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Posted on: Dec 14, 2012 06:31PM

Mumtobe wrote:

Hi ladies,

Had neoadjuvent chemo, surgery and then 5 wks of post surgery chemo. Have 7 more infusions left before chemo ends but my veins gave up so got my port put in yesterday. I can honestly say it is more painful than the MX I had in Sept. Is it meant to be this sore? How long will the pain last? All I can say is OUCH!!

Dx 6/21/2012, Grade 3, ER-/PR-, HER2- Chemotherapy 6/28/2012 AC + T (Taxol) Surgery 9/23/2012 Lymph node removal: Right, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Right Radiation Therapy 2/24/2013 Breast, Lymph nodes Radiation Therapy 2/26/2013 Breast, Lymph nodes Radiation Therapy Breast, Lymph nodes
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Dec 14, 2012 07:12PM Melrosemelrose wrote:

You may be sore for at least a week after the port placement.  I had my port placed during my UMX surgery.  My BS told me before the UMX surgery that the port area would probably hurt/be sore more than the UMX.  He was so right!!!!  Check with your onco to see if you can take some over the counter pain reliever (ie Advil/Motrin/Tylenol) to help with the pain/soreness.  It does get better.

I hope you asked the onco to prescribe some EMLA cream (lidocaine cream) that you can apply an hour before you go in for a round of chemo.  The EMLA cream will help numb the area so you won't feel the poke.  Most likely, you will need to wait to use the EMLA cream after the port suture has healed a little since EMLA cream can't be used on newly sutured skin.

Chemo 4/24/2012Taxotere/Cytoxan X 6 & Herceptin B-47 clinical trial:4/24.5/15.6/5/,6/26,7/17.8/7. DX 2/17/2012 Encapsulated DCIS 4cm/IDC 2cm, ER+/PR-/HER2- (+1), Stage IIb, Grade 3,0/5 Nodes Surgery 2/14/2012 Lumpectomy: Left Surgery 3/13/2012 Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left Targeted Therapy 4/23/2012 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Chemotherapy 4/23/2012 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Hormonal Therapy 9/5/2012
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Dec 14, 2012 07:20PM ali68 wrote:

Remember it well, hugs to you.

Dx 12/7/2011, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIIA, Grade 3, 9/32 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- Chemotherapy 1/12/2012 Fluorouracil (5-fluorouracil, 5-FU, Adrucil), Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 6/18/2012 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Left, Underarm/Axillary Hormonal Therapy 7/24/2012 Radiation Therapy 8/1/2012 Breast, Lymph nodes
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Dec 14, 2012 10:22PM surfdreams wrote:

Ice packs help with the pain, and did your surgeon prescribe a pain reliever?

Mets to lungs, pelvis, spine, brain Dx 3/2009, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 1/12 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2- Radiation Therapy 9/1/2009 External: Breast, Bone, Brain Dx 10/2011, Stage IV, metastasized to lungs, Grade 3, PR-, HER2- Chemotherapy 11/24/2011 Abraxane (albumin-bound or nab-paclitaxel) Dx 2/2013, Stage IV, metastasized to bone, Grade 3, ER-/PR-, HER2- Chemotherapy 2/27/2013 Abraxane (albumin-bound or nab-paclitaxel), Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Gemzar (gemcitabine) Dx 5/2015, Stage IV, metastasized to brain, Grade 3, ER-/PR-, HER2-

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