Hi, I’m Kate! I’m a 37 year-old Mandarin teacher living a great life. I have three beautiful kids and a rad husband. On December 5th, 2014, I unwittingly became a Breast Cancer patient too.
I’m trying to make sense of this new diagnosis by blogging about my experiences and connecting with others.
* Discovered lump in right armpit. Diagnosed 3 days later as Right Breast combination ILC/IDC (Invasive Lobular Carcinoma & Invasive Ductal Carcinoma) Tumour – 7cm, Grade 2, with additional satellite tumours, DCIS (Ductal Carcinoma In Situ) and Paget’s disease in the nipple found post-mastectomy. Cancer is ER/PR positive, HER2 positive, Stage 3C
* Bilateral skin-saving mastectomy, full axilla clearance, 15/21 nodes positive. Immediate reconstruction with tissue expanders
* Systemic treatment will include participation in KAITLIN Clinical Trial:
4 cycles of A-C Chemotherapy, plus
12 cycles of Paclitaxel/Docetaxel + Trastuzumab (standard anti-HER2 drug) + Pertuzumab (experimental anti-HER2drug)
Radiotherapy for 6 weeks after A-C Chemo
Hormone therapy (Tamoxifen) for 5-10 years
* Tissue expander exchange surgery sometime in late 2016 or 2017.