Tag Archives: bone mets

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restless leg syndrome in my arm

A day of sleep and eating oatmeal. That was my Sunday. Not bad on the oatmeal part, however, as I love thick-cut, old-fashioned oatmeal. I can barely even look at quick oats, which seem so icky and mushy. Thick oatmeal … Continue reading

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easing side effects from radiation treatment

The nausea seems to be diminishing, and the golf ball in my throat is softening. I was able to eat today with much less of that feeling that food was getting caught in my throat. The fatigue seems to be … Continue reading

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Xgeva 14 and exemestane 1

It was a relief to sleep past 4:30 am today, having finished my radiation treatments yesterday and being able to snooze past 6:00 am. The days of my jumping out of bed at any time are pretty much behind me … Continue reading

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bone mets: radiation 10 of 10

I recently posted with links to information about the Varian® Trilogy machine that has delivered my radiation treatment this time. The technology is called linear acceleration, and I’m again providing the link to the scientific description via video on YouTube. … Continue reading

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bone mets: radiation 8 and 9 of 10

Yesterday I met with the radiation oncologist for the last time during this treatment. We discussed the time it will take to assess the results of the radiation treatment and what the options would be depending on that outcome. In … Continue reading

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bone mets: radiation holiday

With Presidents’ Day the radiology oncology clinic gave me the day off. No treatment today, and then three more days of concentrated radiation administered in a fewer number of days. With the holiday from treatment I spent some time running … Continue reading

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2012 annual LA international pen show

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The Los Angeles International Pen Show convenes every February. Pen companies from around the world attend this popular show that features antiques, new old stock and brand new stock. My acquisition of fountain pens began many years ago while working … Continue reading

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bone mets: radiation 7 of 10

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As usual, my husband dropped me off this morning for my radiation treatment on his way to work. That means I arrive at Chao around 6:00 and have some time until my appointment at 7:15; mine is the first treatment … Continue reading

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bone mets: radiation 5 and 6 of 10

I am marking off the days as they speed by on the way to completion. I am also extra vigilant, waiting to notice the difference in pain from the effects of the radiation. It does not seem to be changed … Continue reading

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bone mets: radiation 4 of 10

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Early morning the radiation oncology clinic is quiet except for the handful of employees setting up their Varian® treatment machines. Omar, my technician is preparing for his first patient of the day: guess who. By the time we start around … Continue reading

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research: PHTrP identified at high levels in metastatic breast cancer growth

A team of researchers led by Dr. Richard Kremer from the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC) has identified a possible target for slowing the spread of breast cancer. The newly identified target, parathyroid hormone-related protein (PTHrP),  … Continue reading

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bone mets: radiation 2 of 10

Yesterday was day two of ten radiation treatment sessions, and it felt like the cement roller made a few passes over me. My first radiation was in 2004, too long ago to remember the details. So, I looked back to … Continue reading

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bone mets: radiation 1 of 10

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I started radiation treatment today. Just like I wrote the other day, I felt like I was in a space module as the machine rotated around me with varying sounds. From time to time the table beneath me wiggled a … Continue reading

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Xgeva: new drug for bone mets: answers to recent questions

Xgeva® (denosumab) (pron x-GEE-va) is the latest addition to the arsenal of treatment for skeletal-related events (SRE) in breast cancer patients with bone metastases from solid tumors (osteoclasts). It was approved for use in metastatic breast cancer (and a few … Continue reading

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caring for your bones: teleconference Fri 2-11-11

Tomorrow Cancer Care Connect® will host a teleconference on Caring for Your Bones When You Have Breast Cancer: What’s New? Friday, February 11, 2011 1:30 to 2:30 pm Eastern Time Click that link to sign up in advance to participate … Continue reading

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research: denosumab for treatment of bone mets in MBC

Scientists studying the protein RANKL and its role in the production of bone cells have discovered a connection with breast cancer. RANKL is a protein that activates bone cells to replace lost bone, e.g. through osteoporosis. Normal RANKL activity includes … Continue reading

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fatigue

After going through boxes at work to prepare for an upcoming move to a new office next month, I felt as though my energy was completely depleted. It was exhausting. Of course, anything physical is exhausting. The fatigue can be … Continue reading

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Taxol with no Avastin chaser: chemo 3.2.2

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Today’s chemo went well except that when Jessica took my blood pressure, it was was really high, 185/90. Gabby came by later to take another reading, and it had come down to 165/85 (still way higher than usual).  I would … Continue reading

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H1N1 and seasonal flu vaccines: my plan

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Click here to go to my latest entry on this topic: H1N1 vaccine: update for cancer patients Original entry Ironically, when I met with my oncologist, we talked about so much else that we forgot to discuss the plan for … Continue reading

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Taxol, Avastin, Zometa, Aranesp: chemo 3.2.1

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Today’s spa day started with blood tests with Karen to qualify me for my treatment. Yeah, I qualified. I got settled in my assigned room, my favorite, #1. Jessica came by to take my vitals, and my chemo nurse, Jennifer, … Continue reading