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Feb 12, 2019 10:51AM
Feb 12, 2019 10:53AM
batya - sometimes I feel like I could write a book, lol!
Also, high five from another FL peep! I’m over in Tampa but my husband was born and raised in Miami
The order of things with adjuvant chemo/targeted therapy would be that you would receive the Taxol and Herceptin weekly (prob for 12 weeks), then a short wait period to recover - usually 2-4 weeks depending on how you're feeling, before starting rads. Simultaneously with rads you would move to receiving Herceptin every three weeks - which is a larger dose, but less often than when you were getting it with the Taxol. If you are ER+ you would start anti-hormonals in there somewhere, but depending on the philosophy of your oncologist it might be when rads is done, with another short recovery period afterward. Some docs like to space therapies out so you can more accurately ascribe side effects to the correct thing and mediate accordingly.
Your medical oncologist is a longer term relationship than breast surgeon or rads onc. You are wise to proceed with the doc who patiently explained and is likely to be with you for the long haul.
The port situation is a personal decision - you can go without if your veins are good and easily accessed, but a solid year of treatment is a slog - there is something to be said for ease of access. Just know it is not mandatory for the type of treatment you're getting. Ports are putin by a variety of docs - my breast surgeon put mine in during mastectomy, but vascular surgeons and interventional radiologists also do them. Install is an outpatient procedure.
Please ask me any specific questions you think I may be able to answer - either here or by PM.
BMX w/ TE 11/1/10, ALND 12/6/10. 15 additional surgeries. TCHx6 2/17-6/2/11. Herceptin until 1/19/12. Femara 8/1/11, Arimidex 6/20/12, back to Femara 6/18/13-present.
9/27/2010, IDC, Right, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 2/14 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+ (IHC)
9/27/2010, DCIS, Stage 0, Grade 3