Saturday, August 13, 2016

Twitter tonight --article on IORT (surgery including radiation) in San Diego area, CA

An MRI visual of a breast with breast cancer opens this article on interoperative radiation treatment.

Can't tell if the short article suggests this may be a newer form of IORT.  I wish I had all my other IORT text and refs at my fingertips, but tonight I don't.  I supposedly can't ever have a second lumpectomy because I already had too much radiation with The Boost. Whether that would include my other breast, I don't know.

So this may be info you already have.  But the text is clear and easy to read.

Copy or type this in your browser line and have a look.

I wish you health.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

CAR T Coffee break

On Twitter today, Sloan Kettering offers info on CAR T therapy - may be new addition to earlier NYT article.

Monday, August 1, 2016

My New CC Dental Boot Camp - Do I have this straight? Can I keep at it?

Just saw a tweet from woman who lost a tooth from chemo.  She reminded me that I recently broke another tooth mysteriously (my only "chemo" - Tamoxifen,  but I also take the "jaw scary" Prolia for osteoporosis.)

Being a cheese addict, I love the part of the Cleveland Clinic regimen that tells me to end a meal with cheese.  The part I ignore is how much cheese.   My cheese addiction results make it a bit scary to get on the scales.

Don't have a pal at Cleveland Clinic to ask questions like:  After breakfast, Do I rinse before the cheese, since there is acid in the daily blueberries in my plain oatmeal?  Or do I just pop the cheese in first before the blueberries do me in?  Or do my teeth in?

Dental Floss should come packaged with a CD of favorite songs.  I still have GERD, so I try for four small meals instead of 3 big ones.  And I still remember the L.A. periodontist's instructions to floss after every meal.  So, floss.  Floss.  And floss.  That, of course, does not happen after my Saturday multi--grain bagel at Starbucks. Yet.

ONE bright light - I secretly think the tea they insist on makes my gums feel better.  Wishful thinking?

The secret seems to learn and do as much as we can of these preventives.  I haven't ever lost a tooth that shows (the dentist did fix the edge of that front one.)  I want to keep the rest of these teeth. Having a big gap in the front would mess up my mind more than I can tell you, and convince me I'm e______.

I wish you health.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

SAVING MY TEETH AND GUMS from Prolia? (and from my habits)

Even before the second Prolia shot, I knew my dental care was not working.     Desipite years with a periodontist, I had a broken tooth when I left CA.  He did teach me to floss after meals and watch the gums.  But then new problems sprung up here.

A TX dentist introduced me to Xylitol.

Then possible Prolia side effects sent me hunting for better tooth and gum survival.

Almost at once,  I found a gold mine of suggestions that make sense to me;
I landed on this Cleveland Clinic article:

Turns out  brush and floss are only the beginning.  Though the article is called Six Foods,

There are some other urgent actions to go with these important foods.

RINSE is one action:  WATER is nature's food, and so good for rinsing.   See below.

CRUNCH is action to stimulate saliva, and requires healthy CRUNCH FOOD- like carrots, apples, pears and other crunchies that introduce water into our system as we crunch. Even the very crispy leaf lettuce at my market.

 I noticed that my gums are the first line of defense.

Some gum-defense FOODS are:  dairy, fish, and Xylitol, and TEA.  Really.

DAIRY.   CC says dairy food prevents gum disease.   Yogurt has been in my life for decades; I still eat some most days (the one with no processed sugar.)

And I'm back to half and half in coffee (gives me a bit of a runny nose, but oh well.)  "Fat free half and half" is NOT the real deal; scary label.   In fact read labels on everything.

A tiny square of CHEESE (a half ounce) after a meal neutralizes lingering acid in the mouth.  I just have to learn to stop at "tiny."  CC says regular dairy products lower risk of gum disease.In gentler times every special dinner had a fruit and cheese course.  It wasn't just to please Emily Post.  Now we know it made sense before fancy tooth brushes and good floss.

Back to TEA, a surprise for gum protection!  (Another thing I had given up.)  But I had green tea on hand that I bought for an astringent.  Catechins in green tea (try saying it fast six times) may help with dangerous inflammation and avoid gum disease (just don't sit around with it; drink it and then drink a glass of water)

More on WATER,  to drink after caffeine and to rinse our mouths after anything we eat. Every time we eat.  Even after starch.  Just rinse.   I can take a water bottle into restroom after my little bagel brunch, yes, (even at Starbucks)  rinse in private.  Drinking more water now -  Not too much for my GERD) but enough to protect my teeth and gums in so many ways.

FISH for gums:  CC mentions some fish, saying omega-3 can "reduce risk of periodontitis."  Funny that LA perio guy never mentioned it.  I'm cooking some tonight.  Two or three servings of fatty fish per week.  You can get albacore in pouches at the market if you never want your home to smell fishy.

 I put my version of THE PLAN  on the fridge.  The dentist and the hygienist were happy about the ro cheese (yes, I know, calories).  Their only caution was:  don't spend too much time with drinking the  tea.  Drink and rinse to prevent gray teeth.

We can do this.

I wish you health.

Friday, July 22, 2016


Eating for dental health is not just what food and how much!  So says Cleveland Clinic article, and I believe it.

Stay tuned.

I wish you health.

Thursday, July 21, 2016


Had the second Prolia shot at noon.  No allergy symptoms.  I haven't forgotten that one Prolia side effect can affect my jaws.  All I can do is do better than I have so far in my new state to save my teeth.

Soon, a new post on my tooth-saver eating.  I'll give you the source and my dentist-approved version.

Hope you'll like it.

I wish you health.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Prolia vs teeth - Shot is a go

The doctor and the dentist decided I'm good to go.

 My oncologist says Prolia is out of my system much, much sooner than I read on line.   Hmm.  He says they want patients to have down time before the next shot, and I'm delighted to hear that.

Dentist looked over my new "save my teeth & gums plan" that's mostly from Cleveland Clinic. Thought it was good; he and hygienist both in favor of cheese for teeth and gums.  Luckily (I think) I love cheese. Now I drink tea and rinse quickly.  And rinse.  And rinse.  More on this coming up.

So tomorrow I march out in this heat and get the next shot.  The infusing dept. was so busy yesterday that I forgot to ask if anyone ever developed Prolia allergy after the second  shot.  I never find answers to such Prolia questions on line. It's too new, I guess, or something...

I wish  you health.