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Feb 18, 2017 11:55AM
Feb 18, 2017 11:58AM
Had my third treatment with Herceptin alone on Thursday, feeling pretty convinced at this point that I'm not getting much in the way of side effects vs. what i was feeling thru my final round of full TCHP in mid-December. Most of the TCHP side effects have faded except neuropathy, and continued severe anemia readings. Interesting that I'm feeling much better despite the continued poor anemia readout, so maybe the heavy shortness of breath, racing heart and etc I was feeling in Nov/Dec were from general debilitation or something else that has gone away since I've been off the TCHP?
Recovering from my surgery last week. Get tired easily, and it's still sore, but I'm feeling more mobility on that side. Got clearance this week to drive a little, nothing too ambitious but it's good not to feel housebound. Will be going into work part-time mid next week.
The pathology came back from my surgery showing clear margins around a small residual area of 1.2mm, which works out to be >90% decrease in size since before I started the TCHP treatments. No lymph node involvement suggested in the sample of 8 LNs that was taken. Not total absence of disease after chemo, but I was reasonably happy with this result as showing a clear response to the chemo, and it probably made it easier for my surgeons to remove what they needed to and get decent margins.
Next step is consultation about radiation. Also my MO started me on Arimedex pills, which I began yesterday. No noticeable effects from that so far, the main thing he warned me about was potential for hot flashes.
Best wishes to everyone working through late stages of chemo and all of the other experiences in this process.
ps - I'd love to say I had some visibly good progress on the hair front two months out from last TCHP cycle, but that continues to be slow...
3/14/2008, DCIS, Left, Stage 0, Grade 3, ER+, HER2-
5/14/2008 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left)
7/31/2008 Whole-breast: Breast
9/30/2008 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
7/13/2016, IDC, Left, 2cm, Grade 3, ER+/PR-, HER2+ (FISH)
8/24/2016 Herceptin (trastuzumab)
8/24/2016 Perjeta (pertuzumab)
8/24/2016 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel)