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Topic: HERCEPTIN and/or PERJETA Threads

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Posted on: Dec 4, 2014 05:13AM

Teakie88 wrote:

I am currently on Herceptin and Perjeta with Zometa every three weeks. Would love to hear from others who have been on this targeted therapy and how well the treatments have been working for you..

Do not go gentle into that good night (Dylan Thomas) Dx 5/19/2011, IBC, 5cm, Stage IIIB, Grade 3, 10/10 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2+ Dx 6/6/2014, IBC, Stage IV, Grade 3, ER-/PR-, HER2+
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Dec 4, 2017 08:13PM illimae wrote:

Lisa, I still try to learn but basically gave up trying to understand or control this disease, too much of a mind F@&$. Since TM’s are known to fluctuate and can just be inaccurate, I would place my trust in the scans and onc’s interpretation. Try to relax a bit I guess, I know it’s super hard :(

Diagnosed at 41 Stage IV De Novo Dx 11/16/2016, IDC, Left, 5cm, Stage IV, metastasized to bone, Grade 3, 3/13 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2+ (IHC) Chemotherapy 1/2/2017 Abraxane (albumin-bound or nab-paclitaxel) Targeted Therapy 1/2/2017 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Targeted Therapy 1/2/2017 Perjeta (pertuzumab) Surgery 6/26/2017 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Underarm/Axillary Radiation Therapy 8/10/2017 Breast, Lymph nodes Dx 10/5/2017, IDC, Left, Stage IV, metastasized to brain Radiation Therapy 10/20/2017 External: Brain Hormonal Therapy Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Dec 4, 2017 09:04PM Maire67 wrote:

Hi. I’m starting Herceptin in a few weeks after a muga scan. I had Herceptin for 12 months during my first go around . I did well on it after I finished other chemo and rads. That was over 10 years ago . Mets to bones last June. Spine, vertebra, femur MRI didn’t show brain mets.

Tried Ibrance but I had progression at PET last month. So now we are going to try this. No Perjeta. I will have to ask about that. But I will continue with Faslodex and Xgeva. I’ve got neutropenia. I’ve read quite a bit of the posts here trying to find out as much as I can. Thank heavens for this site. It has been a great source for me both times




Dx 6/2005, ILC, Right, 5cm, Stage IV, metastasized to bone, 1/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+ Chemotherapy AC + T (Taxol) Targeted Therapy Herceptin (trastuzumab) Hormonal Therapy Aromasin (exemestane), Faslodex (fulvestrant), Femara (letrozole) Surgery Lymph node removal; Mastectomy
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Dec 5, 2017 12:24AM Bjsmiller wrote:

I think the Herceptin drippy nose is real, I certainly had it, and it went away once I stopped H. I've read about many others who experienced it as well. So, yes, tissues always on hand! Luckily, that was really the only SE I had with it.

I'm Barbara, age 56 at dx, married, mom to a teen daughter. "Eat half, walk double, laugh triple and love without measure..." (Tibetan proverb) -- Six rounds of TCHP ended 10/22/15. Zometa started 11/12/15 every 3 months. Dx 6/1/2015, IDC, Left, 4cm, Stage IIIA, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2+ (FISH) Dx 6/30/2015, Stage IV Radiation Therapy 12/16/2015 External: Bone Surgery 2/16/2016 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left Radiation Therapy 5/8/2016 External: Lymph nodes, Chest wall Hormonal Therapy 10/13/2016 Femara (letrozole)
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Dec 5, 2017 01:13PM MommyErin wrote:

I haven't had issues with neuropathy since my last TCHP infusion (July). I did have serious drippy nose with TCHP, but not so much since then. So far, H&P infusions are a breeze; a little joint stiffness, but I stay active (workout 5 days a week, stretching every day), and that seems to help. I'll definitely keep acupuncture on the list of things to try if I do develop neuropathy from H&P down the road though.

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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Dec 5, 2017 03:39PM mara51506 wrote:

I have the drippy nose. Did not have while on H only but it developed on HP. More of an issue since I walk an hour a day outdoors and it is cold. No other SE on HP.


2015 chemos AC plus T Herceptin august 12 2016 craniotomy for brain met Sept 23 whole brain radiation November 2016 Herceptin, Perjeta and Taxol. Dec 2016, Dropped the Taxol due to extreme side effects, continuing Herceptin and Perjeta. Dx 3/15/2015, DCIS, Right, Stage 0, Grade 3, ER-/PR-, HER2+ Surgery 4/21/2015 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Right Dx 5/15/2015, IBC, Right, Stage IIIB, Grade 3, ER-/PR-, HER2+ Dx 7/29/2016, IBC, Right, 6cm+, Stage IV, metastasized to brain, Grade 3, ER-/PR-, HER2+
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Dec 5, 2017 04:12PM livebig wrote:

ditto on the drippy nose - but it's honestly better and not as noticeable now that I'm growing some nose hair! Haha! Small things y'all!

Fight like a Mother! Dx 1/2017, IDC, Left, 6cm+, Stage IV, metastasized to liver, Grade 3, ER-/PR+, HER2+ Chemotherapy 1/15/2017 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel)
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Dec 5, 2017 04:59PM jackboo09 wrote:

Hi again,

The neuropathy flare up I experienced over recent days has eased a little only to be replaced with yet more sinus pressure and pain.

