Hi Karebear, I've driven after the herceptin injections without any problem. Well done Kirsty with the 1st injection, I think the first couple sting a bit then its not too bad afterwards, I've noticed it depends how slowly they do the injections, hope you don't get any issues with side effects xx
You'll probably have the sentinel node biopsy done at the same time as surgery where they inject a radioactive isotope near the original tumour site about an hour before surgery and in theatre will trace where the breast fluid drains into and will likely remove those nodes where the fluid drains into. Those will then be tested in the lab. The surgeons may well use a blue dye as well to trace the lymph fluid if the isotope doesnt give off a strong enough signal. Be aware that if the blue dye is used then it can stain the breast for a length of time but the surgeons will no doubt tell you all about it.
In my case the signal was strong and no blue dye was needed so no blue boob for me! Luckily fluid just drained to my first sentinel node which was removed during surgery and the lab results showed I had a small micromet in it (which they classed as a negative node as some Health Trusts do) but apparently no further treatment i.e. radiotherapy will be done to the area.
Bit of advice to all ladies having surgery...make sure you do the breast exercises that will be given to you. They help with getting movement back into the area and really do help.
Hope you are now feeling a bit better SamH87 😊
I know what you mean about recurrence thoughts. My journey seems a little different to many on this thread as I had surgery before chemotherapy and now waiting to start radiotherapy and then Tamoxifen. Ive let my head have a little wander about recurrence but keep pulling it back to concentrate on the here and now as best as I can. Its such a scary rollercoaster ride that we are all enduring and we will all gets various points where the gravity of our situations hit us with a bang at times. I think it is all pretty normal what we are feeling, I have been having private therapy sessions throughout my entire cancer journey so far which I think has helped however, I know that there is a lot more for me to work through yet to come to terms with the whole cancer diagnosis and the massive life changing impact on my life.
I still keep thinking I have more chemotherapy cycles as its just become a way of life these last 18 weeks and that in itself is strange!
For me the cumulative effects of chemo on this 6th cycle is at its worst and I have had lots more fatigue and tiredness. My mouth and throat are the worst yet with white patches all over my throat and the skin stripping off the inside of my cheeks with a very sore throat. Im using all the meds prescribed by the hospital but having little effect. Im also suffering with very bad dizziness, ringing ears and a very woozy / brain fog which Ive not really had the last 5 cycles so hope its nothing going on wirh the blood!
Stay strong ladies and for those attending appointments for surgery, just remember to ask lots of questions and make sure you rest up after surgery ❤❤
I spoke to the breast cancer nurse today and she said the policy at QEQM Margate, my local hosp, was surgery 6 to 8 weeks after chemo so she agreed my situation was too long between the 2. She will try to move my Onc appt sooner and if not possible wld arr an appt with the surgeon before I saw the Onc.
I have a CT scan on 30th April to see what success chemo has had on shrinking the tumour and surgeon will see me when results available. So all now satisfactory.
Had last chemo today and half way through the day the computers went down so the whole thing took ages.
I was chair shaped by the end.
Steroids kept me awake much of last night, hope tonight not so bad...
Night all. Hugs.
Good luck Camilla, Cathsin and Karebear with your final chemo infusions! I would also deffo make enquiries about your surgery date Camilla as I think there are NHS protocols to be followed regarding timelines for surgery, chemo and radiotherapy.
Glad Ive had the last chemotherapy cycle last Friday as the cumulative effects are at their worst! The tiredness and fatigue is just relentless and lack of energy 😕 Throat and mouth also bad so on with prescribed mouthwash! Soooo glad its the last one!!!
I have the meeting with the Radiology Department next week for my radiotherapy planning meeting in readiness for my 3 weeks of daily radiotherapy before starting the dreaded Tamoxifen.
We should all be very proud of ourselves for putting ourselves through the gruelling chemotherapy and sticking through it despite the hideous side effects that many of us have had!
Stay strong ladies xx
Hi Karen said
I have final chemo tomorrow too. Then it's the op for me, but I don't know exactly what will be done.
I was told today that I won't be handed over to the breast surgeon until I've seen the Onc, but my next appt with the Onc isn't for 9 weeks. This means that I'll be in limbo with nothing happening for about 3 months!! If anything left of the tumour it will be in situ and maybe growing. I tried to get an earlier appt with the Onc but no chance.
I then have to recover a little from the op before 3 wks of rads. It all just goes on and on.
Never mind, 7 and a half hours in the chair to look forward to. No WiFi at my unit so putting books on my Kindle to read.
Haven't heard from you, Sam, for a while?