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swelling after chemo

Anyone experience swelling of legs and feet, after chemo. I'm 3 weeks out getting worse by the day. I have to work, be on my feet... I try to rest as much as I can. I feel good when I'm moving around as soon as I sit, they just start to swell and burn. Normal?

posted about 11 hours ago by A MyBCTeam User
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Strange edema warrants a call on Monday morning. In the mean time, raise your legs as often as possible; drink plenty of water; try compression methods--get some of… read more

posted about 9 hours ago

Brain Mets Therapies

I have a friend that recently passed away from metastatic BC. While she had multiple mets, the more recent and debilitating was to her brain. I've been thinking, thinking, thinking ever since, because I can't NOT think.
About four years ago, before my BC, I was having a terrible time resolving what had ultimately become neurologically involved Lyme disease. My neurologist, a bit of a rogue ( the kind I like to collect) took me through multiple treatments over the course of a year with modest… read more

posted about 14 hours ago by A MyBCTeam User clarify,'survival of brain tumor patients.

And, again, to clarify, I had only Viagra apied to my Lyme tx, NOT Viagra and Herceptin.


posted about 14 hours ago

Brain Mets Therapies

posted about 15 hours ago by A MyBCTeam User
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Thank you; a bit of a trigger finger on my phone and I posted without my musings on the topic. The real deal follows.
Thanks for being so very quick and informative… read more

posted about 14 hours ago

Taxotere, Paraplatin (CBDCA) and Herceptin

Anyone have the above chemo cocktail? Ive got all 3 every 3 weeks plus Herceptin the 2 weeks in between. So getting treatments every week for 18 weeks. Looking for anyone who has had a similar plan.

posted 1 day ago by A MyBCTeam User
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I was on TCH (Taxotere, Carboplaxin,Herceptin) every three weeks with Herceptin every week. I would get a Neulasta shot the day after the combo. That ended in July of… read more

posted about 17 hours ago

Experiences with hair falling out

Personal question, hoping for honest experience..... I'm starting chemo on Tuesday and I know that my hair is going to fall out. WHEN do you recommend shaving your head? I don't want to wait to long as I'm hoping to have a halo wig made from my own hair. And I don't want the shock of it falling out. But I don't want to have to shave multiple times.

Also, so how does the hair on your arms, legs, pubic area come out????? Did you just wake up one day to a bed full of hair? I'm… read more

posted 1 day ago by A MyBCTeam User
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I took control of losing my hair and shaved it after 1st treatment. Had a handful fallout and decided I would take my hair and shaved it

posted about 6 hours ago

Double mastectomy

I am have a double mastectomy next Friday, with no reconstruction not sure what to expect. My doctor says it will not be too painful.

posted 1 day ago by A MyBCTeam User
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Also had bilateral mastectomy in October '14 and it was wasn't bad at all. No nodes removed. The drains are rather gross, but then they're gone. I was up walking… read more

posted about 14 hours ago

Alternative medicine & vitamin C

Hi ladies has anyone ever looked into alternative medicine to treat cancer? I'm hearing lots of advice regarding a certain plant oil & vitamin C
I've just been told that my cancer has spread to my hip, when I was first diagnosed in 2013 I underwent 6 cycles of chemo & radiotherapy so was shocked to get secondary , I'd be interested to hear thoughts on this xx

posted 1 day ago by A MyBCTeam User
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People are always happy to give advice even when not solicited. I'm not a fan of alternative approaches as the only treatment. No science behind a lot of it and maybe… read more

posted 1 day ago

Dry skin

I have just started chemo treatment with cytoxan and taxotere. I've heard this will dry out your skin. Any suggestions on skincare during chemo, especially facial moisturizer?

posted 1 day ago by A MyBCTeam User
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A friend of mine from Mayo Clinic recommended Jean's Cream. It's available on Amazon. It was developed by a 2x breast cancer survivor. It lists chemotherapy skin… read more

posted 1 day ago

Stacked DEIP/PAP flap anyone?

Has anyone else heard of the stacked DEIP/PAP flap? Used mostly my private offices when women do not have sufficient abdominal tissue to make the desired Breast replacement so they do a stacked 4 flap a combined DEIP/PAP on each side.

Looking to have this done but having reservations. I have implants now and have terrible tightness on the radiated side, I can't stand it. I just want them out! Any thoughts or input would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you and blessing!

posted 2 days ago by A MyBCTeam User
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@A MyBCTeam User - thank you!

posted 1 day ago

Anxious waiting for CT & bone scan results

I'm feeling so anxious about getting scan results on Monday & seeing oncologist. ...the waiting is hard

posted 2 days ago by A MyBCTeam User
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Oh, YES; scanxiety is beyond dreadful at night...fortunately this forum is worldwide, putting you in someone's ANYONE'S waking hours at any given moment :0)

Consider… read more

posted 2 days ago
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