January 2020 Chemo Starters


This thread is for anyone due to start chemotherapy in January 2020.  I’m sure others will be here soon but please introduce yourself and you can all help one another through this phase of your treatment.  If you have any questions please post away on here and others in the community will watch over you whilst you are getting started.  Once you are into it you’ll be pretty good at helping each other.  You can also ask the nurses on this forum if you have any concerns.  In the meantime, the top tip is always to stay well hydrated throughout chemo, aiming for 2 litres of water per day.


Here is the BCC guide on chemo:



I finished my chemo over a year ago and doing very well again now.  Here is my story which has some chemo tips on how I coped which were collectively shared from others who had gone through the same from this forum:lifeafterlola.blogspot.com/p/chemotherapy.html


If you decide to set up a private group its good to stay on here also during treatment as I know from experience there are some people who watch but don’t immediately pluck up the courage to join in.  Your conversations can be a real comfort to others.


Best wishes xx

Good evening everyone:))))

I hope everyone had a wonderful festive time alongside with your family. 
I am due to star AC chemotherapy on 10/01 as adjuvant for treatment for my left breast and neoadjuvant treatment for my right breast, as I have been diagnosed August with IDC left breast and November I found a lump on the right breast, which delayed my treatment whilst further exams had taken place. 
Fingers cross that will

all work: 4 rounds of AC and 4 rounds of Taxol, following by Double mastectomy.

I was diagnosed at the end of October with HER2 positive and hormone positive breast cancer, already have had my lumpectomy. My tumour was upgraded from grade 2 to grade 3 after surgery. Starting the first of 6 cycles of chemo on 10 January. Trying to prepare as best I can at this stage 

I am starting 12 weekly cycles of Taxol on Jan 7, following a mastectomy in November. Glad of any support and vey apprehensive of the next few months.

I was diagnosed in October with invasive lobular breast cancer.  Sentinel node biopsy showed spread.  So had mastectomy, immediate reconstruction and lymph node clearance on 5th December.  Saw my Oncologist on Thursday and starting chemo 15th January - FEC-T 3 x FEC then 3 x Docetaxel. I’m going to try cold cap but also getting a wig just in case.


I’ve got two young sons - 6 years old and 20 months.  Worried about coping with them obviously if I end up feeling quite rubbish and also worried about my eldest sons reaction to my possible hair loss.


Guess it’s just the fear of the unknown at the moment! If anyone who has already started has any hints or tips to help minimise symptoms I’d be really grateful to hear them?! 
Catherine xx