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
When I was first diagnosed with cancer in 2014, I treated my cancer as I did any other illness beforehand. I didn't make any lifestyle changes and accepted main stream treatments ony. I didn't actually know that there are other options. Main stream / standard treatments Chemotherapy Hormone therapy etc. based on the type of … Continue reading TREATMENT OPTIONS
Into the 4th cycle of my chemotherapy I felt small lumps on the surface of the left breast and it was red and itchy. By the end of the 5th cycle (5 weeks later) it spread across the whole area. Biopsy and CT scans followed and the results showed that the cancer has spread to … Continue reading Skin metastasis – April 2017
I celebrated my 50th birthday in the summer of 2016. Going back to work after the summer I started feeling poorly and developed a chronic cough. In December 2016 I was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer. A year after completing the Herceptin treatment, my cancer has spread to the lymph nodes, the liver and the lungs. … Continue reading Diagnosis and treatment – 2017
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+)
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
This is my first blog ever 🙂 In December 2016, I was diagnosed with cancer for the second time around. My breast cancer (originally diagnosed in 2014 years ago) has metastasised. Why write a blog about it? For three reasons...