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Posted on: Sep 14, 2018 07:12AM

TwinkleCat wrote:

I'm not sure if this is the right forum to post this thread.... but nothing else seems to fit, and I couldn't find any threads addressing this explicitly using the search tool....

In any case, I'm fairly new to BC (diagnosed in July), and next week will be my first trip since diagnosis. I love traveling, but I am a bot anxious about it! Any tips or suggestions?

A bit of backgound... I am 42, and I was diagnosed with de novo stage IV mixed IDC/ILC in July. I have completed whole brain radiation for mets in my brain and skull, and I am currently on Faslodex. I will be starting Ibrance when I return from my trip. No surgery or chemo. I will be traveling with my husband to Italy (by airplane -- with a connection in Paris), where we will stay for a week for my dad's wedding! We'll be in an Airbnb with my brother and his wife.

Thanks!

Mom to 5 cats, runner, choir nerd Dx 7/23/2018, ILC/IDC, Right, 2cm, Stage IV, metastasized to brain/bone, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2- Hormonal Therapy 8/16/2018 Faslodex (fulvestrant) Radiation Therapy 8/21/2018 External: Brain Targeted Therapy 9/25/2018 Ibrance (palbociclib)
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Sep 14, 2018 10:59AM JoE777 wrote:

Sorry Twinkle for such a hard DX. Your oncologist should give you directives for air travel. It can be a little trickier. I just made 5 hour road trip. I was instructed to try to move every 30 minutes and stop the car and walk once an hour to prevent blood clots. I had to continue to hydrate the whole trip which forced us to stop and run to the little girls room.Scared Sounds like you're up for a very special trip. Hope all goes as planned. Hugs. J

Dx 2/2012, IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IIA, metastasized to bone, Grade 1, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 4/3/2012 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Dx 2/2018, IDC, Stage IV, metastasized to bone/lungs, Grade 1, ER+/PR+, HER2- Targeted Therapy Kisqali Hormonal Therapy Femara (letrozole) Chemotherapy Other Radiation Therapy External: Bone Hormonal Therapy Aromasin (exemestane), Femara (letrozole) Radiation Therapy Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes
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Sep 15, 2018 06:20AM TwinkleCat wrote:

Thanks, JoE777. My doctor did tell me to get up an walk every hour while flying, which I plan to do -- and I'll wear compression socks, too.

Any others with advice for traveling, flying, being overseas... etc?

Mom to 5 cats, runner, choir nerd Dx 7/23/2018, ILC/IDC, Right, 2cm, Stage IV, metastasized to brain/bone, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2- Hormonal Therapy 8/16/2018 Faslodex (fulvestrant) Radiation Therapy 8/21/2018 External: Brain Targeted Therapy 9/25/2018 Ibrance (palbociclib)
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Sep 15, 2018 12:22PM ksusan wrote:

Stay very hydrated on planes (this helps you get up every hour as well). Do some manual drainage, fist pumping, etc. on the plane, and leg exercises. Wear compression hose, too.

For general travel, be good about using insect repellents and sun block. Carry bandaids and a little tube of Neosporin or other antibacterial, plus a prescription for a general antibiotic for infections and a Benadryl (since you're not taking Tamoxifen). That way, if you do get a cut or insect bite, you can reduce the chance of infection (and therefore, of kicking up cellulitis). I keep this stuff in an Altoids tin in my purse.

Mutant uprising quashed. Dx 1/2015, IDC, Right, Stage IIA, 1/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 1/2015, DCIS, Left, Stage 0, Grade 3, 0/2 nodes Hormonal Therapy Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Surgery Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right Radiation Therapy Whole-breast Chemotherapy Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel)

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