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smarssygirl76

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Re:My tips for chemo... - Thursday, August 13, 2009 7:45 PM
Thanks so much ladies, it's been a journey for sure!!! I talked with my onc today before my LAST treatment, he said my CT scans were all clear and I'm good to go!!! So next appointment is with the surgeon on the 24th!!

Thank you again :)
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Re:My tips for chemo... - Saturday, September 19, 2009 7:58 PM
Hi,
I am going to have my first consultation with the oncologist for pre-operative chemo on Sept. 24.  My Dr. receommeded A/C and Taxol. I have to admit, I'm scared because I watched my mother go through chemo for ovarian cancer back in the 90's. 

Thank yo so much for your tips, they will really come in handy. 

I will keep you posted on my progress.  
farla

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Re:My tips for chemo... - Thursday, September 24, 2009 8:48 AM
Hi, and Thanks everyone for the tips.  I started vomiting the first night, and thought that was normal! My husband brought me back to my onc, who kept mentioning my nausea, and I said no - I vomited!!  I was told I rewrote the rules.  Lucky me!
When I was 14, I was slapped in one of those big back braces, and didn't have a date until it was off!  I learned then that people, even supposedly well mannered adults stare.  Well ladies - Stick your tongue out at anyone who stares at your head!!!  I did it at 14, I'll do it again at 48. It really embarrasses them and it is a hoot to see them turn red!
I was told to chew on crystalized ginger for the nausea, but be careful - it is strong - a little bite and you are so involved with what is going on in your mouth that your forget your nausea!
And please don't forget to sunscreen.
Love y'all,
Farla
dx 8/09, R double lumpectomy, invasive mixed DCIS/LCIS
ER + PR + Her -
1/3 Sentinel pos. 1/15 nodes pos
 Stage 2A  Grade 2, Nottingham 6
chemo A/C x4, Taxol x 4 started 9/21/09 DONE!!!
femara  started 2/5/10
rads  2/8/10 DONE!!!
Now - osteoporosis?  Vit D, calcium, and a baby aspirin to boot!
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Re:My tips for chemo... - Monday, October 05, 2009 4:40 PM
I am a 7 yr ovarian cancer survivor, newly diagnosed breast cancer survivor.
I just had my 3rd chemo for breast cancer.
Had two regular rounds with the ovarian cancer and one high dose round with a stem cell transplant for the ovarian.
I have had lots of chemo.....
 
As far as the mouth sores, try eating chipped ice while getting chemo. The cold will help keep the chemo from going to your mouth. So far this has worked for me thru all my chemos.....this advice was given to me at M. D. Anderson Cancer Hospital where I got my stem cell transplant.
 
Watch out for the popsicles and Italian Ice....while they taste good, they are tart and could  upset your stomach.
 
The side effects of chemo normally start with me about two days after......I am really weak because I do not want to eat.....and that is because nothing tastes good.....I have found that if you try starches....bread...pasta...potatoes...rice....they will work best.....not much taste to begin with, so no major change in taste except what seasoning you might use.....I have always been able to keep down Campbells Chicken Noodle soup and Sweet Sue canned chicken and dumplings.....I can also tolerate canned black eyed peas.....My biggest problem the week after chemo is that it is very very difficult to eat fruits and vegetables.......I think I probably eat a salad once a day for the two weeks in between chemo......your body will crave those good things if you cannot get them down immediately after chemo....
 
The hydration is very important too.....I have found that cranberry or cranapple juice mixed with seven up or sprite works for me.....
 
I also find that if I can stay as still as possible in a dark room, that helps.....I have family come stay with me during the week after chemo so that I can concentrate on getting better......use that help if it is available.....
 
