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Topic: Starting chemotherapy in December

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Posted on: Nov 29, 2018 12:17PM

Love83 wrote:

Hey ladies, I will be starting chemo AC+T on Dec 4th I will do the dose dense( every other week) with AC 4 rounds and for 12 weeks T (taxol). What do you ladies recommend taking with me during treatment, which meds should I have and what works best for different side effects. I know it all will be different kinda like a pregnancy, everyone's experience is different but just want to be prepared mentally and physically.

Sending love and peace.

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Nov 29, 2018 02:57PM Moderators wrote:

Hi Love!

We just wanted to pop in here to point you to the November 2018 Chemo thread which will give you some great insight from others who have started chemo this month and can offer some advice to get you prepared. There will surely be a December 2018 Chemo thread started soon too, where those who start chemo next month can compare their experiences.

Also, there's some great tips on theMore Tips (and a Shopping List) for Getting Through Chemo thread.

We hope this helps and wish you the best during your treatment!

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Nov 29, 2018 04:38PM nanette7fl wrote:

Hi Love!!

So nice to know someone else who will be starting chemo on Dec 4th besides me!! I don't know what I'll be taking yet but I will find out tomorrow when I go the the cancer ctr for 'classes' to get me ready for the whole ordeal.

Good luck... I'll be keeping you in my prayers


Mods: Thanks for the tips and I look forward to joining the December 2018 Chemo thread

Dx 10/23/2018, IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2+ (FISH) Dx 11/13/2018, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2+ (FISH) Chemotherapy 12/5/2018 Taxol (paclitaxel) Targeted Therapy 12/5/2018 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Surgery Mastectomy: Left; Prophylactic mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (left)
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Nov 29, 2018 05:48PM Love83 wrote:

Omg. I hope all goes well. You will be in my thoughts and prayers. As I will update you on this journey. Somethings I will be taking is blanket, pillow, headphones and water and snacks.

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Nov 30, 2018 05:22PM nanette7fl wrote:

I found out today that I'll be taking Taxol and the Herceptin starting on Dec 4th.

My DH is going to take the day off so he can sit with me during the first day of Chemo.

Dx 10/23/2018, IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2+ (FISH) Dx 11/13/2018, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2+ (FISH) Chemotherapy 12/5/2018 Taxol (paclitaxel) Targeted Therapy 12/5/2018 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Surgery Mastectomy: Left; Prophylactic mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (left)
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Nov 30, 2018 06:10PM Love83 wrote:

We're all in this together, you will be in my prayers and hope all goes well.

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Dec 1, 2018 10:24AM santabarbarian wrote:

Hi, just visiting from the August 2018 Chemo group to share something that is not always talked about or known about but can be very helpful to tolerating chemo.

I have been doing something called the "fasting mimicking" diet. You do this for 5 days, beginning 2 days before chemo and ending two days after chemo day. You can search for it online, it was developed by a PhD at USC called Dr Valter Longo. If you search my name and "fasting mimicking" as key words on this site search, you can read my posts about it.

Basically you can do either a 3 day complete water fast or a 5 day very-low-cal "mimicking" fast. There is some detail about what kinds of foods... but basically 10% protein, 45% carbs and 45% fats. The low-cal 5 day version seemed easier so that's what I did.

The result of a fast or semi fast is that your body goes into a 'survival' mode, which ramps up the immune system and helps to protect healthy cells. A second result is that when your GI tract shuts down during chemo, there is not that much in there to digest. I did not do it on chemo #1 but did it for my subsequent treatments. It was a giant help.

If you are willing to be a bit hungry for a few days you may have a gentler chemo experience. Hoping for the best for all the December ladies!!

- santabarbarian

Dx 7/13/2018, IDC, Left, 3cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, ER-/PR-, HER2- (FISH) Chemotherapy 8/13/2018 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 12/20/2018 Lumpectomy: Left
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Dec 1, 2018 12:04PM Love83 wrote:

Thanks so much will be looking into it.

