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Topic: Starting Chemo February 2021

Forum: Chemotherapy - Before, During, and After —

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

Posted on: Jan 27, 2021 05:21PM

pdcinti wrote:

Thought I would get a thread started for those getting ready to start!

Dx 10/2020, ILC/IDC, Left, Stage IB, Grade 1, 8/12 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 12/15/2020 Mastectomy: Left; Prophylactic mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Chemotherapy 2/1/2021 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel)
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Jul 21, 2021 08:20PM LW422 wrote:

Did anyone have the "flu-like" symptoms with chemo? After 15 effing treatments I have been feeling really ill last nigh and today. Stayed in bed with a little bit of chills, but I dug out my Chemo Guidebook and it said to call the doctor with a temp over 101. My temp is about 99 so I took Advil. I hope this doesn't last long.

Dx 1/12/2021, IDC, Right, 1cm, Grade 3, ER-/PR+, HER2- Dx 1/20/2021, IBC, Right, Stage IIIC Chemotherapy 2/9/2021 Taxol (paclitaxel) Chemotherapy 5/18/2021 AC
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Jul 22, 2021 02:19AM Amary2021 wrote:

Hi LW422,

I felt chills after my Neulasta injection after every AC chemo. No fever outside, just felt feverish on the inside. My body was aching everywhere and I was told it was a normal reaction as my body is pushed to make white blood cells within a short amount of time.

I hope your fever passes and you feel better soon!!

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Jul 22, 2021 10:41AM LW422 wrote:

Amary2021--thanks for that. "Fever on the inside" is exactly the feeling. I have not had Neulasta so I assume just the AC can cause a similar SE; thankfully the Advil I took last night seems to have helped. I feel much better today... except for the diarrhea!!! :shocked:

Hope everyone is doing OK with whatever treatment you're in.

Dx 1/12/2021, IDC, Right, 1cm, Grade 3, ER-/PR+, HER2- Dx 1/20/2021, IBC, Right, Stage IIIC Chemotherapy 2/9/2021 Taxol (paclitaxel) Chemotherapy 5/18/2021 AC
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Jul 23, 2021 03:59AM Amary2021 wrote:

Hi LW422,

Glad that the advil helped ease the side effects. Ah, I had bad constipation instead of diarrhea, so not sure which is better to have! I was able to navigate through my constipation without meds. I know bananas are good to ease diarrhea.

Take care,

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Jul 26, 2021 03:29PM Jvfireball wrote:

Jennie,They marked me with sharpie every morning...so you shouldn't have to worry about that...I used lotion in the beginning and then switched to aquaphor when is started getting sensitive/sore. Hindsight being 20/20 I would start Aquaphor from the beginning and use liberally. Also if you get any spots that are really sensitive...they make a spray on version. I could only find it on Amazon, but CVS says they carry it also.

Mine was names....I couldn't recall names during the latter half of Chemo and a bit after but it is improving. Also energy and everything is improving each day. So I am grateful for that.

LW422, I am done, all the burns are healed now and skin is just a bit dry, I need to be better at lotion. You should be one AC left I think....YAY if that is true....I knew you could do it.

When is your surgery?

Hope everyone is doing well....day by day...inch by inch.

Blessings to you all

Julie


Julie Dx 9/28/2020, IDC, Both breasts, 1cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 1/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 1/7/2021 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant Chemotherapy 2/16/2021 TAC Radiation Therapy Breast, Lymph nodes
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Jul 26, 2021 04:15PM LW422 wrote:

Hey Julie!! Yep, Thursday is my LAST AC. OMG, I can't wait for that to be done with. My surgery is August 23, so next I'll be obsessing about that. The fun just keeps on comin'!

I'm glad you're done, Julie. That must be a great feeling. Hugs to you.

Dx 1/12/2021, IDC, Right, 1cm, Grade 3, ER-/PR+, HER2- Dx 1/20/2021, IBC, Right, Stage IIIC Chemotherapy 2/9/2021 Taxol (paclitaxel) Chemotherapy 5/18/2021 AC
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Jul 29, 2021 07:06AM JN5000 wrote:

LW422 -- thinking about you today. Your last AC!! I hope it goes well and that the side effects are minimal. You did it!!!

Dx 1/4/2021, ILC, Right, 1cm, Stage IB, Grade 2, 0/3 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2- Chemotherapy 2/15/2021 AC + T (Taxol) Radiation Therapy Whole-breast Surgery Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Sentinel
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Jul 29, 2021 08:17PM - edited Jul 29, 2021 08:23PM by LW422

Thanks so much, Jennie!! I'm so glad to have that done. Now I just have to get through the next two weeks of SEs!! :hrmm:

The chemo nurse asked me if I wanted to "Ring the Bell," which is kind of a little ceremony at MDA where the nurses and family clap and take pictures of the patient ringing a large brass bell that is hanging on the wall. I told her that I don't like being the center of attention, so she brought me a small black box with this inside...


