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Runny eyes and nose on TC chemo?

Anyone experiencing/experienced very watery eyes on TC chemo? Of course this is nothing compared to the other side effects; mostly annoying. But it looks like I'm crying all the time!

posted 3 days ago
A MyBCTeam Member said:

I have major tooth and gum problems since I started chemo ,,,,,,,

posted about 2 hours ago
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What side effects do you have from Tamoxifin?

I went to my oncologist today because I've been having memory problems especially speech. I also have short term memory loss, ringing in my ears, dizziness and headaches. My oncologist said that tamoxifin does not cause any of that. I have an MRI because he suspects brain mets. He may be right, but have any of you experienced any of these things while on Tamoxifin?

posted 7 days ago
A MyBCTeam Member said:

No, not a broken record at all. You're just reminding all of us what we all need to be aware of. ;-))

edited, originally posted about 3 hours ago
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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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If you chose a prophylactic double mastectomy, who/how many relatives/friends did you tell at surgery time?

I had breast cancer 7 years ago at a "young" age--in my mid forties. I now test positive for PALB2 mutation at age 54. I am planning a prophylactic double mastectomy with reconstruction for this spring. Most around me see me as "cured" but I don't like the odds of having breast cancer again or the possibility of dealing with chemo again because of the genetic abnormality.
Anyone else out there?… read more

posted 12 months ago
A MyBCTeam Member said:

I don't know what I would do in your situation. It is a difficult decision with pros and cons on each side ... it comes down to what will give you the… read more

posted about 8 hours ago
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Has anyone in your personal life that you thought would be there for you, completely let you down?

My counselor asked me if there was someone that you thought would be there for you every step of the way, and they, for some reason, just didn't step up to the plate when you needed them most? I have a neighbor that I thought for sure would have my back. We had known each other for years, and I have helped her with her family so many times. Picked up kids from school, took care of sick kids, babysat them for the… read more

posted about 5 years ago
A MyBCTeam Member said:

I also was totally stunned by people's reactions, people whom I was very close to, as friends, and even some family members, were shockingly not there… read more

posted about 16 hours ago
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Foregoing reconstruction

I am close to making a decision to go flat after a double mastectomy.

Couple questions...

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If I decide to go flat, will the oncological surgeon be sewing me up? Another lady mentioned a plastic surgeon was involved, but don’t see how a plastic surgeon would come in just to sew up a finished surgery. I learned you want to make sure there isn’t any extra skin aka dog ears and you want the scars on both sides to lay identical. I guess I will need to ask my surgeon if she has experience… read more

posted 15 days ago
A MyBCTeam Member said:

I had a bilateral/double mastectomy in Dec 2018. Even though my insurance would cover reconstruction at the time of surgery or even later, I decided to… read more

posted about 21 hours ago
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Looking for your stories on lumpectomy ot mastectomy?

I am just about finished my last chemo session. Yay! I will have surgery in about a month from now and still don't know if I will choose lumpectomy or mastectomy and would like to hear your stories. I am a perfect candidate for a lumpectomy as it seems the chemo has reduced the tumour to nothing. However I am nervous about local recurrence which is much lower with mastectomy. But I'm also nervous about mastectomy with reconstruction. Seems weird to have tissue… read more

posted 15 days ago
A MyBCTeam Member said:

When I had my implants 16 years ago they felt weird fir a while and moved a little. But after a while they felt completely normal. No one believed they… read more

posted 1 day ago
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Nail Strength

HELP! Before chemo my nails were extremely strong and I was taking supplements/prenatals to help with that strength... Here I am post chemo and post radiation and my nails break at every tiny nick even though I am still taking the supplements/prenatals. Anyone have any remedies or know of something that would help with this issue? I am desparate!

posted 11 days ago
A MyBCTeam Member said:

That is terrible!!!! I’ll never complain about mine being black again

posted 1 day ago
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Is it posdible to need chemo before and after surgery?

A friend had chemo before her mastectomy with lymph node removal. She just got pathology results from her surgeon to say she has 3 positive nodes. She has to wait till Friday to see her mo. Will she need to go through chemo again?

posted 13 days ago
A MyBCTeam Member said:

I had positive results in five of 13 after chemo was completed. I had 25 rounds of radiation. Now I have six month of oral chemo...starting tomorrow.

posted 2 days 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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