Treating Invasive Ductal Carcinoma: Hormonal Therapy

In addition to chemotherapy, another systemic treatment for invasive ductal carcinoma (IDC) is hormonal therapy. ... read more »

Treating Invasive Ductal Carcinoma: HER2 Targeted Therapies

In addition to chemotherapy, another systemic treatment for invasive ductal carcinoma (IDC) is HER2 targeted therapy. If your cancer tests positive for HER2 proteins, HER2 targeted therapy is almost always included in the treatment plan. ... read more »

Treating Invasive Ductal Carcinoma: Chemotherapy

After the total profile for invasive ductal carcinoma has been determined, including the stage, grade, and hormone receptor status, your treatment team will put together a comprehensive treatment plan to eliminate your cancer and, hopefully, prevent its return. ... read more »

Breast Cancer Reconstruction Surgery

If you or a loved one is facing the surgical journey that accompanies breast cancer, then it is almost a certainty that you are overwhelmed by the amount of choices available, and the abundance of information that goes with it. ... read more »

Ductal Carcinoma in Situ: Signs and Symptoms

A carcinoma is any cancer that originates in the tissues covering or lining internal organs. In situ literally means that the cells are located in their original place. The most common form of breast cancer that is non-invasive is ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS). ... read more »

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. ... read more »

Breast Cancer and Breast Implant Reconstruction

Once a woman has made a decision to have a reconstruction surgery after her mastectomy, the decision comes as to what type of rest reconstruction to have. My next several posts will be dedicated to the different types of reconstructive surgeries. ... read more »

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. ... read more »

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. ... read more »

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. ... read more »

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. ... read more »

Tips for Coping with Chemotherapy Induced Nausea and Vomiting

If you’re struggling with chemotherapy-induced nausea, here are a few more tips to help you ease it and cope with it. ... read more »

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. ... read more »

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. ... read more »

Breast Cancer and Breast Reconstruction Surgeries

With breast cancer, women are usually looking out one of three options: either (a) they do not need surgery, (b) they are able to have breast-conserving surgery, or (c) they have to have a mastectomy. ... read more »

Signs and Symptoms of Invasive Ductal Carcinoma

With almost 80% of new cancer cases being invasive ductal carcinomas, it is the most common form of breast cancer. Invasive ductal carcinoma (IDC) is also sometimes referred to as infiltrating ductal carcinoma. ... read more »

Invasive Ductal Carcinoma – Staging and Grading

When a pathologist receives an invasive ductal carcinoma (IDC) tissue sample from a biopsy, they analyze several factors of the cancer to determine a stage and grade of the cancer. ... read more »

Hormone Receptor Status of Invasive Ductal Carcinoma

In addition to the stage and grade of a cancer, another factor in the type identification for invasive ductal carcinoma (IDC) is the hormone receptor status. This status enables your cancer treatment team to develop a comprehensive treatment plan. ... read more »

Breast Cancer Risk Tied to Early Drinking Habits

According to the study, the amount of drinking that occurs between the time a young women has her first period and the time when she carries her first baby to term may increase or decrease risk of breast cancer. ... read more »

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. ... read more »

Additional Types of Invasive Ductal Carcinoma

While the standard invasive ductal carcinoma (IDC) is the most common form of invasive breast cancer, there are four additional types of invasive carcinoma that are much less common; however, that does not reduce the seriousness of these diseases. ... read more »

Navigating the Different Types of Breast Cancer

All cells within the breast are susceptible to cancer, even in men. There are several recognized types of breast cancer, and each has its own symptoms, treatments, and fatality rates. ... read more »

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. ... read more »

Questions for Your Doctor About Your Cancer Type

When you first receive a breast cancer diagnosis, there are things you need to know about what has determined your type of breast cancer. ... read more »

Stages and Grades of Ductal Carcinoma in Situ

The earliest stage of breast cancer is stage 0, which is where all DCIS is staged. When referring to the stage of a DCIS, it is actually the distance of which the cancerous cells have spread beyond the location of the original tumor. ... read more »

Neulasta (Pegfilgrastim) Injections with Chemotherapy

For the three months that I was receiving Adriamycin, I also had to come in the day following each treatment to receive a Neulasta injection. Neulasta is a drug called pegfilgrastim.  ... read more »

Cancer and the Insurance Companies

I had four types of insurance when I got sick: traditional major medical, disability insurance, a supplement hospitalization bridge policy and cancer insurance. ... read more »

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. ... read more »

Invasive Ductal Carcinoma – Diagnosis

Invasive ductal carcinoma (IDC) sometimes causes a lump within the breast. This lump is characterized by irregular edges and is hard and immovable. When compared with a benign breast lump, an invasive ductal carcinoma lump feels more anchored... ... read more »

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. ... read more »

Breast Cancer and TRAM Flap Breast Reconstruction Surgery

As mentioned in a prior post, women facing breast reconstruction due to breast cancer have many decisions and many options. In my last post, I covered breast reconstruction with breast implants. ... read more »

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. ... read more »

Diagnosis of Ductal Carcinoma in Situ

DCIS is usually identified and diagnosed through a combination of processes. Although it is rare for DCIS to present with a noticeable lump, for those women that have the symptom, their doctor may be able to feel it during a physical exam. ... read more »

Chemotherapy and Anti-Nausea Medications (Antiemetics)

When going through chemotherapy, nausea and vomiting are typically part of the process. As a result, many oncologists will prescribe anti-nausea medications, or antiemetics, as a preemptive measure for managing nausea induced by the chemotherapy. ... read more »

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. ... read more »

Coping with Breast Cancer and Bipolar Depression

Hearing the words “you have breast cancer” is devastating enough, but when you have bipolar disorder, it is a double whammy. ... read more »

The Cause of Chemotherapy Induced Nausea and Vomiting

Two of the worst parts of chemotherapy are the fatigue and the nausea and vomiting. Although these are two of the most common side effects, there are things you can do about them. ... read more »

Breast Cancer Linked with In Vitro Fertilization

Unfortunately, a recent study has linked women who have had multiple births from IVF treatment with an increased risk of breast cancer. ... read more »

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