CT scan, MRI, PICC line and portacath

What is a CT scan? A CT scan (Computed Tomography Scan) uses X-ray to create detailed images of the body. - Before the scan, a special contrast dye (containing iodine) is injected intravenously. To avoid getting sick from the dye, it is advised not to eat or drink 2 hours before the procedure. - For … Continue reading CT scan, MRI, PICC line and portacath

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Multifocal, grade 3, stage 3, invasive ductal carcinoma, ER negative, PR negative, HER-2 positive (3+)

My diagnosis in April 2014 was multifocal, grade 3, stage 3,  invasive ductal carcinoma, ER negative, PR negative, HER-2 positive (3+). But what does it all mean? Invasive ductal carcinoma There are many different types of breast cancer. Ductal carcinoma means that it started off in the milk ducts and invasive means that it has invaded … Continue reading Multifocal, grade 3, stage 3, invasive ductal carcinoma, ER negative, PR negative, HER-2 positive (3+)

My first diagnosis and treatment – 2014/15

In April 2014, at the age of 47 I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I had a scar on my breast that wasn't healing and I finally decided to visit the doctor.  I was examined but the doctor didn't feel any lumps (nor did I). However, as a routine procedure, I was referred to the … Continue reading My first diagnosis and treatment – 2014/15