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Mar 24, 2021 05:28AM
Hello Sylvia and Gill,
After meeting with the oncologist who suggested Paxus, I asked why no AC in the quotation, and turned out it's a miscommunication between him and the staff. The treatment given will still be AC + Paxus. And I waited for a long time before they finally gave me a correct quotation. I did not feel good about the whole thing and lost confidence on them, so while waiting for the quotation I made appointment with another well-known oncologist from the hospital which I had my mastectomy.
This third oncologist, gave us better impression than the 2nd oncologist who suggested Paxus. He suggested 12 weekly Paclitaxel with Herceptin, followed by 4 AC every two weeks, then a maintenance of one year of Herceptin. I get the quotation on next day, and clarified again today. Although the treatment fee is higher due to more Herceptin, starting with weekly Paclitaxel enables me to fully utilize my medical insurance.
With my existing oncologist unable to provide a quotation and no confidence on the 2nd oncologist, I have decided to go ahead with the 3rd oncologist. So now I have my surgeon and oncologist under the same roof, which is good too for easier communication.
My tummy wound is healing, and the oncologist said it's superficial so I can start chemo anytime. My surgeon also keeps pushing me for chemo. It's coming to two months soon since my surgery, my plan is to start on 5/4 instead of 29/3. The onco's clinic is on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday, and my husband prefer Monday.
Now I need to find out the side effects of Paclitaxel and how to cope with them. Few weeks ago I read in this forum that people who's under Paclitaxel use ice packs but now I can't find back that post.
3/7/2019, DCIS, Left, 2cm, Stage 0, Grade 3, 0/0 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2+
5/7/2019 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Sentinel
5/14/2019, DCIS/IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/2 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2- (IHC)
6/10/2019 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel)
9/5/2019 Whole-breast: Breast
2/2/2021, IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IA, Grade 3, 0/5 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2+ (FISH)
2/2/2021 Lymph node removal: Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): Pedicled TRAM flap
3/31/2021 Herceptin (trastuzumab)
3/31/2021 AC + T (Taxol)