Tumor Heterogeneity

"Tumor Heterogeneity" (TH) is a phrase that often comes up in discussions with my medical team and with researchers as we all attempt to understand and anticipate the behavior of the cancer cells. From some of my discussions with other patients on social media, there does seem to be a lot of confusion about this … Continue reading Tumor Heterogeneity

Mutations become Targets

A little while ago, I wrote a post for SurvivingBreastCancer.org about genetic and genomic mutations, exploring some of the information we learned about my original breast tumor in 2017 and highlighting the differences between genetic and genomic testing. You can access that article here. As an aside SBC is a great resource for those newly … Continue reading Mutations become Targets

Heading into Chemo

Tomorrow I will start the IV chemo, Taxotere, along with the oral medication, Xeloda. This combination is designed to work together and gives my medical oncologist some flexibility. While I get the need to get ahead of the cancer cells that were not materially affected by my last line of treatment, the knowledge that I … Continue reading Heading into Chemo

Brace, Brace, Brace

For the first time in quite a few years, the weight of MBC is is a very present threat and we find ourselves bracing for what’s coming. In hindsight, I think I’d already started bracing for the news we got last week. Early last week, I had a PET/CT, which I get roughly quarterly, and … Continue reading Brace, Brace, Brace

Medical Update, October 2021

As most of you know, I get a quarterly PET/CT imaging test to determine if the cancer cells are behaving themselves. October 11, 2021 was my most recent PET/CT and it wasn't what we'd hoped for and, frankly, only happened in October because I'd advocated for it since I qualified for testing every six (6) … Continue reading Medical Update, October 2021

Medical Update — BIONJ and Jaw Surgery and Opioids and Recovery

Looking back over my recent blog posts, I have noticed that I've been blogging a lot more about my medical updates that anything else, so I suppose one could surmise what has been on my mind lately. I've realized (again) that not all pain is the same and there are just some body parts that … Continue reading Medical Update — BIONJ and Jaw Surgery and Opioids and Recovery

BIONJ, Part II

I've written before about Bisphosphonate Induced Osteonecrosis of the Jaw (BIONJ), which I was diagnosed with back in June of 2020, and you can read about that here. From what I am hearing from a variety of doctors, there are more cases of BIONJ since those of us with MBC and other metastatic cancers are … Continue reading BIONJ, Part II

Medical Update, 4th of 2021

Those of us who are forever patients are scanned all the time. We lovingly/sarcastically/mournfully call this process "scan, treat, repeat." Because of these regular scans, things that would never have been known about the interior workings of our bodies are known and become a potential issue, at least inside my head. I can't say that … Continue reading Medical Update, 4th of 2021

Medical Update, third of 2021

You can read the first and second updates if you need to catch up on the dilemmas I faced with regard to treating/killing/freezing/nuking/blasting the pesky met. The cliff's notes version is that there is one metastasis that just won't die and it's located in my right pubic synthesis; the options I was considering were cryoablation … Continue reading Medical Update, third of 2021

Medical Update, 2nd of 2021

On January 14, I published my first medical update of 2021, which you can access here, if you missed it. Basically, the cliff's notes version is this: pesky met in my pelvis won't die, first biopsy attempt did not show anything actionable, and we're trying to figure out what to do next. One major ah-ha … Continue reading Medical Update, 2nd of 2021