Welcome to the forum.
Sounds like you've had quite a time with it all. How are you managing now?
For me, chemo wasn't too bad. I found the surgery more traumatic, even though it was relatively straight forward. So I admire anyone who has had to deal with what you have.
I can honestly say that chemo won't be as bad as you think. All the information that they give you prior to starting is overwhelming and I didn't remember half of what they said! Also they always give worse case scenario. Most of what they tell you, will hopefully not apply to you!
But take one day at a time and I'm sure you will be fine.
I didn't have a Picc line fitted, or use the cold cap, but there are other threads on the Chemotherapy section which does deal specifically with that.
Take it easy for the first couple of days when the fatigue sets in and take any medication given especially for sickness. Hopefully within a week, you will feel back to normal.
Please let us know how you get on and if you have any questions just pop them on here. There will be lots of ladies that will help and support as much as possible.
Best wishes for tomorrow.
I’m also an August starter. I’ve been reading loads of posts on here over the past few weeks to help me try and get prepared. I’m starting Chemo tomorrow with 6 cycles of EC-T. Met the Chemo nurses today and also had a PICC line put in, a bit uncomfortable having it fitted, so I’m glad that’s in place now. Decided I’m going to give the cold cap a go and see if it works, although I’ve seen mixed comments about it.
I had my diagnosis back in March and had a lumpectomy with lymph node clearance, but had complications with a haematoma and also breast cellulitis, which was not pleasant. Since then had 2 further re-excision op’s and ended up with a mastectomy at the end of June, so it’s been quite a challenge recovering from 4 lots of surgery.
Feeling apprehensive now it's about to start and how it'll be coping with the side effects. Also a bit overwhelmed by all the information and drugs I came away with, I suppose it's all part of entering this strange new world. Just want to get on with it now, this waiting has been hard and it all feels quite surreal...
Sounds like you're doing well.
Yes, I was told there was a link with sickness in pregnancy too. I also think it depends on what chemo you have. I had TC chemo, not FEC, and wasn't sick at all. But for me, on the flip side, I didn't leave the house for a week because of the fatigue,. So to read you are walking the dog on day 3, I find amazing!! Well done you!
Hi Sam and welcome.
Unfortunately no one wants to be in this club, but here we are and we try and support each other as much as possible.
I started chemo 6 weeks after surgery, which will probably be about the same for you ( apparently there is a 12 week window between surgery and follow up treatment ).
In practical terms, I learnt to prepare myself for the first week when I didn't feel up to much. I made sure the cupboards were stocked with food, all the washing and ironing was done, and the medicine cabinet was full with everything that I may need.
Do you have children? If so, you may need help with childcare for that first week.
Also, have you considered what you will do regarding hair loss? I had long hair, so got it cut short before treatment started. Then when it started to shed, I used scarves. Some prefer wigs. Have you considered cold capping? There are other threads on here that deal with that, which is worth a read . Losing hair during chemo can be upsetting, but being prepared helps.
Hope all this helps. Please ask if you have any other questions. When you have your introduction to the chemo ward, the nurse will go through everything with you.
So sorry to hear that. If you find those particular drugs don't work, there are others you can try. I think its a case of finding out what works for you . Keep the BC nurse or chemo staff informed. Don't be afraid to keep calling them if you need to. Keep up your fluid intake as much as possible, as this helps to flush the chemo from your body. And just snack wherever possible like crackers.
Sending a hug xx
Hi if oral antisickness continue to not work well ask for suppositoreis. Not pleasant I know but it was the only thing that worked for me and they are easy to put in. They lasted for 12 hours each time which got me through the day. Good luck and remember the sickness will wear off and as previous advice to sam... live the two weeks inbetween cycles do what you can..it is worth it in the end
hi sam890. I had chemo 12 years ago now but face it again this month as my cancer has metastesised in my lung. My best advice would be to focus on each cycle get through the day and then the days after where you feel rubbish then you should have two weeks where you can get out and about see friends do the normal stuff. Think about each cycle as it conmes NOT how many cycles or how many months. Once you have started the thing isnt as scary. Losing your hair is upsetting but once it starts ....well to be honest its happened and you just get on with it. It does grow back and you save loads on hairdressers cost and time on washinh and styling it. Keep your chin up going through chemo bought me 12 glorious years where i have been able to watch my girls grow up. People survive breast cancer because of these harsh drugs.Good luck
Sib and Ali
Just to reassure you.....I never felt ill during chemo, just had a battle with fatigue.
If you suffer with sickness at all, the nurses will be able to provide medication. Don't be afraid to take them!
Take it easy for a few days and allow others to look after you xx
Hi Emma and welcome to the forum .
I too had lumpectomy for grade 3 BC with no lymph node involvement, followed by chemo and rads. When did you have your surgery? For me, chemo started about 6 weeks after. There are many different types and the chemo will be tailored just for you. Let us know what they recommend.
Hair loss during chemo can be quite upsetting. I don't really know why....it just is. Some ladies try cold capping and there are other threads on here that talk specifically about that. You tend to lose your hair about 3 to 4 weeks after you start. I just managed with scarves during that time but others do try wigs. Try not to worry too much about that now. It all seems very daunting , I know, but maybe just take one day at a time. On a positive note, I found my hair grew back very quickly and was able to throw away those scarves 4 months after treatment.
Please feel free to ask any other questions. There will be many ladies on here who can help and support.
Sending a hug xx
Welcome to the forum. I'm sorry that you've found yourself here. I hope myself and the other ladies on here can help and support you as much as possible.
It is a really anxious time. Once you get your treatment plan, you will start to feel better. Let us know how you get on with the meeting and when you will be starting chemo.
Sending a hug xx
Hi Ali and welcome.
Looks like you and Sib are going through it together!
So glad you feel prepared. And honestly it won't be as bad as you think. Do you have someone going with you? I always had my Mum with me for moral support and cups of tea!
Hope it all goes well for you on Thursday xx
It's probably not going to be as bad as you think. The waiting is always the worse. Have you had a meeting with the chemo team? Is there anything in particular that you are concerned about?
For me, it was coping with the fatigue that was the hardest. You may find that you need to take it easy for the first week. Hopefully after that, you will be back to normal.
Its a good idea to keep a diary, so that you know what to expect during each cycle.
Make sure you are prepared before starting. For example, I made sure that the cupboards are stocked up, the washing was done and all medication was at hand.
Do you have family or friends that can give you support for the first couple of days?
Thought I'd have a go at starting off this thread!
Welcome to all Ladies who are about to start their chemotherapy. I hope you find lots of advice and support here.
This is a surreal time for me, as I was going through chemo this time last year.
At times it was challenging for me, particularly in terms of fatigue, but most of the time I was fine. If you have any questions, I'm happy to help. Hopefully we will get lots of ladies on here to all support each other.