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June 2019 chemo starters

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Hello June starters,  I had chemo in 2017 and was a May starter.  For anyone looking for suggestions for getting through chemo, here’s my story:  http://lifeafterlola.com/

Of course you may not get all of the SEs I had and some don’t kick in until further down the road but it’s good to have a few ideas to hand.  At least stay well hydrated, aiming for 2 litres of water per day.  

 

You can do this and if you trip over in the tunnel here’s my 🔦 to light the way.

 

Best wishes

Nikki. Xx

 

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deffo close enough!!!
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Hi Chicken81,

 

i was 38 at diagnosis, just a young pup like yourself!

i am BRCA negative.

not worse each time, just different and sometimes easier as clearer idea of what to expect I guess, although this chemo regime is new to me, well the carboplatin is - I had tax for three months last time, but this will apparently be a much smaller dose weekly!

i might be a fraud in this group,as I found out today I start on the 31st May, close enough I reckon!

Ruby x

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felicidad

I asked if my treatment could be after my 15th wedding anniversary party, been planning it for a Yr.

They said a week wait will not have any impact. 

My lump has not grown, asked when I had my clip put it. 

I'm at the end of testing, have a week off and then it's chemo. 

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Of course their advice and my health will be my priority. Good to know your Gremlin got shrunk ! Hopefully the op will get rid off the rest. All the best xxx

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Hi felicidad

I was diagnosed with HER2 positive/negative inconclusive so don't know yet if triple neg or not. Basically diagnosed 7/12/18 and didn't start chemo until 8/2/19, so you'll probably be ok for your holiday, just ensure you listen to the advice given by the medics. I'm currently awaiting surgery for a lumpectomy and some nodal clearance after chemo successfully shrunk my Gremlin. We had a short break just before chemo started and have just returned from a short break in France. Our main July holiday had to be cancelled. Good luck with everything. xxx      

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Hi

 

I  was diagnosed with triple negative yesterday and the idea is that  I start chemo in the next two-three weeks, for 6 months, then have surgery and radiation. I am on the testing phase, having MRI, cardio echo etc... and because of that the medical team won´t meet  until June 5th to discuss my treatment as a whole. I have some holiday planned from 13th to 24th so I guess I am going to try to see if I can start after I return -a treat before it all starts! Would that make a big difference?

 

And yes, I will go for the cold cap but probably get a wig and some hats just in case.

 

 

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Hi

Just popped in from the February group and seen your post regarding false eyelashes. The ones we were talking about are Eylure C which are currently only available in Boots, in store or on line. They were mentioned during my Look Good Feel Better session a few weeks ago. We would all highly recommend the make up session so sign up as soon as possible.

Pop into our group anytime if you have any questions, worries or just for a chat. I'm sorry you find yourselves here but you can and you will get through this. xxxxx

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Ruby Thursday, you made me laugh with your extreme diet comment. 

Fourth cancer, wow, has it been worse to deal with each time? 

So you were 37 for you first diagnosis, same as me now.

Have you been tested for that gene? 

Welcome to the June chemo team, so sorry you find yourself here again. X

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Hello Ladies,

I am starting chemo (again) in a couple of weeks so hope to join in on this thread :-) I was originally diagnosed 2008 with recurrences in 2011, 2012 and a month or so back. Latest tumor is triple neg so I will be having carboplatin with weekly Paclitaxel for six months.

 

i did FEC T back in 2011 and have also had letrozole, tamoxifen, goselerin, arimidex, mastectomy, Free tram flap reconstruction, full axilla clearance and I have also had my ovaries removed. Basically I am extreme dieting by losing non essential body parts :-) I am currently 49. All my recurrences have been local so far. 

 

Ruby.x

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Just bought some ice pop makers from Sainsburys, so list is again shorter. 

I've hardly any eyebrows so already pencil each day, so wonder how different it will be for me, as I'm not blessed with thick brows, I literally hardly pluck as it's only ever the odd one that is out of line. 

I will miss lashes though, seen on a fb group that there are lashes available to buy specially for hair loss, but not sure where these are bought from. 

I'll look out for the course, I'm guessing this will be offered from the chemo ward? 

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hi,

Yes the crash is like feeling very down, some people get it worse than others of course, I felt teary and quite snappy. 

As for the menopause, chemo sent me into mine, I got one period during the first cycle and have none since.  I am now on Tamoxifen too which definitely causes the menopause I think, although some continue with periods.. again it seems to vary.

Glad to be of help, if I think of anything else I'll let you know.  Ooh if you get the chance to book on the Looking Good Feeling Better course get it booked now.. its a fab day where they show you how to do your makeup (drawing in eyebrows when they go is a real art) and you get given a lovely bag of cosmetics but I know the courses get filled up quickly..

Thinking of eyebrows...they didn't seem to go until about cycle 4/5 (along with the eyelashes) but surprising how quickly they came back too.

Kip

xx

 

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Any tips help! 

I've a to buy list and I'm almost at the end, been an expensive time getting prepared! 

Is it in the chemo we go through induced memapause or when we have hormonal injections and tamoxifen.? 

I've got my menopausal supplies in already anyway. 

Just to get boiled sweets now and ice pop maker and I'm sorted. 

