I am 61 years of age. In January 2019 I was diagnosed with Stage 1 triple negative, grade 3 invasive ductal carcinoma. This was caught at my screening mammogram. I had a lumpectomy and sentinel node dissection. Thankfully there was no node involvement. I was referred to the oncologist for chemotherapy but this was offered more as an insurance policy rather than being required for treatment. After careful review I declined Chemo. I proceeded with 16 rounds of radiation. My oncologist ordered a baseline CT scan just to have it on file. A mass was found on my ovary and I was referred to the gyne-oncologist and was seen within 5 days. My genetics testing was fast tracked and was seen within 3 days. The gyne-oncologist decided I should finish my radiation and I was booked for surgery the week after it was completed. I had a total hysterectomy and omentectomy. It indeed turned out to be Stage 1c serous ovarian cancer, another primary. I am also BRCA1 positive. So after having declined chemo, I ended up having to do chemo anyway. The good news was that the chemo I had was good for both breast and ovarian cancer. I completed chemo at the end of October. In December, I was placed on the PARP inhibitor Lynparza which has been used primarily for ovarian cancer but will also benefit the breast cancer. I am strangely grateful for the breast cancer as it likely saved my life. After I have completed my two years on Lynparza I will be having the conversation about a bilateral mastectomy. But for now after all I endured in 2019 I am happy to wait it out.
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