THANKS AGAIN FOR MAILING I AM OK ,JUST ALL HET UP AS HAVE MY SCAN RESULTS FRIDAY AND I AM SURE IT IS NOT GOOD NEWS AS I HAVE MORE PAIN AND JUST HAVE A GUT FEELING ,TABLETS NOT WORKING ,BUT WILL LET ALL YOU LOVELY LADIES KNOW AFTER I HAVE SEEN ONCOLOGIST.
Well said, Kate.however, we have known for yonks,,,well ever since my diagnosis in 2001, that sugar feeds cancer...and still chemo units have bowl of sweets on each table . There’s been numerous anti smoking campaigns, but people still smoke....I once asked a group of lung cancer patients standing outside the hospital why they were smoking...they said...well there’s nothing else to do, is there?
‘’It’s very strange, although I’m sure most of us ladies, who are maybe riddled with mets, all know to a point about avoiding processed food and hydrogenous fats etc, many of us carry on because it’s either easier, or because we enjoy them .......it’s very hard when you are in that lonely scary place wondering what drug next, if this one fails......not to comfort eat sometimes. Oh and a lot of us might not be able to afford to eat wisely...
I was simply stating what the report said, not my opinion. Don’t think I said it would be food! Think everyone is fully aware of the pressures the nhs is under, surely another reason for preventative advice/treatment. If advice was more direct and not conflicting, as is frequently the case, more may follow it as sometimes people are unsure what advice to take, which is understandable.
ii sincerely hope you . Are right about the nhs...as in chemo suites there are still bowls of boiled sweets. I worked in the nhs for most of my life, Latterly in the public health research department, and I would be very surprised if anything like that is put quickly into place and as for prescribing, it won’t be food on prescription, likely just advice.....which many folks don’t seem to listen to, sadly.
.the nhs is struggling just to run hospitals at present...altho I do see there’s healthier choices in the dining rooms/cafeteriasxx
Chris is pretty marvellous really isn’t he? I spent three hours on ft with him a few weeks back - lovely and very clever man.
Hi again Ramade, I agree about Chris Woollams, have been singing his praises for a long time after going to one of his talks and then emailing him about my treatment, but as said the difference about this is the fact the nhs may be prescribing a diet or trialling something new. I too would recommend his books and website for information, also if you sign up they send out newsletters with any new info.Take care xx
Hi Ramada, sorry to hear this. I do read canceractive website which has all the lates research on there and Chris Woollams. has been saying this for a long time.
thereare two books which I recently got...the rainbow diet and heal you body heal your gut
Both make excellent sense but go on there and have a read Chris recommended Me to eat a cup and a half of ordinary button mushRooms a day, then here came out this, in the paper last week.xx
Sorry to hear that Ramade. Me too, sounded very interesting research and hopefully something that shouldn’t be too expensive to produce, although I’m definitely not sure about that! After working in the nhs for so long, and in a very research led department, this is the first time I’ve ever read something like this, in the sense of admitting diet could be prescribed alongside treatment. Hope things stabilise for you, Kxx
Hi all,yes i thought this was interesting aswell. Apparently they can make a pill that would take all of this Aspergine out of your body and let you eat normally. i would gladly go on a trial if this was offered as i'm going downhill fast in my battle against mets.
love to all
Hi Pippin, I know what you mean but if you enjoy eating them then reducing how often is probably the answer. It surprised me to read how it was proposing the nhs prescribed a diet alongside chemo/medication, I’m always reading this kind of research and have never before seen anything like that in relation to the treatment of cancer within the nhs! Thought it was interesting how it affected mets not primaries, hopefully more research will be done. Sorry I can’t help with your tights dilemma but please let me know if you find a solution! Best, Kxx
Yes I saw that too. I love asparagus, but it's in lots of other things too; chicken, sea food etc so there's not a lot left to eat! What with giving up soya I struggle to buy a loaf of bread, and then there's parabens. So it's hard to unravel what's best to do, in the meantime I have gone back to chocolate 'cos death by chocolate has a certailn ring to it.
