My Medical History1997 (age 45) - Diagnosed w/Stage II (I think) Breast Cancer, 4 positive lymph nodes
1997-98 Modified Radical Mastectomy, 6 chemo treatments (mostly Adriamycin), 33 radiation treatments
1998-2001 Tamoxifen pills
2001 Lung nodule found on routine chest x-ray. Open lung surgery resulted in Stage IV diagnosis. Post-surgical doctor visit the day after 9/11. Prognosis of 2-5 years
2001-08 7 years of remission!! on Arimidex pills
2008 Lung nodule found on routine chest x-ray (again). PET scan showed multiple tumors in both lungs. Lung needle biopsy resulted in 8-day hospital stay due to collapsed lung. Faslodex shots for about 2 years.
2009 fractured rib diagnosis due to rib pain
2010 Rib pain diagnosed as metastatic tumor. 10 radiation treatments stopped pain. Back on Tamoxifen for several months.
2011 Wheezing and coughing - tumor in bronchial tube partially removed by interventional bronchoscopy.
2011 3 new tumors on liver. Vertigo symptoms - tumor in cerebellum (brain) and L1 bone (spine). Stereotactic radiation on brain and spine. 21 weekly chemo treatments of Taxotere with Decadron (steroid). Extreme shortness of breath... Fluid around lungs and heart from chemo toxicity, had needle thora-centesis to remove fluid from pleura (space outside of lungs).
2012 Tumors on liver gone, pesky bronchial tube tumor (The Wheezer) persistently growing. Took Xeloda pills for 6 months. Wheezer under control. New tumors in brain and pelvis.
2012 July Gamma Knife radiation on new brain tumor. see more by clicking on Gamma Knife Treatment
July 25, 2012 Started new chemo - Eribulin/Halavan
2013-March Taking a break from chemo after nearly 2 years of it. Pelvis tumor disappeared, others showed 'no progression', L1 bone showing new growth (healing).
2013-May Started new chemo - Gemzar - as tumor markers were going up steadily and I had started wheezing again. Very low white blood count is making me rather tired on 5/31/13, but very inspired to write, write, write. This chemo didn't do anything for me but zap my platelets and white blood cells.
2013-June One brain tumor grew and bronchial tube tumor (the wheezer) has grown slightly.
2013 July Gamma Knife radiation on 2 brain tumors. This is the third July in a row that a brain tumor either showed up or got bigger.
2013 July Started ANOTHER chemo called Ixempra. More hair falling out.