Quick question following a concern. Is it normal for the breast operated on (lumpectomy, about 80 grams of tissue removed) to regain the lost mass and look the same size (not shape) as the other breast again (previously, no assymetry)? I can't find any information about this. It might be useful for all of us to hear what other people have experienced. Because, if it is normal, that's reassuring. If it isn't, is it something to worry about?
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Newbie. Getting third lot of FEC next week, followed by 3 lots of T doxewhatsit. With MRI scans In between to monitor progress. The whole "journey" has been surreal and baffling, but I can hopefully offer some crumbs of positivity regarding the chemo sessions so far. The worst bit has probably been down to effects on the bowels. Any bloating/ strange pains in the belly area - get some Senna stuff into you. It works. Nobody tells you why you get constipation or diarrhoea, but both can be dealt with. Drink lots of water. Go out for walks. Don't be tempted to linger in your bed. Just get out. Meanwhile, we are in the middle of a heatwave - all that stuff about taking your temperature all the time is not helpful. You will be feeling the heat. If the heat feels different from hot weather or menopausal stuff, consult your thermometer. But don't sit with a thermometer stuck in you constantly - if you make sure you avoid random infections, just be sensible. The illness is new to us, but it need not take over our lives. I don't want to become a victim to this bastard. We are almost encouraged to expect the process to be crap, but it need not be. We can do stuff to make us feel we are in some sense in charge. Onwards and upwards!
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