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My name is Doug, and this is the story of my wife Keri Haberstroh. Keri was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2005 at the age of 25. This is an update on Keri's first radiation treatment, after we learned that her cancer had spread. Subject: One Down Sent: Monday, April 3, 2006 2:08 PM Hi Everyone, Just thought I'd write to let you all know that the first treatment went well this morning. I was in and out in about half an hour. The actual treatment only takes a couple of minutes, but the set up takes a little longer. I don't feel anything and I don't see anything. The machine makes a buzzing sound and that's how I know when they are doing the radiation. They do my right hip first then my left hip. When the machine turns to do my left hip it's kind of cool what I get to look at because they screwed in a part on the machine that looks like a smiley face. So I get to end with a smile looking at me. Then I'm all don...
Sometimes cancer cells spread to other parts of the body. When this happens, the breast cancer may be described in a few different ways: metastatic, advanced, or stage IV. The term "metastases" refers to specific areas of spread, such as bone metastases.
If you have signs or symptoms of metastases, your doctor will likely use local treatment (treatment directly to the cancer area) to relieve the symptoms and to control the disease at that spot. Radiation can shrink and help control specific spots where the cancer has spread. Radiation can help:
lower the risk of broken bones in areas that may be weakened from cancer
improve breathing by opening up a blocked airway
take pressure off a pinched nerve that might be causing pain, numbness, or weakness
The radiation dose and schedule for metastases depends on a number of factors, including:
the urgency of the situation (pain, loss of function, size and location of the metastasis, for example)
any previous ...
My name is Doug Haberstroh, and this is the story of my wife Keri. Keri was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2005 at the age of 25. This entry cover a very exciting time of our lives, Keri explains it well in these next couple of e-mails so I'll leave it to her to tell you all the good news we were dealing with at this moment in time. Subject: Good News Sent: Wednesday, April 19, 2006 11:39 AM Hello All, Good news to share. I found out today at my doctor's appointment that I will be having my LAST radiation treatment tomorrow. Seems that the doctors ultimately decided to go for the 14-treatment schedule, but I was thinking they were doing the 25-treatment schedule. Anyway that makes tomorrow my last treatment. Yeah!!!! I will have a check up in two weeks with the radiologist and then in a few months after there has been enough time for things to take effect and they will do another bone scan to check to make sure everything was taken care o...
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