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A small part of the chemo journey - shaving the hair on your head and dealing with baldness. What cancer takes away - and family gives back. Unconditionally

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  • Julie W Profile

    Hello. I will be doing #4 of 4 of cytoxan on Monday and starting taxol #1 of 4 two weeks later. was on Effexor but suffered too many side effects from it, so it was stopped 2 days ago. Last night my side effects got worse with nausea and metal taste. I

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    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 6 years 4 answers
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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Julie,
      We are taking so many drugs, that have so many side effects, this is a bit of a balancing act. You need to bring these concerns to your oncologist as soon as you can. It is complicated and some of these side effects we just have to grit our teeth BUT... talk to your oncologist now,...

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      Julie,
      We are taking so many drugs, that have so many side effects, this is a bit of a balancing act. You need to bring these concerns to your oncologist as soon as you can. It is complicated and some of these side effects we just have to grit our teeth BUT... talk to your oncologist now, don't suffer until you are told you have to! We don't get extra points for suffering in silence. Hang in there darlin' take care, Sharon

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    • Life is Good! Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2003

      Sorry you are feeling so lousy. I used plastic utensils and it helped with the metal taste. You are almost halfway there! Hoping you will have minimal side effects with the taxol. Please keep us posted.

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  • Lynn Rambo Profile

    I start chemo next week. What are the best foods to increase or keep my blood counts up? I also have celiac, so no gluten grains :)

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    Patient
    over 5 years 5 answers
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    • Tamara Davidson Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 4 Patient

      Eat as healthy as possible, I took water soluble vitamens and water soluble trace minerals by bloodwork was always perfect, couldn't even tell by my blood that I was on chemo,, and last but not least if u can drink in ounces of water half ur body weight per day,, wish u the best as u start chemo...

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      Eat as healthy as possible, I took water soluble vitamens and water soluble trace minerals by bloodwork was always perfect, couldn't even tell by my blood that I was on chemo,, and last but not least if u can drink in ounces of water half ur body weight per day,, wish u the best as u start chemo next week,,, god bless you :)

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    • Marianne R. Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      Follow your regular diet. Staying hydrated and try to eat as much fruit and veg as you can to help with the constipation. If you decide to make any big changes or take new vitamins make sure your onc knows. It is important you onc knows all your meds, vitamins, and herbal supplements.

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  • Rose Bartholomee Profile

    what about smoking i know i need to stop but dont know if i can with everything going on i have been smoking for 34 yrs

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    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 6 years 8 answers
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      anonymous
      Survivor since 2012

      I know that it is hard because my mom had to quite when she was DX with lung cancer. There is nothing easy about it. Ask your doctor for help. I know it can be expensive to quite but it is soo dangerous for you're recovery to continue with it. I know there must be some women here that are...

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      I know that it is hard because my mom had to quite when she was DX with lung cancer. There is nothing easy about it. Ask your doctor for help. I know it can be expensive to quite but it is soo dangerous for you're recovery to continue with it. I know there must be some women here that are fighting that additional battle. Please, don't despair, do this hour's battle and let the rest wait until you get there. Loving you and praying for strength to overcome tonight. Hugs. Jo

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    • André Roberts Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 1 Patient

      Rose, my opinion is you need to quit. I know it's hard. I smoked years ago. I'm so against it now. My mother died of COPD & a sister of lung cancer, also a smoker. Your fighting for your life treating breast cancer. You don't want to fall ill to something else. It will also make healing worse. I...

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      Rose, my opinion is you need to quit. I know it's hard. I smoked years ago. I'm so against it now. My mother died of COPD & a sister of lung cancer, also a smoker. Your fighting for your life treating breast cancer. You don't want to fall ill to something else. It will also make healing worse. I know you can do it. Prayers to you.

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  • Niki B. Profile

    Do doctors usually recommend chemo for patients with stage 1 invasive ductal carcinoma (0.75 cm), estrogen and progesterone receptor positive Her2- who underwent bilateral mastectomy and no positive lymph nodes found?

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    Family Member or Loved One
    over 4 years 4 answers
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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      I was staged a 1c with no lymph node involvement. I did the OncoType DX test to see if I needed chemo. or just a hormone blocker. I came in right on the number that said I could get by without chemo. but in adding it it dropped my recurrance rate way down so I chose to do it.

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    • anonymous Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      What grade are u ? I was grade 1 stage 1 lymph node negative lumpectomy and radiation with tamoxifen no chemo for me.

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