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Alone or in combination with an investigational agent, cetuximab could be a viable treatment option that doesn’t negatively impact my quality of life in the same manner as chemotherapy. Did I allow myself to have my feelings instead of holding them in? Welcome to my journey and my journal. Palliative treatment might prolong my life to some degree and minimize discomfort. When fatigue or pain restrict my physical activities, I can usually still muster the energy to write. Depending on the outcome, I can consider continuing with the paclitaxel monotherapy or getting more aggressive by adding a second agent, such as carboplatin. A 3.0T MRI provides higher clarity and better detail because the magnetic field is twice as strong as 1.5T. The next morning, with air travel still grounded, I decided to get in my rental car and drive more than 13 hours straight home to be with my family.” — Michael D. Becker, A Walk with Purpose. Or so we thought. October 1, 2, 3, 2021 (beginning weekend) – with Weekly Teleseminars until closing weekend. Accordingly, my medical team has put me back down to 20mg of prednisone daily with the goal of finding alternatives for pain management, such as gabapentin. Lorie accompanied me for my first infusion of paclitaxel yesterday afternoon. After reviewing a new chest x-ray, my medical team offered a differential diagnosis of radiation pneumonitis based on empirical evidence. But a diagnosis of pneumonitis does increase the risk of developing subsequent pulmonary complications, including fibrosis, a permanent scarring of the lungs. Continue reading →, I’ve been having a side ache that feels like my digestion isn’t working properly. It is difficult from these data to separate out whether the effects seen were because of the combination or from SBRT alone. If not, we can decide whether or not to reintroduce carboplatin in a subsequent cycle. Recent CT and X-ray imaging of the area hasn’t revealed any anomalies, such as a rib fracture. At the end of the paclitaxel cycle, we can see whether it has any benefit as a monotherapy. We sure hope so. This blog will provide updates on my cancer treatment and useful information on breast cancer treatment in Korea. Continue reading →, Someone made me a license-plate frame that said, “I’d Rather Be Breaking Plates” . On Friday, I had an appointment with Dr. Nancy Lee, my radiation oncologist at Memorial Sloan Kettering-Cancer Center (MSKCC). A short elevator ride, as it is conveniently located in the same building. Even better, my infusion was uneventful and started earlier than expected. I’ve even been able to meet some of you. ?” Continue reading →, Many of us are still experiencing the loss of Chadwick Boseman, who most of us were shocked to hear, was on a journey with colon cancer for the past four years. I felt awful. Home; Blog; About; Contact; Breaking the news. Even before being diagnosed with cancer, I’ve had numerous MRI scans without any issues. Cancer that spreads to the bone is often characterized as osteolytic (causing the breakdown of bone), osteoblastic (causing increased bone production), or in some cases a mix of both. As time passes and the disease progresses, memory problems worsen. Existing sites of cancer returned to their pre-treatment sizes, such as the tumor on my spleen and certain lung tumors. Thankfully, I did manage to rally for an early birthday barbeque celebration this past Sunday. For example, the time from primary tumor diagnosis to the identification of metastatic bone disease ranged from being present at the time of initial diagnosis to a maximum 3.5 years later. Click to enlarge. Maybe you'll see something here to inspire you. In the majority of patients, radiation therapy can provide substantial pain relief. My ideal scenario, as described by Dr. Robert M. Wachter in a recent opinion piece for The New York Times is “death with dignity and grace, relatively free from pain and discomfort”. After responding to some emails that morning, I got ready and tiptoed gingerly up and down the cold white tiles of our bathroom floor, waiting for the shower water to heat up. Perhaps it’s from the stimulative effects of the steroid medication. I’m feeling the energy of the end of the year, that kind of pull to the quiet of solitude, aka: “Soulitude” and contemplation. As a result, I was prescribed an initial two-week supply of another steroid (prednisone). Fortunately, my oncologist, Dr. David Pfister, and Nicole Leonhart, ANP, RN, at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) were able to give me a “tune-up” in advance of Thanksgiving and two upcoming speaking engagements. Fortunately, cancer has not yet contacted my spinal cord. I have been irritable as of late, which is likely a side-effect of stress, steroids, and other medications more so than disease progression. May his memory be a blessing. Many people are