Dr. Guru’s Game Plan

by Maggan

in Chemo Therapy,Doctor's Appointment,MRI,Surgery

iStock_000005674933XSmall[1]Dr. Guru’s game plan is simple enough, provided there are no complications revealed by further tests and procedures.

Lumpectomy followed by radiation, followed by five years on Tamoxifen. (I don’t argue with him about  Tamoxifen. I don’t bring up  Astra Zeneca’s conflict as a maker of both cancer drugs and potent carcinogens. )

Dr. Guru looks surprised.

“I thought you would react to having radiation,” he says. He does not mention chemo, but as if he could read my mind he adds:

“At this point I don’t know about chemo. We have to treat even the 80% we know will be OK, because we do not know which 20% are at risk for metastatic cancer.”

I ask Dr. Guru about the spot on my back (he is, after all, a melanoma surgeon.)

“Don’t laugh,” I say. But could this spot on my back be melanoma? My family says they have not seen it before. ” He looks and laughs. “No melanoma.”

Suddenly it feels good only to have breast cancer.

Joy his assistant, is young and plump with a brisk , but accessible, manner. Like Dr. Guru, she deals only with facts, no small talk: surgery tentatively on July 6th “if you don’t need the wire.” She does not explain what the wire is and I, too dazed, don’t ask.  My husband does not ask either. “July 11th if you do need a wire.

Before surgery I need an MRI. Joy will set it up, but I may have to wait  two weeks for the MRI procedure.

Two weeks? Is this tumor never going to come out? Why is it taking so long? How complicated can it be?

It turns out most of the MRI technicians are males and not allowed to touch a woman’s breast.  I need to wait for a female technician to take care of my procedure. Are they making this up? Who is running the place? The Taliban? But, again, I manage to stifle a cry of protest. After all, why argue with an institution that controls scalpels while you are in twilight?

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