Sandra Bishnoi's Journal
Vacuum packed and irradiated
Written Feb 10, 2014 5:24pmHi everyone,
Just wanted to let you know that I have finished my stereotactic radiation session. After being fitted into the mold they made for me last week and placed in my vacuum sealed plastic bag, they irradiated my tumor for approximately 30 minutes. Other than a headache from the headrest and a severe desire to move, the session was uneventful. There is a small chance that I will feel some inflammation over the next couple of days. Thank you for all of your warm thoughts and prayers, they are much appreciated.
Big virtual hugs to you all.
Written Jan 22, 2014 9:17amGood morning everyone,
For simplicity, I am going to give a brief overview of the plan instead of calling everyone individually.
1. Stop Tamoxifen (estrogen therapy)
2. Shutting down ovaries using Zoladex (4 shots given in the stomach, 1 time per month, first one was yesterday)
3. Radiation to pelvis (Feb 10th, 30 - 45 min)
4. Start aromatase inhibitor (sometime after ovaries are no longer functioning, prevents fat cells from producing estrogen)
There may be minor tweaks to the plan as we go, but for now my onc thinks that we won't have to start chemo yet. We will follow me with PET scans (probably every 3 months) to make sure things are resolving and not getting worse. We also may remove my ovaries (oophorectomy), but are waiting for a consultation with a gynecological oncologist before we decide for sure.
Things are definitely moving at a much slower pace than the last time we started this (BTW, just had my 3 Year Cancer-versary), but that is the price you pay for a large institution.
For now, we are all trucking along at our usual pace, trying to keep life as normal and boring as possible. I am still out walking as much as time will allow and keeping up with the rest of life. I am very thankful for a flexible and supportive job to have a place to go where I don't have to think too much about my own situation. I appreciate everyone's prayers, happy thoughts, and positive energies that you have sent our way. Please know that they make a world of difference!!!
Hugs to you all and have a blessed day,
Bad news / good news
Written Jan 10, 2014 10:54amIt has been a rough couple of days. I went in on Monday for my routine scan thinking that everything was fine and dandy. When I went with Dr. U on Tuesday, I was floored to learn that I have a 5 cm tumor in my hip. He ordered a PET scan for Thursday to rule out any other metastatic sites. I have been on pins and needles ever since. The preliminary report that I got today shows that my hip is the main site of action. This is wonderful news and I thank those of you who have been praying. I will meet with the radiation onc today to see if stereotactic radiation is an option. I will still have to have my ovaries shut down and switch estrogen therapies but no chemo for now. Who knew you could be so happy to have cancer? I will keep taking one day at a time and baby steps forward. Big, giant, virtual hugs to you all!