Chronicles of Breast Cancer Part 7–To Drug or Not to Drug

Posted Mar 31 2017

At a recent meeting of my Romance Writers chapter, one of the other members shared a story about a fellow member who writes really great sex scenes. “She goes to a compounding pharmacy and has them make her up this cream that’s a mix of estrogen and testosterone,” she said.”She rubs it on her arms […]

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The Chronicles of Breast Cancer Part 6: Frankenboob

Posted Mar 23 2017

Now that everything is over, I am left with a breast that has: A hole where they put in the balloon catheter An incision that look a bit like railroad tracks in my armpit, where they took out the lymph nodes.  A 3-inch, raised, purple scar where they removed the lump Just beneath the big, […]

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The Chronicles of Breast Cancer: Part 5–Glow in the Dark Fun

Posted Mar 18 2017

This week was all about radiation treatments. As you may recall from my last post, I decided to go with partial breast radiation, where they insert a balloon catheter into the site of the lump. This is the kind of balloon catheter I had. You’ll be glad to hear they did not insert it at […]

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The Chronicles of Breast Cancer–Part 4–The Adventures of Senior Mutant Ninja Grandma

Posted Mar 15 2017

On Monday I started my 5-day whirlwind radiation therapy. When you do radiation via a balloon catheter, you actually wind up being treated by a physicist rather than a physician. (There’s a physician present. He just isn’t very involved.) The physicist does the math to ensure you’re getting the right dosage at the right location. […]

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The Chronicles of Breast Cancer–Part 3–If I Get a Balloon, Does It Mean There’s a Party?

Posted Mar 9 2017

I had my lumpectomy on Tuesday and my lymph glands came back clear. That means no chemo (yay!), so I have just one more thing to get through: radiation therapy. As I mentioned in my last post on this topic, there are three types of radiation therapies, lasting 5 days, 21 days and 5-8 weeks, […]

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The Curmudgeonly Consumer–Breast Cancer Chronicles Part 2

Posted Mar 2 2017

On Tuesday I met with a radiation oncologist to discuss my options for radiation treatment after my lumpectomy next week. There are three: 1) A three week, once-a-day treatment where they shoot targeted radiation at you. Requires the tumor to be small and not too close to the skin, 2) A five-day, twice-a-day treatment where […]

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