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Topic: Starting radiation September 2017

Forum: Radiation Therapy - Before, During and After — What to expect from treatment and ways to cope with side effects.

Posted on: Aug 5, 2017 03:02PM

Anna-in-Norway wrote:

Hello... Is there anybody starting radiation september 2017 here? I have 6 Taxol leftt and then starting rads...

Dx 3/1/2017, IDC, Left, 3cm, Stage IIIA, Grade 3, 8/25 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2-
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Oct 9, 2017 06:33PM bah1976 wrote:

Hi everyone, thanks for sharing your stories. I just found this group and appreciate the information. I have 6 more on the whole breast, then 4 targeted at my scars. I have 2 questions-

1. Is anyone else just using aquaphor? That’s the only thing my RO has allowed me to use.

2. Is anyone having any testing done once radiation is over? Like MRI, mammogram, etc? So many well meaning friends have been asking me how do I know that the surgery, chemo and radiation have been successful??


Dx 4/7/2017, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 3/6 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 4/18/2017 Lumpectomy; Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel Chemotherapy 5/11/2017 AC + T (Taxol)
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Oct 9, 2017 08:42PM SuzyFL wrote:

Congrats to Shelabela and MamaOz! I still have one week left.

bah1976...My RO only allowed me to use Aloe and then Aquaphor on top of that, nothing else.

Dx 5/9/2017, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 7/6/2017 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Radiation Therapy 8/30/2017 Whole-breast: Breast
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Oct 9, 2017 09:35PM deedledee wrote:

I was able to work full time but the clinic was only 10 minutes from my office and I had 15 sessions -short course. I had one day I decided I was as bit tired so decided to take day off. It's funny that it has hit me at two weeks post Rads. Probably also emotional-through the treatments and finally not fighting so hard.

Dx 6/23/2017, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (DUAL) Surgery 7/26/2017 Lumpectomy: Right Radiation Therapy 9/5/2017 Whole-breast: Breast Hormonal Therapy Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Oct 10, 2017 07:57AM MommyErin wrote:

bah1976- 1. I can use pure aloe (but if using the actual plant I have to wash the leaves and freeze to kill bacteria before use) and aquaphor. Calendula cream was also on the list, but my RO and nurse really push the aquaphor. So far using only aquaphor my breast and underarm area are only a little pink (18/32 treatments done) but my upper chest and neck are getting a little red. I'm having my supraclav radiated though, so if you're not don't worry about that area. 2. I'll be screamed every 4 months for the next year at least (body CT/PET), but I'm technically stage 4. My breasts are gone, so it's more so to keep an eye on my liver and make sure there's no new metastasis anywhere else

Dx 3/14/2017, Right, Stage IV, metastasized to liver, ER-/PR+, HER2+ Chemotherapy 3/21/2017 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 8/9/2017 Mastectomy: Left, Right Radiation Therapy 9/28/2017 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes, Chest wall Targeted Therapy Perjeta (pertuzumab) Targeted Therapy Herceptin (trastuzumab)
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Oct 10, 2017 08:27AM lovepugs77 wrote:

Shelabela, no, I'm in NC so I don't go to Mayo. That site just had good, easy to follow info.

DX at age 39 Dx 2/17/2017, DCIS, Right, Stage 0, Grade 3, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 2/17/2017, IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IIIA, Grade 2, 4/24 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 3/27/2017 Lumpectomy: Left, Right; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Surgery 4/12/2017 Lymph node removal: Left Chemotherapy 5/18/2017 AC + T (Taxol) Radiation Therapy 9/26/2017 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes
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Oct 10, 2017 10:54AM Eleanor1960 wrote:

Dodgers Girl...I can only speak from my experience. I went from finishing chemo on 8/8 to starting radiation the second week of September. My counts were still not back to baseline when I started the radiation. I have been on short-term disability throughout the chemo and continued on it during the radiation per my oncologist's recommendation. I don't know what your job is, but there is no way I could have been doing mine. The radiation fatigue has been building slowly, and I am utterly exhausted for the better part of each day. I am trying to eat my big meal around noontime as I am literally too tired to eat at night. I know it affects everyone differently, and I know there are those who do work. You will just have to judge how demanding your job is and weigh that against the fatigue issue.

I start my boosts tomorrow and should be ringing the bell on Monday!

