Two steps forward, but wait….

I have two really good friends who are in the deepest, ugliest part of fighting breast cancer.  They were diagnosed about a week a part.

Both women are smart and sharp and from their diagnosis, moved on to connect to oncologists and surgeons who are affiliated with comprehensive cancer centers and they are being treated aggressively.

They both have Taxol, an anti-cancer chemotherapy pumped into their veins now and each woman is handling that differently.  I’m sure it has to do with the other drugs being used to make their individual chemo treatment as effective as possible.  Because both found their cancers early, the prognosis is good, although the type of breast cancer is different for each friend.

If you think about it, it wasn’t that long ago that getting a diagnosis of breast cancer meant only one type of chemo, maybe some radiation added to the protocol, but even that wasn’t targeted and a lot of healthy tissue got caught in the crossfire of the radiation beams.  So much has been learned and treatment has been specialized to fit specific types of cancers, even in the breast cancer family.

These ladies are lucky.  They really are lucky.  They have a better chance at a long, strong life now, post treatment.

It’s that way for many cancers now.  Research and clinical trials have pushed forward the knowledge to better treat our family members and friends.

Two steps forward….

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