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A small part of the chemo journey - shaving the hair on your head and dealing with baldness. What cancer takes away - and family gives back. Unconditionally

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  • Lynn Rambo Profile

    I start chemo next week. What are the best foods to increase or keep my blood counts up? I also have celiac, so no gluten grains :)

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    Patient
    over 4 years 5 answers
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    • Tamara Davidson Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 4 Patient

      Eat as healthy as possible, I took water soluble vitamens and water soluble trace minerals by bloodwork was always perfect, couldn't even tell by my blood that I was on chemo,, and last but not least if u can drink in ounces of water half ur body weight per day,, wish u the best as u start chemo...

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      Eat as healthy as possible, I took water soluble vitamens and water soluble trace minerals by bloodwork was always perfect, couldn't even tell by my blood that I was on chemo,, and last but not least if u can drink in ounces of water half ur body weight per day,, wish u the best as u start chemo next week,,, god bless you :)

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    • Marianne R. Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      Follow your regular diet. Staying hydrated and try to eat as much fruit and veg as you can to help with the constipation. If you decide to make any big changes or take new vitamins make sure your onc knows. It is important you onc knows all your meds, vitamins, and herbal supplements.

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  • anonymous Profile

    I know everyone is different, but I am curious about how many chemo treatments everyone has had. I am er & pr neg, but her2 W/ my idc. Doc said chemo for sure, and let will be 4-8 treatments., possibly more. How bout you guys?

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    Stage 2A Patient
    about 5 years 15 answers
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    • liz ellis Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 1 Patient

      I am ER/PR neg and HER 2 pos. I had a double mastectomy and 12 weeks of weekly taxol and herceptin. Last taxol was 12/19/12. I will continue getting herceptin every 3 wks until September 2013.

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    • Erin Timlin Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      Maura, I was also HER2 positive and ER negative. I was stage 2b with about a 2 1/2 cm tumor and at least 2 affected lymph nodes. I did 8 chemo treatments 2 weeks apart. The first 4 were AC and the second four were taxol/herceptin and I remained on the herceptin (weekly for a bit and then...

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      Maura, I was also HER2 positive and ER negative. I was stage 2b with about a 2 1/2 cm tumor and at least 2 affected lymph nodes. I did 8 chemo treatments 2 weeks apart. The first 4 were AC and the second four were taxol/herceptin and I remained on the herceptin (weekly for a bit and then tri-weekly) until last Friday, my last treatment. The GOOD news is that herceptin is an absolutely amazing breakthrough in cancer treatment in the last ten years, so we women with HER2 positive cancer now have a fantastic response and survival rate (whereas before this type of cancer had a grimmer prognosis). I had a total response (clinical and pathological) to the chemo and I have an acquaintance now going through treatment for stage 3a and her tumor is already no longer palpable. So the treatment will be hard but it is miraculous!

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    Anyone have a chemo modification? Doc says its normal. I've completed 4/6 bearable tx but ended up with a fever & dehydrated after #4. Doc says if he doesn't do a mod I'll end up in the hospital, he's reducing my dose by 25% for last 2 tx, this normal?

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    Stage 2A Patient
    over 5 years 4 answers
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    • Isabel Souchet Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2010

      I had to stop my chemo at 5 tx instead of 6, i was just too sick n my blood work was awful. My onco felt that 5 was enough as i had a very small ICD tumor and would still had another 9 months of herceptin. It is very common, from what i understand, to modify treatment plan.

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Sonia,
      As I call it ~a course correction~ they do happen all the time. It is quite common if a woman can't tolerate the chemotherapy, oncologists adjust the dosages or how many courses a patient has. Sounds like you have a very wise, intelligent, thoughtful oncologist. Don't worry, he is doing...

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      Sonia,
      As I call it ~a course correction~ they do happen all the time. It is quite common if a woman can't tolerate the chemotherapy, oncologists adjust the dosages or how many courses a patient has. Sounds like you have a very wise, intelligent, thoughtful oncologist. Don't worry, he is doing his job well. Take care, Sharon

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  • cindy stephenson Profile

    Has anyone had joint aches, especially in the knees, while only on herceptin? I finished chemo July 27th and my knees still hurt. I just started taking tamoxifen on Saturday as well.

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 5 years 5 answers
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    • Linda Burke Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 1 Patient

      I also have joint pain in my knees and I finished chemo on July 26th. My Onc told me it was from the Taxol and could last for 3 to 4 months post chemo. Did you have the Taxol?

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    • celien thorne Profile
      anonymous
      Patient

      No, I started Herceptin first like 6 cycles of it before i started chemo no joint pain but then during chemo i did have extreme joint pain so i assume its from chemo it took a month for it to go away after my last chemo was june 28th ,im running 5 days a week now I think that helped me get rid of...

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      No, I started Herceptin first like 6 cycles of it before i started chemo no joint pain but then during chemo i did have extreme joint pain so i assume its from chemo it took a month for it to go away after my last chemo was june 28th ,im running 5 days a week now I think that helped me get rid of all the built up fluids , I'm still getting Herceptin till Jan .. I guess try taking ibuprofen and ice and elevate knees , n talk to yur Doc;-) hope it will pass with time ,Take care

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