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Pregnancy after Chemotherapy 抗がん剤治療後の妊娠について
yoko katz September 23, 2015

Pregnancy after Chemotherapy 抗がん剤治療後の妊娠について

(My hair has been growing into bushes.  It's been 10 months since my last chemotherapy.  I used to have very long silky straight hair, but now look how curly it is.  I have no idea how to deal with this.  It is always going so bushy.  I don't feel this represents me and I cannot wait to have it grow much longer.) It depends on the types of breast cancer, but especially when one's cancer grows with hormone such as progesterone positive and estrogen positive breast cancer, getting pregnant raises some concerns.  Chemotherapy let alone is a concern for damaging ovaries, there are other things to worry about, too.  If a cancer patient is considering having babies after treatments, she should talk to doctors right upfront.  This information is only based on my experience, please consult your physician when it comes to details and whether it can be applied to your case.  Many cases, insurance companies may not cover this and it can be costly.

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Family Celebration! 家族でお祝い
yoko katz August 2, 2015

Family Celebration! 家族でお祝い

My family took me out to celebrate my completion of 1-year-long breast cancer IV treatments: Herceptin and Perjeta treatments!

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My last injection treatment is over! 最後の点滴治療終了!
yoko katz July 28, 2015

My last injection treatment is over! 最後の点滴治療終了!

I long waited for this day to come: my last injection treatment for my breast cancer is all done today!  No more "chemo unit" visit every three weeks.  I did it! (I did the chemotherapy from August to November, 2014.  I had been on "targeted therapy" since then.  The targeted therapy, the side effects are very minor.  What I finish today is the targeted therapy.)

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15th Targeted Cancer Therapy 15回目分子標的癌治療 pose#61
yoko katz May 26, 2015

15th Targeted Cancer Therapy 15回目分子標的癌治療 pose#61

I came back from my 15th targeted cancer therapy.  I visited a new chemotherapy treatment building.  I normally go to NYC to do the treatment, but the hospital opened up the new building in my area recently.

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Teaching Wednesday 水曜日授業の日
yoko katz May 6, 2015

Teaching Wednesday 水曜日授業の日

I was feeling a little nauseous after yesterday's cancer treatment.  But at least I styled myself, inspired by this great spring weather in New York, and I felt good about it.

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13th Cancer Treatment Day 13回目乳癌治療の日 Pose #240
yoko katz April 13, 2015

13th Cancer Treatment Day 13回目乳癌治療の日 Pose #240

I believe this outfit delivered my message without a word to other cancer patients at my hospital today.

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Teaching Wednesday 水曜日授業の日
yoko katz March 25, 2015

Teaching Wednesday 水曜日授業の日

As my natural hair is black, I noticed that it would be more difficult to wear light color wigs later without showing my real hair underneath.  Especially some sideburns will show.  I should enjoy now as much as possible.

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Teaching & Cancer Treatment Tuesday 火曜日授業&分子標的治療の日
yoko katz March 24, 2015

Teaching & Cancer Treatment Tuesday 火曜日授業&分子標的治療の日

Tuesday was a very busy day.  I was very happy to find myself that I was again capable of doing multiple tasks in a day.  Morning: Teaching.  Afternoon: Cancer Treatment.  Evening: Attending a Cancer Seminar.

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cancer treatment in progress 分子標的治療中
yoko katz March 24, 2015

cancer treatment in progress 分子標的治療中

I am in another targeted therapy treatment now.  A tip of the IV went in smooth.  I was not drinking liquid as much as I should yesterday. I started to drink a lot since this morning for now (3:15pm.) I was a little worried about the insertion, but all is good.  My nurse was talking to me all the time.  That distracted me in a good way. more and more familiar faces off staffs at the chemo units section at this hospital.  "Hey! How have you been?" With super big smiles.

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11th Targeted Therapy Day 11回目分子標的治療の日
yoko katz March 3, 2015

11th Targeted Therapy Day 11回目分子標的治療の日

The 11th targeted therapy for HER2 treatment was done today! 

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Teaching Tuesday 火曜日授業の日
yoko katz February 24, 2015

Teaching Tuesday 火曜日授業の日

I am bundled up for another very cold day in NY.

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Teaching Tuesday 火曜日授業の日
yoko katz February 10, 2015

Teaching Tuesday 火曜日授業の日

In a 3 hours lecture, I walk around classroom, visiting students here and there.  I give students worksheet, sometimes an individual work, or a group work.  I catch some troubled students early to set their understanding straight before they get really in trouble at the end.

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10th Targeted Therapy Day 10回目分子標的治療の日
yoko katz February 9, 2015

10th Targeted Therapy Day 10回目分子標的治療の日

All went well my 10th targeted therapy (for HER2 treatments of Herceptin and Parjeta) today.  Since yesterday, I was drinking a lot of liquid to prepare for a smooth IV insertion.  It went very smooth.  I learned from the 6 times chemotherapy, a nurse needed to find a new vein each time to give extra break to the previously used vein.  Because of the strong chemistry in the medicines, it can burn out the veins.  I can only use my right arm, that added extra limitation.  From my left arm, some lymph nodes have been removed and I cannot use that side for vital nor treatments.

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yoko katz January 19, 2015

9th Targeted Therapy Day 9回目分子標的治療

Tomorrow, Tuesday, will be my 9th targeted therapy day: treatments for HER2 -Herceptin and Perjeta.  Wish me luck for an easy IV insertion again.  One after another treatments... (Look how much hair came out so far!  The picture is from a week before my surgery.)

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