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Jun 25, 2012 01:56AM
Hope Alyson your trip to Nelson goes smoothly, so sorry to hear about the passing of your friends. Cancer is horrible. I remember nursing my father in law with liver cancer at home, this allowed him to stay in a familiar environment and my mother in law to be with him at any time of the day. It was a hard time for all of the family and not something I would like to repeat.
Midnight Her2+ patients are fully funded for a years Herceptin treatment here in NZ, I know at one stage they thought I was Her2+++ and that was the route I was going to be going down as well as chemo and Tamoxifen. They then did another test and the initial result was overturned. So you really should check that out.
Musical when I was originally tested my ER+ was 90%+ and my PR+ was 90%+, but as I said they did another more accurate test and I was never told my final ER and PR status. It reminds me I need to ask - cheers for reminding me ;)
As Kt said your medical records are exactly that and you can ask to read them or ask for certain items to be copied and given to you. You can also request that a copy of any blood test is sent to you as well as to your GP etc, you just need to ensure that you request for this to occur.
I totally agree that the way the girls in the US are treated and the way we are treated is slightly different . I think one of the key things is that many of the US girls are going down the private route and not the public health route. Hence alot of tests are requested by Drs to cover themselves from any litigation and because they can. Our health system has certain restrictions based on how much it can afford - hence if there is not a really good reason to do something then unless a patient group or research can pressure the health system then it will not be done. If I was in the US or the UK I would probably be on 5 years of Tamoxifen, but this seen as overkill here in NZ. Lets hope they are right!
What a strange old day weather wise, I arrived at work in the dark then it got light and then at 9am it looked like the clocks had gone backwards and it was dark again. The later on in it became nice and sunny for my trip home. Funny old day.
Hope the rest of the week is good for all
Hils SNB and Partial MX 16th Dec 2011; UMX 6th Mar 2012 found <1cm IDC as well as the DCIS
11/26/2011, DCIS, 6cm+, Stage 0, Grade 3, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
2/16/2012, IDC, <1cm, Stage I, Grade 1, 0/0 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-