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Hi, I hear steroids and think weight gain, last thing I want. 

But if its only a day on them I suspect there should not be a weight gain issue then. 

 

So crash, be like just feeling down? 

 

Thanks for heads up 

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Me again..one more thing.. Steroids.. you get given these with your medication.. be warned.. lots of us suffered the blues when we stopped the steroids (usually after a day or so) this is well documented and called the steroid crash.. only lasted a day or so for me but just in case you wonder whats happening.. its all normal.. some cycles were worse than others but its ok to shout, cry and stamp...you are having chemo so you are allowed!!!

Kip

xx

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Hi June ladies, so good to see you are already forming a group and helping each other out.  I am from the June 2018 group.  I had surgery first (Grade 2 IDS), so single mastectomy no recon and then 3 x FEC and 3 X T chemo, followed by node clearance surgery and then 15 x rads.   The total fear of chemo is pretty much what everyone feels...but once you get going you feel more in control and can find ways to cope with any side effects you get.  A couple of tips which helped me were:

  • Make sure you drink lots of water, especially the day before chemo, day of and day after.. helps to keep the veins plump and hydrated and to flush it though.  If you are having FEC.. one of the drugs (the red one) makes you wee red for a couple of days.. so don't panic.
  • If you feel nauseous and your medication doesn't work - don't hesitate to call the chemo line as they have other drugs that may help you.. one drug may not suit everyone.
  • Eat what you can when you can.. sometimes your taste buds go wandering and I found tonic water tasted ok, lime cordial and pineapple juice too.
  • Anything ginger helped, dry crackers and sucking on boiled sweets too.
  • Fresh pineapple is good for cutting through a furry mouth.
  • Take all the medication they give you.. don't be scared its there to help. 
  • Call the helpline if at all worried...they are there to help you.
  • take your temperature every day and if its up.. call the line!
  • Hair - a big question.. I didn't cold cap and mine started to shed by about day 12 of the first chemo...its very sore and tingly when its starting to go.  It was a hard day for me when I had it shaved off but eventually you get used to it and once its gone you stop fretting about it going.   As a plus it started growing by the last round of chemo and 8 months later it is thick and bushy (albeit grey and curly!).  I got a wig before I lost my hair, my hospital gave me a voucher for it, but I also used hats and scarves too.  Wigs can be a bit warm.
  • Take it easy, you may feel tired somedays so rest whenever you feel you have to..I found I could still manage a walk everyday, sometimes only a little one but it all helped.   And there were plenty of days in the cycle when I felt up to going out and doing stuff, just avoid crowds during the low white cells week (usually the second week).
  • Soft toothbrush - use a baby brush as your gums can get sore.
  • Mouth wash - Difflam mouthwash is good when your mouth tastes yucky too.
  • MOST IMPORTANTLY OF ALL... keep on chatting on here.. you'll all discover tips and advice as you go along...

I hope some of these help...

Kip

xx

 

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Yes Chicken81, lets see if we can do it! I have bought  2 wigs already.just in case and I have bought a huge flask to keep me warm!!

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Ten min is the goal then, I'm June 6th so just a few days after you.

Got to get my wig next week, just incase I need it. 

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Hi! I have non hormone responsive (triple negative) grade 3 about 45mm tumour so chemo for me first  too. Round one due on 3 June and going to try the cold cap.

 

Apparently if you can bear to have it on, after 10 mins it goes jumb so hoping I can persevere x

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Hi there, I  triple negative too, PICC line next week and first of x12 weekly paclitaxel/carbo on 3 June after chemo will be surgery x

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Hi Lisa, I'm June 6th, so I'm one day behind.

I think my chemo is x4EC and x4 TCP I think are the initials.

 

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Hi,

I’m Lisa. I have Triple Negative Breast cancer stage 3. I had a mastectomy end of March and I’m starting my FEC-T REGIME for 18 weeks on the 5th June. I’ll have my PICC line fitted on the 3rd. 

I got all my dates today and although I was expecting it all it’s been a shock that it’s all so real. 

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Hi, 

 

I had my first round of Fec-t on Monday and used the cold cap. Won't know if its been successful yet but I was OK with it after about the first 10mins or so. I've had little side effects so far apart from some red flushing on my face and torso but that could be from the steroids. I too was recomended chemo first to shrink my tumour but I had already decided on a masectomy so wasn't really relivent for me. I think it can be reassuring to have the chemo first as you have evidence that the chemo is working plus they can easily swith the drugs etc to get a better response. My anxiety now is I won't really know if there is any rogue cells anywhere and if there are I won't know for sure if the chemo zapped them.

Mangomun

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Good luck . I had surgery first just to say it's nearly eight weeks since I started chemo and I still have most of my hair ... stick with the cold cap . Take the sickness meds rest plenty drink lots of water it won't be as bad as you probably think it will x 

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June 2019 chemo starters

Hello, I'm starting a June group as I'm starting first week in June. 

I've to have chemo first before surgery then radiotheropy, hormone injections and then hormone tablets. 

 

Chemo first was a shock as I assumed I'd have surgery first like most people seem to. 

But I've a 35mm lump that needs reducing and I'm grade three so cancer needs stopped.

 

I'm having a cold cap 🧢 

Anyone else?