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Dec 1, 2018 04:24PM Flower216 wrote:

Hi Love, I just had my first treatment yesterday. I also brought fuzzy socks and phone charger! Good luck!


Dx 9/19/2018, IDC, Right Surgery 10/14/2018 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Chemotherapy 11/30/2018 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel)
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Dec 1, 2018 09:22PM nanette7fl wrote:

thanks santabarbarian... I'll give it a shot

Dx 10/23/2018, IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2+ (FISH) Dx 11/13/2018, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2+ (FISH) Chemotherapy 12/5/2018 Taxol (paclitaxel) Targeted Therapy 12/5/2018 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Surgery Mastectomy: Left; Prophylactic mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (left)
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Dec 1, 2018 09:23PM nanette7fl wrote:

hi Flower!! Hope you're doing OK today

Dx 10/23/2018, IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2+ (FISH) Dx 11/13/2018, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2+ (FISH) Chemotherapy 12/5/2018 Taxol (paclitaxel) Targeted Therapy 12/5/2018 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Surgery Mastectomy: Left; Prophylactic mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (left)
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Dec 1, 2018 09:53PM Love83 wrote:

I hope all went well, know you are not alone and if you needs us we are here!

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Dec 3, 2018 03:24PM nanette7fl wrote:

ok confession time.... I'm SOOOOO nervous about starting chemo tomorrow. I'm sure there's nothing to it really just fear? of the unknown.

Hoping Love83 that yours goes well tomorrow.... we're cyber chemo buddies lol & Flower216 hoping yours goes well this week too.

Dx 10/23/2018, IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2+ (FISH) Dx 11/13/2018, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2+ (FISH) Chemotherapy 12/5/2018 Taxol (paclitaxel) Targeted Therapy 12/5/2018 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Surgery Mastectomy: Left; Prophylactic mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (left)
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Dec 3, 2018 09:11PM Mav9876 wrote:

I start mine on Dec 5th. Dose Dense AC 4 treatments. Then Taxol, either 4 treatments every other week or 12 weekly treatments...still being decided. Good luck and hope all goes well!

Dx 10/5/2018, IDC, Right, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 2/6 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC) Surgery 11/6/2018 Lymph node removal: Sentinel, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Left, Right Chemotherapy 12/5/2018 AC + T (Taxol)
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Dec 3, 2018 09:16PM Love83 wrote:

I'm nervous as well, my anxiety has been in full effect the last couple of nights. I hope all go well for all of us. Make sure to keep me posted as I will also. Mine is at two.

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Dec 3, 2018 09:44PM Moderators wrote:

Welcome, Mav9876! We're glad you've found our community, and hope you find support here as you begin your treatment. We hope all goes well for you!

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Dec 3, 2018 10:25PM nanette7fl wrote:

Hi Mav9876 and welcome to the december crazies lol I'll be praying for you on Tuesday and sending ((hugs)) too

Love83. .. I start mine at 1115am (est). I'll have my phone with me so I'll try to post and let you how its going. Glad I'm not the only one anxious makes me feel a little less so. ((hugs))

Flowers 216 are you starting this week?? Let us know how you're doing... you're not alone in this ((hugs))

Off we go into the wild blue yonder...our heads held high while we face the monster...

Dx 10/23/2018, IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2+ (FISH) Dx 11/13/2018, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2+ (FISH) Chemotherapy 12/5/2018 Taxol (paclitaxel) Targeted Therapy 12/5/2018 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Surgery Mastectomy: Left; Prophylactic mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (left)
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Dec 3, 2018 11:13PM Love83 wrote:

We might have hills to climb, but we will not be defeated!!!!

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Dec 4, 2018 10:16AM Love83 wrote:

Good morning ladies this the first day of treatment with AC, I'm in survial mode. Hope all is well with you ladies that is also starting today.

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Dec 4, 2018 11:06AM - edited Dec 4, 2018 11:07AM by Flower216

Hope everyone is doing well. I actually had my first treatment last Friday. I have been really lucky..no  nausea, and mild bone pain. I did get a case of hiccups for 2 1/2 hrs, reflux, low grade fever and sever exhaustion. It doesn't matter how long I sleep, I am still exhausted. Everyone stay strong...and we have each other to lean on!

