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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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  • Maria J Profile

    Does anyone have any advice about Taxol treatments? I will be starting 12 rweekly rounds soon and plan to keep working. The A /C about did me in. I'm a bit frightened.

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    Stage 2A Patient
    about 4 years 4 answers
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    • Mimi Carroll Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Most women do much better on Taxol, then on A/C. I was less sick, but less able to multi task. The steroids were tough. I started with Taxol so I lost every bit of my hair.
      Food tasted bad, I Only wanted small bits of food, but I could drink lots. Tart cherry juice in your water and...

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      Most women do much better on Taxol, then on A/C. I was less sick, but less able to multi task. The steroids were tough. I started with Taxol so I lost every bit of my hair.
      Food tasted bad, I Only wanted small bits of food, but I could drink lots. Tart cherry juice in your water and walnuts are suppose to help taxol work best. No shellfish mushroom or grapefruit. Take glutamine, b6. B12, and alpha Lipoic acid to decrease mouth sores and neuropathy. I read books to distract myself. Good Luck!

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    • Melissa Williams Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 3C Patient

      I agree as well. Did 4 a/c and now on 5 of 12 taxol and it's a total breeze. I don't even feel a thing ... Except for the occasional hot flashes at night!!

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    15 chemos down, 1 to go (AC-THP; HP every 3 weeks to follow). I'm stage 2A (IDC .7cm w/DCIS; ER+/PR-/HER2+). Had a double mastectomy and have expanders. 3 positive lymph nodes. Radiation was just recommended. Anyone similarly situated w/ advice/thoughts?

    Asked by anonymous

    over 3 years 3 answers
    • Roz Potenza Profile
      anonymous
      Patient

      I was 2A same as you but I had a lumpectomy and had one hot lymph node. Have had saline implants since 2007. I went through surgery, chemo and RADs with them.

      What is your doc recommending for you? Mine said RADs was definitive. If I had been older, he would have skipped the chemo but I...

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      I was 2A same as you but I had a lumpectomy and had one hot lymph node. Have had saline implants since 2007. I went through surgery, chemo and RADs with them.

      What is your doc recommending for you? Mine said RADs was definitive. If I had been older, he would have skipped the chemo but I was only 51 at time of diagnosis.

      Hope that helps.

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    • Lou Cam Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      If you are unsure, you might want to get a second opinion. Rads is sometimes needed with mastectomy, but not always.

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  • carol driver Profile

    I'm getting ready to start chemo. Heard how nails could go black and fall off. However do they still grow if they don't fall off? Just curious.

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 4 years 11 answers
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    • carol driver Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Thank you ladies. I'm having 16 treatments. 4 AC and 12 taxol. I'm sure I will see the nails looking different. There's so many changes ahead. We go through all this and then have to wait for everything to go back to normal. I'm scared but I thank you all for giving me hope. Thank you beautiful...

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      Thank you ladies. I'm having 16 treatments. 4 AC and 12 taxol. I'm sure I will see the nails looking different. There's so many changes ahead. We go through all this and then have to wait for everything to go back to normal. I'm scared but I thank you all for giving me hope. Thank you beautiful pink ladies.

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    • lisa Spencer Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      A good tip I heard and am currently trying, is to paint nails (hands and feet) with a very dark polish. I'm using navy. it protects your nails from the light, which with the chemo causes the discolouration and ridges. I am on 4th cycle and nails are absolutely fine, no change at all. Worth a...

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      A good tip I heard and am currently trying, is to paint nails (hands and feet) with a very dark polish. I'm using navy. it protects your nails from the light, which with the chemo causes the discolouration and ridges. I am on 4th cycle and nails are absolutely fine, no change at all. Worth a try ladies! X

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  • Jennifer Jones Profile

    I had my last chemo yesterday. YEAH. Now I'm onto surgery and radiation. Any pointers?

    Asked by anonymous

    Patient
    almost 6 years 9 answers
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    • Evelyn Heilbrunn Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2012

      Congratulations, Jennifer! A big hurdle behind you!

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Jennifer,
      YIPPEE! Another chunk down and on to the next. I had a mastectomy, and thought it was very easy. I had a drain in for about 10 days, it was then taken out. I know my completely pain free surgery was unusual but just to let you know it can happen. I wish every woman my same...

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      Jennifer,
      YIPPEE! Another chunk down and on to the next. I had a mastectomy, and thought it was very easy. I had a drain in for about 10 days, it was then taken out. I know my completely pain free surgery was unusual but just to let you know it can happen. I wish every woman my same experience. I did not have radiation so can't comment on that procedure. You just march right through your next steps in your treatment like the warrior you ARE! Hang in there, Jennifer, your sisters are all behind you with love and much support. Take care, Sharon

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