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I was dx IDC grade 3, triple negative on 5/24. Treatment plan is 6 TAC neoadjuvant to shrink tumor to operable size (hopefully!) Had first chemo last week... It was really rough. Does it get better?

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Stage 2A Patient almost 7 years
 
  • Sharon Danielson Profile
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    Sobrevivente desde 2007
    Julie, So many things about breast cancer and it's treatment are individual to each patient. There is very little uniformity to any of it. I wish I could say.... "It gets better" but all I can say is "It depends...." It can have a cumulative effect on some and on others it stays similar to the first. Here is where you need to become a --good compainer-- and your own best advocate. You need to bring your side effects to your oncologist/staff so they can help you through this. I was always pleasant, and always took my best friend.... humor..... with me. There are probably several things that can be done. In my case, there was a drug in my "recipe" they had to take out because I had such a bad reaction to it. (not a chemo drug) BUT, I had to --kindly complain-- about it first. This is a very rough time and we all understand what you are going through. Kindly complain and hopefully they will come up with some solutions to make this better for you. REMEMBER.... always keep yourself hydrated! You would be surprised how much better you can feel just by drinking plenty of fluids. Hang in there darlin' you will get through this. Take care, Sharon
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    • Verena Munday Profile
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      Aprendendo sobre o câncer de mama

      I will have my sixth and last chemo treatment Monday. They have not gotten any better. Your system gets runned down making it harder. Drinking is very hard for me, so I really have to fight dehydration. Good luck!

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  • Ali S Profile
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    Sobrevivente desde 2011
    I was triple neg 5/24 last year! Chemo kicked the crap outta my tumor ! Keep fighting!
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  • celien thorne Profile
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    Paciente
    The first dose of chemo for me was the worst ! I ended up w many complications and in hospital for 2 days , my white cells dropped very low i had fevers , mouth sores that was the worst ever! It freaked me out so bad I didn't want to do it again .. I slowly got better ...then my hair fell out ! My dr and staff said they would do best to not let that happen again .. I agreed to keep going .. Got a port and did chemo again and had shots to boost my cells up .. I've felt good ever since I can walk 2 miles a day and work and live my life a im going for my 4th n last round next week ! Yay me ! So yes everyone reacts differently , but if u have a bad reaction tell Dr and do yur best to not over think the outcome of each dose .. Liquids and Popsicles n a sense of humor can also help get u thru :-)
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    Aprendendo sobre o câncer de mama
    Hi Julie, I too was dx with triple neg, grade 3 bc on 12/2. I started chemo on dec 29 and finished may 8. Chemo made my mass shrink and it changed it to nonmalignant scar tissue. Chemo had it difficulties but was so worth it. It made me listen to my body. Some weeks were ok and some quite hard but all were doable. Now I'm recovering from two surgeries and soon will start radiation therapy. Sometimes I feel overwhelmed and that us where this site helps me a lot. Take care. You'll do great, jayme
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  • kelly gonzalez Profile
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    Aprendendo sobre o câncer de mama
    I found with my first that I overdid the nausea meds and made myself feel a little worse. I was so worried about getting sick that u had horrible headaches. If possible get out and move around after you have rested. Some days I couldn't like on day 3,4&5. I felt back to normal on day 6 & 7. Then u was back in the gym. Good luck! You can do it!!!
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  • Sarah Covell Profile
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    Aprendendo sobre o câncer de mama
    I agree with Sharon. It seems to vary by individual and by the regimen you're on. I'm triple positive and just had my fifth (of six) treatment with Taxotere, Carboplatin and Herceptin (which I'll be on for a year). I had no side FX the first time, then an allergic reaction to the Tax (which taking Benedryl beforehand has eliminated). My white blood cell count went way down after the first treatment (Tax) after which I've needed Neupogen/Neulasta injections. Now the Carboplatin has made me anemic so the oncologist reduced the dose a bit. I think the best advice I got was drink, drink, drink!!! Just kept a glass of water at your side at all times--at least for the first 72 hours. Benedryl helps a lot with sleeping (and nausea if you have it...I haven't). Listen to your body and give it what it needs: rest, a little exercise every day, and good nutrition (and chocolate ;-)). I found it useful to think of chemo as being in training. Sometimes training for a sport is painful but the result is a stronger, healthier body. Chemo's your partner. My favorite saying is "You can't change the waves, but you can learn to surf!". Hang in there and get your surfboard waxed up ;-))
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  • Susan Kerbow Cowan Profile
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    Aprendendo sobre o câncer de mama
    Emotionally it gets better, because the anxiety of not knowing what to expect gets better. I found later treatments to be easier because I knew what to expect, and I wasn't constantly calling the nurse about my symptoms!
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