June 2017 updates

IN SUMMARY I have been feeling more tired, and my lungs and cough are worse. My scans show that the cancer has spread further in the lungs and the lymph nodes, but I may not have any metastasis in the liver.¬† This means that the current treatment (Herceptin / Pertuzameb) is not working ūüė¶ ¬†I … Continue reading June 2017 updates

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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

Diagnosis and treatment – 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

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