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FEC-T minus F.

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Anniej
Community Champion

Re: FEC-T minus F.

Thank you Mrs.Merton and Wtm for taking the time to reassure me. I thought the WLE and waiting was bad but the battery of tests is wearing me out.

It's holiday weekend, and although I phoned as soon as I got home there was no one in the day ward. Much happier now. Waiting to have a venous central line then it's all systems go! Big hug for each of you. X. X

Ms Merton
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Re: FEC-T minus F.

Hi Annie - just to reassure you I had exactly the same treatment (4x EC + weekly paclitaxel) as the poster below and also the same advice from my oncologist.  I queried why I was not being given the "F" and my Onc, who is a leading specialist at one of the largest London teaching hospitals, told me that in his view the F conferred v little benefit but had lots of side effects so not worth adding.  It is the epirubicin and cyclophosphamide that are the crucial drugs. I would also add that my experience of chemo wasn't nearly as bad as I had feared.  I hope you have a straightforward and manageable experience too.  Important with the EC to take on board lots of fluids, rest when you need to and get fresh air and gentle exercise whenever you can.  Good luck.   

Wtp2016
Member

Re: FEC-T minus F.

Hi Annie,
Nice to meet you!
I had EC-T and so far it's going well! I've now finished 4 rounds of EC and nearly halfway through the T part and my aggressive tumour has shrunk from 10-11cm down to "we're having trouble finding anything!". I'll get the final results with an MRI scan towards the end of chemo but a lumpectomy is on the cards which they had never thought possible from the outset. I was always told full mastectomy due to size of tumour. They have also assured me that it means any cells floating around in the rest of the body should be getting killed off with the same great response.

I asked my onc why EC and no F and he told me that they now believe that the toxicity of the F part outweighs any possible benefits for cancer treatment. Although I know a lot of women still get FEC and all our cancers are different so he is talking directly to me in my situation.

I had 4 rounds of EC and 12 weekly doses of paclitaxel for the T part.

My onc has so far been amazing, he has a great rep and I trust him completely - esp seeing the results so far. If you're unhappy, can you talk to your onc again or to the breast care nurse so they can reassure you with the science bit?

I completely empathise with you. I'm 36 and never thought I'd get told I had cancer just yet. It's a long slog but we will get through this. Sending lots of love your way. Happy Easter xxx
Anniej
Community Champion

FEC-T minus F.

Help, saw my oncologist today who said he didn't think I would be able to tolerate the FEC-T. He would like to give the treatment without the F. Anyone out there had this, or heard of this?

I've signed the paperwork for the treatment, but am now worrying myself sick that this may not mop up any bits of cancer that may be floating about. Do not want it to return!

I am 70, but he said it isn't an age thing. I have been hospitalised once a few years ago with an irregular heart beat due to over medication of a thyroid drug. I also have had investigations for chest pains. Until I was diagnosed with BC I was a very happy and fairly fit person. Every hospital visit seems to present another little worry!