No cancer found in lumpectomy tissue?
Three months ago I was diagnosed with DCIS in two locations after two mammograms and a core needle biopsy at each site (same breast). Surgeon recommended lumptectomy based on the total area (4cm) which was last week.
So, in my first post-op meeting today, the surgeon said the prelim pathology came back…interesting. Cancer free. She suspects that the biopsy removed the cancer.
Mind you, I had DCIS in two locations and a MRI that measured the area. My husband and I left there thinking, what are the odds? And how could this be? She is asking the lab to take additional cuts to make sure and we should hear from her in a few days, and the report could change.
Has anyone ever heard of this happening? I want to be prepared with questions to ask her when she calls back in case the findings don't change. My husband and I were shocked and speechless so we didn't ask many today.
Due to the size and grade, she recommended surgery in two stages to make sure we got clear margins so I'm having reconstruction surgery next week. Today she mentioned that I might not need radiation based on the pathology, too, which would be great.
What questions should I be asking when she calls back? Thank you!