My Stroke During Herceptin Treatment
Every three injections of Herceptin I have an electrocardiogram to check the heart function is not affected. Herceptin is the drug of choice to prevent HER2 breast cancer recurrence. My last electro cardiogram during treatment showed a weakness in the heart function, and treatment was suspended for the heart to recover. After two more injections I had a stroke because the neurologist says, the heart developed arrhythmia and was failing to empty the chambers correctly. This caused blood to clot in the heart and clots travelled to the brain.
My oncologist says that Herceptin does not cause weakness. Reputable studies show it does cause weakness. On Friday I went to see her when our consultation was interrupted four times by long phone calls. She became more and more angry with each call. In fact, we had no consultation, after an hour each was by car, and a further forty-minute wait, finally, she told me she was too busy to see me, and could I come back next Friday when she would be less busy. She was an hour behind, and she had patients waiting. I wanted to inform her that I was a patient too. I can't afford to risk another stroke.
I feel I am being fobbed off. I certainly feel that I am being a nuisance, but I am concerned for my well being. Does anyone else share my experience of HER2 breast cancer treatment?