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February 2020 Chemo Starters

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Re: February 2020 Chemo Starters

Hi all

 

i had my first chemo FEC on feb 4 th and as of now I don’t feel any sickness or side effects . 

just want to know what is the time gap to get the side effects 

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Hi

I’m from Feb 2019 and was ER positive had Fect-t 6 sessions, surgery & rads, now on tamoxifen. If you look through last years thread it should help you all but if you need any support at all just ask but top tip drink 2 litres of water a day and get suppositories to start off with. 
Just to reassure you all that you will lose your hair on fect but it returns very quickly 4-6 weeks after you get the fuzz back after your last dose. I cold capped on first session and still lost my hair so I stopped it. Hair loss is traumatic and my eyebrows and lashes went at the end of treatment but honestly I was completely bald from may/June until end of July. It’s not long at all and it will com back ladies - here if you need any advice on anything ❀️❀️

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πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚...thanks Mini Mad😘. Guess I'll be using pencil then! Sx

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Sorry leant finger on post πŸ˜†πŸ˜†

as i was saying,  to close to chemo with risk of infection..

mini mad xx πŸ’–πŸ’–   Think you'll find the nurses would say same thing.

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Hi Divadelph,

 

re micro blading ,  i would say no,  not a good idea.  Too close to ur chemo and rusk if 

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Hi Ju72

 

I'm from the February 19 group. I've heard if the Optima trial. I took part in a trial last year, ROSCO, and am currently going through the early stages to see if I can take part in the Add-aspirin trial. I found loads of useful information on the Cancer Research UK website concerning all trials for breast cancer. There's information about the trial, who can participate, which hospitals are running the trial, what stage the trial is at,  etc. Deffinitely worth worth looking at. 

 

All the Best

 

Susie B xx

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Re: February 2020 Chemo Starters

Thanks both😘. Another question😁. Does anyone know if it is safe to get my eyebrows microbladed 3 days before treatment? Sx

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Hi divadelph, second what mini mads advised, please check with your onc about any supplements during chemo πŸ˜˜πŸ’•πŸ’•βœ¨βœ¨shi xx

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Hi Divadelph,

 

please speak to your chemo team re supplements while having chemo.  I believe some can interact with treatment.  πŸ’–

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Can anyone give advice on which supplements to take to boost immunity and general health? I don't currently take anything so I'm a bit of a novice in this area😁

 

Sx

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Hi all

I was diagnosed mid Nov, mastectomy mid Dec. Starting Herceptin and 12 week course of Paclitaxel on 12th Feb....not looking forward to it but just want to get on with it now! Interested to hear any tips, or just share news...good and bad😘

 

Sara

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Re: February 2020 Chemo Starters

Hi you will probably be better asking this question on a different thread as this one is for people just starting out with chemo.  I have heard of the optima trial but know there will be lots of people who are already taking part.  Maybe ask the same question on the general chemo thread or one of the older monthly ones.

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Hi 

Does anyone know anything about the optima trial ? 

I recieved my 2nd op results yesterday , I had a full ANC. 4 out of 15 nodes was had cancer in them. 

They asked if I'd be interested in the optima trial. You are randomly selected to take part and the trial looks at the genetics of my cancer and whether or not chemo is beneficial to my specific cancer. If I'm not selected then its chemo,  rads and hormone therapy. 

Any I do would be appreciated 

J x

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Hi just to say if you need any help please pop in to the Feb 19 thread.  We are all a year post starting chemo and many of us had the same regime as you.  Good luck to all you Feb 20 starters x

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Hi mai

 

thanks for the information and it will really help me 

 

I am starting my chemo on feb 4 first 3 with FEC and the last three with D 

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Here’s an excellent article for anyone concerned about hairloss.  That’s pretty much everyone starting chemo:  

https://pinklotus.com/powerup/breastcancer101/chemo-hair-loss-and-menopause-hair-too/

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February 2020 Chemo Starters

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This thread is for anyone due to start chemotherapy in February 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:

https://www.breastcancercare.org.uk/information-support/facing-breast-cancer/going-through-treatment...

 

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:http://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