Since I wrote this article a lot has happened in American's health care (thank you Mr Obama). Dr. Peter Littrup is not preforming Cryoablations. My interventional radiologist, Dr. Jason Williams of Gulf Shores, AL has had to move his Ablation practice to Mexico City. Therefore the contact information in the article is no longer accurate. To reach his assistant Angie in Foley, AL the contact number is now 251-979-1611. I will have further information as to cost etc. of going to Mexico for the procedure as soon as I can. Current contact information is : www.cancerablation.com
Weekdays / 8:00AM–5:00PM CST
Phone: 844-359-4201 / Fax: 251-943-9724
111 W Myrtle Ave, Suite 1
Foley, AL 36535
4800 N. Federal Hwy, Ste B306,
Boca Raton, FL 33431
. Also at the bottom of the article is a study being done in L.A. with all the contact information. It's the next stage where the cryo isn't followed up with surgery etc. just a 5 year follow-up and hormonal therapy.
On November 5th 2012, I went for my annual mammogram. A week later I received a letter in the mail that said my, “mammogram was normal”, and they’d see me next year. My excellent family doctor always forwards me the clinical report sent to her. The first line of the clinical report stated, “Parenchymal (the anatomy) pattern is heterogeneously (consisting of dissimilar elements or parts) dense (crowded closely and hard to penetrate)”. Which translates to, “Your breast tissue is too thick for us to see anything meaningful.”
A personal or family history of cancer, a personal history of benign breast conditions like atypical hyperplasia(when an overproduction of normal-looking cells stack upon one another and begin to take on an abnormal appearance), dense breasts, menstrual periods before age 12 or after age 55, not having a child before age 30, postmenopausal hormone- replacement therapy, obesity, excessive alcohol consumption, smoking, or genetic susceptibility are factors which put a woman into a higher risk category for breast cancer.
I fall into four of these factors so I knew mammography wasn’t enough. For years I followed it with an Ultrasound, but when contrast MRIs became available I went with that. Last years’ MRI was clear so I expected a similar report this year. On December 19th 2012, that’s not what I got. The Radiologist came in a few minutes after the imaging was done and said, “There’s something in your left breast that lit up like a Christmas light.” I called my Doctor; she said that I should have an Ultrasound done to make sure it wasn’t a ghost. There can be false positives with MRIs.