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    Drug or Chemo Therapy (Chemotherapy): Started weekly Taxol regiment for 12 weeks. Taxol targets rapidly growing cancer cells, sticks to them while they are trying to divide, and prevents them from completing the division process. Since the cancer cells cannot divide into new cells, it can't grow and metastasize.

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    Drug or Chemo Therapy (Chemotherapy): Started AC Chemotherapy regiment - once every 3 weeks for 4 total treatments. AC is one of the five most common types of chemotherapy given to women with breast cancer. And it's probably the MOST common drug combination given to women with node-negative (hasn't spread to your lymph nodes) cancer. AC includes two drugs: doxorubicin (Adriamycin), and cyclophosphamide (Cytoxan). But you don't have to remember the names; just the initials, because anyone who needs to know will recognize what the letters stand for.

    The "A" part of this "chemo cocktail" both blocks DNA production in your cells, and also inhibits the enzymes responsible for repairing DNA. Cells can't live without DNA; thus when they're deprived of it, they die (in fact, some even kill themselves when their DNA is damaged). "A" can't distinguish between cancer cells and normal cells; but because cancer cells are dividing so rapidly, it has a greater negative effect on them than on your normal cells. The "C" part of this chemo combo stops cancer cells from replicating. So between them, you have some pretty powerful agents working to destroy those cancer cells.

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    Procedure or Surgery (Implant chemotherapy port): No sweat except the nurse that put the IV in tried to kill me. I think the surgeon compared the scene to a butchered hog.

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    Decision Point (Change Doctors or stay with current surgeon): Two failed attempts - unable to achieve clear margins. I decided to go to MD Andersen for further evaluation/treatment.

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    Procedure or Surgery (Mastectomy)