Hi everyone else and Kate
I have a daft problem and wonder if anyone has struggled with this and found a simple solution; I cannot get both feet into tights, one foot in each foot if you sea what I mean (I'm not trying to emulate a mermaid, though I'm even less agile at this task than any see creature!). A while ago I bought something from the shop that sells all many of aids, but I put it somewhere, can't find it and am too mean and stubborn to buy another. I have tried standing, sitting, sitting on the loo, lying on the bed waving my feet in the air and even lying down close to a wall with my feet against the wall so they can't go anywhere but all to no avail. Enough of this nonsense, there must be an easier way!
Interesting research today from Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute regarding the amino acid Asparagine and it’s effect on metastasis. Looks like the medical profession is finally accepting diet can play an important part in the treatment of this disease!
HI TO ALL YOU LOVELY LADIES
YOUR WORDS OF KINDNESS,, I REALLY APPRECIATE AND HOPE YOU ARE ALL KEEPING AS WELL AS POSSIBLE SO THANKS VERY MUCH.
LOVE AND HUGS
I'm sorry you are having the added aggravation of celluitis, having to swallow mountains of pills and the side effects they bring. I hope they do their job very soon. Hope someone is there to look after you and care for you.
Much love Bon xx
what awful luck..cellulitis is a real pain, isn’t it? I thought I’d cracked it a while ago, hopefully you won’t get any recurrence of it as I do from time to time.
Renee, I'm sorry that you are in a whirlwind of problems. You have every right to be down. You keep jumping from one frying pan to the other. Do you have friends and family helping you? I know you are very independent, but sometimes we need a hand. It's difficult accepting the fact we need help, plus then allowing it. I've had to accept some help hrough my back ordeal. I hated it, but I needed it to get better. Antibiotics can be rough on our systems, especially the strong ones. Not to mention having to swallow all of them. I'm not good at swallowing pills. That would be a night mare for me. Spring is around the corner, hopefully we can all get outside and at least enjoy the beauty of it and some sunshine on our faces. It always lifts my spirits. Take care! I hope those antibiotics get you fixed up, quickly. Hugs! FF
I HAVE NOT BEEN POSTING FOR A WHILE AS HAVE NOT BEEN UP TO IT,NOTHING TO DO WITH MY CANCER ,I HAD MY FLU JAB ,THEN MANAGED TO GET A SEVERE BUG OF SOME SORT ,IT KNOCKED ME FOR SIX ,THEN MY PHYSIO NOTICED MY RED SWOLLEN LEG SO WOULD NOT TOUCH ME UNTIL I SAW A DOCTOR ,ENDED UP HAVING DOPLER TESTS AND LEG ULTRA SOUND,LOOKING FOR D V T,NOTHING FOUND WHICH WAS GREAT BUT NOW THEY THINK I HAVE CELLULITIS SO I AM ON ANTIBIOTICS,AND NOW TAKING 17TABLETS ON A MORNING,PLUS 6 EVERY MEAL TIME ,AND FEEL TOTALLY DRAINED,AND AFRAID VERY DOWN WITHIN MY SELF ,JUST WISH THE ANTIBIOTICS WERE FINISHED AS HORRIBLE SIDE EFFECTS.
WE HAVE NOT HAD ANY SEVERE BAD WEATHER ,MAINLY HIGH WINDS BUT THEY DO LOTS OF DAMAGE .,AND TEMPERATURE VERY COLD AND BITTER.
HOPE YOU MANAGE THE NEW MEDS AND DONT SUFFER TOO MANY SIDE EFFECTS,ALSO HOPE YOU ARE EJOYING YOUR GRANDCHILD AS THEY ARE NOT BABIES VERY LONG THESE DAYS.
THANK YOU EVER SO MUCH FOR YOUR THOUGHTS OF ME .
