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rbolnick

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Re:Neulasta - Saturday, February 12, 2011 11:32 PM
glad I could help, Judy! When I first came on, I just wanted to read everyone's experience, rather than what the pamphlets said. And you are right, you read that stuff and think every possible side effect will happen to you.

The other thing that's SUPER important as you read Komenville is to read what kind and course/timing of chemo the poster had. Each drug is different, and will have very different effects (and intensity). So, I think specific questions like yours about the bone pain with neulasta is great, because the responses will be specific to your treatment.

and, the other thing is that EVERY one will react differently. I think the only consistent thing I've seen is hair loss. Even nausea seems to be somewhat "personal constitution" dependent, as well as intensity of your cocktail :)

And the plan is THE best!!! My onco laughed when we met this week to discuss my 12 weeks of Taxol and she said it would start 2/25, and that would put the end date at... and my man jumped in and said "Friday, May 13th". Needless to say, we had already mapped it all out! and he's got a great memory!

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FEC x 3; Taxotere x 3 ?? - Tuesday, February 15, 2011 4:07 PM
My med onc suggested that instead of TC x 4 that I have FEC x 3 then Tax x 3.  He said it might be better tolerated than TC and is more widely used in Canada and Europe??? Has anyone had the FEC regimen?  Thanks - Judy.
diag 12/2010; lumpectomy and then re-excision to clear margins; 2.8cm; stage IIA; low grade; .85mm micromet; ONCO 15; ER 100%+/P+/HER-; TC x 4 started 2/24/2011; radiation ending on 7/8/11 then aromasin


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Re:FEC x 3; Taxotere x 3 ?? - Tuesday, February 15, 2011 5:47 PM
I think most onc's here in Ireland are still using the first regime suggested to you Judy, although I think Rena (24 year survivor) had FEC but may be mistaken so need to check that.

I've just read some data that shows anthracycline chemo's don't give any advantage over other less toxic regime's, not sure if that helps but thought I'd mention it.  I had a/c (adriamucin= very toxic with cytoxin followed by taxol) but it's looking like taxol may have had the same results going by this study!
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Re:FEC x 3; Taxotere x 3 ?? - Tuesday, February 15, 2011 8:17 PM
Tricia,
It sort of threw me for a loop as all docs that I have met with have said TC and then to have the FEC/Tx thrown at me was hard.  I struggle with the unexpected right now.  Trying to work on that.  Any change is hard for me right now.  Like getting a staff infection on Sunday which might postpone treatment all together - of course I had the whole cycle all mapped out on the calendar, then realizing, hey we can't plan - too many variables - I have to give myself over to this process and let it happen, rather than try to carve anything in stone...Hoping to get stronger, and thank you for your post.  Judy
diag 12/2010; lumpectomy and then re-excision to clear margins; 2.8cm; stage IIA; low grade; .85mm micromet; ONCO 15; ER 100%+/P+/HER-; TC x 4 started 2/24/2011; radiation ending on 7/8/11 then aromasin


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Re:FEC x 3; Taxotere x 3 ?? - Wednesday, February 16, 2011 5:09 AM
Judy- maybe ask your onc why you should choose one over the other and what would be his first choice etc...I think FEC has been around a long time and both regimes have had good results so whatever you decide I'm sure will be the right one for you.

I hope the tx is not postponed and you can get started and think you'll feel a lot better about things then. :)
Tricia Keegan...From Ireland Dx July '05 IDC 3/9 nodes pos..triple positive..a/c x 4..Taxol/herceptin x 12
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Re:FEC x 3; Taxotere x 3 ?? - Wednesday, February 16, 2011 11:38 AM
Well here I am...sitting in my heated recliner, checking in on my sisters, receiving my final treatment. I am excited about having this step behind me. My onc. says that I can schedule my reconstruction with my PS anytime after the 4-week mark. I've never had issues with my labs or any symptoms outside of the "norm" for chemo. so after a "short rest" I should be ready for the final steps. You ladies have been great and I have no doubt this journey would have been much more difficult without your support and guidance.

JF: I'm not familar with the FEC tx. I just rec'd the T&C. 
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Re:FEC x 3; Taxotere x 3 ?? - Wednesday, February 16, 2011 12:19 PM
Dalysha,

Thats wonderful to be on your last treatment and hope this one goes smoothly for you! :)
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
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Re:FEC x 3; Taxotere x 3 ?? - Wednesday, February 16, 2011 6:23 PM
Tricia,
My treatment is delayed a week because of the staff infection - med onc says no need to start suppressing my immune system when I have an infection and am on antibiotics.  Of course I agree.  I feel deflated to have to wait to start but am trying to enjoy a free week pass.

Dalysha,
I hope I get the heated recliner.  I know my center does foot massages.  I am very excited for you that you are done.  It sounds like you did very well with the TC which is a very good signal for us who are in the queue.  I am very psyched for you.
Judy
diag 12/2010; lumpectomy and then re-excision to clear margins; 2.8cm; stage IIA; low grade; .85mm micromet; ONCO 15; ER 100%+/P+/HER-; TC x 4 started 2/24/2011; radiation ending on 7/8/11 then aromasin


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Re:FEC x 3; Taxotere x 3 ?? - Wednesday, February 16, 2011 6:46 PM
Oh what a shame Judy, but a sensible decision of course, and whats a week either way??

Make the most of this week if you feel well enough and get ready to kill this beast!:)
Tricia Keegan...From Ireland Dx July '05 IDC 3/9 nodes pos..triple positive..a/c x 4..Taxol/herceptin x 12
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Re:FEC x 3; Taxotere x 3 ?? - Thursday, February 17, 2011 1:52 AM
Looks like Judy and I are twins again. Similar dx and chemo and now illness postponing our next infusions.

I've got a vicious flu which means there ain't no way I'm getting my 2nd infusion this coming Monday.

Got an antibiotic from my med onc yesterday. I'd had a couple of days of feeling pretty good after getting this junk on Saturday, and then yesterday felt so rotten all I could do is lie in bed breathing steam. Didn't want to watch tv, read or do anything else.

Cracked me up when my in-laws called and FIL asked if we have any Lysol. Insisted we must spray all surfaces, the phones and our pillows. Okay, that might prevent the other from getting this, but we're both sick as dogs. I guess we can ensure that our dinner party guests tomorrow night won't get the flu if they need to make a phone call.

After we hung up the phone, I'd have laughed at that if wouldn't have gotten me to coughing. Hubby and I just looked at each other and shook our heads.

Dot
dx 11/29/10 DCIS/IDC
1/5/11 lumpectomy, SLND 2+, ALND - 
T1c, clean margins!
er +/pr + (My little nasty was an estrogen drunk, said my med onc.) HER2 -
Chemo: TC Done 4/30/11 
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