The results confirmed that cancer had now spread to my T7, L5, T5, and S2 vertebral bodies (see Figure 2). Klonopin has a slightly longer half-life than Ativan, which may help me sleep through the night. It took 10 mg of oxycodone to sedate me and alleviate my pain just enough to get through the 10-minute procedure. According to the latest CDC report, the rate of cervical cancer further declined to 7.2 per 100,000 women in 2015. The expression on my face says it all-photo by Lorie. How do I take care of myself? If you’re like me, the holiday season often brings with it a certain bittersweet nostalgia. In fact, up next…Lorie’s birthday and Megan’s high school graduation! With a background in radiopharmaceuticals, I’ve been a strong proponent of radiation therapy for some time. This journey was a true test of my will and determination, but with the love and support I got, not only from my family and friends, but also the doctors, nurses, and staff, I know anything is possible. I was prescribed physical therapy for 4-6 weeks and a steroid regimen to help address inflammation that was possibly putting pressure on my sciatic nerve. The best option is to complete the remaining ~15-minutes of the MRI with the contrast agent, which hopefully I’ll be able to manage today (Sunday) without issue. The decline in cervical cancer from 1999 to 2015 is the continuation of a favorable trend since the 1960s when cervical-vaginal screening increased significantly as Americans endorsed the Pap test. Both medications are sedatives that can treat anxiety disorders, but they have differences in how long they work. Figure 2: Michael Becker’s radiation tattoos shown in small, solid red circles. I thought I was having a good day, today! Sure enough, about 4 am ET Thursday morning I could not keep warm in bed despite layering several blankets (and a 90-pound golden retriever). In this regard, hospice stresses patient “care” over “cure”. With SBRT, only a small area of your body is exposed to radiation. Free Cancer Journey Coaching Sessions. Unfortunately, despite significant advances in oncology, cancer patients still often suffer pain. When the local forecast called for warm and dry conditions over the weekend, I couldn’t help but beg Lorie to go for a walk at Tyler State Park. One thing is certain—just like cancer, the events of 9-11 helped me to look at life in new ways and focused a spotlight on what really matters most. My situation is far from unique. No lump just indeterminate area which needed further examination. Connie's Cancer Journey. I thought readers might enjoy seeing what the process is like, so embedded in this post is a brief time-lapse video of me holding still on the table in my shorts and shoes as the linear accelerator components twirl around me. They can also exhibit abnormal redness of the surrounding skin and feel warm to the touch. I required a walking cane, as it felt like my left leg was going to collapse every time I experienced a bolt of pain. But if I had to, I wouldn’t change a thing. Being told you have cancer can be a very scary, lonely time with a lot of questions. Hey Everyone, As per my previous blog, this one will be about how I told some of my family members and close friends that I have breast Cancer. Currently, there is no routine screening test for HPV-associated diseases other than cervical cancer. At this point, my chest and abdomen started to feel increasingly warm. The latest new issue to surface is a sharp, stabbing pain near the inferior border of my left lung (Figure 2). Until the next post, thank you for reading my blog and for your interest in me and my cancer journey! Unfortunately, the impact of the local anesthetic can wear off after 24-hours. The pain started just over a week ago and has been getting progressively worse. Ta-da! This is encouraging. Accordingly, we are forgoing the last dose of Taxol this week (should have been dosed today…) and moving forward with plans for radiation therapy (RT) to the new tumors next to my T8 and L3 vertebrae. Feeling Lost was How Shariann Found Her Way, What Chadwick Boseman has to teach us about Dignity, Keri Lehmann, Master Cancer Coach; Co-Founder of The Cancer Journey, Knowing You Matter Makes Everything Easier, Shariann Tom, Master Cancer Coach; Co-Founder of The Cancer Journey, 5 Common Medical Scans Used in Cancer Treatment, Back in the pit: Dealing with disappointment, Shariann Tom, Master Cancer Coach; Founder & President, Laura Sweet, Certified Cancer Journey Coach. Of course, it wouldn’t be a commute between home and NYC without experiencing some significant delay. It seemed like a fair trade. Perhaps it’s because I’ve finally settled into my skin, even if I have a hard time recognizing my reflection in the mirror these days. The holidays can be an especially difficult time for cancer patients and their tribe. My heart beats a little faster and my head swirls like an accountant taking stock of my