Aug 25, 2014 11:35AM - edited Aug 25, 2014 01:09PM by agness
[Feel free to post fewer details, I just wanted to be more detailed in case it makes a difference to someone else's care choices]
Six doses of TCHP, every three weeks, no delays
Had a Zoladex 30-day injection before round 5 to try to protect my ovaries
Had 7th dose of Perjeta three weeks PFC
I declined Neulasta treatment and used Chinese medicine to treat neutropenia.
Weekly acupuncture, daily prescribed Chinese herbs (pausing the week of infusions)
Nutritional supplementation (iron, zinc, vit D, magnesium, probiotics, powdered greens) under guidance with naturopathic oncologist based on additional blood labs.
Energetic bodywork (based on a recommendation of a friend)
Fasting (water only) during round 5 (18 hours before, ending after 25 hours total)
Tumor no longer palpable after round 3
Imaging the day after round 6 dose (so demonstrating response through round 5) showed no tumor but residual calcifications; lymph nodes in axilla no longer light up, sentinal node and internal node still light up.
No residual carcinoma in breast, fibrosis, adenosis and microcalcifications remain as evidence of treated tumor
3 Lymph nodes removed - fibrosis suggestive of treated tumor in one
MRI and ultrasound after round 6
I tracked what I ate carefully, focused on probiotic and prebiotic foods to help heal my gut and improve nutritional absorption after each round. I also supplemented extra magnesium and potassium to counteract the muscle cramping caused by the cytotoxic agents. My magnesium tested low throughout treatment and afterwards (still working on it 8 weeks PFC).