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Forum: Black Women with Breast Cancer —

Black Women with Breast Cancer who want to connect.

Posted on: Apr 15, 2008 10:48PM

StillKicking wrote:

I completed 4 treatments of Taxotere & Cytoxan (sp) in November.  Along with all the other issues involved, I still look different.  I'm not talking about just the scars on my chest, but my face.  My color is actually different.  Kind of, oh I don't know how to describe it, but sort of a different tone.  Almost like a different nationality.  My entire face is now a different color than my neck and the rest of my body.  Just wondering if any other black women's skin tone has changed.

I was also on Herceptin but had to take a rest due to heart problems.  Now I'm just on Arimedex. 

Diagnosed Smoldering Multiple Myeloma (Blood Cancer) 07/2015 Surgery 8/8/2007 Mastectomy: Left, Right Dx DCIS/IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, ER+, HER2+ (FISH) Chemotherapy TAC Hormonal Therapy Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Apr 15, 2008 11:50PM Yogi70 wrote:

StillKicking,

So far I've had 3 treatments of A/C and my lips are noticeably lighter then they were (I'm dark brown). It's weird they look pale compared to the rest of my face.

Yogi

YOGI - When someone or something comes along and tries to steal your joy...SNATCH IT RIGHT BACK AND LAUGH IN THE THIEF'S FACE!!! LOL!
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Apr 16, 2008 06:20PM sharont68 wrote:

I've finished A/C and am now on my 7th treatment of Taxol. My face is alot lighter than it was before. To me I look sick. I don't look the same as before. My eyes look glassy also. Everyone else says they don't see a difference, but I see it. I was supposed to start Herceptin also but the A/C did damage to my heart. I can't wait until this is done and over with.

verymuchloved Dx 10/9/2007, IDC, 3cm, Stage IIIC, Grade 3, 12/15 nodes, mets, ER-/PR-, HER2+
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Apr 23, 2008 08:39PM Lcharmie wrote:

Hi StillKicking,

I think with each of these meds they do things to the skin.  When I look at pictures of me when I was on Adramycin and Taxol, my complexion appeared 2 shades darker, it went away after I got off of the meds.  I was on Xeloda and it really made my skin dark, almost like I had a really dark sun tan.  With all the things it is doing in our body---taking out hair, nope; what you are seeing is real I think.  Like Sharon68, I thought I looked sick, certainly not like I looked.  It will go away in time.

Linda C

LINDA C Dx 11/17/1998, DCIS, 1cm, Stage IIIA, ER-/PR-, HER2+
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Apr 24, 2008 12:35PM Felicia wrote:

My mom's complexion changed a bit, too. Her hands (around the knuckles) got really dark, which was odd, but I guess it's one of the many other "gifts" we get wotj a bc diagnosis Undecided...
Cure this b*tch already!
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Apr 26, 2008 10:09AM trumpet84 wrote:

I have one more TC tx to go and I have noticed a slight change already... seems to be a tad lighter and a bit more visibility on the pores, and a bit smoother.....

Too Blessed To Be Stressed Dx 12/15/2007, IDC, 1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 1/12 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Apr 26, 2008 05:22PM Yogi70 wrote:

I've also noticed the darkening around the knuckles.

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May 4, 2008 04:53PM qdcmom wrote:

Hi everyone.  I'm reading your comments about physical changes and all.  My chemo starts on 5/13.  I will look out for these things, darkening of the skin or lips etc.  Anything else you want to share with someone new to this madness.  My prayers will be with you.

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May 6, 2008 12:43AM Lee27 wrote:

I shall put my 2 cents in.;-)  I've been through all my txs....chemo, surgery's, and radiation.  Yes, the skin tones change for many of us.  My cheeks are still a shade darker than the rest of my face. Hard to mix my foundation...but, oh well.  I'm done and alive!  The creases in your hands will darken as well on African Americans, Latino's, etc. My nails darkened. That can happen on anyone.  The nails have almost all grown out now. I'm just thankful they did not drop off as some people's do. I'm waiting for my toenail beds to grow out as well.  Now, I'm just waiting on my hair to grow back.  I have an inch long in most places...the back is about 2inches.  Looking forward to wearing it short with big curls.  Hang in there!  Glad to share my story.
Dx 5/18/2007, IDC, Right, 3cm, Stage IIIA, Grade 3, 5/19 nodes
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May 6, 2008 08:50AM Yogi70 wrote:

Does anybody here have spots on their tongue?  I do. It's really freaky looking.

YOGI - When someone or something comes along and tries to steal your joy...SNATCH IT RIGHT BACK AND LAUGH IN THE THIEF'S FACE!!! LOL!
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May 6, 2008 09:59AM sparker38 wrote:

Hello everyone,

Like everyone else been through alot of changes.  My nails are still black looks like they have polish on them.  My hands and knuckles had turned black also but have gone back to the original shade.  However ever i did love the way my skin felt during chemo.  Felt soft like baby skin and it looked like i just glowed.  Now my face is starting to peel.  Any suggestions on a good skin cleanser for AA skin?  My hair is finally growing in.  I love it.  I even love it short the way it is. I can't wait to be able to just slick it down and not wear the wigs and hats anymore in public.  I have been bold and going outside around my house.  My neighbor noticed my bald head and yelled over (I think he was a bit drunk) what did you do with all of your hair.  Not knowing that I had been dx with bc.  I told him lost it during chemo.  His mouth just dropped and he apologized for about an hour.  But it actually was a good thing.  It's a young white couple and I rarely convo with them but now they talk over to me all the time.  Also just found out that my neighbor on the other side of me is actually dying of cancer.  I had been noticing the hospice people going to there house everyday.  I feel so bad because the last time we spoke to one another it wasn't very nice.  White lady in her late 40's.  She told my son and his friends while they were playing water balloons and water gun fighting not to spray water in her grass.  There huge tree fell over into my yard and damaged my fence.  And they refused to do anything about it.  The isurance said since it was a live tree we were responsible for all of the damages.  So they felt oh well your problem.  So it's been sort of a strained neighborly situation.  Now I feel bad for them.  My husband being the man that he is went yesterday and asked how was she doing.  Thats when we had found out.  He told them about me and they had no idea we had been going through also.  It's scarry to think about it.  Who chooses rather who lives and dies from this thing?  Was I a better person than she was?  Is carma really a @#$^&?  I don't know.  I am still at a stand still as to what to do next.  Working it out one day at a time. 

Love you and praying for you all

Sabrina

Dx 10/8/2007, IDC, 2cm, Stage II, Grade 2, 3/24 nodes, mets, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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May 30, 2008 10:48AM wandralong wrote:

Yogi,

I had spots on my tongue as well.  My hands, both the palms and the top, and my feet got darker as well.  They have now lightened some since I finished treatment a month ago.

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May 30, 2008 10:58AM - edited May 30, 2008 10:58AM by Yogi70

Wandra,

I'm still doing chemo (taxol).  I noticed the spots with Adriamycin and now they are less noticeable so are my palms.  My feet still look crazy though and my nails are black but I try to keep a decent looking polish on them.  But on the other hand the rest of my skin is really smooth and soft, go figure.

YOGI - When someone or something comes along and tries to steal your joy...SNATCH IT RIGHT BACK AND LAUGH IN THE THIEF'S FACE!!! LOL!
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Jul 29, 2008 02:28PM AnnNYC wrote:

bumping to the front page

Dx 3/9/2007, IDC, <1cm, Stage I, Grade 2, 0/5 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Dec 19, 2008 01:18PM marilynw wrote:

yes my tongue is black my hands and my feet and chemo change my look of my face

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Dec 19, 2008 09:01PM - edited Dec 19, 2008 09:02PM by Roya

Wanda & Sabrina, my nailbeds turned black too.  My doc says that it is temporary but will take months to clear up.  It happened with the Adriamycin.  I can already see a bit of pink growing at the moon of my nails which is encouraging. 

Baby beef liver tablets will help bring back the softness and glowiness of our complexions.  Take about 5 of them per day.  B6 helps with the tingling of our fingers and toes.

There is  a creme called ' Creme de la Mer' which will  help with skin softness and healing.  It can be found at Nieman Marcus online or Ebay.  It is a bit pricey but it works!!!!!

Believe! Dx 5/2008, IDC, 2cm, Stage II, Grade 3, 0/5 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2-
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Dec 21, 2008 03:48PM sharont68 wrote:

My last Taxol treatment was 22 May and the spots on my tongue are less noticeable. My toenails on both my big toes are growing back nicely. My fingernails are growing back also.  My period starting back yesterday...ughhhh. My skin from the radiation is lightening and soft. I use the Vaseline lotion (in the dark brown tube) it works really good. My hair is growing back really fast. It is soft and curly....I can't wait to be able to put it in a ponytail. I hope that if I have to start Herceptin that it won't stunt my hair growth. I'm also hoping that the weight will start to come off also.

verymuchloved Dx 10/9/2007, IDC, 3cm, Stage IIIC, Grade 3, 12/15 nodes, mets, ER-/PR-, HER2+
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Apr 24, 2009 11:26AM - edited Aug 24, 2009 07:15PM by grandiva1213

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Dx 2/6/2009, IDC, 2cm, Stage II, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Apr 24, 2009 10:45PM Lcharmie wrote:

Hello grandiva,

It has been some years that I had the Adramycin and Cytoxan---but all the side effects went away---I guess I did not notice my tongue, but I had black fingernail and toenail beds for about a year.  My skin seemed darker for awhile.   Yep--loss of hair--Wheeee--I remember well!!! 

I am glad that is over for you!!

Hang in there---perhaps someone else had that particular side effect.

Linda C

LINDA C Dx 11/17/1998, DCIS, 1cm, Stage IIIA, ER-/PR-, HER2+
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Apr 25, 2009 01:26AM gldouglas wrote:

I found that I was a little paler when I was on the Taxol and Herceptin, but I think the paleness was from the Taxol. When I was on the Herceptin alone I found that I was slowly coming back to even. But then I had whole brain rads and that definately darkend my skin so my face is so different than the rest of the bald head.  With the steriods the cheeks are bigger so the paleness and two tone complexion really shows so I have just been trying some face powder to even it all when I go out. I  find vitamin E oil helps. Also going to try to hit up a make up counter and have them work some magic and give me some pointers! Maybe I will learn to draw my eyebrows on better!

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Apr 25, 2009 09:30PM fern119 wrote:

I am losing my fingernails. the dark hands and tongues is fading I fininshed my last TX April 21 but the color change came from the Xeloda and Taxotere in Dec-March.

Dx 11/19/2008, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, ER-/PR+, HER2+
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May 15, 2009 12:41PM Yogi70 wrote:

Grandiva,

Yes, the spots clear up. Mine went away not long after I finished Adriamycin.

YOGI - When someone or something comes along and tries to steal your joy...SNATCH IT RIGHT BACK AND LAUGH IN THE THIEF'S FACE!!! LOL!

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