Thanks for the support ladies. Its comforting to know there are other people who understand how it feels and what we're all going through! xxx
I'll be thinking of you too on Friday - are you having FEC?
Its all very scary but its good to know we're not alone and so good to have the advice of those who've gone ahead of us!
big hugs xx
Hi Everyone, how are you all doing?
Two weeks today since my first dose of FEC and my hair has started to fall out
There were a few tears especially after seeing the bath covered after washing it. I have very thick hair, just resting on my shoulders, and I'm thinking I should maybe just bite the bullet and get it all shaved now. Its just going to prolong the agony of seeing my lovely hair slowly fall out otherwise.
Even though you know its coming, its still a hard thing to deal with.....
Hope you're all coping ok with the side effects. I've got round 2 next Friday.
Help.....had my mx with LD flap 5 weeks ago. Just seen the oncologist today and I have made the decision to have the chemotherapy. I was really hoping to avoid it as I had a small (14mm) tumour, ER +ve, node -Ve, but my cells were grade 3 and the tests resultsfor recurrence fell in the intermediate range. Now trying to adjust my mind set to cope with the treatment - 3x FEC followed by 3x Tax. Will really need you lot as at the moment I just feel shell-shocked!
I start on 22nd November
Just dropping in to wish you all well and hoping your SE's are few and far between as you go through the chemo hoop's. I finished FEC-T back in July and thought you all might like from a few tips to get you through.
HYDRATE this is essential to flush out your systems of the nasties, reducing headaches and constipation some experience. Water is best, but dilute fruit juice is good too.
TAKE IT EASY there are no prizes for carrying on as normal, sadly chemo is not normal and your bodies need all the help and rest they can get. If it feels good do it, but never force it!
EAT LIGHT & OFTEN this will help with any nausea. I found I ate fairly well during treatment , but as many others experienced your taste can change.
TAKE THE DRUGS don't suffer in silence, if your prescribed painkillers, anti sickness or anything else.
NAILCARE if your having TAX I found a product available online from France called EVONAIL was excellent. It's a clear liquid you apply everyday, and it worked for me.
THE THERMOMETER is your friend. Please monitor your temperature. It's useful to understand your 'norm' before you get into treatment, so take your temp in the morning and evening as it tends to fluctuate naturally and everyone is slightly different. If your temperature escalates to 38o and especially if you feel unwell GO TO A&E even if they send you home with anti-biotic's to fight an infection, you've done the right thing, your not wasting anyone's time. Your systems are sensitive, high temperature may indicate your white blood cell count is low, it is ESSENTIAL to act quickly.
GOING HAIRLESS is not so bad! My niece say's I rocked the 'freedom cut' 😄 eyebrow pencils create spectacular eyebrows and my skin felt baby soft.
FINALY, we have all been though so much with DX and surgery for some, others having chemo first. Its no easy ride and I hope I haven't frightened the pants off you lovely ladies, but I appreciated all the advice I was given along the way and do feel for warned is definitely for armed. Just remember we all have an incredible ability to do battle. When people asked me how I was feeling during treatment I would say 'I endure' Now things are getting back to normal, but I'm still being kind to myself.
Take care, You will Endure!
I have put for you below the link to BCC's publication regarding chemotherapy for breast cancer and hope you find it helpful. Also our helpline team are just a free phone call away if you would like to talk to our professional team about your concerns. 0808 800 6000, lines open weekdays 9-5 and Saturdays 10-2.