Simply put, the best sentence(s) I've read this past week, presented to you out of context and without commentary.
The mass is not benign. It is a stage three malignant tumor in her left breast, and it has spread to her lymph nodes. Treatment is an accelerated course of chemotherapy and then a single mastectomy. Worst-case scenario: she is dead within the year.
Her husband Albert is with her during the second appointment when she gets the news, and he looks when he hears it as if the soles of his feet have fallen off, and that the contents of his body--bones, muscle, blood, and sinew--are spilling out through his feet, like the drain at the bottom of a bathtub.