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Mar 13, 2014 01:00PM
Mar 13, 2014 01:03PM
@bhd, I've forgotten where I got it. It was some candied ginger I had left over from a batch of chutney. I am going to look for it in the bulk foods section at Fred Meyer today. If they don't have it, maybe I will try making some homemade. I've already been looking around for recipes online and found several, but I would like to find one to make it in a slow cooker so I don't have to watch it so carefully. You might also be able to buy it online, perhaps from a specialty baking or cookery site. If I can't find it locally, and decide not to try the homemade or it doesn't work well, I'll look online too.
@JillThut, Another thing I think may be helping me with gas/bloating/belching, which has been a major annoyance to me during chemo tx, is digestive enzymes. These were suggested by a naturopath I consulted last month to see what vitamins/supplements might help relieve side effects. It might be worth checking with your oncologist to see if there is any reason not to try the enzymes. I only started taking them last week so it is hard to say whether I have less gas because of the enzymes or only because Doxil is monthly and it had been two weeks since the infusion. During my first chemo right after surgery, I asked my oncologist what to take for the gas, and simethicone was what he suggested, but it helped very little if at all. I also tried probiotics (with his OK) during my first chemo, and they didn't help either. That was my original onc, before I moved. My current doctor recommends no probiotics while on chemo. I think her concern is that live bacteria may get out of control. The naturopath thought they might be helpful, but I will acquiesce to Dr W's (onc) bar on probiotics, because they didn't help anyway when I tried them before.
My hair doesn't come out when I pull on it with my fingers. Some people experience color change with new hair after chemo, but as much as I can tell mine is coming in the same color as before. I didn't realize until it came out and I had it in my hands how much greyer it was in the front than in the back. My hair is also straighter and grows faster in front than in back.
@pearlady, I tried homemade ginger extract, ginger candies and ginger tea, but for me they didn't work as well as candied ginger.
Oncotype score 28--Age 56 at initial DX--mets found at 57 (but I suspect they were there from the start)--mixed IDC & carcenoid (neuroendocrine) tumor. Octreotide (a carcenoid treatment) June-Sept 2013, failed.
3/23/2012, IDC, 1cm, Stage IB, Grade 2, 1/13 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
1/10/2013 Arimidex (anastrozole)
2/26/2013, IDC, 1cm, Stage IV, Grade 2, 1/13 nodes, mets, ER+/PR+, HER2-
6/3/2013 Aromasin (exemestane)
10/30/2013 Taxol (paclitaxel)
1/22/2014 Doxil (liposomal doxorubicin)