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Topic: Canadians in British Columbia

Forum: Canadians Affected by Breast Cancer —

Canadian health care, clinical trials, and life in general in the north.

Posted on: Dec 19, 2011 06:17AM

suz45 wrote:

I'm wondering how many West Coast Gals we currently have on here. It makes it a little easier to compare notes as our health-care is provincial. Would be nice to share tips and such to each other as we wade though the health-care Bureaucracy.

I'm in Richmond BC (a part of the Vancouver Lower Mainland) and the majority of my treatment has been at Vancouver General Hospital and Vancouver Cancer Agency.. with a few small surgical procedures done at UBC and my original Lumpectomy at Richmond General. My GP is also in Richmond. Ive been on the BCO boards since 2007 with a few breaks.

Please pipe in even if only to let us know your here Wink

Hugs Suz

Laugh your heart out, dance in the rain, cherish the memories & ignore the pain, love and learn, forget & forgive. Remember you only have one life to Live. Dx 11/25/2010, IDC, 6cm+, Stage IV, 8/23 nodes, mets, ER-/PR-, HER2-
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Apr 6, 2021 12:33PM ilowen wrote:

Pots, I haven’t progressed yet but I guess I’ll find out soon (scans this week). Sorry if my post was worded poorly.

Runor, I remember some very important advice that many on this site have given prior to an official diagnosis ... stay away from Dr. Google. You are not a stat, you are a unique individual and your experiences are yours and yours alone. If Dr. Google was all-knowing, I’d likely be on my death-bed right now or in a wheelchair and I’m clearly not.

Dx 10/20/2020, IDC, Left, 4cm, Stage IV, metastasized to bone/liver/lungs, Grade 3, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC) Targeted Therapy 11/20/2020 Kisqali Hormonal Therapy 11/20/2020 Femara (letrozole), Zoladex (goserelin) Radiation Therapy 11/26/2020 External: Bone
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Apr 6, 2021 02:38PM cathy67 wrote:

Dear ladies, sorry to hear all these, I always pray for our group. I will meet MO this Thursday, then checkup in two months.

Oncotype 6, Dx 08/06/2019, IDC, Right, 2.1 cm, Grade2, 1/1 nodes,ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 9/10/2019 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Hormonal Therapy 11/20/2019 Arimidex (anastrozole) Radiation Therapy 11/27/2019 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes
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Apr 8, 2021 12:20PM akmom wrote:

I was curious about how BC health authorities determine who is considered “Clinically Extremely Vulnerable” and therefore eligible for early Covid vaccination. Found this on the govt website

https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/covid-19/vaccine/cev

Cancer

  • You're having systemic therapy for cancer now or you have had it in the past 12 months. This includes chemotherapy, molecular therapy, immunotherapy, monoclonal antibodies, hormonal therapy for cancer
  • You're having radiation therapy for cancer now or in the past 6 months
  • You're having or had targeted cancer treatments that can affect the immune system such as CAR-T cell treatments in the past 6 months
  • You have blood or bone marrow cancer (such as leukemia, lymphoma, myeloma, myelodysplastic disorders)
  • You have had a bone marrow or stem cell transplant in the past 6 months, or are still taking immunosuppressant medicine related to your transplant
Surgery 2/12/2012 Lumpectomy: Right Dx 2/24/2012, DCIS, Right, <1cm, Stage 0, Grade 2 Radiation Therapy 4/10/2012 Whole-breast Dx 8/14/2018, IDC, Right, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 8/14/2018, DCIS, Left, 1cm, Stage 0, Grade 2 Surgery 8/14/2018 Mastectomy: Left, Right Hormonal Therapy 9/10/2018 Femara (letrozole)
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Apr 11, 2021 01:38PM Sadiesservant wrote:

Well, first jab under my belt with no issues other than a sore arm for a couple of days. I’ll be interested to see when I get the second dose. There is new studies out of the UK indicating cancer patients (I think primarily those on immunosuppressive treatments) need to have the second dose of Pfizer within the three week window for it to be effective. Apparently we have a much lower immune response than most and efficacy is greatly reduced if the second shot is given more than three weeks out. Awesome. So much for the get out of jail free card!

Dx 4/2001, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 1/10 nodes, ER+ Surgery 5/11/2001 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel, Underarm/Axillary Chemotherapy 6/7/2001 CEF Radiation Therapy 12/17/2001 Whole-breast: Breast Hormonal Therapy 12/20/2001 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Hormonal Therapy 1/2/2007 Femara (letrozole) Hormonal Therapy 10/22/2007 Arimidex (anastrozole) Dx 1/3/2017, IDC, Right, Stage IV, metastasized to bone/lungs, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 1/27/2017 Taxol (paclitaxel) Hormonal Therapy 3/29/2017 Arimidex (anastrozole) Targeted Therapy 4/20/2017 Ibrance (palbociclib) Dx 10/12/2017, IDC, Right, Stage IV, metastasized to other Chemotherapy 10/21/2017 Xeloda (capecitabine) Radiation Therapy 11/15/2017 External: Bone Hormonal Therapy 1/19/2018 Faslodex (fulvestrant) Radiation Therapy 8/2/2018 External: Bone Radiation Therapy 11/5/2018 External: Bone Targeted Therapy 10/10/2019 Verzenio Radiation Therapy 11/3/2020 External: Bone Dx 1/22/2021, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IV, metastasized to liver, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 2/4/2021 Xeloda (capecitabine)
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Apr 11, 2021 01:42PM ilowen wrote:

Well that’s unfortunate to hear, Sadiesservant. There’s so much they’re still learning about this bug and the vaccines. I get my jab on Wednesday. Hoping my SEs won’t be any worse than a sore arm.

Dx 10/20/2020, IDC, Left, 4cm, Stage IV, metastasized to bone/liver/lungs, Grade 3, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC) Targeted Therapy 11/20/2020 Kisqali Hormonal Therapy 11/20/2020 Femara (letrozole), Zoladex (goserelin) Radiation Therapy 11/26/2020 External: Bone
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Apr 11, 2021 03:57PM cathy67 wrote:

I got my jab 2 days ago, arm sore is okay, but I feel sleepy the two days after that, and I feel hungry frequently. All those are minor, just like a gentle cold. Anyway, it is back to normal, but I can feel still not totally recovered, cause today I don't want that much to run, usually I can run every the other day. I was told they will contact me once second dose is ready.

Oncotype 6, Dx 08/06/2019, IDC, Right, 2.1 cm, Grade2, 1/1 nodes,ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 9/10/2019 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Hormonal Therapy 11/20/2019 Arimidex (anastrozole) Radiation Therapy 11/27/2019 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes
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Apr 11, 2021 04:59PM NewDay123 wrote:

Runor, you aren't alone. I'm so sorry to hear about your diagnosis. It is so hard. We're here for you. The anxiety is very difficult. Post here as often as you need to. Sending love.

Dx 2016, Stage IIIB Dx 2021, Stage IV, metastasized to bone
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11 hours ago NewDay123 wrote:

Sometimes it is hard late at night or first thing in the morning.

Send me a private message if you want to join my online hangout space that I’m going to set up. You don’t have to use your real name. It will just be for us, local gals. It’ll feel like we are hanging out. There is text chat, and optionally audio or video chat. We can share positive pics and links to calming videos, share music or art or anything.

I was at one of Marian’s get togethers long time ago and really appreciated her doing that for the group. I was thinking that setting up a special online space for us might be helpful.

Have a good da

Dx 2016, Stage IIIB Dx 2021, Stage IV, metastasized to bone

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