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Getting Set Up for Radiation Therapy

Well, I got a bit of a surprise when I saw my radiation oncologist this morning. He is simply the best guy; listens, draws explanations for me, ponders my questions. He did tell me that the planned XRT was changed since I have 2 separate foci of invasive tumor on my path report (not connected but close to one another) and 2 separate of foci "in situ." I knew about the latter, the former was a surprise. He tells me there is concern if I was to have the targeted therapy (through a tube to a specific area) that all of the invasive cancer would not be treated, thus he switched me to external beam radiation - 4 weeks (shorter than 6 weeks).

To say I'm "skeered" is a mistatement, yet I am a bit apprehensive. I wouldn't be if I didn't have myasthenia gravis as well - not knowing how much that will play on the "fatigue" side effect they tell me to expect.

My breast is swollen. My surgeon did everything she could to ensure the best cosmetic result and I'm still pretty sore. Not all the Steri-Strips have fallen off. My "rad" took a look at the incision and said it looked "good" though was not completely closed. I will call the surgeon for any concerns, I like her and she would expect me to call.

Interestingly, today I got a jury summons! I used to like jury duty .. now it is not possible.

Always something interesting going on.

Laurie sent you a prayer.
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Pati, I am so sorry about all the stress you have in your life right now. The addition of the jury summons was almost funny in lieu of the other events you are juggling. Love reading your blogs and continue to keep you in my prayers.

Saw My Oncologist Today

I saw the "big cheese" today, the head of the breast cancer oncologists. We are still on track for targeted radiation therapy, not yet sure whether or not I will have any IV IG before (for my myasthenia gravis). I am having daily "fading" which makes it almost impossible to do much of anything physically. I have wanted to walk around the park with my hubby and walker (where the sidewalks are fairly even) but I have not had the stamina. She is going to contact my neurologist and dialog with him/ARNP.

She presented me with the recommendation to take Aramidex (it has a generic, name of which I don't know) and she strongly urged me to do so. She was going to start it "right away" if I agreed but decided that it will wait until after the targeted radiation because of my MG. I was hoping to avoid taking any chemo, mainly because of the side effects, but with having breast cancer in one breast and pre-cancer in the other, hubby also believes I'm much better off taking it.

Now am seeing the radiation oncologist on Monday.

Grateful for having a caring team of docs who coordinate my care so carefully, AND one who bothers to read my record and familiarize herself with it before coming in to see me.

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3 people threw a punch at your cancer.
3 people sent you a prayer.
3 people sent you a hug.
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So glad to hear you have a great team of Medical Professionals. You are in my prayers.
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November 5, 2016

Orlando, Florida, USA

May 19, 1951

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November 2

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pre-cancer in one breast with every 6-month follow-ups. Only had "aching" in breast with cancer with my arm pit hurting when touched.

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