My husband and I try to eat out the weekend before I get chemo on Monday, and by the following Sunday I am usually ready to eat out again....reward yourself and let someone else cook for you.....
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Re:My tips for chemo... - Tuesday, October 27, 2009 12:03 AM
Thanks so much for the info.  My sister has triple neg and is due to start chemo Nov 5th.  I e-mailed the info to her.  She is having dizzy spells and nausea (doctors don't know why) right now so in going in to run tests and go to an Ear, Nose and Throat specialist.  With the dizzy spells she is limited on computer time because it makes her dizzy and nauseated.  She is having anxiety attacks also.  Hopefully she will overcome this so that she can begin chemo.  I have a feeling that's were the real challenge is going to be.
 
Thanks again to all! :o)
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Re:My tips for chemo... - Saturday, November 07, 2009 1:32 PM
I have four weeks of chemo apri may part of june of 2004 i had a friend who husband was going threw throat cancer she told me about a steriod called kytril my insurance wouldn't cover it and it cost $100.00 a pill so i asked the oncology nurse for samples ladies they have samples i took one pill hours before chemo it really helped me from vomiting spinning out, keep weight on it also made me hungry i used those menos lifesavers for nausea of course everyone needs to talk with oncologist first
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Re:My tips for chemo... - Friday, November 12, 2010 8:36 AM
All of you have such wonderful advice! I am thanking God for your imput. My sister was told yesturday she has breast cancer-ductal carcinoma and it's stage 4. I thought I had good questions..all 45 of them but when I see all of your posts I realize I have NO idea what is going on!! There are so many things and so many treatments!! I don't have a clue on what half of the things you're all talking about!
LuCinda...what is ER/Pr Neg. Her2 neg???? Is that something I should ask??
I just  realized these posts are from 2009! I'm behind
Thanks!
Tricia Keegan

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Re:My tips for chemo... - Tuesday, November 30, 2010 2:59 PM
Jenn,

I think you probably understand this terminology by now, but the er/pr refers to hormone status and will reflect her tx so you need to find that out.

The her2 gene when it's positive, means your body is over expressing this gene and is seen as more aggressive. 
However, I was highly positive for all three five years ago and still doing well as they have new drugs to help now:)
Tricia Keegan...From Ireland Dx July '05 IDC 3/9 nodes pos..triple positive..a/c x 4..Taxol/herceptin x 12
Herceptin 1yr ..rads x35 oophorectomy Aug '06
Currently taking Arimidex /Zometa 1 x yearly
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marcij

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Re:My tips for chemo... - Wednesday, December 08, 2010 8:33 PM
Hey guys. Thanks for the tips from people who posted on the surgery thread.  I'm three weeks past bi-lat with tram flap.  Next up is a port on Dec. 27th and chemo.  I am supposed to meet with my oncologist next week.  The tips on this this thread have been very helpful as well.  One answer I must have missed -- I know there must be lots of differences depending on the drugs, but approximately how long do the infusions take?
Cindy D.

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Re:My tips for chemo... - Thursday, December 09, 2010 12:17 PM
marcij,

       The amount of time for an infusion depends on the drug you are being given. The actual infusion time for me varied from as little as 30 minutes to a couple of hours, depending on which med it was.

        But.... there is lots of waiting.... and it winds up being a long day... arrive, check in, wait to have vitals taken, then wait for the doctor, meet with doctor, then head over to infusion center, wait for nurse to hook up iv, and wait for pharmacy to get meds ready, then... finally, the infusion begins, wait for the buzzer to go off that the infusion is done, then wait for the nurse to get to you to unhook you, and then you can go home....

take care,
cindy d.
Mass. 
56 yrs old
dx 1/10/07
Stage IIIa
ER/PR +,Her2 -
chemo: 4ac/4 taxol  5/24/07
lump: 6/18/07
mast: 7/16/07
tamoxifen: 7/25/07-2/9/09
rads:  10/25/07
clinical trial: avastin and xeloda, 12/07-11/08
arimidex/lupron: 2/09/09-12/28/11
clinical trial: femara 1/1/12 9 months on, 3 months off
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