assets: Did I eat well? Michael Becker standing on the train home after midnight (more comfortable than sitting). In contrast to recent trips, there were no problems with our commute to MSKCC via train from Pennsylvania. Next time we needed to enlist the help of a third person to handle Humphrey or leave him at home. Accordingly, my nurse Linda suggested switching from Ativan (lorazepam) to Klonopin (clonazepam). The proverb that March comes “in like a lion, out like a lamb” implies that the month is a bridge between seasons, beginning with wild, bitter and blusterous winds and rough weather until winding up with mild breezes and gentler weather by April. Between selling our former home, purchasing a new home, and my transition to home hospice care, there was a lot to do and consider. After the call, I sat on the couch for a bit and didn’t feel like getting up. Accordingly, SBRT can usually be given in five or fewer daily sessions within a week. On the anniversary of 9-11, however, the Memorial is a sacred place where people come together to honor, remember and celebrate the lives of all we lost. Posts about Cancer journey written by miguelgavar. This year feels monumental in scope. There are also clinical trials to evaluate. Keri 2.0. The next morning, with air travel still grounded, I decided to get in my rental car and drive more than 13 hours straight home to be with my family.” — Michael D. Becker, A Walk with Purpose. For that reason I took a flippant approach to it. Maybe my words weren’t reaching or inspiring anyone. On Monday, I was able to complete the remainder of my magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan without further issue. Aloha To Cancer. Making matters worse, I still don’t look like a terminal cancer patient. […] People live in Bucks County because they prefer the aesthetics and/or the economics of living in the country, despite the hassles of commuting back-and-forth to NYC. Accordingly, my medical team has put me back down to 20mg of prednisone daily with the goal of finding alternatives for pain management, such as gabapentin. In contrast, I received about 70 Gy to my head/neck over the course of 7 weeks back in early 2016 as part of my conventional chemoradiation treatment. As the train departed Trenton station, I noticed the engines ran for only a short time before we began merely coasting. I would be remiss if I didn’t also acknowledge how important all of the happy birthday calls, texts, gifts, and social media posts were to me. Continue reading →, When you are on a cancer journey, you are initiated into a world of tests and scans. Their stories should be celebrated, but we don’t hear from terminal cancer patients as often—perhaps they are too sick or too busy to tell them. In all of my years going to NYC, I’ve never asked a cab driver to get me to a destination as quickly as legally possible. Lastly, I hope that by sharing this experience freely, I can help create greater awareness for HPV and its link to six cancers with the hope that preteen vaccination rates improve. So, I grilled some steaks Lorie got from the store, and we had a delicious homecooked meal that everyone seemed to enjoy. This was due to a fever and breathing difficulty both after going up/down stairs and following coughing episodes. Biotechnology Innovation Organization Published on Jun 4, 2019. So, just for the sake of clarity, my prognosis is unchanged. What if the cancer comes back? In exchange for these toxicities, however, chemoradiation offered the “potential” for a cure at the time. While the tumor on my spleen also received radiation, it nearly doubled in size from 4.0 cm x 2.7 cm to 7.4 cm x 5.1 cm. Nearly 3,000 people were killed in New York City, Washington, DC and outside of Shanksville, Pennsylvania during the Sept. 11 terror attacks. Still living in Chicago at the time, a business trip brought me to New York that fateful day. The people you thought you could count on but were wrong and the people you least expected to be there but rose to the occasion. It’s no wonder that skeletal metastases remain one of the more debilitating problems for cancer patients. Due to the immediate numbing effects of the local anesthetic, I was relatively pain-free after the nerve block procedure. Existing sites of cancer returned to their pre-treatment sizes, such as the tumor on my spleen and certain lung tumors. Following an appointment with my psychiatrist at MSKCC, Dr. Jeffrey B. Freedman, my daily dose of Zoloft® (sertraline HCl) was increased and already seems to be helping. This is where I have been since March 2018, with no systemic anti-cancer treatments, such as chemotherapy, during the period. Watching the Chicago Bears lose to the Philadelphia Eagles didn’t help. The good news is that radiation mainly addressed the pain originating from my spine. The radiology report confirmed that it declined from 1.3 cm x 1.3 cm on the prior scan to 0.6 cm x 0.6 cm. A