thankful to witness the dawn of a new day. ), and we arrived at MSKCC around 9:40 ET. The Body’s Cry For Help - Cancer. However, the X-ray came back clean with no sign of fracture. That’s the rub with cancer. To prevent HPV-related cancers and other ailments, HPV vaccination was added to the routine immunization program for US females in 2006 and the program for US males in 2011. Sure enough, about 4 am ET Thursday morning I could not keep warm in bed despite layering several blankets (and a 90-pound golden retriever). It can also take up to two weeks to feel the full results of the steroid. The results confirmed that cancer had now spread to my T7, L5, T5, and S2 vertebral bodies (see Figure 2). Voices on Cancer is a Cancer.Net Blog series where advocates share their stories and the lessons they have learned about being a cancer advocate.Andrea Hutton is a breast cancer survivor and patient advocate. Then again, perhaps I jinxed myself by celebrating and posting early! Prior to my Stage IV cancer diagnosis in December 2015, I viewed death as a worthy adversary. Symptoms may include fever, fatigue, bone pain and/or joint pain, muscle pain, chills, and influenza-like illness. One of our taglines is “move from panic to powerful.” So why is it that I can feel powerful in some situations and really shaky in others? You see it all over the media – both mass and social – trying so hard to earn our worth, we put each other down right and left. Disclaimer: Michael Becker is not a doctor and does not have formal medical training. My Cancer Journey | Michael Becker's blog about living with Stage IV head & neck cancer caused by HPV. Browse first … The bone pain is manageable with a combination of steroids and oxycodone, each with their own side effects. I was shivering but didn’t have a fever. We were in the process of buying a home in rural, beautiful Bucks County, Pennsylvania in connection with my new job. The expression on my face says it all-photo by Lorie. While the tumor on my spleen also received radiation, it nearly doubled in size from 4.0 cm x 2.7 cm to 7.4 cm x 5.1 cm. The big question remains—what caused the pain in the first place? The November evening was cold and dry, which made it possible to use the barbeque one more time this season. To say it has been a bit damp and stormy lately here would be an understatement. “Birthdays are good for you. In contrast, I received about 70 Gy to my head/neck over the course of 7 weeks back in early 2016 as part of my conventional chemoradiation treatment. I share this through weekly blog posts that include personal stories, moments of struggle & celebrations along the way. His commentary should not be construed as recommendations, endorsements, or medical advice. I cannot recall a time when I was this upset with myself. Thanks to the successful cancer tune-up at MSKCC, I was able to honor the kind invitation by Matthew Herper, Senior Editor, Pharma & Healthcare at Forbes, to speak at the Forbes Healthcare Summit, held November 28-29, 2019 in New York. One to be respected, even feared. Pain from MBD results from bone destruction and fragility. I have a lot of personal experience with cancer: my father died of lung cancer; my older sister died of pancreatic cancer; and my younger sister is in her fourth year as a Stage 3 breast cancer … During a follow-up appointment with my radiation oncologist, Dr. Nancy Lee at MSKCC, she informed me that SBRT is associated with fewer side effects than the conventional radiation therapy I received as part of my initial treatment back in 2016. The pain was attributed to an inflammatory condition, possibly bursitis according to the discharge papers. Going forward, this blog and my Twitter account will serve as the best ways to keep track of my cancer journey. Next time we needed to enlist the help of a third person to handle Humphrey or leave him at home. Afterward, he quickly fell asleep in the back of the car. While waiting to see the doctor, I was given a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) called ketorolac via intravenous infusion to help address the pain. I’m feeling the energy of the end of the year, that kind of pull to the quiet of solitude, aka: “Soulitude” and contemplation. Lorie stopped me for a quick kiss before I disappeared into the men’s locker room at MSKCC to change clothes. They have made their peace—if not with cancer, then with their living and their dying. A hospital-style bed was waiting for me in our family room when I arrived home. Continue reading →, by Shariann Tom and Keri Lehmann, Master Cancer Coaches; In fact, up next…Lorie’s birthday and Megan’s high school graduation! After finishing radiation treatment to my spine on October 18th, I inquired with my health care team at MSKCC and began gradually reducing my dexamethasone dose to zero beginning on November 1st and finishing on November 6th (hint: day of my trip to urgent care, didn’t