Category Archives: Cancer Geek-Out

Tip-toeing through my path report

A couple weeks ago, the nurse practitioner gives me a copy of my pathology report from the tissue removed during my “re-excision” surgery March 8. If you strip away all the jargon, the take-away is extremely simple: “Clean margins. No … Continue reading

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Carboplatin, Why are you so pricey?

Once again, as I finish the latest tabulation of medical bills received so far, I am struck by the astronomical cost of the three drugs that make up my TCH regimen: T for Taxotere, C for Carboplatin and H for … Continue reading

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The ins and outs of CINV

At the beginning, the doctors and nurses told me that chemotherapy would be cumulative, and I nodded. Sure, sure. Of course, chemo is not going to be fun. After the fourth go-round 10 days ago, I now understand. It has … Continue reading

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Another way to understand chemo

One of the friends who comes to our dramatic Thanksgiving dinner, Peter, is a biologist who used to work at Genentech, the California biotech company that developed the monoclonal antibody, Herceptin, that is part of my chemo regimen. Actually, monoclonal … Continue reading

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A brief history of chemo

You have a lot of time to think when you’re going through your first chemo cycle: sprawled on the couch, on the bed, in the chair. One of the things I’ve been thinking about is that if I had been … Continue reading

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My beating heart

On Monday, I go in for an echocardiogram. One of the chemo drugs I’m supposed to take, Herceptin, can have the rare side effect of interfering with the heart muscle’s ability to contract. Obviously, the whole point of chemo is … Continue reading

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See thy enemy

I like to look adversaries in the face, but alas, this isn’t exactly possible with cancer. So I found a few pictures of what I’m up against. This is invasive ductal carcinoma. My tumor may not be exactly the same, … Continue reading

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