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  • Angel Michele Profile

    Does Taxol cause colitis or colitis like symptoms? If so how long after taxol do these symptoms last? I fear I will need to forward my mail to my washroom.

    Asked by anonymous

    stage_3a Patient
    2 days 1 answer
    • André Roberts Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 1 Patient

      All chemo drugs reek havoc on our system. I constantly went back and forth with diarrhea and constipation. Drink plenty of water. You need to be careful with delicate tissue getting irritated. Use Tucks Pads for soothing comfort. Vaseline helps too. Be sure to tell your onc how bad it is for you...

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      All chemo drugs reek havoc on our system. I constantly went back and forth with diarrhea and constipation. Drink plenty of water. You need to be careful with delicate tissue getting irritated. Use Tucks Pads for soothing comfort. Vaseline helps too. Be sure to tell your onc how bad it is for you and don't take anything unless it's been approved first. Mine recommended over the counter, more than suggested on the box, anti diarrhea/constipation meds. It will get better when your done with treatment. Prayers to you.

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  • Susana Montana Profile

    i need to take chemotherapy for breast cancer, but I lost my short-term memory due to a stroke, will chemotherapy affect my brain?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    3 days 2 answers
    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      Some develop what they call "chemo brain" and others don't. Talk with your doctor(s) about it and see if they can give you any information as we aren't doctors here.

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    • André Roberts Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 1 Patient

      As Betti said, chemo brain is common. Forgetfulness, confusion, not memory loss. Please talk your onc about your concern. Prayers to you.

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  • Mandi wood Profile

    I've had a phobia of medications due to horrible sensitivity and side effects. So much so that I was prescribed tamoxifen for stage four and scared out of my mind to get it past my mouth... I want to take it but the fear is beating my actions

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    3 days 3 answers
    • André Roberts Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 1 Patient

      Hi Mandi. I hear people say this all the time. "Afraid of the side effects". I'm sorry, I just don't understand that. Your fighting for your life. Side effects are listed because they might happen. Not that they will. And not everyone reacts the same. Positivity is key to everything in life. If...

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      Hi Mandi. I hear people say this all the time. "Afraid of the side effects". I'm sorry, I just don't understand that. Your fighting for your life. Side effects are listed because they might happen. Not that they will. And not everyone reacts the same. Positivity is key to everything in life. If you worry and 'wait' for horrible things to happen, they will. Take the upper hand and don't let cancer beat you. I know your scared, but again, your saving your life. Did you do chemo? Radiation? The side effects from them are way worse than tamoxifen. You can do this! If not for yourself, do it for all the people who love you. Prayers to you.

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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      One doesn't know how their body will handle this medication unless they try it. Just because some have problems with them mean you will. In your case it sounds like your doctor prescribed Tamoxifen for further treatment. Please at least try it and see how you do on them.

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    Went to breast clinic with lump on my left breast which turned out to be a cyst. However mammogram showed something suspicious in right breast so had 5 more scans. Ultrasound showed nothing but had 5 biopsies and marker placed. Do they know it's cancer?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    5 days 2 answers
    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      The biopsy will tell them if it's cancer or not. They always place a marker after a biopsy so if surgery is needed it acts as a guide for the Surgeon. I had 2 biopsies 2 weeks apart of 2 different areas and a marker was put in after each one but on my mastectomy specimen only 1 was mentioned so...

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      The biopsy will tell them if it's cancer or not. They always place a marker after a biopsy so if surgery is needed it acts as a guide for the Surgeon. I had 2 biopsies 2 weeks apart of 2 different areas and a marker was put in after each one but on my mastectomy specimen only 1 was mentioned so assume the first one was pulled out with the vacuum suction on the 2nd biopsy. Did they do 5 different biopsies or just remove 5 pieces of tissue?

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    • André Roberts Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 1 Patient

      After reading the response to Betti.... I figured too that you meant one biopsy, 5 specimens of tissue. That is usually normal. That way they get an accurate reading. Yes, once tested, they will know if it's cancer or not. Having a biopsy is the only way to tell. If you told you it is not, they...

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      After reading the response to Betti.... I figured too that you meant one biopsy, 5 specimens of tissue. That is usually normal. That way they get an accurate reading. Yes, once tested, they will know if it's cancer or not. Having a biopsy is the only way to tell. If you told you it is not, they will continue to just keep an eye on it. Scary for you regardless, I know. If you have any changes in either breast, have it checked right away as you may be be prone to cysts and/or fibroids. Which are not cancer. Prayers to you.

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  • vicky kayley Profile

    Anyone had heart problems? I got 5 year all clear same week had massive heart attack

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    5 days 3 answers
    • André Roberts Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 1 Patient

      Oh my gosh Vicky, so glad your ok! I had my heart monitored while in treatment on herceptin, but knock on wood, all good so far. Five years for me too. Prayers to you.

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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      I haven't had any issues yet and pray I don't. I know I have to be diligent since my BC was on my left side and have been told rads. can damage the heart and lung and make the ribs weaker on that side.

