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Mary’s Diagnosis is In

  • Posted on November 7, 2006 at 12:31 pm

For those of you who have been following my friend Mary’s health problems (and more) via my blog, here is an update with the official diagnosis from her oncologist as of Friday, November 3rd.

The cancer is metastatic and is actually a recurrence of the breast cancer. It is present in both of her lungs and in her liver. It is NOT in her brain, thankfully.

She will be starting chemotherapy on Friday because she has been having a lot of difficulty breathing lately and needs some relief as soon as possible. She will be taking a drug called Herceptin, which binds the cancerous cells and inhibits their growth. She will be able to take this for the rest of her life, to help prevent any future problems, as well. She will also receive an intravenous drug called Navelbine once a week for 3 weeks and then she will have one week on and repeat this for several months. This drug has a 60% change of shrinking her tumors by 50% and will not cause her to lose her hair. This is the one that she starts on Friday, even before her port is surgically inserted. If, for some reason, this doesn’t have the desired effect, then there are still lots of alternative treatments.

The doctor predicts that she has many years left ahead of her, which is exactly what her friends and family wanted to hear! 😀

Mary was in very good spirits and feeling very optimistic and at peace with this news when I talked to her on Friday, but she is now very worried and anxious. She thanks all of your for your thoughts and your prayers and is certain that we have kept her going through the uncertainty of the past few weeks. Please continue them, if you can, while she prepares for and goes through this round of treatment, which will last from 3 to 6 months. Especially right now, as she struggles to breathe and is unable to get much rest.

And thank you so much for all of your loving words and thoughts for me. I greatly appreciate your strength during troubled times. *hugs*

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