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Can lymphedema affect feet?

I have lymphedema in my left arm and hand. The other day I was shopping for some shoes and noticed while trying different ones on that my left foot was swollen. I have never had my foot swell and was wondering if the lymphedema can affect other limbs?

posted about 7 hours ago by A MyBCTeam User
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Elevate them defintely and sometimes a little cool compress helps.

posted about 4 hours ago

Has anyone experienced high prices with Xeloda and Tykerb?

My oncologist wants to move my treatment to Xeloda and Tykerb. I am stage 4 and nothing to this point has really worked. So she wants to try these drugs. My insurance company (AARP United Healthcare) told me Xeloda is not covered and would cost me around $8000 per month. Tykerb is covered but is an additional $2000 per month. Is anyone on these drugs and how are you paying for them? Any help would be appreciated.

tags: Xeloda Tykerb Does insurance cover

posted about 7 hours ago by A MyBCTeam User
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See thru your,pharmacy who makes it call them they have a low income they. Will, great 've,it to u free sometimes

posted about 6 hours ago

Has anyone experienced high prices with Xeloda and Tykerb?

My oncologist wants to move my treatment to Xeloda and Tykerb. I am stage 4 and nothing to this point has really worked. So she wants to try these drugs. My insurance company AARP (United Healthcare) told me Xeloda is not covered and would cost me around $8000 per month. Tykerb is covered but is an additional $2000 per month. Is anyone on these drugs and how are you paying for them? Any help would be appreciated.

posted about 7 hours ago by A MyBCTeam User
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There is help with paying for Xeloda. Your Oncologist office should help you get signed up for assistance.

posted about 6 hours ago

What has helped with lymphedema in the arms any remedies

posted 1 day ago by A MyBCTeam User
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Thank you for your feedback it's very helpful. Am just dealing with the side effects of surgery and it's very difficult. Please let us know the outcome of your… read more

posted about 6 hours ago

Nipple tattoos

Has anyone done either the regular or the 3D tattoo's. Did it change how you felt about how you looked, etc.? I would like it done and think it would help when i glance in the mirror before a shower etc to not see my barbie boob mound and instantly be reminded of what i've been through. Thoughts anyone???

posted 2 days ago by A MyBCTeam User
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@A MyBCTeam User yes there is a nipple reconstruction done called the origami method where they make an incision and flip you skin inside out and tie it to make a… read more

edited, originally posted 1 day ago

Who has been be able to work during Herceptin Treatment?

During my treatment with Docetaxel, carboplatin and trastuzumab Im unable to go to my job. I would like to know if when I finish with docetaxel and carboplatin, and only continue with Herceptin, will be able to work?

posted 4 days ago by A MyBCTeam User
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I went straight to work after my weekly rounds of Taxol and Herceptin. When I got to Herceptin only, definitely no issues going to work. My oncologist was right in… read more

posted 3 days ago

What are good supplements for arthritis or bone health ?

posted 4 days ago by A MyBCTeam User
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@A MyBCTeam User - I have found them at my Sprouts grocery market. My brother in New Mexico found them for me at a nutrition or vitamin store I think he said GNC.… read more

posted 2 days ago

I've read about good books to read I regards to breast cancer. I can't find them again. Can you please give me suggestions :)

posted 4 days ago by A MyBCTeam User
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There is one that I recently read called Inside/Outside. It is written by a Pediatric Infectious Diseases Dr. that was diagnosed with Breast Cancer. It gave the… read more

edited, originally posted 3 days ago

Bilateral mastectomy versus lumpectomy decision

I have invasive ductal mucinous carcinoma in the right breast only. This cancer has breached the duct wall. I'm afraid of radiation. So a lumpectomy is pretty much out even though my oncologist says this is the best treatment. My left breast is healthy. I'd like to explore the bilateral mastectomy option of "going flat". Does Medicare pay for this option? Any words of advice or experiences?

posted 4 days ago by A MyBCTeam User
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I was also going to say that just because you have a mastectomy doesn't mean you won't have radiation. I did.

posted 3 days ago

Pain 3 years after DIEP flap

I had a mastectomy and DIEP flap at the same time in 2014. They also removed 13 lymph nodes from that side. I had stage 2b IDC with lymph node involvement. I had six months chemo then the flap was radiated six months later. Radiation was tough and I ended up with third degree burns over 18% of my body. They had to stop for two weeks before they could finish. Fast forward to today - that foob (that's what I call the flap) has shrunk a good cup size. It is still warm and looks okay.… read more

posted 5 days ago by A MyBCTeam User
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Thank you

posted 3 days ago
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