Yes, I’ve now finished all my treatment. Now, are you talking about chemo drugs too or just Herceptin? All I would say is, I was very nervous about having a picc line. I had a good chat with my care nurses and then decided to go for it. I’m so glad I did. My veins weren’t great to start with and they advised it might get harder to cannulate each time. Having the line is a really simple procedure. Once it’s in you just have to make sure to keep the area as clean as you can. I had a line care appointment each week, where they just flushed the line and changed my dressing. Apart from that there was nothing else to do and I quickly forgot it was there. I had 6 sessions of chemo through mine, together with my first 3 Herceptins. After that my line came out, and I then switched to injections every 3 weeks in my thigh for the remaining 15 injections. It really wasn’t a problem. If you got for injections in your thigh rather than through the picc line, just ask your nurses to make sure it’s out of the fridge for a little while, and that they inject it very slowly, otherwise you can get quite a stinging sensation. Slower the better, so don’t be afraid to tell them if it goes in to quickly. Hopefully I’ve understood your question! Just message if you need any help with anything else. Wishing you all the best and lots of love, don’t be worried and take all the advice you can. Stay in touch and let me know how you go, Nicki xx
Have you finished your treatments? I have not started mine and wanted to know what you did with pic line. I'm thinking of not having it just having iv each time. Please can you tell me how you coped with it in. Also did you do injections?
Hi Ali - interested to hear that you had diarrhoea with Herceptin on its own - I have had 2 injections after 4 with chemo - as with you I blamed the Docetaxol then but have had it after the injections as well. Been trying to decide whether it was Herceptin/Letrozole/rads but have come to conclusion it’s probably the Herceptin- Not as bad as when on chemo but at least I will know to expect it in future 😏.
Ninicgadic as Ali said get the nurse to warm it with hands before injection and it’s fine - much better as injection than a PICC line- good luck for your future treatments x
Hi - well done for getting through the chemo!
I finished all 18 treatments of Herceptin in June this year. I began, like you, with 4 lots IV with the chemo then went over to injections in the thigh. Personally, I would choose this method everytime. The injections are quick (over 2/3 minutes) and although they sting a little bit (sometimes) and I always found it was once the needle came out and the plaster went on - but overall much better than IV.
Have you had surgery yet?
Good luck with further treatments - it seems an eternity away at this stage but honestly it goes so quick!