I am the same, I am 53 years young with a very large IDC grade 3 - I'm half way through Neo Adjuvant FEC-T. Feeling good up until now, the side effects have not been bad for me. I like you worry what will happen if my tumor has not shrunk?! I am having an MRI in a couple of weeks to see if chemo working....I feel within myself that it is not. As i still have pain/inflammation on the breast concerned. I started researching onlie today, which was really stupid of me, becuase I dont even know what stage my tumor is. I too feel frightened for my future for the first time since diagnosis, and was very upbeat and optimistic until i started to research my condition.
I had Neo Adjuvant FecT (November 2012) and for the Fec it used to take about one hour to syringe through a canula in my hand and then on to Taxol which only took the same hour but on a drip. The Nurse then used to flush saline through for15/20 minutes or so.
Side effects weren't really worse just different. Higher doses of steroid so insomnia / Tax trots for a few days (roughly days 4 - 7 ish also felt pretty rough).
I used to make sure my arm was warm which helped the canula and drink loads.
Great news the tumout is shrinking.... Good luck with the rest of your treatment.
Take Care Gilly x
Hi Teapot I am triple negative grade three - diagnosed in Feb and started chemo on 1 April Fec for 3 and now on Tax - have had first and will have second on Tuesday
Found fec overall ok and have struggled more on tax - however chemo has reduced tumour by half after the 3 fec so good result
If you want to talk PM me - Caroline
I was diagnosed grade 3 triple neagtive on 21 May and had my first chemo FEC yesterday, my oncologist suggested surgery after shrinking my tumour first
Hello Teapot, my tumour was grade 3 triple negative and I finished treatment back in March 2014. I had surgery first (mx) and ANC (node positive) followed by 6 x FEC-T and 25 rads. There are a lot of tn ladies on this forum and many more throughout the UK. Good luck with your treatment and let us know if you need to know anything else xx
I was diagnosed last December with grade 3 invasive triple negative and am just coming to the end of 6xFEC75, rads to follow later this month. Lymph nodes removed but proved clear (lucky!) At least we are spared the delights of Tamoxifen for the next 10 years...
I was diagnosed with Triple Neg,IDC grade 2 on nov 13, I had chemo first 6 Fec-T then WLE and now starting radiotherapy on mon, 15 +4 boosters.
If you click on (I am recently diagnosed) board and scroll down you will find a thread for Triple Neg where you will find lots of info from ladies with triple neg.
How far are you in treatment, If you need any info,help or support you have come to the right place and I am sure all the ladies on the forum will be only to happy to help including myself.