Friday, May 15, 2009

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

So, today I had the pleasure of meeting my oncologist. Oh what fun!

When all of this began, the 'Mammacentret' had given me a nice little binder to keep all the wonderful information about my surgery. Now that the surgery part of this is done, and the results are in, time to move onto another department, and another little binder. Actually, she asked if I'd like to have everything put into my original binder. I said yes - so now I have 2 books in one - the doublemint book, per se.

So here's all the gritty details, for those interested in such things. (I'm going to do my best to put the danish into english!)

Invasive Ductal Carcinoma
Tumor removed - 11 mm
Estrogen-receptor positive
Normal HER2 (don't really know what this one means)
29 lymph nodes removed - cancer in 14 of them
No distant metastasis

So, what does all that mean? Well it means I get the full treatment - Chemotherapy, radiation and anti-estrogen.

Step 1 - Chemotherapy

Next Wednesday will be my first treatment so today I went in for the introduction and the 'book'. There is all sorts of little pills, in little bags, with a nice little diagram of when I have to take each pill. Funny thing is, all these little pill bags were then placed right into the binder for safe keeping. So my little binder/book now resembles a small pharmaceutical company.

Come Wednesday, I will receive my first dose of EC - epirubicin and cyclophosphamide. After 3 treatments of EC, I'll then receive docetaxel for 3 treatments. And once all that is done, then I get the pleasure of radiation - but I'll worry about that bridge when I get there.

I can't really say that I'm looking forward to any of this! But hey - it's for my own good right? Right?
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