Starfish Details

The January 23rd biopsy of the starfish showed that this is an invasive carcinoma that grew in the ducts, and is shaped like a blob with floppy leggy things sticking out of it – thus my word “starfish”. From tip to tip it’s 15mm in size and is positive for estrogen, progesterone, and HER2, which is sometimes referred to as “triple positive”.

The February 21st biopsy of two lymph nodes revealed that there is cancer in the two lymph nodes Dr Surgeon removed. Cancer in the lymph nodes means this is stage 2 cancer.

Surgery to biopsy lymph nodes, and install a chemo port was Jan 21st, followed by installing a marker on the 23rd so they can locate the starfish during future surgery.

Treatment outline expected to be biopsy and port placement surgeries, 6 rounds of chemo, surgery, daily radiation each weekday for 4-6 weeks, followed by hormone therapy.

First chemo was Feb 27th and is expected to continue once every 21 days for 6 rounds. The chemo cocktail includes Pertuzumab, Trastuzumab, Docetaxel, Carboplatin, followed by Neulasta.