My last chemo was 6 weeks ago and this week I’ve lost the last few remaining top lashes. 🙁 bottom ones have long gone!! I’m willing them to grow back quickly but no idea how long it will take! I had my eyebrows microbladed before chemo and I’m thankful I did as not much eyebrow hair remains either 🙁.... on a plus note, I last epilated my legs around my 1st chemo (16/8) and haven’t seen a hair since! Now that I don’t mind 😂.
Very interested to hear how everyone is finding radiotherapy. I have an appointment with my oncologist tomorrow to discuss it.
Had an appointment yesterday with surgeon and was told they found nothing, no cancer or DCIS, with my last surgery (27/12) so been signed off by him until my next mammogram which he said will be December (a year after last surgery date)!
Take me care all.
I suffered with a sore mouth & mouth ulcers with first chemo, I told the nurses for the second chemo & they prescribed me difflam which is a mouthwash - it did help although it tastes shocking!
Good luck tomorrow
I'm from Dec 2018 thread so hope you don't mind me gatecrashing. Just wondered with all of your experience if anyone used ice chips during chemo sessions to prevent mucositis. I had it really bad after my first one and ended up hospitalised with neutropenic sepsis. Have 2nd FEC tomorrow and wondered if I can take any preventative steps.
Thanks in advance for your wisdom. Sending love xx
Hi Sue & Jo
I’ve been the same during diagnosis & treatment - positive, optimistic & basically just got on with it.
I’m now 2 weeks on from finishing radiotherapy & have had my checkup with my oncologist today - all ok - next checkup in 3 months. I’ve also got my checkup with the surgeon at the end of the month when I’ll be advised of the date of my first mammogram post treatment.
I’ve not had a downer as yet but am expecting one at some point...although I have had odd thoughts of recurrence
Have to say though that the chemo is just like a bad dream now, as if it happened to someone else!
Im hoping I’m on the final hurdle - 3 more days of my radiotherapy booster week.
It is going to seem weird next week- no appts or hospital visits! Strange as well- finish the treatment and then see you again in a month at a check up.....eek scary stuff. I remember reading that some people find the end of treatment a hard thing to deal with- in some ways I will be relieved and really pleased but in other ways.....it is a daunting prospect....or is that just me!
Have you finished your treatment yet Sue x
I have booked a summer holiday to France and managed to get insurance with a company called Insurance Choice. I thought it was a reasonable price and they cover my husband for his diabetes as well!
I got the name from the MacMillan website.
Please see below for a photo of the list of insurers I got from the cancer support center at my hospital. This is based on feedback that has been provided over the years from other patients. If you can't read the attachment send me a private message with an email address and I'll send it to you that way.
Hi Ladies - hope you are all ok
Cat - I’ve been using Nioxin for the last 4 weeks & my hair is coming back quite well - whether it’s from nioxin or it would be ok anyway I don’t know but I’m going to keep using it.
Unfortunately it’s mainly white but I had a patch test at the hairdressers so I’m going to have it coloured at the end of jan
Would appreciate any recommendations for holiday insurance
Hi Tarnia, I'm from the Oct '17 thread and finished chemo the middle of March'18. When I saw my onc at the end of July she said it would be ok to dye my hair in Sept, so that was 6mths after the end of chemo. Don't know if you could dye it earlier if it was chemical free. Might be worth asking on some other threads if anyone knows x
Good to hear you’ve almost finished radiotherapy without any major Se’s!
I had more surgery last week, but doing well no problems so far. Got an appointment next week to discuss my radiotherapy! Can see the light at the end of the tunnel!
My eyes have finally stopped running (5 weeks post chemo) and my taste buds are slowly returning to normal.
Hair isn’t looking too bad either although very grey 😏! Wondering how long I should leave it before dying it! I didn’t lose it all as cold capped just went very thin so had it cut really short.
Hope everyone else is doing well too. Take care all.
Happy New Year to you all. I hope everyone is doing ok and enjoyed the festivities.
I’ve finished my 3week radio sessions and just have the booster week to get through-how is everyone else getting on.
So far my SEs have been pretty good, just a bit of tenderness but nothing really to complain about.
So glad your eyes have improved. Fingers crossed mine will be better by Christmas! Good news about your hair, eyebrows and lashes too! Can’t wait for everything to start growing again....just need to be patient!
I’m about 4 weeks since last chemo and my eyes are a lot better. They still water occasionally but no where near as bad as before.
Has anyone who has suffered from watery/runny eyes started to see any improvement? I’m just over a week past last chemo and eyes are still bad!! Itts driving me mad. Tried various eye drops but nothing is working 🙄
just wondering how long this will last.
Jude, Not really, they can treat the higher ones just can’t do the ones lower down. I just hope the chemo has done its job and zapped any stray cells!
Difficult decision but I can’t risk damaging my heart, don’t really want to have a heart attack whilst having radiotherapy! Also any damage now can cause major problem in the next few years.
I just have to trust the experts x
Jo - that’s good news that you can start rads on Wed, is there anything else they can suggest re your nodes?x Cat - we’ve got this 👊x