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RSBendy

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Re:Winter chemo ladies! - Tuesday, October 04, 2011 5:58 PM
Dear Cheryl, Sue and Marian - May I join you ladies? I started chemo on 9/8 and have 8 sessions, one every 2 weeks.  First 4 are Adrianmycin/Cytoxan with Neulasten shot the next day. Second 4 are Taxol.  I've completed 2 and number 3 is this Friday.  Trying to manage the side effects as best I can.  Took control of the hair loss this past Sunday and had my head shaved. My son joined me and had his head shaved  as well.
During this I am trying to focus on the unexpected beautiful moments. As I just mentioned my son shaved his head to support me.  Two days later he told me that half of his cross country team and both coaches shaved their heads as well.
So ladies while we share our experiences doing chemo, let's also share the "feel good" moments as well.
Ronnie 
"A Pink Warrior"

Diagnosed - 6/7/11
DIEP Flap Procedure, Double Mastectomy - 7/19/11
BRCA I +
Left Breast - 7mm, 1 Sentinal Node - .9mm
Chemo - 
Adriamycin/Cytoxan 4X's every 2 weeks (followed by Neulasta)
1  2  3  4
Taxol 4X's every 2 weeks
5  6  7  8 DONE!
Hormone Therapy (Anastrozol) for 5 years st
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Re:Winter chemo ladies! - Tuesday, October 04, 2011 10:03 PM
Hi Ronnie..I'm going to be in with you all too..I have had my four rounds of A/C...then mastectomy on 09/02/11.  Now I'm going to have four rounds of Taxol..had the first one on 09/27...3 to go every 3 weeks...just trying to get used to this numbness & tingling in fingers & toes...and the muscle aches have gotten better this week..I took OTC pain meds..  so after this chemo, I'll be doing 6 weeks of rads..5 days a week...had my blood count today and was fine....thank God, so far I haven't ever needed a neulasta shot...just try to eat right.....goodnight for now...getting late..I went back to work last week, so it's getting up early again...
Cindy Ankney Chatsworth,GA
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Re:Winter chemo ladies! - Wednesday, October 05, 2011 10:26 AM
May I join you ladies too?  I will start chemo on Oct 13...6 rounds of Taxatere/Carboplatin every 3 weeks for 18 weeks and Herceptin for 18 months.  Still dealing with this hand nerve pain due to surgery on Sept 1.  I did Adriamycin/Cytoxin a few years ago and it was very doable so I'm hoping T/C isn't too bad.  Best to all!!
Dora-age 55-Colorado
Rt breast ductal carcinoma (9/06) Stage 1, Grade 2
Lumpectomy 10/13/06 Sentinol Node Biopsy
Nodes neg, clean margins, Oncotype 23; Clinical trial of Radiation 12/06; A/C Chemo X 4 completed 3/07, Tamoxifen started May 07, Arimedex 5/09,Stopped Arimidex 8/28/09,  Aromasin 9/09 , stopped 6/15/11 due to new cancer 
New lump 6/11; Stage 1c, grade 3, New Cancer in left breast; ER+, PR-, HER2+ bilateral mastectomy, tram reconstruction&
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Re:Winter chemo ladies! - Thursday, October 06, 2011 7:09 AM
Hi All,

Just catching up here and cannot for the life of me remember everyones' posts to make comment.

I had a port placed on Tuesday -- without anesthesia.  Instead I endured maybe 10-15? lidocaine injections to numb, each one as painful as the next.  Neck, collar bone area and upper chest.  Had I known how painful -- NOT uncomfortable b/c that is what I am today -- but painful -- I would have demanded at the least, twilight sedation.  

Only good thing about it thus far is I look as if I have a very hot 'n heavy hickey in my neck!

The hours are flying by, the days as well.  Let us write down the days our fellow sisters are having their own chemo (what, commit to memory??? You must be joking!!!)  and continue to pray for one another.

Thank you for hanging in here, those who've gone before and hold that beacon of light.

Love, Marian

Marian 

DX June 20, 2011
IDC, E+P-, HER2-, Ki67 49%
Lumpectomy 7/26/11 & 8/23/11   
Lymph nodes clear!   
BRCA 1-/2-
Stage 1, Grade III 
Oncotype: 36%
Taxotere/Cytoxn 1 2 3 4 12/12/11
33 Rads completed 3/16/12
Start Arimidex 3/17/12    

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Re:FEC x 3; Taxotere x 3 ?? - Thursday, October 06, 2011 8:11 AM
Yesterday I had my port placed.  And I actually had the pain releiver and the twilight anesthesia.  I felt things going on under the sheet, but I slept for a few minutes and the other time, I was laughing and talking to the nurses and doctor.  I have decided that if I have to go thru this stinky thing called cancer and chemo, I would try to do the best that I can.  So, I have my friends and supporters looking for funky hats.  I have a fruit hat, looking for a 'cat in the hat' hat, some fuzzy furry hats that look like a bad haircut. And even one friend is getting me a boobie hat.  The idea that I am having, is if I can make 1 person smile and say ' she has guts' and not feel sorry for me, then my mission will be accompolished.  Just my crazy personality.
 
The chemo - I had Adriamycin and Cyclosphosphamide.  Steroids, nausea meds.  And a rough night.  I tossed and turned and could not sleep more than 15 minutes at a time.  Got sick several times and took the #1 nausea pill twice.  Finally at 3:30 - I went back to sleep and slept until 7:00.  I can't take the zofram until tomorrow.  Here I thought the major issue with chemo these days is the fatigue.  Maybe because it was the first treatment, they will need to tweak a few things with me.  But at least, I got finished with 1 treatment.  Now just 7 or 15 more to go.  They are not sure if they want to do the 8 every other week, or 16 with 4 being every other week and 12 weekly.  Still depends on how I am doing. 
 
