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Topic: Starting Chemo June 2017

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Regimens, side effects, and support from others going through chemo.

Posted on: May 19, 2017 09:46PM

Upheld wrote:

I hope we can offer one another support and encouragement as we start this journey. I've learned so much on this board!

To say the upcoming week will be busy is an understatement. I will work this weekend, then get my hair cut on Monday. I have thick, long, auburn hair. I'm getting it cut above my shoulders. I wanted to just go ahead and shave it off, but my hair guy talked me into a short cut first. I'm glad he did...

On Wednesday, I go for a second opinion to bless the treatment plan my local oncologist has prescribed. I'm really excited about this visit, as I will meet individually with the surgeon, the radiation oncologist, and the medical oncologist. I've got a list of the hard questions for each one. I am stage 3C with a positive lymph node, multiple tumors in one breast and a spot on my sacram that lit up on the PET scan. I am triple positive. I am going to ask about prognosis and treatment

I get a port placed on Thursday, then I work my 3 twelve hour shifts Friday - Sunday.

My first chemo is scheduled for Tuesday May 30th. I am getting 6 cycles of treatment, once every 3 weeks for a total of 18 weeks I'm to receive Herceptin, Perjeta, Carboplatin, and Taxotere with a Neulasta shot. Then on to get a mastectomy, then radiation, then 1 year of Herceptin.

Please tell us your diagnosis, your treatment plan, and anything else you would like to share. Look forward to hearing from you!

Dx 5/3/2017, IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IIIC, Grade 3, ER+/PR+, HER2+ Targeted Therapy 5/28/2017 Perjeta (pertuzumab) Chemotherapy 5/29/2017 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel) Chemotherapy
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May 20, 2018 10:40AM JuliaJazz wrote:

Greetings Peachy.  We will all be thinking of you during your surgery.  Please keep us posted. Hoping for a speedy recovery for you.

Dx 4/11/2017, ILC, Right, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 1/11 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 5/5/2017 Mastectomy: Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Left Surgery 5/17/2017 Lymph node removal: Right Chemotherapy 6/23/2017 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Hormonal Therapy 9/23/2017 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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May 24, 2018 01:32PM hhuey wrote:

Greetings to all you great ladies. So active treatment has ended ..I have 3 count them 3 more Herceptin left and have my port removal on my last infusion date..July 20th ..I am so excited....I have a huge cord running the full length of my arm which is a huge pain in my ass but Im going to see a physical therapist soon to get it straightened out..all in all I feel pretty good..it could be a lot worse right? My oldest son turned 11 and will be going to middle school next year, Tom will be in 2nd grade and little miss Katelyn will be in Kindergarten. I love to watch them grow and cant wait to see what next year brings us. I feel like this is our summer do over since last summer sucked big time. Planning on relaxing and doing some fun things. I do worry about the if and when (will it return) but I try to just continue life as I have been ..Have a great summer ladies

Dx 5/1/2017, IDC, Right, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, ER-/PR-, HER2+ Chemotherapy 6/1/2017 AC Targeted Therapy 7/27/2017 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Targeted Therapy 7/27/2017 Perjeta (pertuzumab) Chemotherapy 7/27/2017 Taxol (paclitaxel) Surgery 11/29/2017 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Left Radiation Therapy 1/10/2018 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes
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May 24, 2018 02:20PM JuliaJazz wrote:

hhuey.  Enjoy your summer.  I think all of us will try to pack this summer with some good memories to blot out those of last summer. The smiles of your children are undoubtedly the best meducine

Dx 4/11/2017, ILC, Right, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 1/11 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 5/5/2017 Mastectomy: Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Left Surgery 5/17/2017 Lymph node removal: Right Chemotherapy 6/23/2017 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Hormonal Therapy 9/23/2017 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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May 24, 2018 08:16PM pink_is_my_colour wrote:

Can't believe a year ago we were heading into chemo. Last year seems like a blur. Aside from chemo last summer I don't remember doing anything other than appointments, sitting in the chair getting chemo, and then waiting for side effects to subside. I look back and think did I really do that for the whole summer.