nerve block is a procedure where a local anesthetic (a numbing drug), often combined with a steroid (an anti-inflammatory agent), is injected into or around a nerve or into the space around the spinal cord to block pain. In this regard, I look forward to my role as keynote speaker at BioNJ’s upcoming Third Annual Patient Advocacy Summit being held on December 13, 2018, at Celgene Corporation (click here for details). Daniel Callahan, a pioneer in bioethics and noted author wrote, “Is death a friend or an enemy, to be acquiesced to or to be fought?” Nearly 25 years later, the answer to his important question remains elusive for both patients and health care providers. At the end of June 2018, I announced my intent to remain off cancer treatment. Lorie relayed our travel situation, my cancer prognosis, and that we were running very late for treatment. No. Our local community was hit hard, with the loss of 18 souls from Bucks County. In one study, cancer patients were treated with SBRT and at least 1 cycle of pembrolizumab. Continue reading →, by Shariann Tom and Keri Lehmann, Master Cancer Coaches; Continue reading →, I’ve been thinking about power lately. This can be attributed to the direct effects of cancer itself and/or due to the adverse effects of the treatment(s) given for the disease. But as of 2017, only 49 percent of adolescents (53.1% of females; 44.3% of males) received all the recommended doses to complete the HPV vaccination series. I agreed. An article from the American Family Physician suggests a 2-week trial of antibiotics and then referring the patient for a biopsy if no resolution. Possibly due to my background working with radiopharmaceuticals, I’ve long been interested in the role of radiation therapy beyond its cytotoxic effects. As I knew and expected, bone is one of the most preferential targets for cancer to spread. For now, a treatment plan was developed using SBRT to target tumor sites in each of my lungs. Having such a purpose is critical to me. Based on my recent experience, however, the stronger 3.0T MRI may have been just enough for me to sense the increased temperature in my chest and abdomen towards the end of the scan. Since I’ve always received the two in combination, there’s no way to tell. Debuting for the first time this year, patient advocates, industry leaders, and BIO experts discuss emerging trends live from the convention floor in Philadelphia. Thanks to Cannabis Oil I’m Still Alive! The weekend is only hours away and all the stresses of the work week seem like a distant memory. And again, my MRI was halted before the contrast infusion. For a while, it significantly reduced the size of tumors in my lungs and spleen. It is difficult from these data to separate out whether the effects seen were because of the combination or from SBRT alone. Figure 1: Adapted from CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) / August 24, 2018 / 67(33);918–924. But it strikes me that, that is precisely why he kept his journey private. For example, the time from primary tumor diagnosis to the identification of metastatic bone disease ranged from being present at the time of initial diagnosis to a maximum 3.5 years later. In other ways, it seems so very long ago. 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One of our taglines is “move from panic to powerful.” So why is it that I can feel powerful in some situations and really shaky in others? “…in this world, nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.”, bone is one of the most preferential targets for cancer to spread, bone pain is very difficult to treat and tends to be resistant to opioids, cancer first spread to my bone around October 2018, retrospective review about bone metastases from squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck (SCCHN), exceedingly safe technique with more than 30 million scans being performed every year, bizarre experience during Saturday’s initial attempt, magnetic fields and radio waves (radiofrequency energy), considerable safety concern in the MRI environment, classically developed radiation-induced toxicity include the small bowel, liver & biliary system, esophagus, and rectum, a CT scan can detect abnormalities better than an MRI, including acute bleeding and bone fractures, no known biological hazards to humans from being exposed to magnetic fields of the strength used in medical imaging today, radiofrequency power delivered to tissue during an MRI examination results in heating of patient tissues, but MRI scanners have power limits, have the potential to cause severe burns or other harm within an MR imaging environment, implies that the month is a bridge between seasons, despite significant advances in oncology, cancer patients still often suffer pain, a procedure where a local anesthetic (a numbing drug), often combined with a steroid (an anti-inflammatory agent), is injected into or around a nerve or into the space around