seem relevant at the time). Follow My Blog Get new content delivered directly to your inbox. Journaling my journey with breast cancer Biotechnology Innovation Organization Published on Jun 4, 2019. I’m looking forward to next week, which is my “off” week. It started with hip/buttock/leg pain that ultimately was diagnosed as originating from cancer progression to my spine. In addition to my weekly chemotherapy infusion, I had an appointment with Amitabh Gulati, M.D., a board-certified anesthesiologist and chronic pain specialist at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) this past Tuesday. Home, washed up, and in bed by 3 am. Wrong. Click image to enlarge. GI organs that have classically developed radiation-induced toxicity include the small bowel, liver & biliary system, esophagus, and rectum. Specifically, the L5 and T7 vertebral bodies—spool-shaped structures that constitute the weight-bearing portion of a vertebra (see Figure 1). As mentioned in a recent tweet, what’s been my biggest surprise since being diagnosed with terminal cancer? The rainfall total for the month climbed to 8.25” at O’Hare this past Thursday morning. If you laugh and are positive it may not change anything but boy does it make the journey so much easier. I received a total of about 30 gray (Gy) to each spine site, which is the unit for radiation measurement of absorbed dose. Not surprising given that MRI imaging is an exceedingly safe technique with more than 30 million scans being performed every year in the United States. By early evening, a preliminary review of the abdominal CT scan didn’t reveal any significant issues—at least none that would explain the severe pain. Turning one of the corners and who do I literally bump into? All that I wanted was to be home and hug my family. In my family three others had cancer and everyone survived it. I give it that much power. Fortunately, the majority of my issues have been manageable with palliative treatment thus far. It worked so well that I was later released. For example, my initial treatment consisted of daily radiation to my head/neck in combination with chemotherapy and was brutal with regard to side effects. Sadly, there is still a lot of room for improvement in vaccination rates. Unfortunately, that was the only good news contained in the CT scan results. Nearly 3,000 people were killed in New York City, Washington, DC and outside of Shanksville, Pennsylvania during the Sept. 11 terror attacks. After experimenting with different treatments, my radiation pneumonitis is currently manageable through a combination of steroids and levalbuterol inhalation solution via a nebulizer. On the anniversary of 9-11, however, the Memorial is a sacred place where people come together to honor, remember and celebrate the lives of all we lost. Hospice arrangements were coordinated with MSKCC, so I was sent home connected to a patient-controlled analgesia (PCA) pump allowing me to administer my own IV pain relief. The drug belongs to a class of bone-strengthening agents called bisphosphonates. Last night, we boarded the 6:02 pm New Jersey Transit train to New York for the first of five radiation treatment sessions at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC). If sharing my story helps others in some way, it’s good for my soul. And did the double steroid dose eliminate the pain, or did the gabapentin play a role? In the weeks and months following my initial cancer diagnosis in December 2015, the disease status occupied my every thought. This is diagnostic, as it helps the physician determine whether or not they are targeting the right nerves in “real time”. I had a similar experience this week following my second treatment with paclitaxel yesterday at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC). Yes I have been very quiet during this time, and this is the first time I’ve written in a long time on this blog. Lately, it has been increasingly difficult finding reasons to smile—but as you can see in the photo below, everyone was grinning that day while celebrating a very special woman. Statistics show that the people who have the most live the longest.”—Reverend Larry Lorenzoni. Rather, I am on a life journey, and cancer is an unwanted companion on that journey, but it is just one part of my life. It was like nothing I’ve experienced before. According to patient education materials provided by MSKCC, about half of the people who have SBRT don’t have any side effects from treatment. For now, I’m simply hoping to get some relief from coughing. I’m a terminal cancer patient who will eventually succumb to the disease. Other than post-traumatic stress from going through the radiation procedure again, along with some mild fatigue, I haven’t experienced any significant side effects from SBRT. I made it through the majority of the MRI imaging procedure—before the point where the contrast agent would typically be administered (after approximately 20-minutes). For example, having me switch to a clinical trial with a lot of unknowns and potential negative impact on quality of life. CSN Home › Blogs › darcher's blog. My heart beats a little faster and my head swirls like an accountant taking stock of my assets: Did I eat well? Currently, this is difficult to manage with a walking cane and breathing difficulties that are exacerbated by cold weather. As Confucius said, “By three methods may we learn wisdom: first, by reflection, which is the noblest; second, by imitation, which is the easiest; and third, by experience, which is the most bitter”. That same day, I also received an intravenous infusion of Zometa® (zoledronic acid). This could be causing referred pain in my left lower rib area as well as the changes in skin sensation (numbness, pain, etc.). So, just for the sake of clarity, my prognosis is unchanged. I was admitted to the hospital by early Saturday morning for more testing. This is encouraging. Technicians already inform patients about what to expect once a contrast agent is injected as part of the MRI procedure. Fortunately, I’ve had several wonderful visitors including Lorie, Humphrey and my oldest daughter, Rosie. Due to the immediate numbing effects of the local anesthetic, I was relatively pain-free after the nerve block procedure. At the time, I opted to start blogging versus keeping a private journal about my experience with Stage IV oropharyngeal cancer after being formally diagnosed in December 2015. Their stories should be celebrated, but we don’t hear from terminal cancer patients as often—perhaps they are too sick or too busy to tell them. Placing my hand there, I could feel a solid lump just under my jawline that was about 3 centimeters in diameter (see Figure 1). Of course, I glowed, I had chemicals racing through my veins killing everything in its way. When dealing with a terminal condition, some people decide to focus on quality versus quantity of life, rejecting medical options that might negatively impact their body image, cognitive functioning, mental health, fatigue, sleep problems, physical functioning, pain, and more. I was given a patient-controlled analgesia pump that allowed me to dose as needed (Figure 1). Hopefully, this occurs on Friday, which represents the one week mark for my current hospital stay. Unfortunately, metastatic or primary tumors, trauma, and infection are prominent pathologies of L5. It’s their stories that may help inspire big questions and positive change. I wondered, was it time to revisit systemic therapy? And like everything else I do in life, I write—with a purpose! My mind was off to the races. In the meantime, I found it unusual that oral NSAIDs and even narcotics like oxycodone failed to address my growing pain. And so far, no other activity compares with the level of personal satisfaction and self-esteem derived from my current role as an expert patient. I still use a walking cane for those infrequent times when the pain breaks through. Most likely, though you mean well, all you’ve done is add one more thing to a plate that is already over full. I was emotionally invested. A nerve block is a procedure where a local anesthetic (a numbing drug), often combined with a steroid (an anti-inflammatory agent), is injected into or around a nerve or into the space around the spinal cord to block pain. And while my body needs to be kept in the same position for each treatment, thankfully this is accomplished through the use of a mold of my back instead of being pinned to the table by a face/shoulder mask like last time. However, it is difficult to determine from a visual examination which abnormal tissues in the mouth are worthy of concern. Michael and Lorie Becker in the chemotherapy suite at MSKCC. I recover in approximately 5-10 minutes and usually have a couple more episodes randomly throughout the day. More Information. Klonopin has a slightly longer half-life than Ativan, which may help me sleep through the night. Of course, the highlight of this week was celebrating Lorie’s birthday and Valentine’s Day as a family. Interventional pain management techniques, such as a nerve block, are alternative options that can provide effective pain relief when conventional drugs fail or aren’t well-tolerated. In other news, I decided to close my Facebook account this week (for a variety of reasons). However, such lymph nodes are often swollen, tender, and mobile. Why was I awake so early? And that makes this ritual feel like it’s going to pack more of a punch. In general, I felt worse that day, and by the evening my temperature jumped to 101.9 Fahrenheit. For example, in recent years, there has been a slew of books authored by “expert patients.” Doctors, scientists, and writers who are reflecting on their departure and have sought to show us different, kinder ways of ending (Atul Gawande, Paul Kalanithi, etc.). In the meantime, I