HHuey: I know I have the same fears about bc returning. Most days I can say forget it and just live life to the fullest. But some days seem harder than others to put it behind me. Enjoy your kids and your summer.

pink_is_my_colour Dx 4/4/2017, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 1, 2/6 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 4/4/2017, DCIS, Right, <1cm, Stage 0, Grade 1, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 4/24/2017 Lumpectomy: Left, Right; Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel Chemotherapy 6/16/2017 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Ellence (epirubicin), Fluorouracil (5-fluorouracil, 5-FU, Adrucil) Chemotherapy 8/18/2017 Taxotere (docetaxel) Radiation Therapy 10/23/2017 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes Hormonal Therapy Femara (letrozole)
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May 24, 2018 10:41PM LTWJ wrote:

Happy to hear everyone doing well! We have 1 week of school left next week and my youngest graduates from high school 😥 I’m so happy I’ve been able to participate in all the festivities, I missed so much at the beginning of this school year. She is getting a surprise scholarship- we don’t know what it is yet- but she thinks it’s one where she wrote about me and how proud she was of me 😊then in 2 weeks we go to college orientation, i havent been to tne school yet, my husband had to take care of all that in tne fall. She’s o our first to go away, they other two went to tne local university’s. I’ve been working steadily since 2 weeks after surgery so I’m looking forward to a little r&r and hopefully a vacation to go visit family.

I bought a new pair of shorts today, I lost 30 lbs with chemo ( put back on 10 now) but I refused to buy new clothes yet, just keep pulling my pants up😂. 4 more herceptin, end of July!

Dx 4/14/2017, ILC, Left, 3cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 0/1 nodes, ER+, HER2+ (FISH) Chemotherapy 6/1/2017 Chemotherapy 6/2/2017 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 10/10/2017 Lumpectomy: Left Surgery 11/17/2017 Mastectomy: Left; Prophylactic mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (left): DIEP flap; Reconstruction (right): DIEP flap Targeted Therapy 12/10/2017 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Hormonal Therapy Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Jun 3, 2018 07:05PM KimPossible818 wrote:

Hi all! I cannot believe how time has passed. I was quite busy in May, but now it's June. Just thinking that a year ago we all started on chemo makes me so glad this year is behind us.

I have 2 PT sessions left. I am still not 100%, but I just have to do the exercises on my own to keep things massaged and moving. I have had a great PT. Couldn't have made it without her.

Peachy, Let us know how you are doing.

Wishing each of you a very special summer!


Kim, Your attitude determines your altitude, so I'm shooting for the stars! I love 1 Peter 5:7 "Cast all your anxieties on Him, because He cares for you." Dx 5/4/2017, IDC, Right, 3cm, Stage IIIA, Grade 2, 11/26 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 5/19/2017 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Chemotherapy 6/16/2017 AC + T (Taxol) Surgery 12/1/2017 Lymph node removal: Underarm/Axillary Hormonal Therapy 12/2/2017 Femara (letrozole)
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Jun 4, 2018 12:08PM JuliaJazz wrote:

Hap B.  I will be on Arimidex for 10 years.  Not causing me any problems so far.


Dx 4/11/2017, ILC, Right, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 1/11 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 5/5/2017 Mastectomy: Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Left Surgery 5/17/2017 Lymph node removal: Right Chemotherapy 6/23/2017 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Hormonal Therapy 9/23/2017 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Jun 4, 2018 12:41PM JuliaJazz wrote:

My doc seems to think 10 years is the coming thing so don't be surprised if after 5 years you find you are going to be extending.  I guess it will depend on what the research is saying at that time.  Good thing I have giant bones.

Dx 4/11/2017, ILC, Right, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 1/11 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 5/5/2017 Mastectomy: Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Left Surgery 5/17/2017 Lymph node removal: Right Chemotherapy 6/23/2017 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Hormonal Therapy 9/23/2017 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Jun 4, 2018 06:39PM HersheyKiss wrote:

My doctor says "as long as the bones can handle it," I will be on an AI for at least 7 years. If I'm not having bone density issues, I may request staying on one until the 10-year mark. And who knows, there could very well be a new-and-improved medication to offer patients in 7-10 years.

