I've jumped over from the July starters and saw your note about getting a PICC! I made a song and dance about getting a PICC line ( I was terried as at least all of my surgeries have been when I was asleep), however, it was so easy and painless. I am scared of needles and it's made the chemo thing (I've only had one so far, mind) really easy. I compared having it to being an electric car, I just pull up, plug in, charge up and away we go.
I hear you about the heat, I';d rather have this whole bald thing happen in the winter when I could hide under a hat or wig but we have to play with the cards we're dealt (in the **bleep**test game of blackjack in the word!).
some ups and downs for some of us but hope everyone is doing well today.i treated myself to a big fat second today and now preparing myself for FEC 3... Yes tomorrow will be half way Jem..hoping that they feel I still have enough hair to carry on capping but think I should be ok. Hoping to continue as it gives me confidence but will prepare myself if not. Can't say I'm looking forward to tomorrow and the week that follows but at least I know pretty much what go expect from these drugs so more tennis and football for me next week with morning or evening walks. We're all doing brilliantly. Hope everything goes well for those ahead of me moving into T..big hugs.
sorry I've been away trying to enjoy some good days with friends and working from home. Even went to my friend's 50th fancy dress last weekend which I thought I wouldn't go to..dressed as a burglar (B party) so that I could wear a black bandana over my thinning hair on top from the cold cap. Just had bloods taken and preparing myself for cycle 3 of FEC on Friday 😒. Have been ok really on these drugs so just need to keep hydrated and sit out the horrible fatigue next week made worse by the hot weather really. At least there's the football and tennis go watch. Really dreading changing to T and Herceptin next time but have a few weeks to go before that.
I could ups see the chat about PICC lines..I have a port which needs less flushing than a PICC line and sits under your skin. Was still a faff for them to get the needle in last time (and bit painful) but hoping for better things this time. It really depends how many more cycles you have to go I guess and any problems with veins. I was struggling with cannulas and have lots of treatments to go still, but either are nicer than cannulas in my opinion.
Right..must go and do some work before a walk and the tennis!
Hope you're all feeling ok today.
@Jempd Not due to trial as not on trial now. I assume I find out after the August or 6th one but not sure now you have asked as I didn't ask but will next time. I have seen the oncologist the last 2 times for the pre assessment maybe because my ops in London at another hospital as I got a second opinion. I have had the last pre assessment time changed and today's time too so maybe they are all with the oncologist although that's the 8th and I won't have 8. She did say I would see someone else after the ultrasound as she's on holiday after cycle 5 so I would have seen her.
Hi ladies, I thought I would have a go at trying to post my bald look again .... hope your all doing well, this heat is not good for me It makes me more tired. Im day 9 of cycle 3 and at last starting to feel more myself and finally managing 6 hours sleep, which is heaven as the first week I only manage 2 or 3. sending everyone best wishes and love xxx
Found out today I am having docetaxel on Wednesday for 2 cycles then an ultrasound then 2 more if I respond. I have had 3 FEC so no more of that I am glad to say. What are the main side effects from docetaxel? I know you can have pain and dry skin and take steroids. I have a meeting with the oncologist on Tuesday so should get the steroids then as have to take them the day before the chemo. I would have had 4 FEC and 4 docetaxel and cyclophosphamide potentially at a later date and a biopsy after the FEC as I was on a trial. Its just nice to know rather than being in limbo.