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Jun 27, 2014 09:35PM
As I said, I was 63 when I was DXd in Aug '09. IBC No one can tell you exactly how your body will react to anything. We are each unique.
I had no health issues before DX, other than being osteopenia (family history on both sides) for quite a while before. I've had osteo arthritis in my upper back for many years (thanks to injuries from horseback riding accidents over my entire life). In the years since DX, I have progressed to osteoporosis but that was expected anyway and my arthritis has gotten worse but again that was expected anyway.
Different chemos effect us differently. Neoadjuvant DD A/C (Dense Dose Adrimycin and Cytoxan) was 'easy' for me - it didn't slow me down at all. I did lose hair, appetite, sense of taste and smell. Ajuvant Taxol was nasty - I was completely and utterly EXHAUSTED the entire 12 weekly infusions. Basically, I existed either in bed or on the couch in front of the TV. Hubby took over all house/cooking/dog chores and Son took over all barn/horse chores so I didn't have to do anything I didn't want to. For some, A/C is harder and Taxol is easier
There are fantastic anti-nausea meds that you will probably be given to take before infusion and for a few days after. There will be other meds given before the infusion starts. You may have Neulasta shots the next day to keep white cell counts up. According to what I've been told, when it comes to nausea issues, your experiences with morning sickness can some times be a predicter of chemo nausea. In my case, I had no morning sickness with either Son and even when I quit taking the anti-nausea meds 1/2 way through Taxol, I never had any nausea issues.
If you have other medical issues, you might want to keep in touch with your PC and keep him/her in touch with your Chemo Dr. Chemo Drs prime objective is attacking the cancer - not necessarily with all the rest of other health issues - if there are some.
We are each so unique LONG before any type of BC. Any of us can say what we, individually, experienced but no one can state what you will experience
8/7/2009, IBC, Stage IIIC, 19/19 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2-
10/21/2009 Lymph node removal: Right; Mastectomy: Right
11/11/2009 Taxol (paclitaxel)
2/4/2010 Breast, Lymph nodes