Seems we all report similar things. MommyErin- I want to follow your lead with regular exercise. The challenge is fitting it around my job.

Stage 2b Her 2 + Est + one pos node Age 40 Dx 2/27/2011, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, ER+, HER2+
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Dec 6, 2017 08:16AM lisajo6 wrote:

I am almost two months out from taxatore. I am having a horrible neuropathy flare. My hand hurts and burns.

Lisa Stoneham
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Dec 6, 2017 12:50PM MommyErin wrote:

lisajo6- So sorry to hear that! What has your MO said about it?

Liz- Yes, it can be a challenge. I guess I’m lucky that I’m basically just working part-time on my PhD when my kids are in pre-school (20 hours/week) and I’m home with them otherwise. My gym has great classes and daycare, so I use that as a much needed break from toddler tantrums. That’s motivation enough for me, lol.

Jill- Hahaha! Maybe the nose hair is why I haven’t noticed it in a while. I’ll take it ;-)

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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Dec 7, 2017 05:24AM LisaY wrote:

Thank you everyone who has chimed in about neuropathy, as this is definitely a concern of mine. I have some in my feet, but then again I have brain mets so I have other balance issues as well. I will investigate acupuncture at some point in the future.

Dx 7/2016, IDC, Right, Stage IV, metastasized to bone/liver, Grade 3, ER+/PR+, HER2+ Chemotherapy 8/28/2016 Taxol (paclitaxel) Targeted Therapy 8/28/2016 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Targeted Therapy 8/28/2016 Perjeta (pertuzumab) Hormonal Therapy Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Dec 7, 2017 05:25AM LisaY wrote:

Thank you, everyone who posted about neuropathy. This is definitely a concern of mine, and I will check out acupuncture at some point in the future.

Dx 7/2016, IDC, Right, Stage IV, metastasized to bone/liver, Grade 3, ER+/PR+, HER2+ Chemotherapy 8/28/2016 Taxol (paclitaxel) Targeted Therapy 8/28/2016 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Targeted Therapy 8/28/2016 Perjeta (pertuzumab) Hormonal Therapy Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Dec 11, 2017 08:51AM lisajo6 wrote:

I am still pretty down about my markers going up to the fifties when they were normal three weeks after I just started perjeta and herceptin only. I started tamoxifen three days ago as I am triple positive. I took tamoxifen for 5 years when I was first diagnosed in 1998. It worked for me then, has anyone had success using it again with P & H? I really believe this will be my last Christmas. So down. Thanks for listening.

Lisa S.

Lisa Stoneham
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Dec 11, 2017 03:57PM - edited Dec 11, 2017 03:59PM by mara51506

Lisa, there are quite a few people who have had good success at being NED or at least stable for quite a while on HP and Tamoxifen. Those drugs together make a very effective team.

I am really sorry you are feeling so down. I hope that you are able to talk to support about it whether it be family, friends or a social worker. Sometimes another person can offer perspective.

When I was first dx Stage IV, I felt I would be dead soon after since my single met was in my brain. I considered myself to be dying of cancer. I talked to a social worker in those early days and one way she really helped me was to get rid of the "I'm dying of cancer" thought process. Instead, she wanted me to think of it as "living with cancer" so that tx or SE would not seem so hard. It took me a couple of months consciously telling myself I am living with cancer. I don't bother thinking about how much time I have left. A lot of that is simply how a person responds to treatment which is luck a lot of times. What we can do is live with it and deal with any SE. We can find something to enjoy that has nothing to do with it, go for a walk, simple things. If the dark places are still there and you can't get out, please to find someone to talk to. It can help so much. I liked the social worker because I could talk about things that would have upset my family.

I am by no means OK having to deal with cancer, but I make do, walk almost everyday outside and hope I can keep going for longer with my qol. I hope you get to this point soon. Please keep us posted, don't ever feel you are letting people down or that this is not a safe place to unload some of your pain. Hugs to you. If it is too hard to bear, there is nothing wrong with asking for help ie an antidepresseant if not already prescribed. That may give you a jumping of point to dealing with it.

2015 chemos AC plus T Herceptin august 12 2016 craniotomy for brain met Sept 23 whole brain radiation November 2016 Herceptin, Perjeta and Taxol. Dec 2016, Dropped the Taxol due to extreme side effects, continuing Herceptin and Perjeta. Dx 3/15/2015, DCIS, Right, Stage 0, Grade 3, ER-/PR-, HER2+ Surgery 4/21/2015 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Right Dx 5/15/2015, IBC, Right, Stage IIIB, Grade 3, ER-/PR-, HER2+ Dx 7/29/2016, IBC, Right, 6cm+, Stage IV, metastasized to brain, Grade 3, ER-/PR-, HER2+
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Dec 12, 2017 05:44PM jackboo09 wrote:

Hi Lisa

I saw your post and wanted to say stay with us. We are all rooting for you.

Lovely post Mara. I know your words really helped me tonight too. Yours is the kind of post that I will go back to for comfort. I hope it offers some hope to you Lisa

Hugs everyone,

Liz


Stage 2b Her 2 + Est + one pos node Age 40 Dx 2/27/2011, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, ER+, HER2+

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