 

Dx 9/19/2018, IDC, Right Surgery 10/14/2018 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Chemotherapy 11/30/2018 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel)
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Dec 4, 2018 12:28PM - edited Dec 4, 2018 01:34PM by nanette7fl

GRRRRRRR! I'm so ticked off right now!! My Cancer Dr previously ordered an echocardiogtam for me at the hospital and I found this out today (waiting to start my chemo) that it should have been done already.... Did scheduling call you?? No SOOOO I'm sitting in the heart lab waiting area for a test that has a slot in 1.5 hrs and won't be read until after 5pm or latest in the morning!!!

I'm so disappointed ..... all sick to my stomach and nervous for "nothing". Worst part is my DH took off today to be with me and can't take off again tomorrow (even with FMLA). SO that also leaves me with no ride but Nurse at Cancer Ctr said they might be able to get me a cab... gross the cabs in our small town are gross, dangerous and smelly

I'm Soooooo frustrated 8((

Update: It's 130pm back at chemo ctr waiting for a cardiologist to read my echo. Have pulled favors and called my Nurse Advocate who's pulling favors. I need to start chemo with in the 35 min to finish on time.. fingers & toes crossed. .. trying to be a patient woman... trying....

Dx 10/23/2018, IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2+ (FISH) Dx 11/13/2018, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2+ (FISH) Chemotherapy 12/5/2018 Taxol (paclitaxel) Targeted Therapy 12/5/2018 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Surgery Mastectomy: Left; Prophylactic mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (left)
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Dec 4, 2018 12:30PM nanette7fl wrote:

Flower216 glad things went well for you... odd hiccups though lol Lean away... we've got each other ((hugs))

Dx 10/23/2018, IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2+ (FISH) Dx 11/13/2018, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2+ (FISH) Chemotherapy 12/5/2018 Taxol (paclitaxel) Targeted Therapy 12/5/2018 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Surgery Mastectomy: Left; Prophylactic mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (left)
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Dec 4, 2018 12:31PM nanette7fl wrote:

Flower216 glad things went well for you... odd hiccups though lol Lean away... we've got each other ((hugs))

Dx 10/23/2018, IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2+ (FISH) Dx 11/13/2018, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2+ (FISH) Chemotherapy 12/5/2018 Taxol (paclitaxel) Targeted Therapy 12/5/2018 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Surgery Mastectomy: Left; Prophylactic mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (left)
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Dec 8, 2018 03:16PM Flower216 wrote:

Hi all!!!

Hope everyone is having a somewhat calm and pain free weekend. I had my first treatment last Friday, and yesterday I actually felt almost human. Today I wake up feeling my mouth is stuffed with cotton balls, but no metallic taste. Does anyone know what this is a side effect from? I go to MO on Monday and I have a long list of questions ready!!!


Dx 9/19/2018, IDC, Right Surgery 10/14/2018 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Chemotherapy 11/30/2018 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel)
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Dec 8, 2018 07:47PM nanette7fl wrote:

hi Flowers216

The cotton balls is most likely due to being a little dehydrated. My chemo nurse wants me drinking 50-55 ounces of water, Gatorade, powerade....propel stuff daily. She said it helps flush the chemo out(?)

Dx 10/23/2018, IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2+ (FISH) Dx 11/13/2018, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2+ (FISH) Chemotherapy 12/5/2018 Taxol (paclitaxel) Targeted Therapy 12/5/2018 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Surgery Mastectomy: Left; Prophylactic mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (left)
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Dec 8, 2018 10:13PM Flower216 wrote:

Nanette..that makes sense except I have been drinking 60-80 ounces of water daily (I normally drink 40-60 so its just a little more). The body can do strange this during chemo!!  

Dx 9/19/2018, IDC, Right Surgery 10/14/2018 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Chemotherapy 11/30/2018 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel)

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