Hi scmooley and riversideawn, yes there are loads of bugs about...I have for years now used vicks first defence, which seems to protect me when I use it. Just squirt it into the outer walls of your nose..not straight up. And the stuff clots any bugs that get in...the nose tends to be where these things grow before you feel ill.
anyway, best of luck, hope the Ibrance does it’s magicxx
Hi riversidedawn, your side effects sound like what I had after my zometa. I'm on day 3 of Ibrance today and no side effects yet. Interestingly I was due to have my 2nd Zometa next Tuesday but it has been put back three weeks so that it can conincide with my Ibrance cycle in the future. I did wonder if I got fluey again next week, how would I know whether it was the Zometa again or the Ibrance. At least I have a clear run now on the Ibrance so should be able to spot any side effects (hopefully none 🙂 ) There's so many colds and horrible bugs around as well at the moment it's hard to know what's going on!
Have a lovely weekend ladies, it'll soon be Spring
Hi ff. nice to see you posting, don't worry Spring will come,usually does. Have been on monthly denosumab for 4 years and never felt and se's. my onc said once a year is enough but i said no don't change anything because i haven't broken and bones while i've been on it. She said ok that's fine. Also it doesn't go in a vein thank goodness because my veins have said no more and won't co operate at all any more. Giving bloods is the worst thing. Hope you get on well with it.
How's that little granddaughter of yours?
Renee, Haven't chatted in a bit. Hope you are doing OK. You always amaze me with your strength. How are your treatments going? How hasyour winter been in your area? We have had a few small snows nothing major, but bitter cold for weeks. The little bit of snow would stay bc not warm enough to melt. Another storm coming tonight. I'm a cry baby, I want Spring!
I start bone strengthener denosumbab (Prolia) in about a month. It is given every 6 months. Hopefully it will help prevent another fracture. I've always been afraid of taking bone strengthers. Scared of getting the side effect ONJ.
Take care of you! FF
hi Maria,you are definitely at a good hospital, they may want to do an mri now as it shows the bones more clearly.no need to worry if it's only one spot. if it is close to the spinal cord they may do radiotherapy, i know all this because i've just been down this route. i have mets all the way down the spine and breast bone and hips.
thinking of you
Thanks Bandit, that's really reassuring to know I'm glad that you're managing to carry on as normal (Practically) that's what i'm hoping for too. (fingers crossed)
Hi to everyone on Palbociclib and Letrozole. I have just completed my 17th cycle on these drugs. I have extensive bone mets so also have monthly Denosumab. I have to say that I have found this very doable. Except for the hospital appoinments (many as I am currently still on a trial for these meds in the U.K.) my life has not changed at all. I also have a busy social life and lots of animals. First few months I was a little tired at the end of the cyclebut this is not really the case now.. My White and Red blood counts have been low the whole time but I have not even had a cold. My hair has thinned slightly but I am lucky that I had thick hair to begin with. I started on 125mg of Palbo but recently requested a drop to 100mg when I found out that this is really the ideal strength to be on. Good luck everyone and I hope these drugs are as kind to you as they have been to me.
Sorry you're joing us as well Deedee. I'm starting my ibrance next week (can't spell the other word) we'll be able to compare s/e's although of course we won't have any
Sorry to hear you're going through the same Riverside Dawn 😞 I've got my first Ibrance on Tuesday and my next Zometa the following Tuesday. It would be nice if they could tie the two up together as i'm having to get two blood tests done!! A friend of a friend is on Ibrance and apparently the only s/e she gets is tiredness. (fingers crossed) My friend also confirms that she has no s/e's from Zometa so maybe we're just unlucky? although i'm still hoping it was a one off. Hope you have a lovely weekend xx
was diagnosed with secondary bc mets to the bones in neck and ribs just before Christmas. Lovely present eh. Beginning of January changed from tamoxifen to letrazole got denosumab injections and calcium tabs to take daily. Also got one off radiotherapy to neck for pain as tumour has made big hole in neck apparently.
Will be starting palbociclib on 6th February. Anyone else on this if so, how was the SE’s ?
