Hello, I was going to do a detailed reply but CK beat me to it. I had HER2 positive too and am now finished with all treatment.
I had the surgery first, then chemo which was cut short because my blood count went too low so I had 4 but was supposed to get 6. Then I had radiotherapy and 18 injections of Herceptin.
You might want to have a look at fasting when on chemo - I did it and had far few side effects than most other people. Have a look on Google just type in Valter Longo, chemo and fasting.
You should take claritin hay fever tablets all through chemo and Herceptin and this is why:
I put on about 6 kilos from the day I was diagnosed to the day I stopped Herceptin but now that I have finished the weight is coming off. It was mostly water retention. You will cope, I know it is daunting but nobody was more scared of it al than me. I also cold capped and kept lots of hair so never needed a wig.
Hi Phinu, hopefully your chemo will prove to be tolerable. I had docetaxol about 17 years ago and I worked..I took a flask of chopped fruit to work and just picked at it when I felt like it. I believe the doses today are even smaller.
Hopefully you wont get a sore mouth, but last year I did once when on chemo and I found regular rinses with sodium bicarbonate water (1 teasp- to a glass of water) really helped. I think rinsing after each time we eat or drink is good anyway, as it keeps down the amount of bacteria in the mouth.
some people put teething gel on mouth sores too,
remember to drink loads of water...at least two litres daily when on chemo.
you are in good company....and will be finexx
Chemo treatment these days tends to be once every 3 weeks. The amount of times on average is 6. The first week is the toughest, when fatigue can be challenging and sickness may happen. However, sickness can be medicated and is not the problem it once was. When it comes to work, only you will know what you can and can't do. However, generally I would say take that first week off and then see if you can do a little bit the following 2 weeks. If you work in a school or around children or even in a big office, it's not recommended at all because of risk of infection.
Hope this helps and best of luck with your treatment. It maybe worth joining the chemo monthly threads when you have a starting date, so you can chat to other ladies going through the same as yourself.
I learnt yesterday that I will have chemotherapy and I want to know how it affects/affected you. I have the memory of my mum going through chemotherapy which was really hard. She had 5 sessions for a week every 4 weeks. She was really sick the 2 first weeks and was totally unable to work.
I know that treatments are really different now and it varies on people and the kind of chemotherapy people get. But I wanted to find out, if you are/were able to work during treatment? How many days you were feeling sick or really unwell after each treatment. It will help me to anticipate and make plans about my future.