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Hi - I have been diagnosed with stage 1 IDC. My doc is recommending 12 taxol and 4 AC. Sounds very heavy to me, is it usual. Also will it be possible for me to continue working during treatment. What have been some of your experiences. Any info will help reduce my nervousness.

posted about 10 hours ago by A MyBCTeam User

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Chemo depends on the pathology...and in some cases the oncodx score. I was stage 1, ER+ PR+, HER 2- with a very low oncodx score...so no chemo....but if my oncodx… read more

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posted about 12 hours ago by A MyBCTeam User

You are most likely right about that!! I have had it for over a year from chemo. My legs were swelled so much when they finally went down they turned brown. Now my… read more

posted about 3 hours ago

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Still have pain and currently going through physical therapy, had a double masectomy with implants, chemo, hysterectomy and radiation. Are there any ab excercises you can recommend as I hate the belly fat that has accumulated from the steroids and hysterectomy. I can't do traditional excercises bc of pain using chest muscles.

posted 1 day ago by A MyBCTeam User

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Hula hooping is great exercise. After diep flap (10 wks) I have not done it yet, but I hope to be doing it soon!

posted about 19 hours ago

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Surgery is 12 days away. I had opted for expanders placed in both the unaffected breast & the other where I will have a mastectomy. I am having second thoughts about this. How is the sensitivity afterwards in the breast with just an expander? And what is used in the future to detect cancer in that remaining breast with an eventual silicone implant? Can they use a mammogram or is a MRI used? Or something else?… read more

tags: Mastectomy with breast lift/reconstruction

posted 1 day ago by A MyBCTeam User

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You know, I think I did ask but cannot remember & interestingly, I stopped taking notes around those questions!? I have a call into my nurse to find out more.

posted about 11 hours ago

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Ok ladies i was given Venlafaxine about 2 weeks ago. How long does it usually take to help with the flashes????? I'm getting impatient.

posted 1 day ago by A MyBCTeam User

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Is that generic effexor ? because if it is you should have some relief in about four weeks. It really has helped make my life better. I have maybe one or two mild ones… read more

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So, I have had 13 radiation treatments, 20 to go. I've got some weird things going on, that my radiation oncologist is telling me is normal, I'm not so sure. Just curios if anyone else has had similar experiences?

Shortness of breath during activities that I normally would not experience shortness of breath doing, sore throat- scratchy voice, itchy rash all over the area being radiated, and stiffness in my arms, almost like a pulled muscle. I had this right after my mastectomy,… read more

posted 2 days ago by A MyBCTeam User

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Regarding the side effects of radiation , I have only had 5 rounds and YES almost immediately I felt stiffness in arm as if I to had pulled a muscle . It almost feels… read more

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I had a lumpectomy and radiation for IDC. I had a sentinel node biopsy which was negative for any breast cancer. However, I was diagnosed with a second cancer, small lymphocytic lymphoma/chronic lymphocytic leukemia. It is early stage and low grade. I have big concerns because the hormone therapy drugs have side effects similar to some of the symptoms of this cancer. I already have high cholesterol (over 400 if not… read more

tags: hormone therapy small lymphocytic lymphoma/chronic lymphocytic leukemia

posted 2 days ago by A MyBCTeam User

I have a congenital heart condition. I know some decisions were made dealing with having breast cancer and the heart condition. But I had great doctors and they really… read more

posted about 17 hours ago

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OK I'm reaching out to all the DIEP flap ladies.

I had my DIEP done in Nov 2012. Then continued to have little tweak surgeries and a robotic hysterectomy over the past 18 months. My final surgery was in May. Since then I get these really weird stomach spasms (honestly - it feels like a baby kicking) and last week I hurt my back doing something stupid at work and now my back is… read more

tags: Diep Reconstruction muscle spasms

posted 3 days ago by A MyBCTeam User