the spinal cord to block pain, International Human Papillomavirus Awareness Day, typically indicates a short-term prognosis in cancer patients, affecting the entire body, as opposed to local treatment that targets a single organ or body part, blood counts were slow to return to normal, bacterial infection that inflames the air sacs in one or both lungs, jinxed myself by celebrating and posting early, rates of symptomatic radiation pneumonitis after SBRT range from 9% to 28%, most patients develop late pulmonary toxicity, does increase the risk of developing subsequent pulmonary complications, including fibrosis, a permanent scarring of the lungs, Doctors, scientists, and writers who are reflecting on their departure and have sought to show us different, kinder ways of ending, management of patients with metastatic bone disease remains a powerful cornerstone for the radiation oncologist, to both prevent and treat skeletal complications in patients with bone metastases due to all solid tumors, an acute phase reaction has been reported in some patients, resulting in nerve compression or the release of inflammatory cytokines, directed to three areas—a lesion in each lung and also my spleen, Bone is the third most common site for the spread of cancer, spool-shaped structures that constitute the weight-bearing portion of a vertebra, it can replace your bones or compress your nerves, radiation therapy provides excellent relief for painful bone metastases, left me feeling refreshed and reenergized, opened with a dedication ceremony in 2006, from 21.6 per 100,000 women in 1969 to 10.4 per 100,000 in 1990, no routine screening test for HPV-associated diseases, HPV vaccination was added to the routine immunization program for US females in 2006 and the program for US males in 2011, received all the recommended doses to complete the HPV vaccination series, Update: Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy (SBRT), unit for radiation measurement of absorbed dose, Healthy People 2020 target of 80 percent coverage, around 80 percent of adolescents receive two other recommended vaccines, the affirmation of SBRT, especially for the treatment of metastatic tumors, Conventionally fractionated radiation involves low-dose fractions given once a day (e.g., 10–30 fractions of 1.8–3 Gy each), while SBRT involves giving smaller numbers of higher-dose fractions (e.g., 1–5 fractions of 6–30 Gy each), SBRT involves the use of sophisticated image guidance that pinpoints the exact three-dimensional location of a tumor so that the radiation can be more precisely delivered to cancer cells, occurring in 5% to 10% of patients after SBRT, It promotes the release of tumor neoantigens during cancer cell death in addition to stimulating immune adjuvant effects, engaging the two key arms of the immune system and functioning like an. While steroids can be very effective, the list of side effects they can cause is extensive. In the background, arrangements are being made for me to be seen in the Early Drug Development clinic at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) to discuss clinical trial options after I’m discharged from the hospital. An important reminder that there are still beautiful moments scattered all along the cancer journey and reasons to continue the walk. Michael Becker received a flu shot at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC). I’m feeling the energy of the end of the year, that kind of pull to the quiet of solitude, aka: “Soulitude” and contemplation. Until then, I’m just going to keep enjoying each day as it comes. The AD patient may fail to recognize close relatives, which can lead to irritability, outbursts of unpremeditated aggression, or resistance to caregiving. What do I believe? Continue reading →, Someone made me a license-plate frame that said, “I’d Rather Be Breaking Plates” . Unfortunately, metastatic or primary tumors, trauma, and infection are prominent pathologies of L5. At the time, I opted to start blogging versus keeping a private journal about my experience with Stage IV oropharyngeal cancer after being formally diagnosed in December 2015. More Information. While my breathing conditions deteriorated, a wheelchair had been dropped off on Saturday. The MD Anderson Cancer Center’s Cancerwise blog is a comprehensive resource for patients and survivors of cancer of all kinds. For more than a century, radiotherapy has been an effective treatment for cancer patients. As the additional steroids wear off over the coming days, it will be interesting to see how this plays out. More comforting to her, however, are the weekly visits from hospice to monitor my vitals, change the bandage around my patient-controlled analgesia (PCA) device, and adjust my various medications as appropriate. Dexamethasone, a steroid, has shown potential for preventing and treating pain flares. Despite the improvement in surgical techniques and advances in systemic