Tag Archives: taxotere

Avoiding the Red Devil

To a large extent, you trust your oncologist with your life. When you’re going through the stress of surgery, pathology and figuring out a treatment plan, there’s no way for a lay person to adequately get up to speed. And … Continue reading

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About those chemo prices…

A couple days ago, I get a call from a friend of a friend. I know the mutual friend from student days in Beijing in the mid-80s. The guy who’s calling runs a film company with his wife, who was … 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 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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Infusion No. 5 – What to say?

Like the low-grade nausea and fatigue that keep up their drumbeat as I write this, infusion number 5 is wearyingly familiar. We make some progress during the “is she healthy enough for poison?” checkup. The shoulder pain that I had … Continue reading

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Infusion Number 3

It’s a week since the third infusion and I’m only now feeling well enough to write about it. In many ways, Infusion 3 is just like the previous two poison parties: show the ID and insurance card, confirm my name … Continue reading

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Infusion 2 – This time, it’s all about the hair

Big infusion day 2, and I’ve still got my hair. First stop, the phlebotomy lab on the first floor. I’ve always thought that “phlebotomy” is strange word for such a simple thing. According to the Oxford English Etymology Dictionary online, … Continue reading

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