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Dec 4, 2012 10:10AM
, edited Apr 19, 2014 07:53PM
My Oncologist told me originally that after surgery, I would have chemo about 4 weeks later, due to healing time. But once he found out I was TNBC, he was chomping at the bit to get my port in and get me started - he only waited as long as he did because he was double-checking all my test results for additional verification. I had the port in and chemo started 48 hours later. It was a little rough, as the spot was somewhat raw. I pre-medicated with a Percoset ... that helped the pain and helped me stay relaxed.
My BC diagnosis was on Tuesday 12/27/11. The following week on Wednesday 1/4/12, I had a BMX. I had the port put in on 1/31/12, and first round of chemo started on 2/2/12 - Ground Hog's Day. Hair fell out on Valentine's Day. My chemo was started 29 days after surgery.
Have a wig plan in place if you are going to wear one. I was not prepared for how fast it would happen. My Onc said it would, but since I didn't have many side effects of chemo, I was slow-rolling the purchase of a wig. Then I had to spring into action and go find a wig while my hair was shedding everywhere. It was crazy - have a wig plan in place! :o)
Wishing you all a great week!
Article from bc.org site: "Best to Start Chemotherapy Within 30 Days of Surgery
- when to start chemo, how soon should I start chemo, timely treatment of chemo reduces risk, adjuvant chemo
After breast cancer, it's Plan B (as follows): Low-fat, low sugar, fish, veggies, whole grains, fruits, water, green tea; 6-8 hrs moderate-vigorous exercise weekly; and Metformin. If you need info about Metformin to discuss with your Onc, PM me.
12/27/2011, IDC, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 3, 0/5 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2-
1/3/2012 Mastectomy: Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement
2/1/2012 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel)
5/29/2012 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right)