Sunday, May 17, 2009

Meno, meno pause pause pause

There was a song we used to sing on bus rides long ago that went something like this:
Abra Abra ham ham ham
Abra Abra ham ham ham
(something) his name was Abraham (scarily, I just found it on the internet)

So my brain keeps singing
Meno meno pause pause pause....

I know...I'm crazy.

So here is the article I can't stop reading this week. It's the best article I can find about the benefits of ovarian suppression. I get my first shot on Tuesday morning. I'm nervous.

I have lots of questions. How big is the shot? Will it hurt? How will I feel right after? How long does it take to take effect? When will I start having hot flashes and night sweats and all that fun stuff? Hmmmmm?

The article is actually quite reassuring. It says:
These analyses definitively establish that adjuvant ovarian ablation as a single treatment modality significantly reduces recurrence and increases survival in women less than 50 years of age with early-stage breast cancer and support a greater benefit for this management strategy for women with ER+ tumors.
Yay!

Also:
In the aggregate, the data suggest that the clinical benefit of chemotherapy followed by 5 years of tamoxifen appears to be similar to the clinical benefit of ovarian ablation/suppression plus 5 years of tamoxifen in premenopausal women with HR+ early-stage breast cancer, although this has not been definitively established in a randomized clinical trial.
Which is part of the reason I'm in this trial. They even mention my trial (TEXT) in the table!

So overall, I still think I made a good decision. Now I just have to deal with meno meno pause pause pause...

4 comments:

Frogs in my formula said...

Good grief you need a dictionary to make it through that medical text (at least I do).

I wish you the best!

Anonymous said...

Catchy tune and very positive news. At least there's a really good reason for doing all this!
B

Deborah said...

The part that stuck with me is Amster, Amster dam, dam dam....

Deborah said...

The part that stuck with me is Amster, Amster dam, dam dam....