continue pushing away on my fentanyl pump between getting a few hours of sleep in the hospital. My name is Ruth Nicholls, I was born in England, lived my first eleven years of married life to Roger, in Rhodesia / Zimbabwe before emigrating to Perth, Western Australia at the end of 1983. Continue reading →, by Shariann Tom, Master Cancer Coach; Co-Founder of The Cancer Journey, I’ve been dealing with grief and loss since my business partner, Keri, was diagnosed with breast cancer. Despite my extended treatment break and disease progression, I remain healthy enough to continue advocating for myself and others. The sun also nicely backlit the 18 local victims’ names etched in glass panels along the inner railing. As mentioned in my prior post, bone pain and radiation pneumonitis that emerged in late 2018 remain my biggest challenge. We go back to MSKCC this evening for my second treatment session. Beth's Cancer Journey. Debuting for the first time this year, patient advocates, industry leaders, and BIO experts discuss emerging trends live from the convention floor in Philadelphia. Wherever you are on your journey as a patient or a caregiver, you will be exposed to or the subject of some sort of medical scan. The blog posts are in reverse chronological order and go all the way back to November 2015. Similar to how the hip/buttock pain I’m experiencing is referred from cancer invasion of the L5 vertebrae and resulting moderate fracture. At Penn Station, Lorie (aka—momma bear) ran ahead to grab a cab as I hobbled behind with my cane. To address my cough, Dr. Pfister introduced the concept of stereotactic body radiation therapy, or SBRT, to deliver extremely precise, very intense doses of radiation to cancer cells while minimizing damage to healthy tissue. For this reason, individuals are given a screening checklist to identify these issues in advance. It was different from any prior MRI procedure and caused me to alert the medical staff to stop. Related side effects such as fatigue (extreme tiredness), nausea, taste alteration, and cognitive impairment or ‘chemo brain’ have started to appear. If only we could bottle his positive energy and the laughter he brings our family. My head feels like a ping pong is going back and forth. Perhaps made possible with excess energy from the steroid? Arriving at Secaucus, the last station stop before our destination (New York Penn Station), we were asked to change trains again. It’s no wonder that skeletal metastases remain one of the more debilitating problems for cancer patients. Diagnosing the source of this strange new pain occupied the majority of my time at MSKCC during yesterday’s appointment. Continue reading →, We’re one month into the Certified Cancer Journey Coach Training, and I’m loving it! Dashed circle with “A” represents the area of pain, while “B” represents the numb and swollen area. During most visits, it is merely a peaceful place for self-reflection that I enjoy immensely. In reading a retrospective review about bone metastases from squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck (SCCHN), I was quite surprised by the accuracy of some key statistics. The severe pain that plagued me during this period is due to the progression of cancer in my spine, which is managed through a combination of steroids and oral/IV narcotics. Within a week or so, I will undergo both mapping and radiation treatment for the painful spine metastases. Nonetheless, to be safe and in the absence of any other condition, I was prescribed one week’s worth of the broad spectrum antibiotic levofloxacin (Levaquin®) and instructed to follow-up with my oncologist. The unit for radiation measurement of absorbed dose is “gray” (Gy). It was the best I felt in three years, which made me decide to extend my systemic treatment hiatus indefinitely. by Keri Lehmann and Shariann Tom; Co-Founders of The Cancer Journey Institute, My heart dropped to my shoes when I saw the incoming call from my husband, Jay. If the time from identification of metastatic bone disease to patient death is no higher than eight months, then my expiration date should be somewhere around May/June 2019. Our lives will be forever changed. A patient may have trouble getting into the holiday spirit because of physical illness or fatigue. PSA—more cancer patients, especially men, should seek professional help for treating depression. were with me on this 50th milestone, and that the recent symptoms weren’t due to further cancer progression (my initial concern) but rather a manageable radiation treatment side effect. What replaced cervical cancer as the most common cancer associated with HPV infection in the United States? Children going back to school – not going back to school – is it safe? This included forgoing treatment that included 5-fluorouracil (5-FU) and/or cetuximab (Erbitux®) based on my reservations. Yesterday, Lorie and I reviewed the CT scan results with