Dx 1/24/2017, IDC, Right, 1cm, Grade 2, 0/5 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 3/2/2017 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Chemotherapy 5/16/2017 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Hormonal Therapy 11/13/2017 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Radiation Therapy Whole-breast: Breast
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Oct 10, 2017 11:40AM Scottie719 wrote:

Had treatment 25/30 today - Boosts start tomorrow, and hope to wrap up on Tuesday 10/17. I've been able to work through rads, but my treatment center is nearby and I have a private consulting practice that allows me to pace myself - and hit the sofa on occaision, but that hasn't happened too often so far. I'm back in my actual office [as of Labor Day week-end], but worked from home during chemo and surgery recovery. I "graduated" to Silvadene as of last Friday - Had been using My Girls and Miadrem-L until then, but started to blister. I'll be thrilled to be able to dress in "real" clothes within a few weeks - The Hanes v-neck tees [who knew they made them for women?] and button-front shirts are getting really old - and I live in fear of bumping into someone I haven't seen since high school!

Dx 1/6/2017, IDC, Right, 0/12 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2+ Chemotherapy 1/23/2017 AC + T (Taxol) Targeted Therapy 3/21/2017 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Targeted Therapy 3/21/2017 Perjeta (pertuzumab) Surgery 7/17/2017 Mastectomy: Right Radiation Therapy 9/6/2017 Whole-breast: Lymph nodes, Chest wall Hormonal Therapy Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Oct 10, 2017 02:03PM Bromeliad wrote:

I was able to get short-term disability. I teach at a university and have a reduced course load. One of my colleagues took over my morning class (which was scheduled at the same time as my radiation treatments), and I continued to teach the other course that was scheduled for the afternoons. I am really, really glad I took short-term disability just to have a little bit of flexibility with regard to juggling the daily treatments and everything else in life. Those morning appointments really take over your life.

Dx 5/2017, DCIS, Left, 1cm, Stage 0, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 7/12/2017 Lumpectomy: Left Hormonal Therapy 10/1/2017 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Surgery Lumpectomy: Left Radiation Therapy
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Oct 10, 2017 02:43PM Anna-in-Norway wrote:

I have started feeling sick and have diarhea? Could this be related to the rads

Dx 3/1/2017, IDC, Left, 3cm, Stage IIIA, Grade 3, 8/25 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2-
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Oct 10, 2017 05:34PM Kaso wrote:

My final boost was today. My RO switched me from eurcerin to aquaphor at boost time. I never burned on the breast skin. My skin did become tan, irritated and quite itchy. It's easy to see which breast was radiated. My nipple is painful and burnt. Unfortunately I got a fever of 102 before the last 2 treatments, and my ongoing cough was thought to be either pneumanitis or acute viral bronchitis. I will await 30 days for the radiation to leave my system and start the dreaded inibitor lexatrole.Known side affects scare me, but I guess not as much as a BC recurrence.

Dx 7/5/2017, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/5 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Oct 10, 2017 07:12PM MelDent wrote:

Hi Everyone!

I'm 3 days away from finishing and trying to finish strong. :) My boob hurts and I feel like I keep running into things, which Hurts! I'm sore, some brown freckles are coming thru, and a little red/tan. My nipple is uncomfortable and I feel lots of twinges. There, I'm done complaining, but I know you'll all understand. :)

Aquaphor has been my only cream thus far, and it really does the job. I've just been lax on using it the past few days...

Hi-Dodgersgirl, I don't work full time, but I feel like I could. Fatigue hasn't been too bad for me, but lots of us have it to some degree, some worse than others (Sorry Deedledee).

Welcome Ellyn- I wear a t-shirt and front closure bra, haven't had issues, except the sharpie leaves ink on my bra after the mapping and extra dotting when needed. I've had my appointment times all over the place, depending on my work schedule, the radiation dept. has been very flexible with times.

Ready to get this week over-with!

:D Gentle hugs to you all.

Melissa Dx 8/2017, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 8/17/2017 Lumpectomy: Left Radiation Therapy 9/18/2017
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Oct 10, 2017 07:34PM bmm11071 wrote:

Nice that everyone is finishing up. I started my boosts today- first of 7. My breast is not too bad but my nipple is very tender and swollen. My boosts are targeting behind the nipple, so I guess it will be more tender. The fatigue is the worst for me. It has been very bad. I am retired but work 2 part time jobs. One is at a university, so hard for me to call in sick. The students don't mind of course! I am taking it 1 day at a time. I am following the RO's instructions- exercise 30 minutes a day, drink lots of water, eat more protein, get allot of sleep at night but avoid sleeping during the day other than a short nap. It helps to keep moving but really hard to keep up with everything I have to do. My husband is having a major surgery 7 days after my treatments are over- so hoping my fatigue willl be getting better. I know that is not likely- but still hoping. Hang in there everyday, better days are coming.

