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Tricia Keegan

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Re:Winter chemo ladies! - Wednesday, November 24, 2010 3:20 AM
Hi Gina, sorry you have to join the chemo ladies but as you can see it's very do able and worth it!  There are some threads about having a port on the main page which I hope helps, for me it was just a little sore for a few days but well worth having.

Hi Reading Mama, glad to hear the salt rinses worked, it's annoying having to keep doing this but will help to avoid any mouth ulcers.
If you have a good response to herceptin it'll help shrink the tumour as much as taxol will, or even more and does'nt usually affect your white cell count so no concerns there about surgery.

As to the taxol, the first infusion will be given much slower to avoid an allergic reaction so allow more time for that.
I also had no problem with the white cells with that and did'nt need neulasta or neupogen shots or anti nausea meds, so hope you're the same.

You do need steroids though so expect to be wide awake and full of energy at all hours lol...usually a couple of days after the infusion some people get bone pain but this was minimal for me on the lower weekly dose. It can affect your nails and cause neuropathy but this is usually temporary and you can take meds if it's a problem.  I really did find this regime so much easier than a/c so good luck with it. 
Oh, my hair grew back too although I lost my eye brows and eye lashes!

Hi to all the chemo  ladies and hope any side effects this week are minimal:)
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:Winter chemo ladies! - Friday, November 26, 2010 6:57 PM
I, just wanted to say I hope everyone had a Happy and Healthy Thanksgiving.  I wanted to say how grateful I have been for all the advice and comfort I have received here and I'd especially like to thank Tricia, Karen and Elaine.  I hope to be able to come back and offer others the support that you have given to me and so many others.  Thank You!!!
8/4/10 found lump, 8/13 mammo&us, 8/31 biopsy
9/7/10 dx@ age 43 -  IDC - 2cm (4.6cm on MRI!), ER/PR--, HER2+, Grade 2, Likely Stage IIIa.  BRCA negative!
Neoadjuvant chemo - AC-dose dense, 10/10, 4tx - DONE!
Taxol - dose dense - 4tx - 12/10 - DONE!
Lumpectomy & ALND - 02/16/11 (No cancer left!)
Rads x34 - start April 2010
Herceptin for 1 year - started 12/7/10
Northern NJ, mom to dd(11) and ds(7)
Tricia Keegan

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Re:Winter chemo ladies! - Friday, November 26, 2010 7:05 PM
I hope you had a great Thanksgiving too ReadingMama, and know you will help others that come after you,  sadly  we sign up here confused and uncertain, but walk away as experts on bc lol... We all others who helped us too, and for that we are grateful and try to pass it on and it's good to know we helped you a little in coping with  your dx!

Glad we all could help you and hope you'll keep us updated on how you're doing:)
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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:Winter chemo ladies! - Sunday, November 28, 2010 6:53 PM
Hi Ladies!
Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving!  I had my first round of Abraxane last Wednesday, and am taking oral Cytoxan 100mg every night.  I haven't had any side effects yet, maybe a little constipation but I keep drinking my Benefiber (the new ones you put in your water bottle are actually yummy!).  When it rains, it pours!  I broke a tooth Friday night on a popcorn kernal! Had it temporarily fixed saturday but will have to call my onc monday as it needs a crown.
I'm wondering if anyone else has been on Abraxane and what kind of side effects you had?  The doctor said my hair would thin but may not fall all the way out?  Figures since I already cut it short and bought a wig!!:)
Thanks Tricia for your kind words of wisdom!  You seem very active on this site and I'm sure are much appreciated! So kind of you!  Oh and Tricia, I am triple negative.
Hope you are all well!
Blessings to all, Pam:)
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Re:Winter chemo ladies! - Monday, November 29, 2010 1:07 PM
Uggghh I feel so bad I havent been keeping up with my posting...day 8 for me was soooo bad I was in so much pain all I did was cry took some vicodin and some benadryl and just went to sleep....also day 4 was my flu day I call it lol I was so sore..
today on day 13 Im feeling great...today is the first day my head is sore and hair is falling out...but with that said I have the hairdresser standing by and wig and scarves ready :) I hope everyone is doing well!!
Diagnosis: 8/15/2010, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIa, Grade 2, 3/3 nodes, ER-/PR+, HER2+

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Tricia Keegan

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Re:Winter chemo ladies! - Monday, November 29, 2010 3:12 PM
Hi Pam and thank you too!   I'm sorry about your tooth and hope it can be fixed easily, last thing you need right now are dental visits! 
I had taxol rather than abraxane but its a similar drug,  I began it after the a/c and my hair grew back while on it although I did lose some eyebrows and eye lashes!   Glad it's going well so far for you, I found taxol to be fairly easy to tolerate and hope that continues for you:)

Hi Bekka, sorry to hear you've had it tough, while having a/c I found I only really recovered in time for the next one!      Its tough losing your hair too but amazing how quickly you get used to it when its gone.  I think I've already mentioned before, how exciting it is when it begins to grow again.   Just keep telling yourself this is all temporary:)

Sending good wishes to all in chemo right now and hoping any side effects are short lived!


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:Winter chemo ladies! - Monday, November 29, 2010 9:26 PM
Hi there! I was a summer chemo lady--just finished November 18th! Haven't checked in lately, but I just wanted to stop by and encourage everyone who is just starting, as so many here did for me. You can do it!
DX: 5/10, IDC, stage IIA, 3.5 cm
Grade 3, Triple Negative
No Family history
5/10 Left Mastectomy,
Sentinal node biopsy (negative nodes), tissue expander
PowerPort, 7/6/10
Chemo to start 7/8/10:
4 treatments AC, Neulasta following, DONE!
 12 treatments Taxol , DONE!
Completed chemo 11/18/10
My test has become my testimony. I will survive!
Bekka

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Re:Winter chemo ladies! - Tuesday, November 30, 2010 2:09 PM
Im thinking tonight is haircut night....Im not having a hard time with it yet lol I just want the mess to stop lol the kids think its cool that mom can run her fingers thru her hair and a whole handful comes out hahahah oh to be a kid haha

Hope everyone else is doing well!
Stay strong ladies :)
Diagnosis: 8/15/2010, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIa, Grade 2, 3/3 nodes, ER-/PR+, HER2+

TC every 3 weeks for 6 sessions

Take everyday as a step closer to the finish line and the start of your new life <3
Tricia Keegan

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Re:Winter chemo ladies! - Tuesday, November 30, 2010 3:01 PM
I also hated the mess Bekka, especially taking a shower and even managed to block mine, thankfully hubby sorted it out:)

In a way I was glad to lose it all so can relate, glad you can keep a sense of humour about it too!
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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Bekka

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Re:Winter chemo ladies! - Tuesday, November 30, 2010 3:20 PM
Yea Im thinking a #2 clip on the buzzer should be good....My onco nurse said not to short or the nubbies will hurt....
Diagnosis: 8/15/2010, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIa, Grade 2, 3/3 nodes, ER-/PR+, HER2+

TC every 3 weeks for 6 sessions

Take everyday as a step closer to the finish line and the start of your new life <3
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