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Nov 1, 2018 10:20AM
Hi Robyn. No, I did not receive Perjeta. It wasn't offered then and I'm not sure it would be offered to a stage 1 even now, here in Canada. Luckily, I was on sick leave during the chemo. I was 53 at the time and very able to take care of myself, walked every day, did some work from home. The steroids you get just before the Taxol can keep you up all night on treatment day, so you may want to schedule chemo on Friday. Everyone is different, but I generally felt sluggish on Monday (3rd day after chemo) but capable of functioning. Walking, eating well and drinking a lot of water helped.
The last four infusions, I wasn't quite making it back up the hill during the week, and felt more tired. About a month after the 12 weeks of chemo, I had very sore feet for a couple of months, so it would have been tough to stand all day. Four months before the end of the Herceptin infusions, I developed a very bad itch on one arm. It responded to nothing but ice, so I was tired at work from lack of sleep. Fortunately, that ended a few weeks after the last Herceptin infusion.
Another thing I wish I had known is that people undergoing cancer treatment are more prone to blood clots. A clot formed around my catheter in a deep subclavicular vein. After 4 infusions, my port was removed, and as a precaution, I had to inject myself with Fragmin for 6 months. For many though, the benefits of a port outweigh the risk, especially if it will be used for weekly blood draws, but it's something to ask your doctor about.
I met several ladies who kept working through chemo. I was back in the office not long after radiation. Some employers will make accommodations. It depends on your general health, how you respond to treatment and your support system.
Hope that helps. Onward and forward🤗
1/2016, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 3, 0/3 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2+ (IHC)
2/5/2016 Lumpectomy: Left
3/11/2016 Taxol (paclitaxel)
3/11/2016 Herceptin (trastuzumab)