I've just been diagnosed with the same as yourself although my cancer is only weakly oestrogen positive. I've just posted my first thread as I've got to choose my treatment route ie. chemo to shrink the lump and then hopefully a lumpectomy or alternatively mastecomy first and chemo afterwards and possibly radiotherapy thrown in to boot too. Were you given a choice of treatment or did they encourage the chemo first route? I am in my forties with youngish children too.
Yes, jump into the January group - they will welcome you with open arms x
Meanwhile if you want to continue chatting to either of us, just keep posting here too or private message either of us. You don't have to stick to talking to certain people.
Sorry to hear about the problems, but hopefully the taxotere will sort things out. It is a harsher drug, but worth it in the end, I think.
Hi - very similar story to mine as well. I was diagnosed in December and started FEC-T chemo 11 days after diagnosis, just a week before Christmas.
I'm 48, married, with 2 teenage sons.
I've just had my second dose of Taxotere this week. I had an ultrasound scan after the FEC, and was told that my 5 cm grade 3 tumour had softened like jelly, although it was still about the same size, but my infected lymph nodes were smaller. I was told at that point that this is fine, and that the taxotere would then shrink the tumour.
This is day 4 and I can feel intense pain in my infected breast, so I'm hoping that is the chemo attacking the tumour.
I've got appointment letters dropping onto the mat all the time now. My final dose of taxotere is on Wed 2nd April, but I see my oncologist on Thur 27th March and my breast surgeon on Fri 28th, and I have another ultrasound and mammogram booked for about a week after the chemo finishes. Just waiting on an appointment for a CT scan to take a bigger picture. I have been told I need a full mastectomy and lymph node clearance, then later on, 15 sessions of radio, and tamoxifen, although i don't yet know how long for.
They seem to know what they are doing. Fingers crossed, eh.
But don't be disheartened by the half-way results. It is the taxotere which shrinks the tumour, not the FEC.
Good luck on your journey. If you started chemo in December, feel free to join the December Angels group, which I am in. It isn't too late. There is a group for each month and they are an absolute Godsend. x