My tips are on this thread somwehere but have got buried so thought I would post them again:
Love Jo xx
DONT FORGET to go to the dentist and get floride toothpaste (free on prescription to cancer patients).
Also go to the doctor and ask for Biotene mouthwash and biotene toothpaste - also free on prescription - your doctor may not know about it = just tell him.,
I too started FEC on 6 Jan - I had a friend who has gone through it and listened to her advice.....I take Lysine everyday and a multi vitamin bought from holland and barrett (Lycine is an amino acid that blocks cold sores and can help with throat ulcers....my oncologist said I COULD continue to take it....I've had no problems....I also chewed chewing gum (sugar free gum as soon as I got up in the morning and before I went to bed to help with throat issues - and then rinsed with biotene or salt water to get rid of bacteria)....it seems to help - hope it helps you...what about bonjela for adults also.
hi just about to have second lot of FEC i found orange lucasade ,pineapple and ginger beer helped .
Pizzas in the freezer?
I had to send hubby out to the supermarket for emergency pizzas when I ran out.....
Just wanted to re-post the link to my blog post detailing my tips and hints (I had FEC-T): http://thelittlestjojo.blogspot.co.uk/2012/11/top-tips-for-getting-through-chemo.html
Love Jelly xx
Hi Judith. Find the Going Through Treatment Board and then click on the Chemotherapy Monthly Threads and just introduce yourself in the one called 'October Optimists'.
See you there.
Hi, here is my history (put the kettle on and get ready to be bored)...lol
I found a lump in the lower left quadrant of my left breast in september 2012. I kept quiet for about 7 weeks. Then told OH. He sent me to the docs, who thought the same as me. That it wasn't anything serious, as (to use her words) it wasn't tethered. But she referred me to the breast clinic anyway. As I was being biopsied, the doc saw a lymph she wasn't happy with. That told me it was probably cancer. I was diagnosed on 1st November 2012. In December 2012 (12th actually) I had mastectomy and snb. Tumour turned out to be 3cm (36mm) grade 3. three nodes removed, one contained cancer cells. Tumour was 100% ER positive, 70% PR positive, HER2 negative and I had Vascular Invasion. My armpit is still a bit numb, but as only 3 removed, not too bad. On February 5th 2013, I had my first chemo session (FEC-T, 3 FEC followed by three TAx) well that was the plan anyway. Had the first three, then went to have my first TAX. A few days later I was in hospital (the one I mentioned in my last post) and told onco I didn't want any more chemo. She said quietly: "What if we put you back on FEC?" I'd said yes please before she'd finished talking!! I had the final chemo on 23rd May.
I never did any of the exercises - well, maybe some of them. The plan was for me to have 15 rads after chemo. Turns out I would have had 25 - but I refused them. I have a lung disease, and was concerned of what effects rads would have on them. Radiographer said she wasn't happy giving them me without a conversation with my respiritory consultant. Then I asked what my risks of recurrence were. Less than 20% in chest but 50% under armpit, for which I could have ANC if I wanted. So as I am now taking Anastrazole for at least five years, I didn't go with the rads.
I do know a few people who had the ANC and the biggest risk (same with rads) is Lymphoedema. Not a nice condition, and incurable. So take care of your arm. Hopefully you won't need it, but here is a link to a booklet all about it:
and here is a link to my mugshot:
Yes i would have burst out laughing to did you have your lymph nodes removed my tumor was 39mm and was attached to my rib cage nothing in my breast at all so he removed the tumor and all my lymph nodes he said it came out all in one peice he said like peeling a orange,. Under my arm is still really tender and i have no feeling at all the breast nurse said some times the feeling comes back and sometimes is does'nt did you do the excercises , i love hear what you hav to say.
lots of hugs x
I thought my little story might make you smile too Judith. Whilst having my chemo, after the 4th dose, I ended up on an Oncology ward feeling quite poorly. One of the lovely nurses in there came in and took my obs a couple of times, I was bare headed whilst in there. On the day I went home, she came into my room where my daughter and her friend and I were waiting for my take home meds. I had my little hat on then. This same nurse popped her head around the door and said:
"Sorry to disturb you, I know you're waiting to go home, but I just wondered - do you have any hair conditioner on you?"
I just burst out laughing and said " You are joking, aren't you?" She was mortified, but we all thought it was so funny - poor girl.
All the best
Thank you for all your advise i have taken it on board and will get some scarves and hats i will be joining the October one so i am with people who are already going through the same thing. I can't wait to have lovely smooth skin. I wish you all the very best for the rest of your treatment.
Lots of hugs.
You are a great help to me and you do put my mind at rest my brother made me smile he said just think of all the money you will save on hairdressers and waxing etc he has got a point .
sending lots of hugs to you.
First of all, you might not be sick at all. I wasn't. If you are, they will give you anti sickness tablets to take to keep it under control.
About your hair. You could always try to use the cold cap which could save some of the hair on your head. But there are some lovely hats and scarves to wear and you should also get a voucher for a wig. You do lose all the hair on your body, which I found quite a relief. No more underarm hair or leg hair etc to have to deal with for a while. But it does all come back when chemo is over. Here is a link to a booklet on this site all about hair loss:
and here is a link to a booklet all about chemotherapy:
Sending hugs and best wishes
I am about to start chemo very soon in the next couple of weeks and i am really scared not looking forward to the sickness and the hairloss, can you tell me do you loose all hair on your body.
BUMPing up this old but incredibly useful thread that was a 'sticky' on the last two versions of the forum. Don't know if mods can 'sticky' it again in this area, otherwise it's a useful one to bookmark or make a personal sticky for anyone about to start chemo (best read from oldest to newest as it's VERY long!)
If you want to make it sticky for yourself, you can do this from the 'thread options' next to the title