Post-Breast Cancer Surgery Good News!

Breast Cancer Surgery: a Dermatologist good news recovery

Dear Readers,

At the end of last week, I received the best news from my medical oncologist: the tissue examination from my double-mastectomy breast cancer surgery on January 7th showed that all of the cancer cells had responded to the chemotherapy! There were no cancer cells left in either of my breasts and none found in any of the lymph nodes!!!

A result like this is called a pathologic complete response. It’s the A++ pathology report for chemo-before-surgery (neoadjuvant chemotherapy) high-grade triple negative breast cancer gals (like me) – and it’s almost more than I could have hoped for. My oncologist even said that he had to read the report three times to be sure it was true because, even with the aggressive chemo that I received, my odds of getting this result were less than 10% given that I had breast cancerous tumors in each breast. I can only attribute my great fortune to the multitude of prayers and all of the positive energy and white light that was sent my way by everyone.

Honestly, this is nothing short of a miracle and I am again counting more blessings:

  1. I am blessed by a great pathology report that means I do not need any additional treatment for breast cancer. I get a break (and might even be done)!
  2. I am blessed to have a less than 10% chance that this aggressive type of cancer will return to kill me in the next 5 years, meaning over 90% chance (perhaps even higher since we caught these cancers early) that this nightmare is gone for good.
  3. I am blessed to have all of you sending me the miracle-creating prayers, light, and positive thoughts to support my care.
  4. I am blessed that during chemo I had many friends and volunteers who walked with me daily and practiced yoga with me weekly, both of which upped my chances of this excellent outcome.
  5. I am blessed by the words of encouragement that so many people have sent and that helped me weather the emotional ups and downs of breast cancer surgery treatment and kept me positive, which also upped my chances of getting this amazing result.
  6. I am blessed to live in a community that has an abundance of knowledge and resources for a healthy, supportive diet for cancer patients. I availed myself of that bounty and I believe it made a huge difference in how the intensive chemo treatments worked to kill the very aggressive cancer cells without making my body so sick that the chemo needed to be lowered.
  7. I am blessed to have access to excellent and progressive medical care that guided me through the many difficult medical decisions that I never expected I personally would have to face.
  8. I am blessed to have my loving family, who are at my bedside, doing the most mundane tasks for me now that both of my arms are out of commission.

The sum total of all of our efforts yielded a probability-busting result – and it means that I can see a life for myself after breast cancer surgery treatment.

I want you all to know how grateful and awed I am by your support during these first three harrowing phases of my breast cancer and BRCA gene mutation (for breast and ovarian cancer) journey (diagnosis-shock, chemo-endurance, surgery-surrender).

The journey continues for a while longer and next up is the removal of my fallopian tubes and ovaries. But first, I’m going to take a few months to fully recover from the 6.5 hour double-mastectomy/phase-one reconstruction surgery. I’m also going to bask in the glow of this fantastic pathology report before I ask myself to face yet another pathology report (this time on my tubes and ovaries – any bad news would bring back the threat of six months of chemo plus another horrible and even bigger surgery). I also have the continuing five-month process of reconstruction, including another surgery with general anesthesia, and the gradual recovery from last fall’s four months of dose-dense chemo. Nevertheless, I can see the light at the end of this tunnel and a future that includes a full head of hair again. Hopefully the most intense and worst part of this breast cancer surgery journey is over. And… today I have my surgeon’s “OK” for my first post-op shower, another blessing!

It’s such a pleasure for me to send you this great news and to thank you for your support in getting me to this place. The future looks brighter and I look forward to sharing my love of dermatology and skin care with you in 2014.

Blessings and Gratitude, Cynthia Bailey MD

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20 Responses to “Post-Breast Cancer Surgery Good News!”

  1. Monica P January 20, 2014 at 10:26 am #

    Wow that was such a good READ!!! I’m so happy to hear that your test came back negative <3

    Sending positive thoughts and prayers your way and .. enjoy your shower :-)


  2. Patti January 20, 2014 at 9:13 pm #

    I am so happy for you! YOU ARE BLESSED. I do believe in the power of prayer!

  3. Herb and Georgia January 20, 2014 at 9:21 pm #

    Praise the lord!

  4. Ellie January 20, 2014 at 9:30 pm #

    Hooooooooraaaaay!!! What delightful news!!! Thank you so much for sharing all of this fabulous information… have an army of well-wishers behind you. Can you hear our collective sigh of relief and joy?

