I to were perimenapausall, no period for 6 months then the mother of all 9 days after FEC 1. I measured loss at about 400mls (normal for a period is (80 approx) and a drop in Hb from 137 to 118, I felt very compromised. At Hb 118 it was still deemed appropriate for me to do FEC2. I did and became very symptomatic of anaemia. My team was really not that interested.
What I did find, when doing a lot of researching is "Dexamethasone" could be the culprit in a lot of these incidences as it causes thickening of the uterine lining.
I'm just having 6 x FEC, and was also told my periods would stop. However the first 2 cycles brought with them the worst periods I have ever had, then the 3rd was just spotty and now after the 4th cycle they have stopped altogether.
I'm not sure what will happen when chemo ends - I should be starting hormone therapy so I guess that will see them off.
I was also told my periods would stop, which they did eventually. Was also told that they may also come back too. Mine stopped prob around my 3rd Fec. I finished my Tax treatment in January 2014 and up until Feb this year, I thought they'd stopped forever! But I had a light period in Feb. Not sure if this is a one off - so I'll have to monitor it. But the breast care nurse said it was a sign my body was returning to normal after all the chemo etc.
Each case is different. I was sure I'd gone thru the menapause etc as I'd gone thru all the hot sweats palava - mostly due to treatment though. But apparently I was proved wrong only a couple of weeks ago !
Speak to the Breast Care nurse - they are always on hand to offer good advice. X
Thats what I was thinking!...it could be the chemo or the period making us tired,put them together and you get absoulutley worn out!
Ill ask when I get my 2nd chemo on Thursday.
Good luck everyone with your treatments X
Thank you very much for your replies, they helped a great deal.
I was/am just shocked at how heavy my period is (and the fact that I had one at all), chemo nurse said that I need to keep an eye on it and keep them informed if it stays this heavy and if it causes me to get tired. Question is, how will I know if it is chemo or period making me tired?
We have to play so many guessing games don't we?
I was told my periods would stop as well - if they ever started again as I had a contraceptive implant prior to diagnosis - but low and behold got my period just as the side effects from FEC number 2 were kicking in.
I suppose it varies person to person, but I am assuming it will slow down as treatment progresses?
Love Lou x
I had my first Fec 2 weeks ago and was due a period around that time,had mega pmt and had a period...not sure if i will on my next one.The onc did say my periods will stop,so maybe takes a couple of cycles before they do?
Hugs rachel X
Wonder if any of you can comment or give advice. I started chemo (FEC100 followed by T) and I was told that my periods would stop. I am/was pre-menopausal with a clockwork cycle that ran perfectly every 28 days. Today, 10 days after I would have been due, I am having the mother of all periods. It looks and feels very much like a real period, very heavy, which happens to me every few cycles.
Can I ask if this is normal or typical? It worried me as I was seriously not expecting it, because I didn't come on the day I expected to, I just assumed that the onc was right and they had gone forever.
Thank you very much for reading.