Starting Chemo November 2021
I haven't seen a thread for those of us staring chemo in November, and thought I'd start one. I've been lurking in the earlier Starting Chemo topics but thought it would be good to go through this with others.
Friday, 11/12/21 I will have a port placed - scared to death about what it will be like, even after reading others experiences in this community. November 17 begins infusion one of TC (Docetaxel + Cytoxan). I've been reading up on how others faired with this treatment. Wishing to be one of the lucky ones with few side effects.
The cancer center (I'm in Fairfax, VA) will have cryotherapy mittens and boots, which I plan to use to offset neuropathy (hopefully) and I will use a DigniCap cold cap to hopefully preserve some hair. I imagine I'll be like a human popsicle with iced feet, hands and the cold cap which stays on for up to 180 minutes after the infusion ends. I hope it's all worth it.
Everything seems to be happening so quickly. Diagnosed 8/26/21, lumpectomy 10/4/21, Oncotype Score 27 received late October and my MO determined I would benefit from chemo on 11/1. Not what I was hoping for, at all. But knowing that my mother had breast cancer twice in the 1960's helped me to accept the treatment. Chemo was not available for her during that time, or if it was, she was not offered it. I'm 65, not on any medications, pretty healthy if overweight a bit! I'd like to see 75 and be in reasonably good health.
Anyway, I've been reading all of the helpful information by the brave women who have gone before me and hope that some of us will be able to go this path together.