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