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Sep 12, 2012 10:22PM
Hi LaurynSister! I'm sorry you're going through this
. As my brother said when I was diagnosed "that just sucks". I had a right side modified radical mastectomy. About 6 weeks later, I began 6 cycles of dose-dense chemo. My onc. explained it to me as "blasting" the cancer quickly, as opposed to slower and more steadily. The first day of each 28-day cycle began with taking oral cyclophosphomide pills, then going for IV chemo with epirubicin and 5-flurourisil. The pills continued for 14 days, and I was blasted with IV drugs again on day 8. So over the course of the 6 cycles, I had 12 IV chemo treatments. Days 15-28 were drug-free. I didn't really have much nausea/vomitting, due to the Kytril pills taken for a couple of days during and immediately followed IV chemo. However, I did have to deal with terrible mouth sores and a pretty bad case of mucocitis which had me hospitalized for 2 weeks in my second cycle at which point my dr. adjusted the dosage of the IV drugs. The 3rd cycle was kinda bad, but after that (except for the mouth sores that always appeared around day 15 of each cycle), I wasn't that sick. I was really, really tired and did require a couple of blood transfusions, which helped tremendously!
About a month after chemo was done, I began radiation - 35 treatments. I've been on Arimidex, which is an aromatase inhibitor thought to help the body block production of estrogen that fuels hormone receptor + b.c. for 4 1/2 years. It's recommended for 5 years post-treatment, so I'm nearly done! yay!
Aromatase inhibitors are only given to post-menopausal women; otherwise, I believe it's tamoxifen for a few years. As for what to eat? Whatever you WANT!! I found cucumbers and canteloupe helped when my mouth hurt. Basically, if you can tolerate it, you can eat it!!! Also, drink fruit nector, as opposed to fruit juice - I found a great kiwi nector at WalMart! I wish you a trouble-free treatment period - I met a few women who were not sick at all, so remember that! Please keep me posted on your progress and if there's anything I can tell you, or questions I can answer that will help you, please let me know. Hugs!!
4/2/2007, ILC, 5cm, Stage IIIB, Grade 1, 4/35 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
4/17/2007 Lymph node removal: Right, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (right): DIEP flap