therapies, management of patients with metastatic bone disease remains a powerful cornerstone for the radiation oncologist. The goal is to provide comfort during the final aspect of life. We go back to MSKCC this evening for my second treatment session. Aside from the fact that I find writing cathartic, one purpose for this blog is to keep family and friends updated following my diagnosis with Stage IV oropharyngeal cancer in December 2015. Consider what was known at the time: Pneumonia is a bacterial infection that inflames the air sacs in one or both lungs, but a subsequent CT scan and blood work didn’t confirm. You’ve done your duty. I used to think that my purpose in life was to develop new medicines and bring them to patients who need them. Don’t delay — get a suspicious neck lump checked out today! Sure enough, the suspicious areas on my chest x-ray correlated almost exactly with the areas targeted with SBRT over the summer. “Let me know if you need anything, or call me if you just want to talk,” seems like a helpful thing to say. It’s their stories that may help inspire big questions and positive change. Early detection through routine screening has reduced the death rates from cervical (via Pap test), breast (via mammogram), and other cancers. Bottom line: a relatively rapid advancement of cancer in the bone occurred. I couldn’t help but think the severe pain was caused by cancer progression to bone. Unfortunately, that was the only good news contained in the CT scan results. When I was diagnosed with Stage 4 Hodgkin Lymphoma my entire life flipped upside down. Fundamentals of Cancer Journey Coaching It works fast to awaken you to your limitless potential – so you can achieve success in every area of your life. I was emotionally invested. Disappointing, but not overly surprising in view of the fact that it has been over four months between spine scans. Continue reading →, by Shariann Tom, Master Cancer Coach; Founder & President. However, new data makes it alarmingly clear why both boys and girls should receive this critical cancer-preventing vaccination. Research on Brain Cancer Supplements, Marijuana, & New Clinical Trials. I cannot recall a time when I was this upset with myself. One remaining issue relates to sleeping through the night. Additionally, I have recently been prescribed 300mg gabapentin twice daily, as it can help treat neuropathic pain. At the end of the paclitaxel cycle, we can see whether it has any benefit as a monotherapy. Adverse events associated with SBRT can include pneumonitis, cough, pain, esophagitis, and dermatitis. As if I could earn not getting cancer again. Last week Thursday I had to go in to do a bone density test. Surgery, chemo and radiation. No estimate for when traffic would be allowed in and out of New York Penn Station again. While still in varying amounts of pain, at least it isn’t “constant” as it has been over the past few days. Other than seeing the hospital beds in our house, I’m sure that some of the people helping us pack questioned why I wasn’t lifting a hand with the move. I couldn’t see behind me, so I’m not sure what Lorie had worked out. They want their remaining valuable time to consist of more than a war against cancer. If not, we can decide whether or not to reintroduce carboplatin in a subsequent cycle. As mentioned in my prior post, bone pain and radiation pneumonitis that emerged in late 2018 remain my biggest challenge. © 2017-2019 Michael D. Becker. I have a lot of personal experience with cancer: my father died of lung cancer; my older sister died of pancreatic cancer; and my younger sister is in her fourth year as a Stage 3 breast cancer … This included forgoing treatment that included 5-fluorouracil (5-FU) and/or cetuximab (Erbitux®) based on my reservations. Her advocacy efforts focus on empowering and educating women to take care of their health. However, I knew from my background with radiopharmaceuticals that a pain flare, or transitory aggravation of bone pain after treatment, can occur in 2% to 40% of patients. Sitting is among the most uncomfortable positions for my back at the moment. We were in the process of buying a home in rural, beautiful Bucks County, Pennsylvania in connection with my new job. Aside from the fact that I find writing cathartic, one purpose for this blog is to keep family and friends updated following my diagnosis with Stage IV oropharyngeal cancer in December 2015. In order to avoid surgery, he was “going to go the natural alternative route.” For us, the natural route involved him temporarily moving from Northern to Southern California, 382 miles away, while I stayed home to work and raise our then 2-year old son. With a budding interest in photography, I attempted to capture the 9-11 Memorial at sunset in July 2012. Continue reading →, You’re Fired! You can see him being a goof after a bath and grooming session in the video clip below. No restaurant celebration or interest in my favorite ice cream cake (Figure 1). All that I wanted was to be home and hug my family. If so, where did it spread and how fast was it growing? Assuming all goes well, we have already made arrangements for hospice to come to our house. Web and Graphic Design | Berkeley | Thumbtack Studios. You see it all over the media – both mass and social – trying so hard to earn our worth, we put each other down right and left. So, I’m currently scheduled for two more cycles of paclitaxel monotherapy (3 weeks on, 1 week off x 2) and then reimage. We use cookies to help us understand how our website is being used. Yesterday was my first SBRT session. In view of the relatively rapid cancer progression and difficulty in getting my pain under control, I made the decision that it was time for hospice. Blogging is a unique experience. I will also have another MRI of my spine, as the recent radiation treatment didn’t completely knock out my pain. This is why patients are carefully screened by a qualified healthcare professional even before entering the MRI environment. Accordingly, I was sent to MSKCC’s urgent care facility. It is likely the steroid meant to address potential bone pain flare issues was also treating the radiation pneumonitis. In my prior post, I discussed a worsening cough and recommendation from my oncologist, Dr. David Pfister at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC), to consider stereotactic body radiation therapy or SBRT. Home. Figure 3: Michael Becker’s disease and treatment milestones. Click to enlarge. If I can help just one other person along my journey then my blog has done its job. In many ways, it feels like yesterday. Consider the plight of people living with Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and the impact of this awful condition on their caregivers. Upon arrival in the exam room, we discussed the area of increasing, severe pain in my lower left chest/abdomen region. After completing the third and final palliative radiation therapy (RT) session this week, I was finally able to return home from Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) after being admitted on March 8, 2019. In fact, localized radiation can infrequently trigger systemic antitumor effects, called the “abscopal effect.” Recent studies presented at ASCO 2018 have explored SBRT in combination with checkpoint inhibitors to potentially improve the abscopal effect with mixed results. My name is Ruth Nicholls, I was born in England, lived my first eleven years of married life to Roger, in Rhodesia / Zimbabwe before emigrating to Perth, Western Australia at the end of 1983. Cancer’s rapid advancement over the past few weeks provided an opportunity for me to rethink my image of death. Pain from MBD results from bone destruction and fragility. were with me on this 50th milestone, and that the recent symptoms weren’t due to further cancer progression (my initial concern) but rather a manageable radiation treatment side effect. This medication was added to my opioid pain treatment arsenal and appears to be helping already. I received a total of about 27 Gy to each lung site (9 Gy per session / 3 sessions) and about 9 Gy to my spleen in a single session. He wanted to live his life as the strong, talented, passionate, loving man he was, not as a cancer patient. Those side-effects were minimal by comparison. How would I do it without him? Hopefully, last night is a good omen for what life has in store for me after turning 50. Rather, I am on a life journey, and cancer is an unwanted companion on that journey, but it is just one part of my life. As a result, I was prescribed an initial two-week supply of another steroid (prednisone). As appropriate, I could still opt to receive local palliative treatment, such as external radiation. My physician prescribed an antibiotic and instructed me to follow up with an Ear, Nose, and Throat (ENT) specialist if the lymph node didn’t decrease in size or got worse after the weekend. I always found myself feeling sad or blue as the days get shorter and the weather gets colder. Also, pain in cancer is not one single entity and often doesn’t respond to one drug (or any drug). Of course, the highlight of this week was celebrating Lorie’s birthday and Valentine’s Day as a family. Additionally, I was prescribed 300mg gabapentin twice daily, as it can help treat neuropathic pain. Figure 1: Still untouched birthday ice cream cake, During the following week, all of the symptoms persisted. Aside from managing my pain, I have two more weekly chemotherapy infusions before the next CT scan around mid-March. After years of fundraising and construction, the Memorial opened with a dedication ceremony in 2006. The average person routinely has conditions existing in their mouths that mimic the appearance of pre-cancerous changes, which could lead to unnecessary biopsies and invasive testing. 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