  5. Kevin Burke January 20, 2014 at 9:37 pm #

    This is tremendous news ! You are an inspiration! Only good awaits you now ,and you deserve it all and more. While you have moved through all you have endured , my wife’s is just beginning . Having just been diagnosed with ovarian cancer , we will be heading to her second treatment of chemo , dose dense like you. We hope to celebrate as you do now , in six months . Your work , your message and your story all reflect the quality of person you are. You have our deepest respect and admiration . With so many others we are so happy for you. -K

  6. deborah January 20, 2014 at 9:38 pm #

    Dr. Bailey, we have never met but this news made me so happy. What a brave and courageous soul you have. My mother is a breast cancer survivor of 11 years and my grandma is a two time breasts cancer survivor. Blessings and continued good health to you!

  7. Sue January 20, 2014 at 9:40 pm #

    There is NOTHING like the feeling you get from good news like this. Congratulations!! And continued prayers and good thoughts for the rest of this journey.

  8. Rob and Carolyn January 20, 2014 at 10:15 pm #

    Wow, we are so thrilled for you . We’ve been following your story from the beginning, and we couldn’t have asked for a better ending. Take care . All our best wishes to you and your family.

  9. Ellie T January 20, 2014 at 10:24 pm #

    The news couldn’t be better.
    We are celebrating with you and are supporting you every inch of the way.

  10. Sheri Cardo January 20, 2014 at 10:47 pm #

    SO very happy to hear! WOO HOO!!!

  11. Linda Miller January 20, 2014 at 10:53 pm #

    Dear Dr. Bailey, you are blessed and I’m so very happy to be reading this news! You’ve clearly been a high achiever all of your life and you’ve just reached another success in your life …along with your friends, family, medical team and fans (your friends from afar :) It’s beautiful to see you count your blessings and focus on what you are grateful for! The power of positive thinking works wonders for the soul. What a relief! I also believe in the power of prayer and multiple prayers will surely help! I will pray for you tonight so that you may continue to be blessed with good health, good news, and healing for the next phases of your journey. Take good care of yourself, relax and spoil yourself now. I’m certain we will only continue to hear good news from you! I know you will enjoy the day when you are able to put all of this behind you and get on with the good life you are meant to live. Just know that your selflessness in sharing all you have learned now and over the years is appreciated by others. May God Bless You and keep you Safe. Sincerely, Linda

  12. Michele Wyatt January 21, 2014 at 6:07 am #

    It brings me great joy to read your news! Although I have never met you, I share a kindred spirit with you. You have helped my skin so much through your comments on your website. Although I didn’t realize it, I was suffering from seborrheic dermatitis on my face and was so frustrated with the dry skin and peeling. I now use all the products you recommend and my skin is clear and lovely! The zinc soap in the morning and Toleraine cleanser in the evening combined with the Replenix cream have made all the difference. I am able to use Retin A also in the evenings following your instructions with no flaking. Thank you for your wonderful blogs which are so informative and all your great products. I am praying for a speedy recovery!

  13. Carla January 21, 2014 at 6:25 am #

    So glad to hear the good news! Thanks for sharing with the rest of the “sisterhood”! Blessings to you!

  14. Sharon Powell January 21, 2014 at 8:12 am #

    More proof that miracles happen everyday. So happy for you. May the goodness of the Universe continue to be with you.

  15. Sue Davidson January 21, 2014 at 8:30 am #

    Absolutely wonderful news! You GO girl, BRAVO!

  16. Cura Pelle January 21, 2014 at 11:23 am #

    So pleased to hear this. Will continue to pray.


  17. Beverly January 21, 2014 at 1:56 pm #

    I stumbled upon your website as I was searching for information for good skin care during my own chemotherapy for breast cancer. I want you to know your information helped me so much and I am so happy for your good report. I am still in treatment, although much of the difficult part is behind me. Hopefully, we will both be doing a “happy dance” in 2014 when our treatments are complete.

  18. Monica H. January 22, 2014 at 12:48 pm #

    The best news…for someone so deserving of it.

    What goes around comes around.

    Hugs and prayers and there’s no stopping you now!

  19. Julie Factor February 1, 2014 at 11:38 pm #

    Hi Dr. Bailey,

    I was so happy to learn that your surgery and your results turned out so well. What a relief !
    Our prayers were with you, as they are now.

    Be well.

    signed with a hug.

  20. Janette February 5, 2014 at 9:35 pm #

    Dr. Bailey, I’m so happy to read of your good news! I think good thoughts about you all the time and wish you all the best!