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Posted on: May 21, 2020 11:15PM

Francesca30 wrote:

Hi Everyone,

I’m only 15 months out of diagnosis. Just had a clean petscan 2 weeks ago. I’m just wondering if any of you experience fatigue and breathlessness months out of active treatment ?

Surgery 3/13/2019 Lymph node removal: Left, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Left Dx 3/14/2019, IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IIIA, Grade 2, 13/20 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH) Chemotherapy 4/3/2019 TAC Hormonal Therapy 8/13/2019 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Radiation Therapy 8/13/2019 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes Surgery 11/17/2019 Prophylactic ovary removal Hormonal Therapy 11/28/2019 Femara (letrozole)
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May 22, 2020 02:40AM ShetlandPony wrote:

How is your iron level? Iron deficiency anemia is one thing that can cause fatigue and breathlessness.

2011 Stage I ILC 1.5cm grade1 ITCs sn Lumpectomy,radiation,tamoxifen. 2014 Stage IV ILC mets breast,liver. TaxolNEAD. Ibrance+letrozole 2yrs. Fas+afinitor nope. XelodaNEAD 2yrs. Eribulin,Doxil nope. SUMMIT FaslodexHerceptinNeratinib for Her2mut NEAD
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May 22, 2020 03:25AM scar1888 wrote:

Yes, experienced lots of fatigue and some breathlessness. My nurse told me that this wasn't unusual. The physical

stress and emotional stress was overwhelming. I gained 70 pounds during treatment so I feel this caused a lot of the breathlessness. As time went by I was better, along with going on a diet and exercising. It should get better but the fatigue is something I've dealt with since a year of treatment.

Feel certain you'll improve with time, meanwhile discuss this with your doctor, of course.

Dx 10/23/1997, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IIIA, Grade 3, 4/22 nodes, ER+ Surgery 11/24/1997 Lymph node removal: Left; Mastectomy: Left Chemotherapy 12/6/1997 CAF Hormonal Therapy Radiation Therapy
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May 22, 2020 10:57AM ElaineTherese wrote:

How breathless is breathless? My husband experienced breathlessness with a pulmonary embolism, which can be dangerous. If the breathlessness doesn't decrease over time, you might want to check in with your PCP. Hope it's nothing!

DX IDC June 28, 2014, 5 cm., 1 node tested positive (fine needle biopsy); 0/20 after neoadjuvant chemo + ALND; Grade 3; ER+ PR+ HER2+ Neoadjuvant chemotherapy starting 7/23/14 ACX 4, Taxol X 12, Perjeta X 4; Herceptin: one year Chemotherapy 7/23/2014 AC Targeted Therapy 9/17/2014 Perjeta (pertuzumab) Targeted Therapy 9/17/2014 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Chemotherapy 9/17/2014 Taxol (paclitaxel) Surgery 1/12/2015 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Right, Underarm/Axillary Hormonal Therapy 2/25/2015 Aromasin (exemestane), Zoladex (goserelin) Radiation Therapy 3/9/2015 Breast, Lymph nodes
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May 22, 2020 12:51PM - edited May 22, 2020 12:52PM by moth

In addition to the great suggestions above , consider repeating a heart echo. I see you had adriamycin which is cardiotoxic.

Also left side radiation can cause some heart damage.

If your breathlessness is sever or of a fairly sudden onset, 911.

Otherwise, I'd sugg go to dr. & have full blood tests (thyroid, b12, iron esp, cbc) and get a heart echo.

Feb 2020 - Stage IV, mets to lung, liver, mediastinal lymph. Dx at 50 in Dec 2017; Left, IDC, 1.7 cm, Stage I, Grade 3, 0/5 nodes, TNBC Surgery 12/12/2017 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Chemotherapy 2/14/2018 AC + T (Taxol) Radiation Therapy 8/13/2018 Whole-breast: Breast Immunotherapy 3/18/2020 Tecentriq (atezolizumab) Chemotherapy 3/18/2020 Taxol (paclitaxel)
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May 22, 2020 10:17PM Francesca30 wrote:

thank you so much for your comments and suggestions. Will set an appointment with cardio. It’s not so severe and happens at night . So sometimes I wonder if it’s anxiety that’s causing it or if it could be something else. A few days ago, I just felt so tired in the morning when I woke up and needed to rest to catch my breath, so that kinda got me worried. Will have this checked. Thanks so much

Surgery 3/13/2019 Lymph node removal: Left, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Left Dx 3/14/2019, IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IIIA, Grade 2, 13/20 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH) Chemotherapy 4/3/2019 TAC Hormonal Therapy 8/13/2019 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Radiation Therapy 8/13/2019 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes Surgery 11/17/2019 Prophylactic ovary removal Hormonal Therapy 11/28/2019 Femara (letrozole)
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May 22, 2020 10:27PM Krose53 wrote:

Also have your thyroid checked. I had a feeling of breathlessness when lying down on my back and fatigue all day before I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism.

Dx 11/16/2017, ILC/IDC, Both breasts, 1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 2/5 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH) Surgery 12/27/2017 Mastectomy: Left, Right Chemotherapy 1/22/2018 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Hormonal Therapy 4/1/2018

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