Yes - let's join together and share our experiences.  Feel free to PM me.
Sue K
Invasive Ductal Carcinona
Diagnosed 7/1/2011
Stage III Grade 2
Tumor Size 6cm
2+/18 nodes
ER+/PR+
HER2 Negative
7/28/2011 - Right Modified Mastectomy w/ lymph nodes removed.  Left Prophylactic Mastectomy
Not a candidate for reconstructive surgery. 
Chemo 5 out 8 completed.
Radiation completed.
Lymphedema and scar tissue issues
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Re:FEC x 3; Taxotere x 3 ?? - Thursday, October 06, 2011 9:18 AM
Hi Sue, it sounds like you are doing well so far.  As we all say....it isn't fun but it is do-able and it does kill the cancer.  That's what counts!  Zofran worked well for me if I remembered to take it before I felt nauseated.  I too hated the steroids but I am so sensitive to medications that I had to have it.  My onc put me on a sleeping pill called Trazodone.  I took 1/2 pill and I would at least get a little sleep. 
 
I love your hat idea.  I am so happy for you that you have a lot of fun friends.  I did also and it does help you get through everything.  Please take a picture of you and your friends in your hats.    Are you on facebook?  Quite a few of us are and it is nice because you can put pictures on your site. 
 
Sue, before you know it you will be all finished.  I know it sounds crazy but it really does end and you think Wow, I am all finished!!!  Best wishes,   Mary
 
Diag. Oct 2003 with 6mm mass, IDC grade III ductal carcinoma in-situ, Inflammatory Breast Cancer stage IIIB, Her2+++.   I had A/C followed by Taxotere (only had 2tx as I had heart problems from it); Left Mastectomy followed by 35 rads.  Recurence in 9 months as skin mets to mast. site. tx Carboplatin/Herceptin,  stayed on Herceptin every other week for almost 4 years only stopping when my ejection fraction would get too low. off herceptin & ned 3 years in 2010
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Re:FEC x 3; Taxotere x 3 ?? - Thursday, October 06, 2011 1:52 PM
Hi - I am on facebook.  If you want it, send me a PM and I will send to you. 
 
Mary - I sent you a PM with it on there.
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Sue K
Invasive Ductal Carcinona
Diagnosed 7/1/2011
Stage III Grade 2
Tumor Size 6cm
2+/18 nodes
ER+/PR+
HER2 Negative
7/28/2011 - Right Modified Mastectomy w/ lymph nodes removed.  Left Prophylactic Mastectomy
Not a candidate for reconstructive surgery. 
Chemo 5 out 8 completed.
Radiation completed.
Lymphedema and scar tissue issues
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Re:FEC x 3; Taxotere x 3 ?? - Saturday, October 08, 2011 4:10 AM
Chemo sure stinks.  I hear that the first time is the worse because they need to regulate the meds.  Well, I had my first on Wed, and I am exhausted.  Up for 1/2 hr, sleep for 1/2 hr.  Sick as can be the first night, and nauseated and/or headache ever since.  The Zofran seems to be working some for nausea but I believe that is causing the headaches.  My BP is low 94/54 and I am on high BP medication.  Needless to say, that is on hold for awhile.  Hoping that the days get a little better before the next round. 
Sue K
Invasive Ductal Carcinona
Diagnosed 7/1/2011
Stage III Grade 2
Tumor Size 6cm
2+/18 nodes
ER+/PR+
HER2 Negative
7/28/2011 - Right Modified Mastectomy w/ lymph nodes removed.  Left Prophylactic Mastectomy
Not a candidate for reconstructive surgery. 
Chemo 5 out 8 completed.
Radiation completed.
Lymphedema and scar tissue issues
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Re:FEC x 3; Taxotere x 3 ?? - Saturday, October 08, 2011 8:12 AM
Sue - I too am on BP meds and the chemo plays with my BP all the time. I stop taking my meds the day of chemo and I watch my BP all week till I see it going back up, then I start back on my meds. I am also a diabetic and have to adjust my insulin during chemo too. Its like a playing game, but you have to do what works for you.
My first chemo took me down for 2 days but I was back to normal by day 6, however, each treatment is different. It seems that the more treatments the longer it takes for you to bounce back. I am happy to say my last chemo is this Thursday.
Good luck and keep us updated.
DCIS, IDC Diag 4/12/11
Left Mastectomy 3 nodes positive removed 5/26/11
Stage 2, Triple positive (ER 80%, PR 70%, Her2 +3)
Chemo 6/30/11 Carboplatin/Taxotere/Herceptin Completed chemo 10/13/11
BRCA 1 & 2 Negative 
Herceptin for 1 year - completed 5/10/12
Arimidex for 5 years starting 11/3/11
Right simple Masectomy 11/29/12
Take one day at a time and always try to find something positive out of the negative!
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Re:FEC x 3; Taxotere x 3 ?? - Saturday, October 08, 2011 8:37 AM
Donna we'll have the 'nanner's at the ready for you on Thursday!!!
 
Sue, your side effects were a lot like my own as I recall, just keep one foot in front of the other and see that light at the end of the tunnel!
 
Dora, I just noticed you said Herceptin for 18 months rather than the usual 12???   I had'nt heard they had changed the protocol on this but do wish you well!
 
I can't view the rest of the posts here but wanted to send good wishes to everyone here on chemo, not at all pleasant for any of us but you will get to the end and be so pleased and proud you did!!Pals
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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