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  • Betti A Profile

    5 vs 10 years on an AI? What would you do, I just started year #5 a few weeks ago and my Onc. told me they are finding 10 may be better unless problems with them arise.

    Asked by anonymous

    Survivor since 2013
    6 days 6 answers
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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      I already had Osteopenia before my diagnosis and it has gotten somewhat worse even on Fosamax. I'm scheduled for another DEXA in Sept and will see where my bones are sitting.

      1 comment
    • André Roberts Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 1 Patient

      I am doing tamoxifen for ten years. Not only are they finding that it may be better than switching, I really don't want to 'start over' again. The first year really sucked. My onc agrees. Prayers to you.

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  • Judith Bellows  Profile

    My boobs feels like it's filling up with milk but it's not as can't have kids anymore and it's quite painful I looked on line and it came up with dcis cancer does anyone have this and that help please

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    6 days 2 answers
    • André Roberts Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 1 Patient

      Sounds more like a hormonal issue. Remember back when you were going through puberty and several years more, that your boobs would swell monthly and become sore? Just because you can't have kids doesn't mean this can't be the issue. I was diagnosed with DCIS. At first I thought it was a swollen...

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      Sounds more like a hormonal issue. Remember back when you were going through puberty and several years more, that your boobs would swell monthly and become sore? Just because you can't have kids doesn't mean this can't be the issue. I was diagnosed with DCIS. At first I thought it was a swollen gland/duct - not the whole boob. It did not go away and I could clearly feel a 'lump' when rechecking later. I do think you should make an appt with your gyne and get it checked out. Clearly something is different, but don't worry yourself by thinking the worst. Prayers to you.

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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      Any changes to one's body need to be checked by their doctor as some testing may be needed. I had an area of DCIS along with 3 other areas of different types but it was only found on my mammogram. The only way to determine if it may or may not be DCIS is a biopsy.

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  • Cindy Jones Profile

    I had stage 2 breast cancer two years ago and had a lumpectomy and 27 radiation treatments followed by five years of arimidex. Just received news of another suspicious lump. I'm so scared to go through this again. Please pray with me 😢

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    9 days 3 answers
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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Hey Cindy I went thru the same experience. Stage 0 cancer, lumpectomy, 35 radiation treatments and Tamoxifen for 5 years. 2 yrs later another suspicious area biopsy done which tested positive. I ended up having a double mastectomy w/immediate reconstruction. Doing it all over I would have had the...

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      Hey Cindy I went thru the same experience. Stage 0 cancer, lumpectomy, 35 radiation treatments and Tamoxifen for 5 years. 2 yrs later another suspicious area biopsy done which tested positive. I ended up having a double mastectomy w/immediate reconstruction. Doing it all over I would have had the mastectomy from the beginning. I was just in shock like we all are when diagnosed & couldn't get passed loosing my breast. Stay positive suspicious doesn't mean cancer.

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    • André Roberts Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 1 Patient

      Such scary news. I'm sorry. Try to stay positive. Prayers to you.

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  • kerrie wilson Profile

    Anybody experience debilitating fatigue

    Asked by anonymous

    stage_3c Patient
    9 days 2 answers
    • André Roberts Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 1 Patient

      Are you going through treatment now? With each one of chemo I got more and more 'wore out'. By the end, I slept all the time. And was pretty sick too. It's all temporary but you really need to give your body as much time to recoup as it took to get to this point. Yoga, (some sort or...

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      Are you going through treatment now? With each one of chemo I got more and more 'wore out'. By the end, I slept all the time. And was pretty sick too. It's all temporary but you really need to give your body as much time to recoup as it took to get to this point. Yoga, (some sort or movement/stretching) water and time are your friend. Prayers to you.

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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      Have you talked with your doctor(s) about it?

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    Will i loose my hair wirh taxol and hercepton

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    10 days 2 answers
    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      Everyone is different on how their bodies do with chemo. meds. I didn't lose quite all of mine and my hairdresser felt I wouldn't lose anymore of it but I elected to have her take it off as it was becoming a nuisance. I had Taxotere and Cytoxan and within 9 months of being bald my hair was long...

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      Everyone is different on how their bodies do with chemo. meds. I didn't lose quite all of mine and my hairdresser felt I wouldn't lose anymore of it but I elected to have her take it off as it was becoming a nuisance. I had Taxotere and Cytoxan and within 9 months of being bald my hair was long enough to get a nice haircut.

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    • André Roberts Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 1 Patient

      I'm gonna be blunt and say yes. The taxol will make you lose your hair. The hercepton will not and it will start to grow back as your finishing your hercepton treatment. At about 2 weeks after your first treatment, You'll notice your scalp start to hurt. Like a ponytail too tight. Hair will come...

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      I'm gonna be blunt and say yes. The taxol will make you lose your hair. The hercepton will not and it will start to grow back as your finishing your hercepton treatment. At about 2 weeks after your first treatment, You'll notice your scalp start to hurt. Like a ponytail too tight. Hair will come out. It really does become a nuisance. I elected to have my husband shave me bald. Felt so much better. Remember that your hair doesn't define who you are. Your fighting for your life. Own it and go commando. Prayers to you.

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