Tag Archives: Her-2

The Hardest Idea: Less is More

When I was first diagnosed, my response—other than to turn the whole cancer nightmare into a research project—was to cry, “Nuke it! Nuke it! Nuke It!” I had the Valkyrie response: “Kill the wabbit! Destroy that cancer! Do everything!” I … Continue reading

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Not so Fast

You’d have had to be mostly asleep during the last couple days to miss the news that a big breast cancer study has come out of the National Institutes of Health’s Cancer Genome Atlas Project, a government effort that has … Continue reading

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The Tab 3

All I can say is that my jaw drops from these figures. Balance forward from Tab 2, through surgery on September 7: $69,238.23 Miscellaneous charges related to 9/7 surgery and prep: 9/2/2010 Pathology consultation, slides (presumably pathology slides from New … Continue reading

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A Phone Call No. 8

“Hi, this is Dr. Rugo.” “Hi,” I say, with a cheery eagerness more appropriate to a social call. But I AM thrilled to hear her voice. I want to know my fate. But that’s not what I say, instead, I … Continue reading

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A Phone Call No. 7

“Hi, This is Dr. Rugo. Sorry to call so late, I was in clinic and couldn’t call before this.” It’s 9 p.m. I guess I’m not the only patient who gets such detailed care from Dr. Rugo. “We’ve got the … Continue reading

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