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Anyone have to go through another round of chemo. It's been 2 weeks after my double mastectomy and found out I have to do adriamycin cytoxin

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  • Diana Foster Payne Profile
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    Stage 4 Patient
    Yes, I did Summer. I was diagnosed last May and went through Adriamycin/Cytoxin then Taxol. I had my double mastectomy three weeks later. They found 13/15 lymph nodes that were positive with two that had broken outside the node. Due to this finding my Onc. Strongly suggested that I have another round of chemo before I could have radiation. So....I went through 8 treatments of Gemzar/Carboplatin beginning 3 weeks after my surgery. It was tiring, but I'm happy to say I had my last chemo last week. :). I will have another PET scan on Monday and praying for good results so I can move on to the next step. I was upset & disappointed that I had to have more chemo....but in the end, I'm glad I did...knowing I did all I could do to get better. I'll be thinking of you. :). Hang in there!
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    • Lysa Allison Profile
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      Étude du cancer du sein

      I'll be thinking of you when you have your PET scan and sending you good thoughts.

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    • Diana Foster Payne Profile
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      Stage 4 Patient

      Thank you so much Lysa!! That's very thoughtful of you. :). I'll find out the results Wed. & let you know. :)

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  • Kristine Fonseca Profile
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    Stage 2A Patient
    Hi Summer, I am currently in chemo therapy. I have Adriamycin, Cytoxin and Taxotere every 3 weeks. I have had 3 out of 6.rounds. I have been fortunate not to have experienced any major side effects other than fatique and total hair loss but by the end of the first week after chemo i am feeling better. One thing i have found very helpful is to make sure i am very hydrated before and after a chemo treatment. I wish you all the best, and we will get through this!
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    • Nancy Collins Profile
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      Survivant depuis 2002

      I was told to drink no less then 6 glasses of water the day of chemo and for 2 days after chemo to flush it out or I would have more side affects.

      Diana, I wanted you to know that I was diagnosed with Stage III ILC and more then half my lymph...

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      I was told to drink no less then 6 glasses of water the day of chemo and for 2 days after chemo to flush it out or I would have more side affects.

      Diana, I wanted you to know that I was diagnosed with Stage III ILC and more then half my lymph nodes positive. I had just turned 43 and me being "young" was against me. I did 6 treatments of Cytoxin/Epirubensin/5FU and radiation, after my mastectomy. I had the 2nd breast removed just so I used all the big guns the 1st time so hopefully there wouldn't be another time. On Valentine's Day, it will be 10 years since I was diagnosed, and no signs of cancer :) My appt is in April, but unless it's somewhere that wouldn't cause me pain or feeling bad, I'll be working on year 11. Us Stage III ladies can definitely kick cancer to the curb!! :)

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    • shen cruces Profile
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      Stage 3A Patient

      I will be starting the same chemo in two weeks. It is good to hear from a stage 3 decade long survivor! I totally needed to hear your story tonight... ty

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  • Evelyn Heilbrunn Profile
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    Survivant depuis 2012
    My experience is almost exactly like Kristine's. I am currently in chemotherapy and also am on Adriamycin, Cytoxin, and Taxotere every 3 weeks. I have had 4 out of 6 treatments. This is my second bout with breast cancer (11 years apart, but not a recurrence -- this one is a new cancer!), but I didn't have chemo the first time. I didn't know what to expect, but it hasn't been as bad as I had heard it was. Fatigue is my biggest problem, because the combination can cause anemia and almost always causes generalized fatigue. I haven't had any nausea/vomiting to speak of. Total hair loss, from head to toes. I also have some neuropathy in my finger and toe tips. It just feels weird -- slightly numb, but it doesn't really bother me. It's affected my eyesight somewhat, and my brain doesn't function very well. I'm very forgetful -- in fact, I couldn't remember my phone number this morning! Like Kristine said, stay hydrated. That's really important. Also, if you have side effects that can be treated, take the medicine right away to stay on top of it. I've had a lot of pain with Neulasta shots (to boost my white cell count). so I take pain meds immediately when I start to feel the pain coming on. I could go on and on, so if you have any more questions feel free to ask. Best of luck!
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