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Jan 30, 2018 02:25AM
Jan 30, 2018 03:05AM
I finished getting my main TCH infusions a week before Thanksgiving. They took me off of Perjeta after #2 of 6 because of the lovely SE. Things improved down there once the perjeta was out of my system. #5 & #6 infusions were pretty bad for me; made good use of zofran, etc. As for immunity, etc. I happened to catch a mild virus a week before my lumpectomy. Nearly rid of it by then, thankfully...no fever. Where I work, I am proximity of patients and wore masks for about a week, then gave it up. My WBC was amazingly good, but once or twice, my platelets were low. As for missing work, I missed about a total of 4 work days in the 19 week stretch. Chemo brain didn't help me a couple of times; forgetting things. In addition, today, my boss asked if I was OK (a bit dizzy from doing kneeling to standing tasks). I guess I looked like grumpy cat, a little.
One of the worst parts was infusion #5 and the aftermath. Weeks before, a close family member wanted to come visit me on my birthday. Not a good idea since it would follow infusion by a day. Had to convince him to come a week or so later. They just don't get it (experiences with side effects). Thankfully, he took my word for it (turned out to be really rough).
I will continue with Herceptin until June, I think. My onc told me that dropping perjeta wasn't a risk at all (contrary to the info early on). I also begin rads maybe next week, depending on insurance. I still have a black stripe between my boobs (one of the markings) underneath tape. Can't even tell where the tattoos are since I have little spots/moles on my skin already. I'm not looking forward to Rads because they warned that I might be fatigued (more than with chemo). I can't have that. Already experienced fatigue the later I worked. Hopefully, I won't get nauseous (SE of zofran: dizziness, drowsiness). We shall see. Still, I'm glad I'm done with the T&C of the TCH.
Good luck to you all and Hugs!
7/7/2017, IDC, Left, 3cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, ER+/PR-, HER2+ (FISH)
7/27/2017 Herceptin (trastuzumab)
7/27/2017 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel)
1/4/2018 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel; Reconstruction (left): Fat grafting
2/21/2018 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes