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Forum: her2group 12-18-2015, 03:47 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 14,608
Posted By Aussie Girl
Re: Karen has moved on

Karen was amazing. She was a real fighter and encouraged us to be fighters too.
Rest in Peace, KDR.

Diane
Forum: her2group 06-22-2015, 04:29 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,492
Posted By Aussie Girl
Second Cancerversary - saying hi to you all

Dear lovely ladies (and gents) Just letting you know that I am going well and have had the all clear at my recent follow up. I am involved with my local breast cancer support group - a monthly...
Forum: her2group 06-22-2015, 03:59 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,800
Posted By Aussie Girl
Re: Penny Has Her Wings

I am very sad. Rest peacefully, Penny. You bought comfort to many on this forum. Diane
Forum: her2group 12-20-2014, 03:14 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,123
Posted By Aussie Girl
Re: Is THIS the reason adding herceptin to chemo only improves OS by 40%?

Interesting. They would need to attach the PEGPH20 enzyme to the Her2 antibody rather than an antibody, which might be easier - provided some of the her2 antibody could get to the receptor. An...
Forum: her2group 11-17-2014, 03:15 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,767
Posted By Aussie Girl
Re: My daighter's latest blog:living well with brain mets

Thank you for the link. It made me smile and made my day.

Diane
Forum: Diet and Nutrition 09-02-2014, 05:10 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 6,077
Posted By Aussie Girl
Re: nutrition during chemotherapy

Hi -
it is OK to eat fresh carefully washed salad. It is salad bars where things sit around that are a problem. You take the same precautions you would in pregnancy.
Avoid the following:
Soft...
Forum: her2group 08-15-2014, 04:56 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 5,677
Posted By Aussie Girl
Re: Went for mammo and cancer has returned...

So sorry to hear this, Linn.

Take time to absorb the news and put one foot in front of the other, taking one day at a time.

You have friends here, and many have walked this path before...
Forum: her2group 08-12-2014, 05:05 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,175
Posted By Aussie Girl
Re: Do you ever stop thinking about cancer?

I'm starting to find I'm not thinking about cancer, that is my own cancer, constantly now. I think about cancer at work because that's my field of work. I have so many other things to do and to worry...
Forum: her2group 08-05-2014, 04:16 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,688
Posted By Aussie Girl
Last Herceptin Infusion - Done and Dusted!

Hi Everyone,

Just letting you know I had my last Herceptin infusion yesterday. Chocolates all round at the Cancer centre and may I never have to walk in there as a patient again!

I am working...
Forum: her2group 08-05-2014, 12:25 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,905
Posted By Aussie Girl
Re: Chemo related syncope/vasovagl

Dear Colleen,

Sorry you are having this problem. Fainting is a fairly common symptom in the general community, sometimes in otherwise healthy people, although commoner in people with an illness...
Forum: her2group 07-11-2014, 05:11 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,855
Posted By Aussie Girl
Re: oncologists get breast cancer, too

I can relate to this!

I loved Kimberley Allison's book, "Red Sunshine" about her cancer journey.

Aussie Girl
Forum: her2group 07-11-2014, 04:58 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,596
Posted By Aussie Girl
Re: Music to your ears....Dr. Sledge's prediction on her2+ breast cancer

I suspect this is just a badly framed announcement. I'm sure Dr Sledge is as eager for long term survival for HER2 breast cancer patients as we are. He's thinking about the natural history of the...
Forum: her2group 07-10-2014, 05:29 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,371
Posted By Aussie Girl
Re: Pre-Melanoma Mole

All dermatologists in Australia and many general practitioner use a dermatoscope to examine skin. (Magnifies and uses a special light.) Also photos with a measure next to the lesion are used to...
Forum: her2group 07-08-2014, 06:43 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,492
Posted By Aussie Girl
Re: Stupid Urgent care

Why do you need an annual TB skin test?
Certainly not done routinely in Australia. We do a quantiferon blood test for people doing jobs where they may be exposed to TB and monitor that.

Aussie...
Forum: her2group 07-08-2014, 06:35 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,371
Posted By Aussie Girl
Re: Pre-Melanoma Mole

Hi Everyone

I work as a pathologist in Queensland Australia - melanoma capital of the world. Dysplastic naevi are very common here as are other skin cancers. A severely dysplastic naevus should...
Forum: Profiles In Courage 07-08-2014, 06:15 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 9,757
Posted By Aussie Girl
Re: 4 months into Her2+ and struggling!

Hang in there, Arlyce.

It is a struggle. I found eating cold things helped with the old taste buds. Sweet things and soft meaty things I could taste. Carbohydrate was all cardboard - Yuck! Mints...
Forum: her2group 07-08-2014, 05:36 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 7,405
Posted By Aussie Girl
Re: Significant Progression-Going On Doxil

Dear Karen,

I haven't been on the site for a while. Sorry to hear about the progression and hoping the red devil's daughter is a hot dance partner.

Happy Birthday

Aussie Girl (Diane)
Forum: Herceptin / Tykerb 05-26-2014, 04:22 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 10,207
Posted By Aussie Girl
Re: My Wife Rachel Was Just Diagnosed Wtih HER-2+ Breast Cancer (Please Help ...)

Hi,

Just want to reassure you that your wife's cancer is still at an early stage and that the treatment plan you've been given is very good and similar to what many of us have had with good...
Forum: Breast Cancer Meeting Highlights 05-26-2014, 03:13 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 5,890
Posted By Aussie Girl
Re: New ASCO Guidelines Address HER2-Positive Breast Cancer

Hi 'lizbeth

If you know how, would you make that post a "sticky" because it is good to have new guidelines posted somewhere easy to access.

Aussie Girl
Forum: Breast Cancer Newsfeed 05-26-2014, 03:10 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 655
Posted By Aussie Girl
Forum: her2group 05-26-2014, 02:55 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,958
Posted By Aussie Girl
Re: New protocol when NED: no tumor markers

Dear Ladies,

I started reading this topic thinking that I might be able to add to the discussion, being a pathologist - but you smart ladies have stolen the words out of my mouth. What a fantastic...
Forum: her2group 05-20-2014, 12:58 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 4,626
Posted By Aussie Girl
Re: Herceptin + Perjeta - what side effects have you encountered?

Have you seen this website about Perjeta?

http://www.perjeta.com/patient/supportresources

Perjeta and Herceptin together causes stomatitis (mouth soreness) is 4.6% and the same percent for a...
Forum: her2group 04-14-2014, 04:54 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,759
Posted By Aussie Girl
A little bit of good news

Last Friday I had my first mammogram (of my remaining breast) and ultrasound of both sides. Everything was clear.

I am back at work part time, organizing home renovations and yawning with...
Forum: her2group 04-14-2014, 04:40 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 4,282
Posted By Aussie Girl
Re: Brain mets, WBRT, SRS, TDM1 and a VP shunt

Dear Chuck,

It's hard to be on the frontier of knowledge and experience. You must both be exhausted. My thoughts are with you and your wife. I am thinking that if the shunt allows the TDM1 to...
Forum: Herceptin / Tykerb 04-12-2014, 04:05 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 7,228
Posted By Aussie Girl
Re: Is Herceptin working and the need for scans

Dear Gail,

You have a good prognosis tumor! It was small with no nodes and you can have the herceptin and the anti-oestrogen treatment. All good news. Most patients with Her2+ cancers are helped...
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