Oncologist Surgeon

I saw the Surgeon on January 2nd 2019 and she discussed with me my next step to fighting this cancer.  Dr. Hoover and the rest of the treatment team recommend doing a mastectomy because I was not a candidate to save the breast.   The tumor was still large and the chemo did not do much of a change to reduce it.

As she is telling me this, I felt so overwhelm ed and wanted to know if there is any other way to save the breast.  I felt like I am still young at 51 and without having a breast would be devasting to me.  I am very self-conscious with my body and going through this will destroy me and put me in a deep depression.

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Results of the CT Scans and Bone Scans

Disappointing News:

I had my CT and Bone scans on the 21st of December to see how well the chemotherapy worked on my cancer tumor.   I sat with Dr. Khong at Moffitt Cancer Center and he went over the results of my scans.   It was disappointing to know that the chemo did not get rid of all the tumor and it only shrunk by less than half.

The Dr said that it wasn’t what he expected and the next treatment option would be discussed by the oncologist surgeon, Dr. Susan Hoover.   My appointment with her is scheduled for January 2nd.   According to the bone scan was still showing cancer on my spine.   The only positive news was that there were no other signs of cancer anywhere else in my body.

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Last Chemotherapy

An image of my last Chemo
Last Chemo Waiting For My Ride

My last chemo was on December 18th and it was great to have completed it but it is not over with my treatment.  This is part of my journey.   The chemo was done first to shrink the tumor since it was over the size where the Doctor can operate.

Now that I have completed the 14 cycle chemo treatment, I will then do scans and see My Medical Oncologist for further recommendations of treatment.   I have scans to see how well the chemo worked and to check if it has not gone anywhere else in my body.   The CT scan helps to see how much the tumor had shrunk and seen all other organs.

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Almost Done With Chemotherapy

After having the bad experience with the first set of chemo, I was set to start a new chemo drug called Taxol and with this drug it takes about 3 hours to go into the body and it would be administered every 2 weeks.   I was also told by the Doctor that this drug is different in terms of the side effects and that it would be easier on the body.

The only side effects that would become a problem is having the numbness and tingling feelings on the hands and feet..   I started this drug which did not become a problem for me until I started the 2nd cycle of it..   When the nurse administered the chemo, I immediately started to have a bad reaction to it.

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New Chemo Drugs

After having the bad experience with the first set of chemo, I was set to start a new chemo drug called Taxol and with this drug it takes about 3 hours to go into the body and it would be administered every 2 weeks.   I was also told by the Doctor that this drug is different in terms of the side effects and that it would be easier on the body.

The only side effects that would become a problem is having the numbness and tingling feelings on the hands and feet.   I started this drug which did not become a problem for me until I started the 2nd cycle of it.   When the nurse administered the chemo, I immediately started to have a bad reaction to it.

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The Side Effects With My Treatments

The treatment was just as difficult as the disease itself. I was made aware that the treatment is going to be tough on me.  I knew this was going to be a tough journey but I have to do this for my kids and for myself.

I do not want this disease to take my life and leave my kids with no mother.   So I would go through the awful side effects and hope it works for me.   I started with the effects of extreme nausea and vomiting.

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Making A change On My Diet

After getting the news of my breast cancer, I started to wonder, how did I get it, was it from my diet, stress and the environment.  I did so much along with one of my brothers who stayed with me to help me get through this.

We researched about how food can contribute to me getting cancer.   So I completely changed my diet.   I actually started after getting the news of my cancer but it took a lot to be able to do it.   I started to eat healthier.

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Started Chemotherapy

My first Chemotherapy started on July 26th.  My first Cycle was a chemo drug called Anthrimicyn along with Cytoxan.  These chemos are very strong and I heard that the patients called this drug, “the red devil”, the first drug is red like punch and it has a reputation to make one sick as a dog.

Prior to having the chemo, the nurse preps me with an anti-nausea medication that runs in the IV with fluids.  This runs for about 30 mins to help with the side effects.  Prior to every chemo cycle, I have to have blood work done to check to see if my blood counts are good enough for chemo.

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Procedures Prior To Treatment

I couldn’t wait any longer because it was already almost 2 months since I was diagnosed and I haven’t started treatment.  Prior to starting the chemo, I had to have a port implanted on my upper right chest right below the collarbone.  This is where the chemo will be going in and where the Nurses draw the blood.  This is to make the chemo go in without having to keep poking me to find a vein and It goes in faster through the port.  I had the port put in on June 29th and then I had to see the Doctor and Oncologist Nurse after I healed.

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Going For A Second Opinion

I was so disappointed with the Oncologist that I transferred my records to another cancer Center that was closer to me. The clinic was just 15 mins. away from home and Dr. Apuri came highly recommended by the Oncologist Nurse that leads the breast cancer support group.

I wanted to see if this Doctor can provide me with another type of treatment that does not require having to do chemotherapy. After, my first visit with her it was exactly the same as the first Doctor. This Doctor was just as bad as the first one and I found out that this Doctor was a past student of Dr. Ismail-Khan at Moffitt. I was told exactly the same as the first Doctor.

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