In the past week, I've seen the breast surgeon, the medical oncologist and the radiation oncologist. OK, enough already! I'm ready to be DONE with doctors for a while. Everyone is happy with my progress. My medical oncologist prescribed Femara, which I will likely take for the next five years. And my radiation oncologist was complimentary of how I made my decision to not do chemo (not that he necessarily agreed with the decision, just that he thought I made a very informed decision).
I will have a baseline bone density scan after Labor Day as Femara can cause osteoporosis. I am taking calcium and vitamin D supplements, my vitamin D level was 45 and he likes it to be at least 50. I am close and will happily work to get over that level. Sunshine exposure helps! He did labwork (Metabolic Panel and tumor marker test) which I've not yet received the results...need to call about that tomorrow morning. And I go back to him towards the end of September, assuming I am tolerating the Femara well.
Speaking of Femara, it's a very expensive drug at about $400 a month before insurance coverage. With my plan, it would be over $200 for a 90 day supply. But Novartis must be feeling some competitive heat from a competing drug, Arimidex, which just went generic. So they have kindly provided a coupon that brings the monthly copay down to $10 and will cover up to $800 of my remaining copays for a 12-month period. Pretty sweet!
I am ready to get on with my life!