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donnapetry

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Re:FEC x 3; Taxotere x 3 ?? - Thursday, October 13, 2011 4:18 PM
Well I made it...last chemo today!! We wore my pink wigs and made cookies for everyone. They were a hit!! So looking forward to my nasty shot tomorrow....NOT!!! But glad to know that it is my last one and that I will not need to take these steriods any longer too.... YIPPIE!!
Was told that I will contiune the herceptin every 21 days for 12 appointments, and will start taking hormone therapy meds Arimidex for the next 5 years. I have some tests scheduled for next week, MRI, CT, Bone Density Scan.
So now we have moved onto a new adventure. Just wonder what kind of side effects these will bring on. Time to do some resarch on these.

For now I am looking forward to my trip home to Nashville on Oct. 29th to walk in the Race for a Cure down there. Since I have been having problems with shortness of breath a friend of mine has lent me there wheel chair. This will help me a lot. My daughter and soon to be daughter-in-law have put together a team for me. "Mama D's & her Boobette Buddies". What a perfect name!!

Hope everyone has a great rest of the week and weekend.
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 ?? - Thursday, October 13, 2011 5:17 PM
Donna huge congrats on finishing chemo, no mean feat!!!!!
 
I've just signed up for another two years of arimidex making seven in total as prefer the minor side effects of this to bc, (bone loss and some stiffness but do able!)
 
However if you feel you need a wheel chair due to that shortness of breadth I'd ask the onc to check that out as that does'nt sound the norm to me, its probably nothing but best to have it looked into and have a great time with your son and DIL!!!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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Re:FEC x 3; Taxotere x 3 ?? - Thursday, October 13, 2011 9:09 PM
They did a CT on my lungs and a Echo Cardiograham about 2 weeks ago and they call came back clean. The onco said to just mark it up to one of those wonderful side effects to chemo. However today he did say that if I hadn't got my breath back in order in about 6 weeks he was going to send me to specialist just to make sure things are ok.
I did look on the internet tonight on the herception and her2neu websites too see what kind of side effects people were dealing with. Basically like you said Tricia, bone pain/stiffness, sinus headaches, running noses, some mouth sores, brittle nails. Most of the complaints seemed pretty close to what most of us have experienced during chemo, so its not anything too surprising. I have my supply of claritin so I am ready for the bone discomfort, and runny noses. I still have my supply of stuff for mouth sores which luckly I only experienced after my 1st treatment, so I'm good to go for that. As for brittle nails, I have extremely strong nails and figured if I find them to getting soft I can always put that hard as nails stuff on them.
My biggest thing is my eye sight and needed to get my teeth cleaned. My onco said that I needed to wait 6 - 8 weeks after this last treatment before I go and have that.
Well like I said its a new adventure and I am go glad to have all you wonderful ladies on here to help guide me and support me.
THANKS TO YOU ALL!! PalsPals
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 ?? - Friday, October 14, 2011 4:43 AM
Most side effects did lesson for me in time Donna, my onc suggested a daily supplement of Glucosamine/Chondroitin to help with any joint aches, walking too helps a lot and do wish you luck as you begin this next step!
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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Re:FEC x 3; Taxotere x 3 ?? - Saturday, October 15, 2011 12:41 PM
Donna
Belated congrats on completing chemo! Keep us posted on how the recovery goes from the treatments.
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:FEC x 3; Taxotere x 3 ?? - Tuesday, October 18, 2011 4:51 PM
Chemo treatment #2 tomorrow.  Little nervous but I know now that I will not let things get s bad as they did last time.  Today I graduated from the surgeon (phase I) to the oncologist(phase II) even though I already had 1 treatment.  My mouth has so many canker sores from the first treatment. I am rinsing and swishing but it does not last long before it is bothering me again.  Maybe they will give me something stronger than the magic wash. 
 
Today I wore one of my funky hats (see my profile pic).  Got a lot of thumbs up.  I lost my hair exactly 7 days after first treatment and I decided that I was not going to allow cancer to define me.  I was going to define cancer depending on my mood.  So, today I felt a little fruity.  I might change pictures often because I have about 20 funky hats and about 20 nice normal hats and 3 wigs.  See I am armed and ready for battle. 
 
