Here you see The A.C.K. Road Show in Portland getting some Yew and Platinum, as well as the targeted therapy infusions that are reserved for HER2+ lotto winners like myself.
Treatment #2 went without any drama- no sneaky sedative this time so the full effect of the steroid they give you made me a bit of a squirrel girl on speed.
A little Glossary
A.C.K. = Alderbrook Chemo Klinic (Alderbrook is the neighborhood we live in…)
Apoptosis: Programmed cell death. Cancering cells forget all about it and like horney teenagers, they can’t stop reproducing.
HER2+ Lottery: HER2+ refers to the protein receptors we have on some healthy cells in our body, (the Heart for instance) and on the cancer-ing cells of roughly 20% of people diagnosed with breast cancer. While 10 years ago this meant a much more difficult to treat situation, now with the targeted therapies developed in recent years the situation creates a much better prognosis than HER2- cancers. I am receiving 2 such targeted therapies, one of which is new within the last few months. Hence the lotto winner status.
Platinum: Worth more than gold- impervious to corrosion and fueling cell death in my body even as we speak. Think of a big platinum moon shining down on me, inspiring apoptosis of my cancering cells.
Yew: Pacific Northwest native evergreen used to make a breast cancer treatment, and occasionally kill elk.