Hi! Hey, you have 4 days to have a great time and not worry about Tuesday! I know that you are afraid. Try and relax and have a great holiday weekend. Keep busy and your mind occupied. I can remember that I did great during the day but those night hours were he**! I'm not an oncologist but guess that you know that. lol I would venture a guess that you will probably get the standard A/C (this is 1x every 3 weeks usually) hopefully herceptin (this has been proven to increase the survival rate when given with the A/C). Whatever side effects you might have remember that there is always a med to counteract them. Write down any questions that you or your family has regarding the chemo and ask them on Tuesday. No matter how trivial the question may seem, ask it! The more knowledge you have, the better you will deal with your treatments. Also, be sure and take someone with you to your appointment. You will be given lots of info and it is a lot to retain. My onco office always shows a film to the new patient and her family that tells them about the chemo. They also give each patient a wonderful notebook (reminds me of a giant day planner) that they can keep all of their records, questions, etc in. If you have a port, ask them to show you how they will access it. I have been getting chemo and one of the nurses will come up and ask if a new patient can see my port and ask me questions. No problem!
Hang in there. Remember we are here for you and will be beside you each step of this journey.
Randi: I had a muga test before my chemo began along with ct and mri. This gave my onco a base to compare to later. The muga is the easiest test that you will have. :)
June 9th your last A/C wahooooooooooooooo
Hi Michelle! First, congrats on just having one treatment left! Plan a BIG celebration!!!!
The mugga test is to study how well your heart is pumping, how much blood it pumps per beat, etc. The test can also show how the heart chambers and valves are working as well, and this deals with us, monitor the effect that chemo is having on the heart muscle.
You are first given an injection of a “tagging agent,” pyrophosphate, that highlights your red blood cells. The techs that administered this would not use my port. So, I have had it put in a vein in my hand and arm both. After 30 minutes, you’ll be injected with the radioactive tracer. (you don't feel a thing) It emits signals that can be detected by the camera (gamma camera). The camera will take several images, usually three. This takes about 45 minutes. You just lay on the table and relax! :)
There are usually no side effects . But you should always tell the people giving you the test how you feel, so they can take any action needed.
No special preparation is needed, but it’s always best to tell the doctor, technologist, or nurse doing the test, if you have a history of allergies, are taking any medications (including over-the-counter medications or “natural” supplements), are diabetic, are pregnant or suspect you are pregnant, are breast feeding your baby, or have any prosthetic implants in your body.
From what I have read and been told, the radiation levels administered in most nuclear medicine studies are usually considerably lower than in a conventional x-ray or CT scan. You may retain this low level radioactivity for a short period. It dissipates on its own, and some is eliminated through urine or bowel movement.
Again, congrats on the 9th!
Having had chemo twice, I know how you feel. It's very scary but YOU CAN MAKE IT THRU IT!!!!We're all a testimony to that!!! Try to have a good weekend and go in for your treatment with the attitude that "Cancer, I've come to kick your butt!!!!!" Kinda lame, I know but that's what got me thru. I believe in having a good sense of humor - Too bad, my three sons don't always! HA HA
You can't change your circumstances - but you can determine to get thru the best way possible. It's hard sometimes to have a positive attitude - I can have a really nasty one sometimes. I read hear almost daily but somedays I just don't want to respond because I'm in a bad mood. I'm finally coming to terms with the second cancer now that I've finished reconstruction. So, I'm trying to get my attitude back in line. I'm a fighter (and a comedian) not a whiner!!!!! I may have to repeat that a lot before it sinks in!
Jeremiah 29:11 - "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."