Dx 7/24/2017, DCIS, Left, 2cm, Stage 0, Grade 3, ER+/PR+ Surgery 8/11/2017 Lumpectomy Radiation Therapy 9/14/2017 Whole-breast: Breast
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Oct 11, 2017 12:24PM shelabela wrote:

I feel what everyone is saying about the tiredness! I am so tired and cranky! I think my husband might lock himself in the garage! I have tried to keep working it is not always easy but I am trying. My concentration is so bad right now.

So far the skin is still looking good. I see my PS next week so we will see what he thinks. The last time I meet with him he told me to take care of "his" skin! LOL

I started Tamoxifen this morning, I sure hope it does not make me more tired. Anyone else going to be starting it?

Dx 1/10/2017, IDC, Left, 4cm, Stage IIIB, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2+ (IHC) Chemotherapy 2/5/2017 Taxol (paclitaxel) Targeted Therapy 2/5/2017 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Targeted Therapy 2/5/2017 Perjeta (pertuzumab) Chemotherapy 5/1/2017 AC Surgery 7/19/2017 Lymph node removal: Sentinel, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Left; Prophylactic mastectomy: Right Targeted Therapy 8/2/2017 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Radiation Therapy 9/18/2017 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes Hormonal Therapy 10/11/2017 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Oct 11, 2017 01:03PM Radmonkey wrote:

17 out of 30 done. No burns, no pink. Slight irritation. I've been cranky and tired in the afternoons around 2-3 pm. I've used aquaphor, Miaderm and Aloe vera. I wear a tank top underneath a shirt. The aquaphor has been staining my tank tops, it reminds me of the breast feeding days.

As far as working, if you can set your own schedule, then it is manageable... however, even though radiation takes about 15 minutes, I've had to wait in the waiting room about 30 minute to an hour because they have been backed up. There were 2 days that the machine went down and I was "on call" to get my treatment. If I were working a 9-5 shift, it would be very stressful.

I started Tamoxifen Oct 1. My onc wanted me to start during radiation, which I've read others who have waited. I had hot flashes during chemo, and I still have hot flashes. That has been the worst SE so far. I also got a Lupron shot in September.

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Oct 11, 2017 04:30PM JennD wrote:

2 boosts down and 2 to go then I am done! I tried to keep working but because I have an 18 mos old who still wakes me in the night, I was tired before I even started. Now it's beyond tired and I couldn't concentrate so I am on short term disability. I wear a very loose tank top under a button up shirt. It's worked the best for me. After the wholeness breast treatments I got red bumps on my chest and under my breast there are dark mole like spots. I use aloe several times daily and a local cream for sensitive skin. Seemed to help at first but not so much now.

Shelabela, I start tamoxifen next week. Fingers crossed I don't get any more tired

Surgery 5/24/2017 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Dx 5/30/2017, DCIS, Right, 1cm, Stage 0 Dx 5/30/2017, IDC, Right, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/5 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Radiation Therapy 9/13/2017 Whole-breast: Breast
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Oct 11, 2017 05:10PM lovepugs77 wrote:

I'm starting tamoxifen as soon as I finish rads.

DX at age 39 Dx 2/17/2017, DCIS, Right, Stage 0, Grade 3, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 2/17/2017, IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IIIA, Grade 2, 4/24 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 3/27/2017 Lumpectomy: Left, Right; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Surgery 4/12/2017 Lymph node removal: Left Chemotherapy 5/18/2017 AC + T (Taxol) Radiation Therapy 9/26/2017 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes
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Oct 11, 2017 05:46PM Canela wrote:

26/30, today being my first boost. Funny, the actual boost is very fast but setting up took so long that overall the session was longer than usual. RO gave me a silvadene prescription for my armpit, which is really red and raw.

I've been lucky in not really getting fatigue. I have noticed that I feel it more if I don't get enough sleep but otherwise I feel fine. I think it helps that my job usually often keeps me pretty physically active.

Yesterday, I spoke to woman in the waiting room. She asked me how far along I was in treatment, and said that she had just started, and that this was her second breast cancer, her first one being 37 years ago, and that I'll be fine. I really needed to hear that. From even before starting treatment, I've had this fear of recurrence or second cancer that's been hovering over any thoughts of the future, and it was really comforting talking to someone who's had so many years cancer free.

Dx 2/23/2017, DCIS/IDC, Right, 4cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 3/17 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC) Chemotherapy 3/16/2017 AC + T (Taxol) Surgery 7/26/2017 Lymph node removal: Sentinel, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Right Radiation Therapy 9/5/2017 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes
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Oct 12, 2017 04:00AM - edited Oct 12, 2017 04:02AM by MamaOz

oh my goodness , so many of you are young women with babies!! God bless you all.. how hard is that!

