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Posted on: Jan 8, 2018 05:29AM

ventureval wrote:

Hi Everyone

I have stage 2 and I am triple negative. I will be having my 4th chemo on Jan 11 2018. I have noticed on my second and 3rd chemo that it seems to throw me into super overdrive into asthma then upper respiratory situation so bad that I ended up in the ER.

I have gone to my asthma dr and we are going to start a plan where I start antibiotics and steroids starting chemo day then for 5 days then stop and now I am on an everyday medication inhaler for my asthma.

We are going to try the above because I can't get like this so sick darn time I have chemo. Is anyone else treatment of chemo affecting their asthma? If so what are you doing to get help?

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Jan 8, 2018 07:24AM ksusan wrote:

I wish you well! Chemo didn't kick up my asthma, so I can't be helpful.

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Jan 8, 2018 12:20PM Denise-G wrote:

I did not have asthma before chemo, but I had terrible respiratory problems during AC chemo and Taxol. Before chemo, I was always sensitive to respiratory problems, but I ended up at the doctor many times with respiratory troubles. Then I developed allergies to gluten and dairy which I still have 6 years later that come out as a respiratory reaction.

I certainly feel for you. Wishing you all the best.


www.denise4health.wordpress.com my BC Blog with over 200 informative posts about all aspects of BC - stop by! Myself, my mom, and sister were all diagnosed with BC within 3 years. What a ride! Dx 10/10/2011, IDC, Left, 6cm+, Stage IIIA, Grade 2, 9/14 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+ (FISH) Surgery 11/22/2011 Lymph node removal: Left, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Left Chemotherapy 12/26/2011 AC + T (Taxol) Targeted Therapy 2/27/2012 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Hormonal Therapy 10/10/2012 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Jan 15, 2018 04:34AM ventureval wrote:

Thank you for your reply I hope you are doing well. So far the treatment the dr prescribed for me has worked so far.

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Jan 22, 2018 02:32PM Denise-G wrote:

So glad the treatment is working for you!

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Mar 5, 2018 03:37PM Spice57 wrote:

Hope your Dr. TX plan is helpful with the asthma.

I am 9 yrs out from chemo this June. I believe I have developed asthma as a result of Taxotere and Carboplatin. I started having paroxysmal dyspnea and spasmodic coughing after chemo when I laughed, exposed to cold air, and every head cold I have had. I've had bronchitis more after chemo than at anytime in my life.

I use an inhaled steroid ( Azmacort)and albuterol inhaler.

Namaste

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Mar 5, 2018 04:19PM SpecialK wrote:

I had asthma issues during chemo also, and ended up going from occasional inhaler use, usually triggered by typical spring allergies, to having to use a rescue inhaler at regular times intervals daily. I did have chemo during the spring months, but this was worse than what I usually experience. Talking or laughing, or even inhaling deeply triggered coughing. After completion of Herceptin I returned to my normal pattern of spring allergies and asthma. I have had short term problems after each reconstruction surgery due to the intubation for general anesthesia

BMX w/ TE 11/1/10, ALND 12/6/10. 15 additional surgeries. TCHx6 2/17-6/2/11. Herceptin until 1/19/12. Femara 8/1/11, Arimidex 6/20/12, back to Femara 6/18/13-present. Dx 9/27/2010, IDC, Right, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 2/14 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+ (IHC) Dx 9/27/2010, DCIS, Stage 0, Grade 3
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Mar 5, 2018 04:27PM Beatmon wrote:

Weirdly, I have had less asthma since chemo...but it is probably because I’m not working anymore.

I had cough and tight throat, worst itching ever with my 50th Herceptin and had to go back on IV steroid and Benadryl

Dx 7/27/2012, IDC, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 3, 0/1 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2+ Surgery 8/9/2012 Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right Surgery 12/1/2013 Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Surgery 7/1/2014 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Dx 8/9/2014, IDC, Both breasts, Stage IV, metastasized to lungs, Grade 3, ER-/PR-, HER2+ Targeted Therapy 8/27/2014 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Targeted Therapy 8/27/2014 Perjeta (pertuzumab) Chemotherapy 8/27/2014 Taxotere (docetaxel)
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Mar 16, 2018 09:40AM ventureval wrote:

Hi Beatmon,

Once I was done with the AC and was on Taxol things calmed down regarding my asthma. Which I am so happy.

I am happy to say I had my last chemo on March 8th, 2018. The tumor is gone and Next step surgery April 11th. 2018 and then on to radiation.

So moving on with my life one day at a time. I hope you are doing better as well.

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Mar 25, 2020 03:04AM Ire wrote:

Hi everybody,

I hVe been experiencing difficulty breathing immediatelt after chemo ACT ended. I dont have cough or sputum only a weird feeling during breathing like a sudden narrowing of the airways. Is anybody familiar with this symptom? All scans, ultrasounds are clear.


Thanks a lot.

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Mar 25, 2020 09:37AM MinusTwo wrote:

Ire - This thread has not been active for two years so you may not get an answer. In the mean time, do go to My Profile and fill in your diagnosis & treatment. That helps everyone go post better answers.

2/15/11 BMX-DCIS 2SNB clear-TEs; 9/15/11-410gummies; 3/20/13 recurrance-5.5cm,mets to lymphs, Stage IIIB IDC ER/PRneg,HER2+; TCH/Perjeta/Neulasta x6; ALND 9/24/13 1/18 nodes 4.5cm; AC chemo 10/30/13 x3; herceptin again; Rads Feb2014

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