my oncologist at MSKCC, Dr. David Pfister, and Nicole Leonhart, ANP, RN. I couldn’t see behind me, so I’m not sure what Lorie had worked out. After being told there was at least an hour wait for alternate transportation, we returned to the train and awaited more information. So far, the SBRT “experience” has been exactly as billed. My knees buckled. San Jose, California, United States About Blog A personal breast cancer journey blog by Melissa Bingham. Early detection through routine screening has reduced the death rates from cervical (via Pap test), breast (via mammogram), and other cancers. In early 2011, I was in good physical shape, about 30 pounds overweight, eating healthy and exercising regularly. Watching the Chicago Bears lose to the Philadelphia Eagles didn’t help. The Garden of Reflection is a short distance from our house, so it is a favorite destination when I take our pup Humphrey for a walk. For this high-profile, final opponent would appear one day to fulfill its destiny. Could this be inflammation following the radiation treatment, or did it genuinely represent tumor growth? ~ Richard I got up, found my way to the kitchen, made my celery juice, got on a call. Being told you have cancer can be a very scary, lonely time with a lot of questions. Even with the assistance of Lorie, an oxygen tank, and morphine, I couldn’t manage to make the short trip. For example, there was some moderate growth in the lesion on my spleen, but nothing that seemed to support the level of discomfort I experienced. No estimate for when traffic would be allowed in and out of New York Penn Station again. Participating in the event was a fantastic experience, although I underestimated the emotional impact and fought back the tears during most of my speech titled “It’s Time to Talk About Dying.” A video replay of the seven-minute talk is available below: My last dose of systemic (versus local) cancer treatment was in March 2018 after completing nine months of a chemotherapy doublet (carboplatin and paclitaxel). Click image to enlarge. Given the unique pain I was experiencing, thoughts of cancer progression still swirled in my mind. When I got out of bed the day after my first dose of paclitaxel last week, I noticed that the rib area pain was completely gone for the first time. The radiology report confirmed that it declined from 1.3 cm x 1.3 cm on the prior scan to 0.6 cm x 0.6 cm. Other than being swollen, my enlarged lymph node didn’t have any of these other symptoms. By contrast, the resolution of newer MRI’s (3-T versus the standard 1.5T) are best at detecting small/subtle lesions or nerve injuries—so an MRI scan was scheduled for 6:30 pm Saturday. Your life has changed. Being in the prone position for the entire procedure; however, it was difficult to reach under my body and confirm exactly which areas of my chest were numb. If I can help just one other person along my journey then my blog has done its job. Lately, however, my focus has shifted to managing various debilitating side effects of cancer and its treatment. It’s all too much!! I couldn’t help but think the severe pain was caused by cancer progression to bone. The combination of comparably lower vaccination rates with a lack of screening tools is helping fuel the oropharyngeal SCC epidemic among males. The day of the CT scan, my pain was back to full force. Of course, it wouldn’t be a commute between home and NYC without experiencing some significant delay. I chose to share my breast cancer story here on the blog and on Instagram with my audience in order to help the other women that I knew would come after me. It works fast to awaken you to your limitless potential – so you can achieve success in every area of your life. One that I never saw coming. To gain more insight, I will be scheduled for another MRI of the spine in the near future. My heart and mind raced as I tried to calm down after being removed from the MRI tube. Chasing a few sites of cancer using external radiation worked well initially, but as the disease progressed, I found myself spending more time traveling to/from New York for simulation appointments, treatment, and follow-up. Until then, I’m continuing my human papillomavirus (HPV) awareness activities and encouraging vaccination of preteen boys and girls to help prevent six cancers linked to HPV. Pancreatic Cancer blogs list ranked by popularity based on social metrics, google search ranking, quality & consistency of blog posts & Feedspot editorial teams review. Aside from the aforementioned, recall that I’ve been suffering from back pain due to the progression of cancer to the spine. The SBRT session was quick and painless. Certified Cancer Journey Coach Training – October 2020. One lesion in my right kidney increased in size, while others remained stable or decreased. One perspective is, another beautiful life lost to cancer. 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