I have an 18 mo old grand daughter who has been my inspiration throughoit this ordeal , but I am a grandmother

My rads finished last week , I am tired and my chest has become tighter each day , the aquaphor is helping but thankfully not raw...I started arimidex this week...I am on day 5

My best wishes and prayers to all, stay positive as tough as it may be.. and yes I find speaking with longer term survivors heart warming and hopeful

Mamaoz

Mamaoz : chemo 1/.17-4/17 AC/.paxitacil : 3/29 nodes Dx 12/5/2016, IDC, Right, 3cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 3/29 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 5/20/2017 Lymph node removal: Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Left Radiation Therapy 8/7/2017 Hormonal Therapy Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Oct 12, 2017 06:20AM Bromeliad wrote:

Shelabela and Lovepugs, I've been on tamoxifen since Oct. 1, and so far, so good. Also, the rawness from the radiation seems to be subsiding significantly. I see my BS on Friday for a follow-up, then my oncologist at the end of the month to see how I'm doing on the tamoxifen.

Dx 5/2017, DCIS, Left, 1cm, Stage 0, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 7/12/2017 Lumpectomy: Left Hormonal Therapy 10/1/2017 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Surgery Lumpectomy: Left Radiation Therapy
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Oct 12, 2017 05:11PM SuzyFL wrote:

I have 3 boosts left! I can't believe the end is near! My skin has suddenly turned a light brownish color across and under the breast and Im pink under the arm. My itching has stopped thank goodness.. It's so nice to know that so many ladies here are near the end of treatment. Wooooo hooooo!


Dx 5/9/2017, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 7/6/2017 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Radiation Therapy 8/30/2017 Whole-breast: Breast
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Oct 13, 2017 04:59PM VLH wrote:

JennD, was today your final boost? I hope that your skin cooperates over the next couple of weeks. I feel like I've turned the corner in that regard, but the fatigue continues at the two-week mark. Hopefully, each successive week will get better and better from here on. Good luck!

Lyn

Dx 5/20/2016, IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 0/3 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2- (FISH) Surgery 7/14/2016 Lumpectomy: Left Dx 7/18/2016, DCIS, Left, Stage 0, Grade 3, 0/3 nodes Surgery 7/25/2016 Lumpectomy: Left Chemotherapy 10/9/2016 AC + T (Taxol) Radiation Therapy 9/4/2017 Whole-breast: Breast
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Oct 13, 2017 05:47PM JennD wrote:

Lyn, Yes! I am DONE!!! Was so happy to say goodbye to all the wonderful techs but had a good cry after I walked out. Such a huge weight being lifted. Thank you for thinking of me ❤.

I was told by the nurse 3-4 days of getting worse then I should turn the corner. They also said the next 2 weeks will be rough before I start to see overall improvement. Wondering if I should wait that long to start the tamoxifen. Did anyone else wait?

Happy Rads free weekend to all those still getting them and congrats to everyone who is done. MelDent was it your last day too?

Big hugs to everyone! Jenn


Surgery 5/24/2017 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Dx 5/30/2017, DCIS, Right, 1cm, Stage 0 Dx 5/30/2017, IDC, Right, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/5 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Radiation Therapy 9/13/2017 Whole-breast: Breast
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Oct 13, 2017 07:29PM MelDent wrote:

HI- Yes Jenn! WhooHooo!!! Done!

Congrats Jenn. :)

Dinner out and a surprise cake to celebrate the end... now for 5 years of a daily pill. Have an appt at the end of the month to figure out which pill.

Pulling for all of you!

Hugs!

Melissa Dx 8/2017, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 8/17/2017 Lumpectomy: Left Radiation Therapy 9/18/2017
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Oct 13, 2017 07:42PM shelabela wrote:

congrats Jenn! I cried after my last treatment also. Such a long road.

I started Tamoxifen Wednesday. 5 days after.


Dx 1/10/2017, IDC, Left, 4cm, Stage IIIB, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2+ (IHC) Chemotherapy 2/5/2017 Taxol (paclitaxel) Targeted Therapy 2/5/2017 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Targeted Therapy 2/5/2017 Perjeta (pertuzumab) Chemotherapy 5/1/2017 AC Surgery 7/19/2017 Lymph node removal: Sentinel, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Left; Prophylactic mastectomy: Right Targeted Therapy 8/2/2017 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Radiation Therapy 9/18/2017 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes Hormonal Therapy 10/11/2017 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Oct 14, 2017 05:52AM MamaOz wrote:

jenn and meldent congrats!! Keep in touch !