Dx 3/1/2017, ILC, Left, 2cm, Grade 1, 3/16 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Jun 5, 2018 11:57PM PeachyJeanne wrote:

hi all...I had my exchange surgery Monday afternoon. All went well and I am feeling ok overall. No need for pain meds at all today...just feeling a bit stiff. I think it's more the bra making me feel uncomfortable. Have to wear it for 2 weeks. Nothing I can't handle. Lord knows there have been worse things we have gotten through. Get to take a shower tomorrow which will feel good. Glad to see some good summer planning is happening.

Dx 4/27/2017, DCIS/IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2+ (FISH) Dx 5/26/2017, DCIS/IDC, Left, <1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 6/21/2017 AC + T (Taxol) Surgery 11/19/2017 Mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement Surgery 11/20/2017 Lymph node removal: Sentinel Hormonal Therapy 12/10/2017 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Chemotherapy 1/24/2018 CMF Targeted Therapy 1/25/2018 Perjeta (pertuzumab) Targeted Therapy 1/25/2018 Herceptin (trastuzumab)
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Jun 6, 2018 08:37AM JuliaJazz wrote:

Great to hear, Peachy!


Dx 4/11/2017, ILC, Right, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 1/11 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 5/5/2017 Mastectomy: Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Left Surgery 5/17/2017 Lymph node removal: Right Chemotherapy 6/23/2017 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Hormonal Therapy 9/23/2017 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Jun 8, 2018 10:03PM pink_is_my_colour wrote:

Happy to hear from everyone and that you're all doing great. Keep it up!

Positive thoughts everyone.

pink_is_my_colour Dx 4/4/2017, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 1, 2/6 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 4/4/2017, DCIS, Right, <1cm, Stage 0, Grade 1, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 4/24/2017 Lumpectomy: Left, Right; Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel Chemotherapy 6/16/2017 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Ellence (epirubicin), Fluorouracil (5-fluorouracil, 5-FU, Adrucil) Chemotherapy 8/18/2017 Taxotere (docetaxel) Radiation Therapy 10/23/2017 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes Hormonal Therapy Femara (letrozole)
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Jun 10, 2018 09:29PM KimPossible818 wrote:

Peachy, Stay positive. This is going to all be behind you soon. Hoping any and all discomfort will be a thing of the past!

Kim, Your attitude determines your altitude, so I'm shooting for the stars! I love 1 Peter 5:7 "Cast all your anxieties on Him, because He cares for you." Dx 5/4/2017, IDC, Right, 3cm, Stage IIIA, Grade 2, 11/26 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 5/19/2017 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Chemotherapy 6/16/2017 AC + T (Taxol) Surgery 12/1/2017 Lymph node removal: Underarm/Axillary Hormonal Therapy 12/2/2017 Femara (letrozole)
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Jun 20, 2018 10:26PM PeachyJeanne wrote:

Hello June ladies! I had a follow up with the plastic surgeon today and I "passed inspection" and feel good. Incision is healing nicely and I look pretty even and symmetrical. Always a concern being a uni. The nest decision is what, if anything, to do about a nipple. Nothing to decide immediately so we'll see. I started taking Tamoxifen again a week after surgery. So far it's tolerable. Hot flashes seem to come and go. Now it's just getting through the next 6 or so months of the Herceptin/Perjeta. I go in early tomorrow for an infusion. It has become very routine and thankfully, side effects are minimal.

I hope everyone is feeling good and getting on with those Summer plans.

Dx 4/27/2017, DCIS/IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2+ (FISH) Dx 5/26/2017, DCIS/IDC, Left, <1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 6/21/2017 AC + T (Taxol) Surgery 11/19/2017 Mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement Surgery 11/20/2017 Lymph node removal: Sentinel Hormonal Therapy 12/10/2017 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Chemotherapy 1/24/2018 CMF Targeted Therapy 1/25/2018 Perjeta (pertuzumab) Targeted Therapy 1/25/2018 Herceptin (trastuzumab)
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Jun 21, 2018 03:41AM Cyto_Destructo wrote:

I'm happy to hear that you're tolerating treatment well 💗

Have you considered nipple tattoos? There are many artists that can create a hyper realistic nipple tattoo. Some insurances like Medicaid (in NY) cover it.

Also, I reallyliked headcovers.com when I was bald from chemo. Huge selection.

