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Bonnie's Story

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"Hay algunas cosas en la vida hay que compartir. Usted tiene que tener alguien en quien apoyarse, y ellos te ayudarán a pasar."

Después de realizar un auto examen de mama, Bonnie Brooks descubrió un bulto y de inmediato hizo una cita con su médico. El 11 de septiembre de 2008, fue diagnosticado con la etapa 3 del cáncer de mama metastásico. Con un régimen de tratamiento difícil por delante, incluyendo la quimioterapia, se dio cuenta de que no podía enfrentar solo el cáncer de mama.

"Siempre fui muy independiente y he aprendido con el cáncer de mama no siempre se puede ser independiente", dice Brooks. "Uno tiene que depender de gente que le ayude a través de".

Escuchar la inspiradora historia de Bonnie y aprender más acerca de cómo superó el cáncer de mama.

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    What makes the decision as to whether you get Herceptin every week or the triple dose every 3 weeks ?

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    • Mimi Carroll Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      With chemo it can be. 1/3 of a dose every 7 days or a full dose every 21 days - depending on your chemo schedule... Usually alone it goes to once every 21 days... Since I was weekly with chemo we are starting Herceptin alone every 14 days ... And the will bump to 21 days... No matter how...

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      With chemo it can be. 1/3 of a dose every 7 days or a full dose every 21 days - depending on your chemo schedule... Usually alone it goes to once every 21 days... Since I was weekly with chemo we are starting Herceptin alone every 14 days ... And the will bump to 21 days... No matter how delivered the total 21 day Dise will Elbe same... Amazing to be living on a conscience level ona21 day cell cycle... I have never thought so much about my cells before- I can even give a pretty good explanation of mitosis and why the mitotic grade is important to us. .

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      anonymous
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      Thanks ladies ! For some reason, this news of switching from every week to every 3 weeks for Herceptin wasn't shared with me and it was a surprise on my first visit back 2 weeks after my last Taxol.
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  • Heidi Hathaway Profile

    Did anyone else out there start tamoxifen while still on herceptin therapy? Is tamoxifen always started in pill form?

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    • Susan Coffey Profile
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      Hi. I'm on herceptin every 21 days and administered by IV and I'm also on tomoxofin, everyday by pill form. Will be like that forever. No real side effects from either of them.

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    • Marianne R. Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      I don't know about Herceptin. To my knowledge tamoxifen is given as a pill.

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  • Alglen Thelex Garay Profile

    is it ok to refuse chemo or herceptin after surgery and ask for oral medication instead...

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Alglen,
      If you are asking is it ok to refuse the advise to have chemotherapy.... it is a personal decision. A patient can do whatever they choose. If you as saying a patient does not want to take the advise of their caregivers about chemo and --thinks-- taking an oral medication will be as...

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      Alglen,
      If you are asking is it ok to refuse the advise to have chemotherapy.... it is a personal decision. A patient can do whatever they choose. If you as saying a patient does not want to take the advise of their caregivers about chemo and --thinks-- taking an oral medication will be as effective as chemotherapy, they are dead wrong. Breast cancer is a very tough opponent and it has to be dealth with while your mom has the chance. This is her golden opportunity to throw everything there is at her cancer. There is no easy way out if she fights this. Chemo isn't fun but the side effects can be managed. My best friend chose not to have chemotherapy and she is dead. Surgery can only remove the primary tumor and lymph nodes. It is the cancer cells that may be circulating around her body the chemotherapy targets. Your mom shouldn't let breast cancer win by her being scared to DEATH by the treatment. I am extremely harsh sounding because I detest having breast cancer win and take one of my sisters. There isn't an easy way around a battle with breast cancer. Tell you mom, she has to fight like a real warrior. She really has more strength within her than she thinks. God's blessings, take care, Sharon

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    • Erin Timlin Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      I'm on herceptin and as far as I know there is no oral medication counterpart. Tamoxifen is given to women who have ER tumors. herceptin is given to women who have HER2 tumors. Chemo is your best bet against an aggressive form of breast cancer such as HER2 .

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  • Mimi Carroll Profile

    How many doses is a year worth of Herceptin? If you had to take a break and interrupted treatment did you have to start year over? Did you have weekly or 21 day dose?

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    • Isabel Souchet Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2010

      I got my herceptin at first with the chemo every three weeks for 5 treatments n then every three months for another 7 a total of one year. I was not given an option to interrupt treatment unless of course it affected my heart.

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    • Isabel Souchet Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2010

      I meant every THREE WEEKS, not months

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