If you have ever moved before, you know that one of the things you need to do is to find new doctors. For someone with stage 4 breast cancer, that is a big deal. One of the things that we were most concerned about with John taking this job, was not letting our insurance lapse. Amazingly our insurance started the same day John started work, which was September 17. As soon as I found out what insurance we were going to have I began looking for a doctor in our network. I found one that I was very interested in. After my doctor faxed over all my records (which I am told was like a large novel) they were able to get me in quickly. After meeting the doctor and other staff I really felt as if this was going to be a great fit for me. The doctor decided to run two tests. One which will test for tumor markers (my previous doctor told me that I don’t have the protein that is tested for this test). I think she wanted to run the test for herself just for her records. The other test she did was to see if any cancer is found in my blood. I had never heard of this test and I am sure I am not explaining it correctly. I think it is used as baseline to determine if my cancer is active again. I also asked about testing my vitamin D levels. I had heard other patients talk about how their doctors did this and some found they were really low in vitamin D. For those of you unfamiliar with this idea, experts say that some women who are low in vitamin D have a higher risk of developing breast cancer. I do take vitamin D but I want to make sure I am really getting enough. I will get the results of all those tests at the end of the month.
I also needed to have my port cleaned and my monthly Xgeva shot while I was there. I got to meet the chemo nurses and they were so nice. They had a room full of patients, yet they were all smiles and joking the whole time. I did talk to another patient there and she too was stage 4 breast cancer. She said she loves Dr. Y (which is what I will call her from now on) and left her other doctor just to drive further to see her. I was really encouraged that this was the doctor for me. Once again I had to warn the nurses that I am a needle diva and might pass out. When they went to access my port she sprayed some freezing cold air on the port and I didn’t feel a thing. Loved that!!!
Right now I am really happy with the treatment plan I am on. Nothing has really changed. I will continue my Anastrozole (my daily hormone pill) and my monthly Xgeva (shot to help bones grow back). She did say that November will be 6 months since my last scan so I might have to get another scan then. Until then we will just go off my pain levels. Right now they are at zero so the thought is the cancer is being controlled by everything we are doing. It would be nice if this chemo break would last longer this time around!