I had surgery first but then chemo, Herceptin for a year and rads.
You will certainly be able to drive but I would not drive yourself from your first round until you know how you will feel. You might have high levels of anxiety or nerves but the chemo does not make your mind dull like alcohol does.
I stayed away from people unless it was my "good week" that is about 5 or 6 days before your next round. I did not want to risk an infection and luckily I never had one. People I know that went out to lunch or the pub to cheer themselves up ended up in hospital so I am glad I was careful.
I took Claritin hay fever tablets every day throughout chemo and Herceptin and did not suffer a fraction of the problems other people had. This is why I took them:
I have to take hay fever tablets anyway (only in summer usually) so just switched to this brand.
I also used the cold cap and never needed a wig.
Welcome to the forum.
Sorry that you've found yourself here. We will provide lots of advice and support.
If you pop over to the Going Through Treatment section and look under the heading Monthly Chemo Threads, there are ladies on there who are currently going through chemo. Have a read through the recent threads and it will give you some idea on preparation. If you have any specific questions, please ask. Let us know when you have a date to start. On average, this is 6 weeks after surgery.
I think the main thing to consider at this stage is how to deal with potential hair loss. Maybe get it cut short before starting. And just have a think about head wear.
Hi Phoebe , welcome to this very special group of ladies. Good luck with your op, and the chemo to follow. You don't say what chemo , or how many cycles. Chemo is cumulative and so each cycle will have progressively worse side effects. The other thing to remember is that everyone is very very different. I can't stress that strongly enough. People may have the same diagnosis and treatment plan as you, but your body will react totally differently. Your medical team will encourage you to exercise, eat healthily and listen to your body. As Mai says, walking in the fresh air is a definite bonus . I walked every day when able. I made an especial effort after I had my GSF injections as my nurse said it would reduce muscle cramps, and it did. I was physically able to drive, but chose not to as mentally my concentration was not wonderful. I certainly couldn't have worked during parts of chemo, especially in the latter cycles, so I was pleased to be retired . I have no experience of Herceptin, but I'm sure other ladies will advise. I would advise you to join the monthly chemo group once you get your dates. You will meet others going through treatment at the same time and will pick up buddies who will be your strength as you journey together. There are lots of information leaflets on here which would help you at different stages. 🍀X
Hi Phoebe, sorry to hear of your diagnosis and welcome to our lovely group. Im 48 and was diagnosed back in March and after 8 rounds of chemo I had a mastectomy and lymph node clearance last week. During chemo the one thing you can do plenty of is walking in the countryside as fresh air and exercise are good for you and you are away from the germs and viruses of indoor places. I did lots of walking during chemo and thoroughly enjoyed it. Just be realistic about distance as you may not have as much energy and stamina during chemo so choose shorter walks and stop and take in the views. I avoided shopping malls due the density of people indoors and risk of catching viruses but if you pick quieter times you may be able to hop in one or two shops now and then. I always took my thermometer, a snack and drink of water and my medical notes with me everywhere. With regard to driving, I think that is a personal choice based on how you feel so wait and see. You can read up on the driving laws on the government website. As far as I am aware only brain cancer excludes you from driving. I have also continued to work full time from home during chemo with occasional sick days. Having something to entertain your mind certainly helps as long as it doesn't add stress. Hope this helps. Best wishes to you. 💗
Hi Phoebe and welcome.
Treatment will take a lot of your time throughout the next year, but you will also have time when you can get out and do other things. I had a lumpectomy, so can't comment on surgery, but I did have chemo. Chemotherapy goes in cycles and typically the first week is the hardest and then the other two are ok so you are definitely able to get out and about.
Best wishes for your surgery next week.
Please come and chat whenever you want
Hi Phoebe , welcome to the forum , I've not had chemo but have spoken to plenty of ladies here who have and although it can be hard on you it certainly won't have you out of action for a year, plenty of help and advise across the forum and I'm sure someone else will be along soon who can answer any questions you have about chemo Xx Jo
Hallo I am new here. I am due to have a mastectomy on Tuesday and then chemo with a year of Herceptin looking likely. Does this mean that I will be unable to drive or go shopping in that year? I have just taken early retirement from teaching and love being outdoors. Can anyone advise what this treatment is like? Could you get out.?
Many thanks for reading this.