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Topic: Starting chemo November 2020

Forum: Chemotherapy - Before, During, and After —

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

Posted on: Oct 18, 2020 08:37AM

marie914 wrote:

Hello,

I hope I can find others who will be starting chemo in November. I am having 4 cycles of taxotere and cytoxan after surgery since my mammaprint came out on the lower side of high risk. The plan is to cold cap. I am seeing my oncologist 10/22 to finalize details to start the first week of November.

Anyone that is a veteran - please let us know any helpful hints. I did read the helpful hints section and it was great!

Dx 7/31/2020, DCIS/IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 0/8 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH) Surgery 9/14/2020 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement Chemotherapy 11/6/2020 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 2/1/2021 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant Hormonal Therapy 2/8/2021 Femara (letrozole)
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Mar 2, 2021 07:59PM Maddy83f wrote:

Marie914 - I had read several posts about eyebrows/eyelashes growing in and then falling out again but that was not my experience. My eyebrows and eyelashes seemed to come back fairly quickly - and they have stayed. The hair on my legs still grows very slowly but my forearm hair grew fast and long - definitely will be going for a wax job come summer. And, of course, the chin hair came back first!Shocked

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Mar 3, 2021 07:09AM - edited Mar 5, 2021 08:20AM by Rainyday7

I haven't posted here for a while. I had my 4th TC chemo on 22 Jan and on that day the oncologist told me that she was stopping after 4 as the benefit of the extra 2 I was due to have was negligible. She has put me on Arimidex instead.

On the hair front I have lost about 90% but still hold a reasonable amount at the very front and a very light scattering over the rest. The hair on the back of my head is completely white so it looks like the white/grey hair was less susceptible to chemo than the blond highlighted hair It's been nearly 6 weeks since my last chemo and no real sign of new growth yet or maybe the new hair is so white It's not as noticeable. The hair is still shedding some every day. There is less left to fall out so don't know if it's reducing or not.

I still have eyelashes and some eyebrows. I remember from my first chemo years ago that the eyelashes only fell out when the new ones started to grow. I think the new hairs push out the old ones.




Dx 6/2005, IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 0/11 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 5/2020, IDC, Left, 1cm, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 11/16/2020 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Radiation Therapy External: Lymph nodes Hormonal Therapy Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone), Zoladex (goserelin) Chemotherapy AC Surgery Mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant Surgery
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Mar 19, 2021 04:33PM Juju-mar wrote:

Anyone have toenail issues after chemo has ended? I finished my 16 treatments in 20 weeks on March 9. Since about March 6 my two big toes have felt differently. Now it's a constant mild dull ache. They both have areas near the nail bed that are lighter in color. I walk daily and they now are sore afterwards. Not sure what I can do....I'm thinking those nails may fall off....

Julie

Dx 8/27/2020, IDC, Right, 6cm+, Stage IIIA, Grade 3, 2/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 10/1/2020 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Chemotherapy 10/26/2020 Adriamycin (doxorubicin), Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxol (paclitaxel) Radiation Therapy Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes
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Mar 26, 2021 01:48PM DanniB wrote:

Hi Julie, sorry for a late reply, i had two toenails that half lifted (one on each foot) during the chemo. I cut them off a little at a time but they didn't fall off completely and now seem to be back to normal. If you haven't yet, if you are feeling discomfort or ache, i would maybe ask the doctor/nurse for advice?

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Dx 9/25/2020, DCIS/IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 2/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 10/15/2020 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Chemotherapy 11/26/2020 Taxol (paclitaxel) Radiation Therapy 2/15/2021 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes Hormonal Therapy 3/1/2021

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