From 2012 – the calendar of the overall treatment of the invading cancer bugs. I will make changes as they are determined. I was diagnosed with Stage 3 cancer with T2N1 (tumor is multi-focal, and I have a suspicious lymph node)
4 rounds of Adriamycin doxorubicin and Cytoxan cyclophosphamide (AC) over 3 months – BAD drugs, big dose, big side effects
- February 24 – DONE!
- March 16 – DONE!
- April 6 – DONE!
- April 27 DONE!
12 rounds of taxol over three months (weekly) – lower dose, cumulative fatigue, impacts nails and hair and extremities
- May 10 – DONE!
- May17 – DONE!
- May 24 (our 10 year wedding anniversary – lovely) – DONE!
- May 30- DONE!
- June 7- DONE!
- June14- DONE!
- June 21- DONE!
- June 28- DONE!
- July 5- DONE!
- July 12- DONE!
- July 19- DONE!
- July 26- DONE!
Bilateral mastectomy on August 16th – Done!
Radiation – 6 weeks, daily doses – DONE
Sept 13th – Oct 30th
RECOVER – Reconstruction in 2013 – DONE
Tamoxifen for the next 10 years: Tamoxifen blocks the actions of estrogen and is used to treat and prevent some types of breast cancer. It has been shown to shrink the chance of recurrence by half for those with hormone positive cancers … but it has some rather nasty side effects – anxiety, insomnia, weight gain, among others …