Stay strong sister. You got this.

Dx 2/2015, Right, <1cm, Stage IIA, ER+, HER2- Chemotherapy 4/23/2015 AC + T (Taxol) Surgery 2/5/2018 Surgery Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Underarm/Axillary Radiation Therapy Breast, Lymph nodes Hormonal Therapy Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Jun 22, 2018 07:45PM pink_is_my_colour wrote:

Glad to hear the good news Peachy.

Smile

pink_is_my_colour Dx 4/4/2017, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 1, 2/6 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 4/4/2017, DCIS, Right, <1cm, Stage 0, Grade 1, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 4/24/2017 Lumpectomy: Left, Right; Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel Chemotherapy 6/16/2017 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Ellence (epirubicin), Fluorouracil (5-fluorouracil, 5-FU, Adrucil) Chemotherapy 8/18/2017 Taxotere (docetaxel) Radiation Therapy 10/23/2017 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes Hormonal Therapy Femara (letrozole)
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Jun 24, 2018 09:19AM JuliaJazz wrote:

Great news, Peachy. So glad to hear your side effects are minimal too.  You got this! We are now in Wisconsin where we spend the summer living on our sailboat.  it is great to be back after missing last year but I do miss seeing my parents everyday. They are receiving good care and we hired a driver to take my mom to see my dad four fays a week.  Still, it is harder to be gone now that they are separated (my dad in memory care).

Dx 4/11/2017, ILC, Right, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 1/11 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 5/5/2017 Mastectomy: Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Left Surgery 5/17/2017 Lymph node removal: Right Chemotherapy 6/23/2017 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Hormonal Therapy 9/23/2017 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Jun 25, 2018 06:18PM Lilsuzq wrote:

Hi Peachy,

Great job getting through the surgery. Sounds like 'smooth sailing' now. I just finished Herceptin and Perjeta on June 7th. All done! I agree that side effects of H & P were minimal. I kind of feel lost now that I am 'done'! :) It's a good kind of lost I guess. I will keep my port until November (I have another CT scan scheduled for then). This summer I am catching up on trips I did not get to take last year. I am heading to Maine in July and Hawaii in August.

I hope everyone is doing well and enjoying this summer. Hugs and prayers to all,

Sue

Dx 3/7/2017, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 3, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+ Surgery 4/14/2017 Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Saline implant; Reconstruction (right): Saline implant Targeted Therapy 6/19/2017 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Chemotherapy 6/22/2017 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel) Hormonal Therapy Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Jul 1, 2018 07:04PM JuliaJazz wrote:

Enjoy those travels Suzq. You have earned them.
Dx 4/11/2017, ILC, Right, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 1/11 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 5/5/2017 Mastectomy: Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Left Surgery 5/17/2017 Lymph node removal: Right Chemotherapy 6/23/2017 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Hormonal Therapy 9/23/2017 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Jul 12, 2018 12:11AM PeachyJeanne wrote:

Hello ladies....

Sue enjoy your travels!!

Julia hope you're enjoying life on the water. Sounds wonderful to be rocked to sleep every night.

Cyto-destructo Yes, I've researched the tattooed nipples. I have also looked at pink perfect silicone nipples. They adhere with surgical glue and look amazingly real. May be an option.

I go in for my regularly scheduled 3 week dose of Herceptin/Perjeta tomorrow. I am getting more used to the implant as time passes. I still have a little discomfort in my armpit. I may ask for another ultrasound just to ease my mind. The last one showed a seroma consistent with the mastectomy/sentinal node surgery, not an enlarged node which is good. I feel like it has gotten smaller since the exchange surgery but it's still there.

Hope all are continuing to feel good and getting back in the game! Happy Summer!

Dx 4/27/2017, DCIS/IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2+ (FISH) Dx 5/26/2017, DCIS/IDC, Left, <1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 6/21/2017 AC + T (Taxol) Surgery 11/19/2017 Mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement Surgery 11/20/2017 Lymph node removal: Sentinel Hormonal Therapy 12/10/2017 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Chemotherapy 1/24/2018 CMF Targeted Therapy 1/25/2018 Perjeta (pertuzumab) Targeted Therapy 1/25/2018 Herceptin (trastuzumab)

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