Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Tuesday 02.02.2016

Another great day!

Enough staff, nice patients, nice pace.

Came home and did more reading than intended...

Tomorrow I have an echocardiogram, a type of ultrasound of the heart, as recommended by the oncologist, to watch for radiation-induced cardiomyopathy, or heart disease.

Because my cancer was in the left breast, the radiation received was directly over the heart. While there was no radiation directed at the heart, just the proximity/closeness of the radiation can cause damage. If I recall correctly, radiation damage can show up later, like 10 years and beyond, after treatment. The heart muscle can develop thicker walls, become softer, boggy, or spongy, and become less efficient.

I'm hoping all is well.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

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