Tag Archives: Chemotherapy

A nice walk … but I’m tired …

I need to slow down a little. I was chatting with the nurse from our insurance company yesterday. She asked, ‘how much are you walking, 10, 15 minutes?’ … I’m like, 1-2 hours … it’s a bit of a different scale. In some ways, I’m far exceeding where I should be at this point. I’m… Read More »

Pathology – What it means …

I’ve gotten pretty good at interpreting what the pathology reports say, but I’m not great at what it means. Just before my oncologist walked into the room I said to Scott – “what I’m afraid of is that he will recommend more chemotherapy”. My oncologist walked into the room and said that he would be… Read More »

My hair fixation

When I was first diagnosed and I was in that awkward waiting period – the time when you know you have cancer but you haven’t received your pathology so you don’t know what kind of cancer – I recall telling Scott that I would feel like an impostor if I didn’t loose my hair. I… Read More »

Oh how easily I forget

I had three days off of chemo (rather than 7 days between infusions, I had 10 days). In those three extra days, some of the persistent side effects of Taxol began to wear off. I had more energy, less pain, and my mind was more focused. It was easier for me to get out and… Read More »

Chemo and an update

Yesterday (Thursday), I had my 7th infusion of Palitaxel (Taxol). When I wrote about my chemo plan in my temper tantrum post, I was off by one dose – so I shall end taxol at 9 doses. So Thursday was my Star Trek Voyager treatment (7 of 9) … I now have my last two… Read More »

Temper tantrums

Yesterday, I felt like a two year old having a temper tantrum. I don’t wanna! I screamed to myself as tears dripped down my eyes. I got a call from the surgery scheduler. They were awaiting word from my oncologist about chemo scheduling. After talking they conferred with my oncologist, I got word that the plan… Read More »

Permission …

On Friday, I gave myself permission to stop working while I’m on Taxol. I have been trying to sneak in small amounts of contract work, but I just haven’t been able to get anything done. I’ve had the same task on my to do list week after week. It isn’t a big task, nor a… Read More »

Some recent purchases …

After a grumpy chemo session and leaving the ITA later than we planned, we decided to go out to dinner. I got the all clear for sushi last Monday, but we had not managed to have a sushi feast yet, so Monday after chemo I finally got my chance. Unfortunately, my favorite sushi/sashimi place isn’t… Read More »

Pathological Complete Response and Comments on Reconstruction

I’ve been reading up a bit on the expected pathology reports for post-mastecotomy after neoadjuvant chemotherapy (that is, what should I be hoping for in the pathology after chemo – and what does that mean?). To start with my new term for the day is “pathological complete response” or pCR – this indicates the degree… Read More »