She said to ring it with my family when I got home! Isn't that the sweetest?

Dx 1/12/2021, IDC, Right, 1cm, Grade 3, ER-/PR+, HER2- Dx 1/20/2021, IBC, Right, Stage IIIC Chemotherapy 2/9/2021 Taxol (paclitaxel) Chemotherapy 5/18/2021 AC
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Jul 30, 2021 12:17PM JN5000 wrote:

congratulations LW422!! That's so cool they gave you a bell. I rang the bell in the chemo room -- my MO told me to ring it loud enough so that she could hear it in her office, so I really rang it! I hope your side effects get overwith quickly! No more AC!! You beat the Red Devil.

Dx 1/4/2021, ILC, Right, 1cm, Stage IB, Grade 2, 0/3 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2- Chemotherapy 2/15/2021 AC + T (Taxol) Radiation Therapy Whole-breast Surgery Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Sentinel
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Jul 30, 2021 02:40PM LW422 wrote:

Thanks, Jennie. I am SO GLAD to be done with AC. I'm feeling OK today but I'm sure that won't last.

I hope everyone else in the Class of February 2021 is either already finished with chemo or nearly so. We did it, y'all!!

Dx 1/12/2021, IDC, Right, 1cm, Grade 3, ER-/PR+, HER2- Dx 1/20/2021, IBC, Right, Stage IIIC Chemotherapy 2/9/2021 Taxol (paclitaxel) Chemotherapy 5/18/2021 AC
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Aug 1, 2021 10:29AM Amary2021 wrote:

Hi LW422,

Wow you did it!!! Yeyyyy!!! You so deserve that magnificent bell!!

I have my 5th taxol tomorrow, still soldiering on.

Take care, everyone.

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Aug 1, 2021 11:25AM LW422 wrote:

Thanks, Amary. I'm so glad to be done with chemo, but now I'll be wringing my hands over the mastectomy (in 22 days...ack) and whether I get the coveted "PCR." Seems like we never escape the on-going anxiety of a cancer Dx.

Good job on Taxol #5. How's that going for you? Are you having any unpleasant SEs? I hope it's relatively easy for you. Take care!

Dx 1/12/2021, IDC, Right, 1cm, Grade 3, ER-/PR+, HER2- Dx 1/20/2021, IBC, Right, Stage IIIC Chemotherapy 2/9/2021 Taxol (paclitaxel) Chemotherapy 5/18/2021 AC
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Aug 2, 2021 07:23AM Amary2021 wrote:

Hi LW422,

Yes, I wonder about the "PCR" and I hope you get it!! That's right, we will not get over the anxiety, but I am really hoping with all the treatments we are going through, they will lessen our rate of recurrence.

You did excellent with your AC really.

My taxol #5 went well, I am recovering in lesser time than when I first started. I hope this continues. I get a bloated tummy feeling, but they ease in 3 days while taking Goredex for tummy acid prescribed by my doc. I feel the joint pain from the Neupogen injection to boost the white blood cells, but overall pushing through.

Take care all.

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23 hours ago Jvfireball wrote:

LW422,

I am so grateful you are done!!!!! Surgery will be a breeze in comparison. So proud of you, I remember after the first one you said you couldn't do it, but I knew you could...and you DID!!!!


Keeping you in pryaer my frined!

Julie

Julie Dx 9/28/2020, IDC, Both breasts, 1cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 1/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 1/7/2021 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant Chemotherapy 2/16/2021 TAC Radiation Therapy Breast, Lymph nodes
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23 hours ago Jvfireball wrote:

LW422/Amary2021,

What is "PCR"?

Thanks

Julie

Julie Dx 9/28/2020, IDC, Both breasts, 1cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 1/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 1/7/2021 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant Chemotherapy 2/16/2021 TAC Radiation Therapy Breast, Lymph nodes
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22 hours ago - edited 22 hours ago by LW422

Julie--PCR is "pathologic complete response," meaning the chemo killed all the existing cancer cells. From NCI...

Pathologic Complete Response -- The lack of all signs of cancer in tissue samples removed during surgery or biopsy after treatment with radiation or chemotherapy. To find out if there is a pathologic complete response, a pathologist checks the tissue samples under a microscope to see if there are still cancer cells left after the anticancer treatment. Knowing if the cancer is in pathologic complete response may help show how well treatment is working or if the cancer will come back.

Dx 1/12/2021, IDC, Right, 1cm, Grade 3, ER-/PR+, HER2- Dx 1/20/2021, IBC, Right, Stage IIIC Chemotherapy 2/9/2021 Taxol (paclitaxel) Chemotherapy 5/18/2021 AC
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20 hours ago Jvfireball wrote:

Lw422, thank you, I had not heard that before,. I am sure that is the report you will get!!!!!

One step closer...

Julie

Julie Dx 9/28/2020, IDC, Both breasts, 1cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 1/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 1/7/2021 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant Chemotherapy 2/16/2021 TAC Radiation Therapy Breast, Lymph nodes

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