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.