Anna had surgery on the 26th of September, since then the recovery has gone well. She started with five drains coming out of her sides, after the first week two drains were removed. Anna was pretty uncomfortable with pressure in her chest and muscle knots in her back. After the second week two other drains were removed. The drain removal process involves cutting a stitch, Anna taking a deep breath and a steady pull by the doctor or nurse and you can watch the tube 'snake' out from underneath her skin.
After the surgery the surgeon called a week later and told us about the results of the pathology that was done on the tissue removed. There were three main sites that showed cancerous growth. Before chemo the tumor in her armpit, the lymph node, measured 3 centimeters, after chemo it measured .3 centimeters, which is about the size of a pencil lead. The other areas in her breast showed minor active cancer cells. The surgeon said she is very confident that all the cancer was removed in the surgery. The decision has been made to continue with treatment as Anna will undergo 30 rounds of radiation starting about mid-November. The treatment team explained that people who undergo radiation following chemo and surgery have a significantly reduced risk of re-occurance in the future.