Mamaoz : chemo 1/.17-4/17 AC/.paxitacil : 3/29 nodes Dx 12/5/2016, IDC, Right, 3cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 3/29 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 5/20/2017 Lymph node removal: Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Left Radiation Therapy 8/7/2017 Hormonal Therapy Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Oct 14, 2017 06:41AM Eleanor1960 wrote:

Monday will be my last boost and then appt with oncologist on Tuesday to discuss the follow-up treatment. Continuing to deal with fatigue, low appetite and discomfort/pain in breast.

I know I joined the group a little late, but I am still excited to share in your milestones! Way to go Jenn and MelDent. VLH thanks for updating on how you are doing. Keep us posted on when the fatigue actually begins to noticeably lift for you. MamaOz, how is the fatigue treating you? Any further post-rad symptoms? SuzyFl...almost there!

Enjoying my quiet Saturday morning of NOT having to go anywhere.

Cheers and blessings to all.

Dx 1/24/2017, IDC, Right, 1cm, Grade 2, 0/5 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 3/2/2017 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Chemotherapy 5/16/2017 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Hormonal Therapy 11/13/2017 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Radiation Therapy Whole-breast: Breast
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Oct 14, 2017 06:05PM MamaOz wrote:

Eleanor , welcome

My fatigue comes and goes.. its been a week

my right side is still tender and as I said im not quite up to speed .. I also started arimidex this week so im not sure whats causing what... im still foggy

Mamaoz : chemo 1/.17-4/17 AC/.paxitacil : 3/29 nodes Dx 12/5/2016, IDC, Right, 3cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 3/29 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 5/20/2017 Lymph node removal: Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Left Radiation Therapy 8/7/2017 Hormonal Therapy Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Oct 14, 2017 07:41PM VLH wrote:

Eleanor, you're sooo close to bring done. I know how relieved you'll be to finish treatment.

YAY, JennD! I'm sure the tears helped release the tension we inevitably feel during this process.

The reddening on my chest has definitely improved the past few days so I think the 14-day timeframe is accurate. Since I've dealt with Fibromyalgia for many years, I don't know if my lingering fatigue will be predictive for others, but I'm pleased to share that the brain fog / disconnected feeling have improved as well. I'm looking forward to our impending cold front since I feel like I have "prickly heat" when I get warm. I blame Taxol for that funky side effect. Gosh, to be able to spend time in the yard with the dogs without melting. Woo Hoo!

Lyn

Dx 5/20/2016, IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 0/3 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2- (FISH) Surgery 7/14/2016 Lumpectomy: Left Dx 7/18/2016, DCIS, Left, Stage 0, Grade 3, 0/3 nodes Surgery 7/25/2016 Lumpectomy: Left Chemotherapy 10/9/2016 AC + T (Taxol) Radiation Therapy 9/4/2017 Whole-breast: Breast
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Oct 14, 2017 08:33PM deedledee wrote:

Congrats to those completed and to those nearing the finish line. I hadn't been feeling so well the past week and missed your big day celebrations. For me the end of the second week kicked my butt for the last few days, but now into the third week I'm starting to feel better. I wasn't expecting to feel worse at the end of the first two weeks... I thought it was better then. Thank goodness the red bumps are almost gone..turning black. There are a couple of peeling spots in the middle that my real skin is peaking out from. I hope this black stuff all peels away!!! Still fighting some fatigue surprisingly but have been able to make it through work. DH has been great at home taking care of stuff. I'm looking forward to feeling normal by Friday as I'm heading to Kauai. Don't want to spoil the fun. Take care of yourself and rest when you need. My take away is that it takes longer than the two weeks the doctor said to heal after all. We have to be realistic and not fool ourselves.

Dx 6/23/2017, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (DUAL) Surgery 7/26/2017 Lumpectomy: Right Radiation Therapy 9/5/2017 Whole-breast: Breast Hormonal Therapy Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Oct 15, 2017 09:20AM MamaOz wrote:

thanks deedledee for yor perspective I think its a culmination of the whole deal chemo.. surgery ....rads

Now that Im done active treatment Im feeling a bit dazed

Its hard to remember all I went thru this year as I think Ive blocked it somewhere in my fuzzy brain ...

now hoping the arimidex doesnt add any more trauma

Have a fabulous well deserved vacation!!!

Mamao

Mamaoz : chemo 1/.17-4/17 AC/.paxitacil : 3/29 nodes Dx 12/5/2016, IDC, Right, 3cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 3/29 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 5/20/2017 Lymph node removal: Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Left Radiation Therapy 8/7/2017 Hormonal Therapy Arimidex (anastrozole)

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