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Re: Number of chemotherapy cycles

Hi Jowels

Thanks for posting.

Although we can’t advise on an individuals’ situation, we know that chemotherapy can put people at greater risk of developing coronavirus and of becoming seriously ill from it. As Mini mad says a number of women with breast cancer currently needing chemotherapy are having changes to their treatment plan. It’s not possible for us to say what the risk for you is having four rather than six cycles of chemotherapy.

The unexpected situation we find ourselves in means that treatment teams are having to consider planning treatment differently for some people. It sounds like you have a difficult decision to make especially as you have been very ill following the previous chemotherapy. Decisions about treatment are made on a case by case basis by the multi-disciplinary team (MDT) after considering the benefits and risks of treatment and other factors such as someone’s general health and previous reactions to treatment.  Your oncologist can explain what decision may be in your best interest.

Our webpage has more Advice on Coronavirus for people with cancer as well as some frequently asked questions from others who have had a diagnosis of breast cancer. 

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Re: Number of chemotherapy cycles

Hi jowels

Thanks for posting your question.

We hope to be able to respond to you tomorrow.

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Re: Number of chemotherapy cycles

Mini mad thanks very much for this.
i am hoping that I get a final decision soon as it’s awful being in limbo.Covid has affected all aspects of my treatment so I haven’t spoken to oncology for ages now.

thanks again And hope you are getting on ok 💕🌸

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Re: Number of chemotherapy cycles

Hi Jowels

ive read quite a few posts on here about ladieswho have had their number of chemos cut short for one reason or another.

i was due 12 sessions but i felt so wretched wheni went for my 8th chemo that the team decided to give my body a break and it was heaven 💖  i assumed it would be added on at the end but it wasnt and the nurses/doctor said not to worry about...  so i didnt 👍

dont know if this helps you but the way i looked at it was if my chemo dr isnt too concerned about having 11 out of 12 and missing one,  then i wont worry.

good luck, n stay safe...do what ur body tells you.  Mini mad xx 💖💖

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Number of chemotherapy cycles

Hi 

I am currently having adjuvant chemo for breast ca-originally FEC but now EC due to covid 19.I have had 4 cycles so far and may be offered the last two, due to covid interventions being slightly less at my trust now.My question is,what  is the risk by only having 4 and not 6.I have suffered with every side effect going and have been admitted to hospital 3 times.My body feels like it’s had enough of the treatment now and mentally Of course.I have been looking at research but would love your opinion on whether 4 or 6 is the best idea.I totally understand that I do not want a recurring tumour but also have felt so unwell I would love to feel ok, prior to my radiotherapy and endocrine treatment.Of course I’ll be discussing at length with my oncologist but appreciate your help.

thanks for your advice 

Jowels