Video: Chemo treatment 3

by Thursday, October 31st, 2013Breast Cancer12 comments

Well, I’m three-quarters of the way through the first phase of my chemo treatments. This was round 3 out of 4 with Adriamycin and Cytoxan. I have been told that these drugs are the roughest, because your white blood cells are hit so hard. After the A/C, I have 12 rounds of Taxol, which should be a little less compromising on the immune system. I’ll still have to be careful though. It’s been hard not going out in public. Mark has been running all the errands that I used to. I can’t wait to be able to be around more people sometime soon. I know this is only temporary and I guess it’s better to be safe than sorry. All in all, I feel pretty good this week. I hope that taking Claritin every day this week reduces the aches after the Neulasta shot.

The other day my friend Cindy, who is a breast cancer survivor, told me about a program that aired over the weekend. It was Breast Cancer 2013 with Dean Richards on WGN Radio in Chicago. Apparently, for the past 16 years, Mr. Richards has been doing a live broadcast dedicated to the topic of breast cancer. This year, his panel of physicians included Dr. Catherine Pesce, co-director of the Breast Center at NorthShore Highland Park Hospital, and Dr. Mark Sisco, a plastic and reconstructive surgeon at NorthShore University HealthSystem. Also on the program was Executive Director Ginny Finn from the support group ABCD, which started in Milwaukee. There were also a couple of survivors/mentors from ABCD. Some of the phone calls to the show were pretty powerful.

The broadcast is available as a podcast on the WGN website,  so I listened to it yesterday.  Here is the link:

Breast Cancer 2013 with Dean Richards – with audio and resource guide

Wow! What a great service Richards does regarding this topic. I think it is well worth a listen.  I know it helped me. Maybe it’s just because I am going thru all this right now, but I think it could be helpful to anyone.