Oncology Update: Mysteries Solved

Woohoo! All mysteries were solved at my pre-chemo-2 oncology appointment today:

  • Why is my port-a-cath migrating in my chest?
    Apparently, this is just the result of reduced swelling around the incision (just like Mark told me it was).
  • What’s with the new lump just above my lumpectomy incision?
    Apparently, this is just the result of increased swelling and scar tissue around the incision (just like Bayla told me it was — in fact she had a whole blog post explaining her theory but we didn’t allow her computer time).
  • Why are my forearms and wrists weak and painful since chemo #1?
    No specific response to this but likely in line with steroid response, below.
  • How much will the port-a-cath puncture hurt?
    Thanks to an Emla patch and a hilarious and spunky nurse, the puncture barely hurt at all (although my major squeamishness about the whole thing still needs some work).
  • Can I avoid the 3 day post-steroid hangover following chemo without giving up my beloved post-chemo steroids? If so, how?
    Turns out I was accidentally given a prescription for twice the intended dose of steroids. No wonder I was hit with major munchies, turbo energy and a surge of creative brilliance throughout my rockin’ post-chemo-1 weekend! Much to my disappointment, my doctor has halved my dosage for this round to avoid the 3 day post-steroid hangover. Fingers crossed chemo is totally fabulous (and effective) this round…

About Andrea

Andrea Ross was diagnosed with breast cancer October 6, 2009 and intends to survive and thrive. You can read more from Andrea here.

  • Jay

    Thanks for the updates! I just wanted to let you know how much I love your site. I check it every day. I admire how open, honest and expressive you all are. You make me laugh and you make me cry.

  • Jay, thank you for keeping tabs on us and for your kind words. It means a lot to have your expert approval (I hope it's not my English language usage that makes you cry — believe me, there are many times I'm stumped by grammar or punctuation and cringe at the thought that you may pop by and read my mistake!).

    Thank you for all you are doing to help get our little family through this: your ear for my Wednesday night rants, your unbelievably delicious meals, your girls-weekends with Lucy and Bayla. I am so thankful for our long, strong friendship — and I need to get well extra fast so we can resume our weekly pub nights!

    You are fabulous!

    Love, Andrea

  • whitneyhoffman

    Great news- and what a hat! 🙂

  • CousinBetti

    From the title of this site I had a feeling I'd really like you but after reading everything and then watching and listening to the head shaving party, well, I can only say that I'm sorry it's been 35 years…

    What an amazing family you are!

    Lots of hugs and love to you all! xoxo

  • Thank you, Betti. I am so glad we are reconnecting, despite the circumstances. We're all hoping to see you at our victory celebration.

    Be well and be happy.

  • Thank you, Whit!! You're a yarn-magician!

  • whitneyhoffman

    Wait 'til you see the “hair” I'm started last night…. bwaaahahahaha

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