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    May 22nd was my first Cancerversary. One year ago 5/22/14 at 9:30am I got the call from the radiologist I had HERS2 breast cancer. I will be done with treatment June 30th this year. A year ago I didn't know I'd live to see today and was frightened out of my mind. I want to thank my family and friends for helping me get through the worst year of my life ( except for my daughters wedding). I am grateful for my husband, sister and friends who listened to me sob and complain. I survived on Leigh Gold's Jewish chicken soup during chemo and wore the chemo caps the Knitz Nutz made for me. Rose Morse Abery sent me cards that seemed to arrive precisely when I was feeling blue. My FB friends cheered me on with words of encouragement. Shari Phillips who shaved my head and helped me buy a wig while keeping me laughing rather than crying. Thank you all I couldn't have done it without you! I hope to celebrate many more Cancerversaries and you all will have my eternal gratitude.

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      beachbum5817

      Congratulations!! It is encouraging to hit the one year mark. It sounds like you have a wonderful support system. Wishing you many more Cancerversaries. Take care.

      over 3 years ago
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    I got the results of my bone scan this morning and it's not cancer, yahoo! I have some sort of inflammation in my knees need an MRI and ortho consult but I can deal with that

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    I had hypofractionated radiation for my stage 1 HERS positive breast cancer. NPR just published an article if you want to read it here:
    http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2014/12/10/369639080/doctors-slow-to-adopt-cheaper-faster-radiation-for-breast-cancer

    Having finished the hypofractionated part I have to say I was pleased with the shorter course of treatment. My cancer center advertised this as an option and I asked my radiation oncologist of I was a candidate and I was because I had no lymph node involvement. I was afraid I'd get burned from the higher dose of radiation but I went through the 16 treatments just fine (I am so fair my Husband jokes I get a sunburn from a flash photo). I read a study in Lanclet and the outcomes of the long tern radiation and shorter course I took are the same. Just floating the option for someone who is working and finds it a real PIA to have to get 5 days a week.

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    I am about to start my adventure with hypofractionated radiation 12/4. It is supposed to take 1/2 the time of regular radiation but a stronger dose each time. My research found that this is the norm in Europe and it has results as good as the US standard of 32 sessions.

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      Samcharlie

      Sounds exciting! All the best and Let us know how you are doing.

      about 4 years ago
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      Bug

      Best wishes to you, msesq. I'll be interested to hear what it's like and how it goes.

      about 4 years ago