Take care all and winter chemo ladies - hope you are handling the treatments well. 
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 20, 2011 2:08 PM
Here goes my second go round with chemo.  First one 5 1/2 years ago.  A/C that time.  Side effects for me were pretty mild. Hair loss, fatigue (oh, so much).  No mouth sores, or any of the other stuff some of you have had to endure.   This one, however, has me a lot more nervous.  Taxotere.  My oncologist and the internet don't mesh.  Onco says very little side effect except for a little thingy with the hands and feet (can't think of name), a little hair loss, and not much else.  Well, the internet has all sorts of side effects including total loss of hair (do I have to do this again), weight gain (I'd rather be dead, and I have told my onco this), etc, etc.
Wish me luck.  I don't even know how many treatments I will have to get.  Oh, by the way, I have mets to the bones.  Maybe 3 to 6 or 7.  Depends on CA 27-29 score.  Faslodex did absolutely NADA.  
I know I have to change my signature, just give me some time.

Found lump at age 65 - 9-05; DX 11-05; Surgery 12-05; Port installed - 3-06; chemo - 1st 4-10-06, last - 7-10-06; Arimidex - 8-1-06, went topless - 9-23-06; port removed - 3-20-07

Mets to the bones, official diagnosis June 2011,  Faslodez failed me;  Port reinserted 10/11/11; Taxotere 10/24/11,
Xeloda, 3 or 4 cycles, couldn't tolerate it at all. 10 cycles of Halavan. Next up: back to Faslodez for 1 year.
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Re:FEC x 3; Taxotere x 3 ?? - Thursday, October 20, 2011 2:14 PM
Can anybody tell me how to change my signature.  It's been awhile since I have done it and can't seem to find the right link.  TIA.

Found lump at age 65 - 9-05; DX 11-05; Surgery 12-05; Port installed - 3-06; chemo - 1st 4-10-06, last - 7-10-06; Arimidex - 8-1-06, went topless - 9-23-06; port removed - 3-20-07

Mets to the bones, official diagnosis June 2011,  Faslodez failed me;  Port reinserted 10/11/11; Taxotere 10/24/11,
Xeloda, 3 or 4 cycles, couldn't tolerate it at all. 10 cycles of Halavan. Next up: back to Faslodez for 1 year.
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Re:FEC x 3; Taxotere x 3 ?? - Thursday, October 20, 2011 2:19 PM
Nancy I'm so sorry you've had this recurrance, I think I was dx just before you in July 2005....a/c killed me at that time but I also had Taxol which is a sister drug of Taxotere and found it fairly easy to tolerate after a/c but of course we're all different.  My hair grew back on Taxol but I did lose my eye brows and lashes!!
I also had some neuropathy in my hands but none in my feet, and did'nt need anti nausea meds or shots to boost my white cell count so all in all I got through it okay although did have a smaller dose (12 weekly with herceptin) rather than the dose dense. Its a shame the Faslodex did'nt work but do wish you luck with the Taxotere and hope any side effects are few if any!!
 
Sue, love the pic and your hat!!!!:)   Sorry for the mouth sores but did you read the post on this from "For my sis"??  I'll try to find it and post for you as this method seemed to work well for Jenn's sister so you could try that:)
 
P.S  Sue, here it is http://apps.komen.org/Forums/tm.aspx?m=336014
<message edited by Tricia Keegan on Thursday, October 20, 2011 2:22 PM>
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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Re:FEC x 3; Taxotere x 3 ?? - Sunday, October 23, 2011 5:43 AM
Treatment #2 chemo was better than the first.  Minor nausea.  Bigget complaint is shortness of breath (caused by both zofran and Adriamycin) and non-focusing eyes.  But, nausea and Vomiting are under wraps.  When exhaustion hits, it hits immediately, but that is ok.  I feel like this one went okay and only how many more, 6, 8 or 14.  Still not sure after the first 4 what regimen and frequency I will be on.  

Always seems if there is a slight risk, I am the one that gets hit with it.

Tricia - thanks for the link.  I will call the dentist/doctor and get this stuff.  They were bad last time, but have calmed down and hoping that they don't come back. 

Had some friends come over yesterday to help clean and help hubby with yard work.  We had a fun day - we all tried on all my crazy hats.  So Laughter is sometimes the best medicine a person can have. 
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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