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1 day ago · Cancer Related Brain Fog in Breast Cancer

The presenter at this session did not talk to effect of any medications on cognitive function. I am taking a break from AI (with permission of oncologist) to see if I see any changes with cognitive and fatigue issues.

I did check https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed for any published studies on hormone therapy and cognitive issues, there are some published studies. I tried reading some, but very technical and not sure if there was any conclusion.

Laurie

1 day ago · Concern over Gadiolinum dye in MRIs in Breast Cancer

Study is just starting, Mayo shows status on there clinic trail site. Not sure if actually publish results
See: https://www.mayo.edu/research/clinical-trials/cls-20456571?_ga=2.30303800.682420273.1575554770-570452674.1575554770

Laurie

2 days ago · Cancer Related Brain Fog in Breast Cancer

I attended an Empowered to Live Well Session on Cancer-Related Brain Fog at Rochester Cancer Education Center yesterday. Very interesting. I think the most important fact I learned is that it is a real thing, it is not just me. This condition is called many things: chemo fog, chemo brain, cancer-related cognitive impairment or cognitive dysfunction.

I copied the following from Connect Cancer Education page that suggesting following sites for additional information:
Both http://www.mayoclinic.org and http://www.cancer.org have information on Chemo Brain including signs, symptoms, questions to ask your doctor, and more.

Laurie

2 days ago · Concern over Gadiolinum dye in MRIs in Breast Cancer

FYI, Mayo is studying how long gadiolinum dye stays in a system after MRI. I have had no side effects from the dye, but before last MRI recheck for breast cancer I got call from Mayo research to participate in study to determine the serum and urine gadolinium reference ranges in patients with normal renal function being administered gadobutrol for an enhanced MRI exam.

Just thought I would share this information.

Laurie

2 days ago · Upcoming Empowered to Live Well Session on Cancer-Related Brain Fog in Cancer Education Center

I attended the Cancer-Related Brain Fog session yesterday, very interesting. The most important thing I walked away with is that Cancer Fog is a real thing and not something I imagine. Thank you Laurie

Thu, Nov 21 10:26am · 13 cancerous lymph nodes not detected on imaging in Breast Cancer

Definitely agree with trixie1313, you must be your own advocate. I have dense breast and found my lump 5 months after a normal mammogram. I discussed with my oncologist that I did not trust mammogram results and wanted an MRI for follow up checks. He agreed. The next step was that I had to get insurance to agree. My insurance company requires all CT, MRI and PET scan be pre-approved. After some back and forth, they have approved my MRI for next week.
Laurie

Thu, Nov 21 10:20am · 13 cancerous lymph nodes not detected on imaging in Breast Cancer

I went back and read my MRI report to make sure that I was correct and MRI showed lymph node. Report states "Mildly enlarged left low axillary lymph node." After MRI found node, then had a ultrasound assisted biopsy of lymph node to confirm cancer.

Thu, Nov 21 8:05am · 13 cancerous lymph nodes not detected on imaging in Breast Cancer

Going into surgery I knew I had one lymph node that was positive (was found on MRI). During surgery I had a lumpectomy and surgeon removed two lymph node, both positive. While I was glad they only took two nodes, I was also concern did they miss anything. I asked the surgeon how she knew if she had taken enough lymph nodes. Her answer was it was based on experience (or something similar). I had chemo and radiation after surgery to kill any microscopic cells left and now take AI meds.

Next week I have first MRI and Mammogram post treatment to see if any re-occurrence.

Make sure you have a list of question about your concerns to take to your next oncologist appt.

Laurie