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Chemo alternatives

Hi, I just got a call from my surgeon with oncotype score of 28. My oncologist had told me if it came back 25 or higher she would recommend chemotherapy. I know chemo saves lives, but I am terrified of it because I know it does a lot of damage in the meantime. I'm not saying I will refuse chemo, but just wondering if there is anyone out there who has heard of or used an alternative method to chemo. I have a double mastectomy coming up as well, another challenge that I am not looking forward… read more

edited, originally posted almost 3 years ago
A MyBCTeam Member said:

My best friend opted not to do chemo or radiation and it emphasized throughout her body and passed away on November 28th. Sh e lasted 4 years and the… read more

posted about 7 hours ago
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Chemotherapy

Have you been told to avoid sugar while on chemo or since diagnosis? Im getting a lot of advice to do so from non- medical people but wondered what the science says

posted 20 days ago
A MyBCTeam Member said:

I think avoiding too much sugar helps you feel better overall. I learned in my cancer group that sugar feeds cancer cells along with other terrible… read more

posted 3 days ago
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I am having a hard time deciding what type of surgery to have

My mother had breast cancer. She had the lumpectomy and radiation. She went into remission but then found another lump which turned out to be lymphoma. She had chemotherapy and was never the same after that. She developed dementia and also broke her hip.

posted 20 days ago
A MyBCTeam Member said:

I found the article easily by googling MD Anderson breast implants. Good read.

posted 20 days ago
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Discolored nails

How long after chemotherapydid it take for your nails to clear up?

posted over 1 year ago
A MyBCTeam Member said:

my nails started splitting and peeling 2 months after starting chemo. it took them a year to get back to normal. I also experienced nail lifting on my… read more

posted 17 days ago
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How long did it take for your hair to regrow? Did it come back a diff color or texture? What was the response from others?

Hello Ladies,
My hair started growing 7 weeks after chemotherapy which ended 6/23/17. My peach fuzz is softer than before now GRAY & BLACK hair. My hair was brown with few gray strands.

People looked at me strange and or didn't even recognize me. I didn't want to tell EVERYONE so I just smiled. When I loss my hair, my BFF [my brother) cut his hair off too.

I've always had long hair, but I… read more

posted over 1 year ago
A MyBCTeam Member said:

I have triple negative breast cancer,had 1 chemo,treat ment and my hair is falling out,also wound up in hospital 9 days all symptoms happend within 2… read more

posted 5 days ago
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A-Fib associated with past radiation/chemotherapy?

Four years out from treatment, I’m experiencing a-fib. I’ve ruled out thyroid over-medication, a likely culprit. Poking around the web (eek!) I see that latent heart effects *can* begin to develop from adriamycin/cytoxin chemotherapy or breast radiation at about the five year mark. Ulp.
Any cancer sis’s with personal experience?

And, great; I’m seeing that arimidex, my AI, can have some associated heart risk. It’s small, but it’s there.

(I have a… read more

edited, originally posted about 2 months ago
A MyBCTeam Member said:

In 2018 I went through chemo, rt side mastectomy, radiation, then more herceptin. I have a mechanical mitral valve and pacemaker. Herceptin had to be… read more

posted 11 days ago
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I have lost my sex drive. Does it ever come back? I finished chemotherapy 5/16, I had a hysterectomy 6/17. Stiy no desire.😢

posted 10 months ago
A MyBCTeam Member said:

Im glad to hear that. It sounds like you both are trying to make things work and he's repentant of his cheating. That's a good thing. I wish you all the… read more

posted 17 days ago
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Looking for a life insurance company that will accept people with stage 4 cancer. My other one dropped me after my diagnosis.

My old life insurance company I used to have for me and my husband, through my old job, dropped me last year shortly after I let them know what was going on with me medically. See, I was apparently behind on two payments, which was strange because payments had always automatically been deducted from my payroll through the school system I worked for. Well, for a couple of months, for some… read more

posted 9 months ago
A MyBCTeam Member said:

Yes I would get a lawyer asap

posted 26 days ago
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To women who have tissue expander implants...

Hi ladies who are suffering from what I liked to call "rock boob syndrome". I wanted to post this as someone who had tissue expanders in for 8 months, gone through exchange, and seen the other side of it all.

1. I know tissue expanders suck. They are severely uncomfortable and you feel like a weight is on your chest constantly. Sleeping on your side is uncomfortable and sleeping on your stomach is impossible.

2. I had my expanders in for about 8 months as I… read more

edited, originally posted over 5 years ago
A MyBCTeam Member said:

Expanders are awful & teardrop implants will feel like a dream

posted about 1 month ago
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Herceptin

I had proximal muscle weakness and pain and felt very unsteady during my chemotherapy. Specifically my quadriceps felt very very weak (specifically my ability to lift my legs to the next step while climbing stairs or putting my legs into clothes like pant legs while getting dressed was a tremendous challenge ) and my deltoid and biceps were very weak (ability to abduct or raise the arms and shoulders). I wondered if Herceptin contributed. I had burning in my legs like I had run miles after one flight… read more

posted about 2 months ago
A MyBCTeam Member said:

My chemo experience made me horribly ill and then I continued infusions of Herceptin for about a year, PR/ER -, HER2 +. I finished Herceptin this March… read more

posted about 2 months ago
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