Hi Liz. I had 6 x Taxotare, finishing in April. Although not pleasant I had no major SE's apart from diarrhoea which I have learned to control with immodium. Was never sick and bloods were always good so needed no injections. Made sure I ate well. Everyone reacts differently and I do consider myself lucky. Still having Herceptin and Perjeta which brings its own minor SE's.
Hope all goes well for everyone. Marli x
I started my first FEC last Friday, today is the first day I feel nearly normal, although I do feel tired and have indigestion!! Anyone got any tips. I am having chemo every 3 weeks until February then either all lyph nodes removed under left arm or nodes and a masectomy!!! District nurse came out to give me injections to stimulate my marrow bone.
I have a grade 3 which was missed after a clear mammogram in March. It is fast growing but so far my organs are clear, chemo first to kill anything they can't see first.
Weirdly I have not yet had melt down, it still feels surreal.
Any advice or information would be great
So far so good with side effects. Very tired for a couple of days and starting to lose body hair (had cold cap so head ok so far). Already dreading the T as a friend of mine is suffering with side effects from that.
They did originally suggest operating first but once they had actually found the source I think they realised that ideally they want to shrink it first. I am quite slim with small boobs and the lump cannot be felt. When I had my first examination the nurse mistook my ribs for a lump!
Also they want me to put on weight before operating. Think I might struggle with that although certainly have not lost my apetite and am doing zero exercise.
already 4/6 chemo done. Started T after 3x FEC and beginning to feel the effects somewhat. I just wondered what else everyone else had been told about having chemo first because,so,many people on here are all post surgery.
How are you getting on with the FEC se's?
I'm having chemo first.
Have a 3.6mm lump which wasn't picked up on a mammogram and 2 swollen lymph nodes. Having 4 x FEC then 4 x T followed by rads then an operation. Had first FEC 13 days ago. Again this was because I was considered young (I'm 51)
Do you have a date for the chemo yet?
Hello Clare. I was dx with lobular BC in 2009and had lumpectomy, chemo and radiotherapy. I November 2014 was dx with a recurrance which showed up as inflamatory BC with a rash and extensive skin cnages under all of my breast. My surgeon felt that in order to save as much skin as possible I should have chemo first. On Christmas Eve I started 6 x Taxotare plus Perjeta and Herceptin. Even though the Herceptin had to be suspended after 4 sessions due to heart changes, the Onc is amazed at the results . He said normally this treatment would be given after surgery but because of having it first they are able to see the full effect. After mastectomy the biopsy showed only a 2mm speck of tumour, so little that the lab phoned the surgeon to say they could find nothing and was she sure there had been one.
Sorry doe being long-winded
Just interested to see if anyone else is having their chemo before surgery? Most of the posts I see are from people that have already had their surgery. Because I am still young (so glad 40 is considered young here) they have said they prefer to do it this way so they know what will affect the tumour and hopefully shrink it before surgery so they can do a smaller op.
Also interested to see what other people having treatment this way round have been told.
Oh by the way dx was Stage 1 Grade 3 21mm invasive HER2+ hormone -ve.