I am halfway through chemo for the second time! so can say with some confidence that it is doable and you will get through it. If you suffer any side effects let them know straight away and they will sort you out. It is not nice but you will get through it!!!
Radiotherapy is a doddle compared to chemo just a pain having to go every day I have to have it again at end of chemo I had it 2 years ago and again as long as you keep moisturising you hopefully will not suffer too badly. Get lots of 99% aloe vera gel in the fridge to put on.
My cancers have both been triple negative so no herceptin or pills for me but I am sure they will keep a good eye on your heart throughout. I have heard that it is now available by injection? so that may be available to you??
YOU will get through this!!!
Pre op is nothing to worry about. They weigh and measure you, do blood test (maybe depends on whether you have had one at breast clinic) They do MSRA test wich is just a swab from your nose and groin, blood pressure also done and thats about it. You have to fill in a form re any medicens you take any allergies you have. Really nothing to worry about.
SNB again I was up and doing everything I had before a couple of days later. You will have a small (11/2 inch) cut in your armpit. I had no pain after and was back in work the following week (Had it done on a Wednesday)
As for spread I think everyone has aches and pains somewhere after first being diagnosed. If they think you need tests then they will do them. Wait and see reults from SNB before you start panicking too much (Easy to say I know!!)
The only thing I had and still have is a blue boob!!!
Good luck for your treatment