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.

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...


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!

Unknown said...

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

Unknown said...

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