Went by myself to have pic line put in. No problems at all. Little discomfort when local anaesthetic went in, other than that I felt nothing. Tip for those that have a pic line, just ordered some cor flex bandages to go over pic line instead of what they give you in hospital (from Amazon) and there is also a lady that sells covers on eBay - tan, black and white for around £12. Chose some funky colourful ones !!
Hi, my name is Vanessa and I am starting chemo on Tuesday the 4th Feb in Reading area. Found lump early December, appointment with consultant the19th, results on the 27th and wide local Incision with sentinel node biopsy on the 8th Jan 2014. Results 16th Jan, high grade Invasive mixed ductal and lobular cancer with node involvement. So plan of action is Fec-T for 6 cycles, then lymph node removal, then radio.
Had Pic line put in yesterday and am planning on having cold cap treatment, but have wig in case it does not work. Good luck everyone, together we can kick Cancers butt!!!!!
Hi all, it's good to be able to share my chemo journey and learn from everyone else. I was diagnosed in December with triple negative IDC, clear margins and no node involvement so was pleased about that but scared as triple neg has higher chance of recurrence. Following my WLE I developed pains in my kidney area and groin and to cut a long story short ended up in hospital where I had a contrast CT scan of my pelvis. I was fortunate enough to see a consultant urologist kidney specialist who assured me all was well and nothing abnormal despite my having microscopic blood still in my wee and continued discomfort. He said he didn't see why I could not have my chemo and discharged me from his care.
I saw my oncologist who had not seen this scan but appeared unconcerned after hearing my story and advised I continue with first chemo which I had on 28th Feb. I had epirubicin and all good in that no vomiting or nausea thanks to the anti sickness meds.
The groin discomfort has continued so I rung the chemo triage nurse today who said she will speak to my oncologist so here I am all worried again that I will be ill during chemo and have terrors of needing additional tratment!!
Sorry to offload so much at my first post but I don't want to worry my adult kids ( I am 59) and also my partner died suddenly last June so don't have his support and still grieving for him.
Thanks for reading if you have got this far!! bit of a moan I know but it does help to write it down, Sue xx
Mariecay, I am from Doncaster too, finished 6 rounds of TAC chemo end of September. Feel free to PM me any time, Take care ladies.
Im starting Chemo in 2 weeks and would love to join the February thread as I'm freaking out already and will not need all the help and support you lovely ladies have to offer ! Let's do it girls and kick this disease into touch !!!!!!!!! xxxxxxxxxxxxx Pinkrunnerxxxxxxxxx
Hi Mariecay ,
I had scans, the hospital policy is to scan anyone with 4 or more affected lymph nodes so if your hospital runs a similar policy this is why they havent done scans for you
2 out of 16 is good and less likely to have spread 🙂
Hello , I was diagnosed with grad 3 ERpositve tumour in november and had MX and axillary node clearance in December , I start my chemo on Friday , not technically Feb but near to it so thought I would drop in on this thread and say hello , they have found a met on my sternum too so I am also having denusomab for this and will be having Rad after my FEC D chemo I am having a course of 6 doses , decided against the cold cap I hate feeling cold I am a hot house plant .
So sorry to see so many of you lovely Ladies on a new February group! but very glad that you have found one another. I'm from the February 2013 Valentines and can vouch for the fact that meeting each other will be one of the very best things you've ever done! I remember where I was this time last year, frightened, sore, feeling that my whole life had just disappeared -- but it did go by surprisingly quickly! Although I still don't feel anywhere near back to normal, I've made it through all the really nasty bits and am excited about the future!
On the subject of the cold cap, I would encourage any of you who are interested, to give it a try. I never found it terribly painful, and although it did lengthen the time you are in the hospital each session, I felt that it was worth it. It wasn't all that successful for me (although one of the Valentines had TOTAL success with it). I lost about 50% of my hair and had lots of bald spots; but I kept enough hair to get away with just wearing a cap. Also, my hair grew back much faster than that of the Ladies who didn't use it. Most important for me, was that retaining some of my own hair was a way of proving to myself that I still had some control over my life -- and that became very important, as I was really flatten by the last few sessions of the Chemo! Remember, if you are going to use it, it must be right from the beginning, as once you've had the first session without it the hair is doomed! However, we are not, and good days are waiting for you in the future.
With so much love for your journey!!!!
Looks like I'll be starting chemo in February though no actual date yet, apparently it is so popular there is a waiting list!
I desperately desperately want to try and save my hair and would love to hear anyones experiences of the cold cap. When I asked I was told I could try the cold cap but have been given no other information other than it works better for people with thin hair....mine is definately thick. I would be grateful for any information as I so want to give this my best shot. The thought of chemo is frightening but losing my hair seems terrifying!
Best wishes to you all