Monthly Archives: March, 2012

Food for Thought

Feed a fever, starve a cancer? Here’s something I had pondered before starting chemo in October:  fasting while undergoing treatment.  USC’s Valter Longo and other researchers studying aging in mice stumbled across the protective mechanism of starvation during chemotherapy.  They observed that withholding food for a short period before, during, and after chemotherapy administration can …

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Honesty is the Best Policy

And here I thought it was proceeding so nicely. I was in the bathroom washing my hands yesterday and glanced at the mirror to monitor what I thought were obviously regenerating eyebrows.  Thanks to chemo, they had abruptly thinned out in December although never disappeared entirely.  They have been filling in (I thought) fairly noticeably …

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Herceptin ReCap #3/14 , Etc.

On Wednesday I revisited the procedure from whence this entire journey began:  the annual mammogram.  The visit took half the usual time, of course, because we only had to image one breast.  When the technician was about to position my healthy left side in the breast vise (a.k.a. mammogram machine), she glanced over at my …

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Survivor Mode

I will be heading out to compete at my second triathlon later this morning and just realized I still need to report on my last event. Held two weeks ago at Lake Shoreline in Mountain View, the Race for Japan raised money for survivors of last year’s devastating tsunami. I joined friends Sachi and Truc …

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We are pleased to inform you …

“… that your mammogram showed no evidence of breast cancer.” Well, that’s a relief.  And yet … “Not all breast cancers are found through mammography.”  (Isn’t that the truth?!) “We strongly urge you to have regular checkups and to learn and practice the technique of self-examination of the breast.  If you have an abnormal physical …

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