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March of this year my wife Simona (45 yrs. old) had some small pain under her arm. She was supposed to visit the doctor for the annual check-up also in March, but because of the COVID19 situation, all appointment were postponed until further notice (or 'till pandemic ends).
After the lockdown ended in Romania, by the end of May 2020 she had the appointment. Her doctor compared the images of the echography with the older ones and discovered breast and under arm formations that were not looking healthy. Doctor said tumor formations must be operated as soon as possible since don't look well by size and shape (2.7 cm).
We wanted a second opinion, so the second doctor confirmed and wanted more types of tests to be performed before going to decide upon operation (surgery) or not. She had numerous tests (CT, tissue biopsy samples...etc.) and cancer was confirmed. Quadruple negative tumor tissue, meaning that the cancer does not respond well to any treatment except chemotherapy followed by mastectomy surgery.
By the time we had more imagery, the tumor increased it's size (3.7 cm) and shape became more non-uniform.
We were advised to check with the surgery doctor ASAP and surgeon said surgery not the best option anymore, chemotherapy must begin ASAP since tumor was spreading. Chemotherapy was supposed to stop the spreading and start killing the cancerous cells.
Chemotherapy started with a private hospital, but after the first week complications occurred. She had the leukocytes in a very small number (400/cub_mm). The normal values for ladies is over 4.500 to 10.000/cubmm). The white cells in the blood are the ones responsible with fighting with infections. So she started to have fever. We went to the emergency unit of that hospital and she was immediately put on IV's and done some tests. The bad news was that she must be hospitalized for a few days in order to limit risk of infections. We were told about the fees and was shocked. Had to pay few hundred EUR for the emergency unit time and 2500 EUR more for the rest of the treatment over the next days. Was not our case, so we paid the bill refused the hospitalization. Then we went to a different public hospital and got admitted using much less money and having the treatment paid for by the regular social health insurance (that every employee has).
Until now Simona had 4 chemotherapy sessions and flighted every time leucopenia. After each she was hospitalized and sometimes had to have blood transfusion administered to her. Because of this weak state of her bone marrow and body, the oncologist doctor cannot continue with the rest of chemotherapy and is suggesting that the operation (surgery) must be performed now and continue with the rest of the 4 more chemotherapy session later when the bone marrow may be healthy enough to produce enough leukocytes.
Soon she will be hospitalized for the surgery. Bilateral mastectomy with reconstruction.
We have had support from many friends, helping with food, money and most important - prayers.
Thank you for your support.
January UpdateUpdate posted by Robert Dinca at 07:54 am
Dear friends,Some of you may already know that in the second half of December, Simona had to be hospitalized because the blood test results were not good. The treatment decreased some parameters and she needed blood transfusion. After a week before Christmas in the hospital, we all rejoiced having Simona
December UpdateUpdate posted by Robert Dinca at 05:53 am
Dear friends,Simona's health seems similar to a few weeks aga (last update).Lymparza is an aggressive drug with side effects similar to chemotherapy. There are days that she cannot even get out of bed, aching all over her body, skin, gnosia...etc., but also days when she goes to vomit before eating. . . . .
New treatment updateUpdate posted by Robert Dinca at 07:07 am
Dear friends,Simona was accepted in a new treatment paid fully by the medical health system.The new treatment is based on 4 tablets of Lymparza. This is an Astra-Zeneca product designed specifically for Triple Negative cancer.Simona has difficulties in taking this treatment, the side effects being aggressive just as other chemo-therapies.The
New Chemotherapy treatmentUpdate posted by Robert Dinca at 09:34 am
Dear friends,Simona was included into a new treatment program specifically designed for the Triple Negative Type of Cancer.The treatment consists in 4 tablets to be ingested daily, for 24 months. She started this treatment last week and already has the associated side-effects: nausea, dizziness and feeling sick, muscle and bones
Lung surgery - biopsy updateUpdate posted by Robert Dinca at 06:30 pm
Dear friends, The results for my wife's lung biopsy was positive for maligns cells. We are now waiting for the immunohistochemistry result for the oncologist doctor to prescribe the best treatment. We were told that surgical action was the right choice and if metastasis reappear on some different organ, same
Lung Surgery Update 4Update posted by Robert Dinca at 06:07 am
Dear Friends,Simona had the surgery wires removed yesterday. The doctor mentioned that the incisions are getting healed nice. She still has a lot of pain under the ribs and the doctor said that will take approx. 4-6 weeks to heal and have the pain disappear. We are now waiting for. . . . .
Lung Surgery Update 3Update posted by Robert Dinca at 05:26 am
Dear friends,Simona came home from the hospital. She had some fever and coughing with blood caused by the tubes in the lungs during surgery. This morning seems to be better. Overall, she feels better after having removed the medical drain tube from the thoracic cavity. She had pain even while. . . . .
Lung Surgery Update 2Update posted by Robert Dinca at 04:05 am
Yesterday, Simona had the lung surgery. Now she is in the Intensive Care unit. The doctor said that during the surgery had to remove more then the prior CT images revealed. Micro lesions from TB wounds were present (she suffered from tuberculosis 17 years ago), so doctor cleaned the lung. . . . .
Lung Surgery Update 1Update posted by Robert Dinca at 07:57 am
First check after cancer treatmentUpdate posted by Robert Dinca at 07:49 am
The CT images revealed a cyst/tumor on the right lung. Before the radiotherapy, the radiotherapist informed us that on the left lung there may appear something visible by CT or X-ray's because of the radiation but is temporary, so we did not worry that much. We did decide to see. . . . .
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