HBOC stands for Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer Syndrome. I learned this from the information packet the genetic counselor sent me, which can also be found on MD Anderson Cancer Center. The first link I provided will take you directly to the pamphlet; the second link will take you to the site it’s on. The whole pamphlet is printable. I feel reluctant about including any of the information word-for-word here because it’s copyrighted, and, as a writer, I’ve grown rather sensitive to copyrighted materials and their usage. The pamphlet isn’t very long. I’ve also added the link to the cancer Center to my link list on the right.
Yesterday, someone at the VA called me to set up a radiation evaluation appointment up at the Huntsman Cancer Institute. I’m not sure what all is going to happen during this evaluation, but I suspect they’re going to identify the areas they need to radiate and determine a treatment plan. Even though I may not be going in for radiation treatments for a number of months, they like to set this up ahead of time so treatment can began as soon as they can with as little hassle as possible right after chemotherapy. I’m to be in by 8:30 for my 9:00AM appointment on Tuesday Nov 5.