So, my doctor checked with the oncologist and they are both leaning towards doing a re-excision because they are not happy with the margins - they're clean, but not by much (millimeters, on two sides). My doctor in particular says she just doesn't have a good feeling about it, and while she is hoping she's wrong she'd rather be safe than sorry and know more definitively what the margins really are. Not to put too fine a point on it, but it sounds like I'm either going to lose a good-sized chunk or the whole shebang this time. Frankly, if I had had any inkling they would need to do any further surgery I'd have had both the damned things lopped off the first time around. And I'm gonna tell her: if you take one, take them both and be done with it. I'm a medievalist, not a Classicist; I have no intention of running about like Camilla the Amazon when I could just as easily be a modern-day Agatha of Sicily, which fits in much better with my research interests!
Le Big Sigh. This is turning out to be a bigger deal than I thought it was going to be, and I thought it sucked before. Don't see any way around the deferral at this point, but ye gods, that's a tough pill to swallow....I was kind of hoping for a get out of jail free card at some point in all of this, but it doesn't seem to be manifesting that way.