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Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Medical Update: No News is Good News

I haven't posted a medical update in a while, because there is nothing new to report.

Everything is "status quo", which, according to my doctor, is what want.

Status Report:

Cancer: stable (not shrinking, not growing)

Chemo: continue current treatment:
Herceptin - once every three weeks
Navalbine - twice every three weeks
Zomera/Denosumab - once every four weeks

Pain: hip pain, back pain (severe, at times)

Pain Management: Optalgin (2-6 a day)

Tests: MUGA: coming up soon
CT: April/May ?
Skeletal X-Ray: April 15

Coffee-and-Chemo Dates: book now for July-August!

Please daven (or send happy, healing thoughts) for RivkA bat Teirtzel.

With love and optimism,


Anonymous said...


RivkA with a capital A said...

what's that supposed to mean??

Anonymous said...

Just a visceral response to your situation. That's all.

Anonymous said...

hey RivkA,

please explain, what is muga? (either we don't use it with the kids, or i know it by a different name).

are you really serious about the c & c dates being booked up until june? wow, i'll have to find some protekzia...

a in a

Batya said...

Is your energy level stable?

RivkA with a capital A said...

A in A --

Thanks for pointing this out, I just added a link.

It is unlikely that you ever heard of it before (unless someone has a problem with their heart). At least, I never did.

MUGA = Multiple Gated Acquisition Scan. It measures your heart function.

For more info, check out:

And I really am booked, thank God.


Muse -- energy levels vary. I'm always best towards the end of my "week off".