Monthly Archives: August, 2011

Success!

I will fill in more details in my next post, but here is a quick recap of this morning’s meeting with Dr. Semien, the medical oncologist at Kaiser Redwood City. 1)  As long as I understand the underlying benefit vs. risk associated with adjuvant therapy in my case for which there is not a clear …

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Service with a Smile

Talk about full service.  Not only did Dr. Semien send unsolicited email yesterday afternoon to let me know I could email questions and concerns to her, but she also emailed today with a helpful study abstract and then called to ask over the phone whether I needed to discuss any issues after yesterday’s appointment.  She also …

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Oncologic Retrofit

Out here in earthquake country, we never know when the next big one is going to strike, so we take precautions.  We stock up on emergency water and food supplies and and devise contingency plans.  We create emergency lists, squirrel away batteries and flashlights, blankets, medication, cash, and radios. To help protect what might be …

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More on California Girls

While I was out for a walk with my brother David on Saturday, we ran into a couple of neighborhood friends.  I hadn’t seen one of them since my diagnosis and she mentioned that two of her sisters have been treated for breast cancer, one in her 50’s and one in her 60’s. Since my …

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Middle-age Mutant Ninja Genes

Earl and I returned to visit with the geneticist and psychologist today to receive my results on the BRCA 1 and BRCA 2 testing. What a relief to know that I tested negative for both!  If I had tested positive for a mutation of either tumor suppresor gene, I was mentally steeled to undergo further surgery …

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Coulda Shoulda MUGA

I ventured over to Redwood City Kaiser this morning to have my MUGA scan in the nuclear medicine department.  The technician explained the procedure to me and then extracted 3ml of my blood to mix with Technetium 99 (which I think might have been the same isotope used for my sentinel node biopsy).  I don’t …

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Back to School

The kids start the new academic year next Tuesday.  Earl and I, however, headed back to class this morning.  Chemo class, that is. For us, the 2 hour class was a refresher course covering much of what we already knew about chemo mechanics (chemo kills fast growing cells – both healthy and cancerous) and side …

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El Diablo

Here’s a picture of my brother David last Friday at the top of Mt. Diablo, the 2nd highest peak in the Bay Area at 3849 ft.  Q:  Why is he wearing bike gear?  A:  Because he biked all the way to the top and, most unfortunately, not quite all the way down. Every summer David …

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Bosom Buddies Photos

I was having so much fun during my Bosom Buddies Walk back in June that I forgot to take any photos.  Fortunately, Anna saved the day once again when she brought her SLR along and captured some of us on our way up and back down the hill.  Thanks, Anna!  BTW, I’m easy to spot …

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Mega MUGA

Dr. Semien forwarded the results of my baseline MUGA scan last week.  She’s testing my cardiac output (Left Ventricular Ejection Fraction, to be exact) before Herceptin treatment and periodically over the next year and a half because of Herceptin’s tendency towards cardiotoxicity. Somewhere between 3% and 16% of Herceptin patients prematurely discontinue treatment because of …

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