.
I certainly hope to be at the end of cancer adventures for this year.
May we all have the best possible outcomes,