Thanks Doreen xx
That's the way to get through it, Schmooley. Once you figure out your reactions, you can plan around it. For me I've found getting my treatment on Thursdays works good. I get the treatment, then Friday if I'm working I can usually push through it and then I usually can still enjoy my weekends. You will figure it out! FF
Thanks ladies for your kind replies I'm usually quite prosaiic about things and just get on with it but all the side effects caught me out a bit as I wasn't expecting them from the infusion. I'm seeing a friend tonight who has been having them for about a year and I will ask about her experience, although I appreciate everyone's different. I think I just want to get into some sort of treatment routine so that I know what to expect and when so that I can make the most of the better days.
Hope anyone having scans gets good results and you all have a lovely weekend xxx
I have not been on for a while as been busy with Xmas, work and hospital appts.
Funnyface congratulations on your granddaughter. if I did not congratulate you before.
To all the new ladies I would like to reassure you it does get better once you start treatment. I was straight in at secondary stage following investigation into a pain in my leg so devastated as totally unexpected and told they could not cure me, just treat me for years and now almost a year later I am still here. Something I could not believe when first told.
I have bone mets in hips and spine and I started on tamoxifen which only worked for 5 mths and now on letrozole and ibrance (I too find it easier to call it this) denusomab and zometa. Very little side effects except the joint pain and hot flushes. I have also had 3 separate lots of radiotherapy and recon on my breast following masectomy.
Recently been having pain in leg so back in the scanner yesterday and now waiting results. The pain started before I went on the ibrance so hoping they keep me on it.
This is an awful journey but I find the posts on here really useful and give me hope. I am 51 with 2 grown up children and desparately want to see some grandchildren too
Love to all
Hi Schoomley, I don't have any experience with bone strengtheners. Google for the side effects. I would definitely scroll through the whole list. Sometimes if you just type in a few words "like problems with eyes while taking Zometa" you might get some sites to come up that people had this problem. Btw, You can do this! You're strong! Let's hear your "ROAR"!! FF
Hiya ladies, can I join you?
I was first diagnosed in 2009 with primary bc.4/8 nodes affected, poor prognosis. Hormonal oestrogen 8/8 Prog 5/8 (I think) HER2 neg. I had mastectomey, chemo E-CMF, Radiotherapy and hormonal tablets. Mangaed 4 years on Tamoxifen, 2 on Letroxole and 1 on Exemestane before i'd had enough. (Also had diep reconstruction somewhere along the line)
In December, just before Chrimbo (Thanks God!) I was diadnosed with bone mets, a few in the spine and one pelvis and joy of joys, liver mets also. Multiple sub 1cm spots. They hoped to biospy liver for pathology but undortunately they have not been able to do this due to size. They've put me on Zometa for bones and will also go back on Exemestane. I tolerated this a bit better than Letrozole. I've also signed the paperwork to start Palbocicclib (think i'll just call it Ibrance from now on as it's easier to spell!) but haven't got a date yet. Also forgot to mention that I am going to have a liver mri to have another look in case they see something that they can biopsy. In the meantime they're going to assume same pathology as primary.
I had my first infusion last week and apart from the usual vein nightmare it went in ok BUT i've not been great since. I think i've had every side effect on the list. Nausea, flue like symptoms, strange aches and pains, sore teeth etc but the thing that's affecting me most at the moment is my eyes. I'm having trouble at the computer at work. I do have an opticians appoinment on Sunday to check my eyes anyway. What I would like to know is if anyone had similar symptoms did they have them after every infusion or was the first one worse and also do they subside over the month? am most worried about my eyes. I did tell the oncologist that I would give Zometa one more go in case it was a one off but that was before the eye issues? any advice welcome 🙂 thanks
I wasn't worried before hand about the infusion but i'm not sure I can cope with these side effects as well as any from the future chemo. I am 50 years old with a 9 year old daughter and obviously want to live as long as possible but am now feeling a bit worried in case I can't tolerate the drugs!
Any comments/replies greatly appreciated, thanks xxx