Breast Cancer and the Mastectomy

The words ‘breast cancer’ strike fear in a woman’s heart. Once you have a diagnosis of breast cancer, however, comes the reality that at some point, at least one surgery will be in your future.

Neoadjuvant Chemotherapy for Breast Cancer

I’ve discussed previously adjuvant therapy for breast cancer. There are two classifications for cancer treatments: adjuvant and neoadjuvant. Neoadjuvant therapy is treatment administered prior to primary therapy.

Adjuvant Chemotherapy for Breast Cancer

While there are many different types of drugs used to treat different types of cancer, the actual method of chemotherapy treatment falls into one of two classifications: adjuvant and neoadjuvant.

Support for the Cancer Patient's Caregiver

Everyone is focused on taking care of you, and for most of us, there is that one person, or maybe two, that really focus on taking care of us. What people fail to realize is that cancer doesn’t just drain the patient, it drains the caretaker, too.

Chemotherapy and Migraine Headaches

Chemotherapy causes a wide variety of side effects, the specificity of which varies from medication to medication. One side effect that accompanies some types of chemotherapy treatments is headaches that can range in severity from a regular headache to a migraine.

Marinol (Dronabinol)

Although it is not legal to smoke the natural plant form of this substance in many states, there is a synthetic form available in pill form called Marinol (Dronabinol) that is legal in every state by prescription only.

A Wake-Up Call

About a week and a half after my second round of Adriamycin, I had a very scary wake-up call. Although one of the side effects of one of my nausea medications was appetite stimulation, I was still not very good at eating the way I should.

Chemotherapy and Menopause

As my chemotherapy treatments continued, I began to notice symptoms of menopause appear. I became short tempered, my periods stopped altogether, and I began to have insomnia and hot flashes. This is not uncommon with chemotherapy treatments.

The Winter Holidays Approach: Chemotherapy

In the two weeks that followed my second chemotherapy treatment, I progressively got more tired and weak. I was still working part time, but when I came home from work, I was so tired, all I could do was lay on the couch and rest.

Adriamycin Round Two

The Thursday before my second round of chemotherapy, my hair started falling out. I was 16 days after my first treatment. It was emotionally traumatic, even though I had already cut off most of the length.

Wigs and Your Insurance Company

There are different types of prostheses that come with cancer, and some you may not even realize qualify as a prosthetic device.

My Second Week After Chemotherapy

On the Monday after my first Adriamycin chemotherapy treatment, I had a
physical exam from my oncologist. The doctor sat down with me first and
asked how I was coping with the whole cancer concept in general, and how
I was feeling overall.

My First Encounter With the Red Devil (Adriamycin)

I didn’t choose breast cancer…it chose me.  Now, it was time to fight it.  Just 8 days after officially being diagnosed with breast cancer, I received my first dose of chemotherapy.  It was a Tuesday.

Time to Get a Port

A port is used in place of a traditional IV for patients who will have to have IV treatments on a routine basis.  This is routine for oncology and hematology patients.

I Have Breast Cancer: The Journey Begins

In recognition of breast cancer awareness month, I would like to share my journey with breast cancer, in the hope that it might help other women navigate their own journey through this disease.