My Battle with Breast Cancer

Let Me Clear A Few Things Up

I have to say that this photo has nothing to do with this post.  I just like it. :) 

Yesterday, I posted a photo and asked you guys to guess my location.  You all guessed correctly, but I think I need to explain what I was doing there.

Yes, I was getting a treatment.

Yes, I am finished with chemo.

Part of my treatment plan is receiving a years worth of Herceptin treatments.  Let me tell you a little bit about the Herceptin treatments.  After reading this, I hope you will have a better idea what this step is for, and what it is like for me.

Herceptin treats breast cancer that is Human Epidermal growth factor Receptor 2 positive (+), otherwise known as HER2+.  Herceptin is a targeted treatment, and is designed to target cells with the HER2 receptors, which may help cancer from growing.

My Herceptin treatments are every three weeks, and are administered just like the chemo treatments.  They use my port to give me these treatments, and the actual treatment lasts approximately 90 minutes. 

The nice thing about the Herceptin is that it doesn't have the side effects that the chemo did.  I don't have to worry about my cell count going down, my hair falling out, or everything tasting like metal.

So, when I mention that I am going in for a treatment you will know that it is just a Herceptin treatment. 

Thanks for all of your nice emails, and comments of concern.  I am doing great!  Later this week I plan on showing you what the first step of the expanders looks like. 

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  • Reply CynthiaDAlba January 27, 2012 at 5:09 pm

    Thanks for clearing that up. I was a tad concerned! 🙂

  • Reply BB January 27, 2012 at 5:18 pm

    Oh. Good. *exhale*

  • Reply Monie January 28, 2012 at 7:41 am

    Thank you so much for this update, Julie. I had pressed my worry buttons! I’m glad there are no terrible side effects from this. Have a great weekend…

  • Reply Jen January 28, 2012 at 12:39 pm

    Thanks you for filling us in.

  • Reply Evelyn Kennepohl January 28, 2012 at 7:22 pm

    Thank you for the info! I take a drug that supresses my estrogen (hot flashes 24/7!) because my tumor was estrogen fed. I have heard of your treatment but have never asked my doctor if I was a candidate for it or not. Glad that you are doing so much better!

  • Reply Julie January 28, 2012 at 7:43 pm

    Re: TypePad: [Another Chance Ranch] Evelyn Kennepohl submitted a comment on "Let Me Clear A Few Things Up"
    I too, am taking a drug that supresses my estrogen.  I am taking Tamoxifin, which drug are you taking?  My hot flashes have  become more intense, and so annoying. 🙂 I certainly have empathy for you!

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