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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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  • Mary G Profile

    Starting chemo tomorrow. 4 rounds A/C then 4 rounds Taxol. Thankfully PET/CT normal. Any advice or tips for this first go around? I sm so thankful to have found you ladies! I know I will be here frequently asking for your valued advice.

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    Survivor since 2013
    almost 7 years 4 answers
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    • Brandi Mixon Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2012

      I found out right before my last two rounds that lemon drops will help cut the taste. I used them on the last two and wished I had known that before. I put one in my mouth as she was cleaning my port area. Drink as much water as you can, I liked a little lemon in it. Dress comfortable and relax....

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      I found out right before my last two rounds that lemon drops will help cut the taste. I used them on the last two and wished I had known that before. I put one in my mouth as she was cleaning my port area. Drink as much water as you can, I liked a little lemon in it. Dress comfortable and relax. You will do fine. Make friends with the nurses and the others plugged in around you. It's certainly not fun, but it is doable. Keep as positive an attitude as you can. Laughter truly is the best medicine.

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    • Lisa G Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2012

      1st thing is wear your big girl panties..lol treatment usually last round 5-6 hrs..wear something comfortable and maybe short sleeved for easy access to your port. Your nurses will make you as comfortable as possible..they usually provide you with some snacks but maybe pack something to eat. When...

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      1st thing is wear your big girl panties..lol treatment usually last round 5-6 hrs..wear something comfortable and maybe short sleeved for easy access to your port. Your nurses will make you as comfortable as possible..they usually provide you with some snacks but maybe pack something to eat. When you get there, they will check you in and do all the usual stuff..weight, BP etc..What ends up putting you behind schedule is waiting for your labs to come back..You will quickly learn the ropes..we will be here for you..

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  • Marie Durham Profile

    Whats the best way to lose extra pounds after taking chemo and steriod pills

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 6 years 5 answers
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    • André Roberts Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 1 Patient

      Eat right and exercise just like any other time in your life. The water weight from the steroids will come off after you stop taking them.

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      I wish there was some magical special way of melting off the extra poundage. It still remains your body has to use up the stored fuel it has packed on. Cut back on carbs, and long walks. A good way to eat is to consume foods that are closest to the way they grew. Cut out all sugar, fructose,...

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      I wish there was some magical special way of melting off the extra poundage. It still remains your body has to use up the stored fuel it has packed on. Cut back on carbs, and long walks. A good way to eat is to consume foods that are closest to the way they grew. Cut out all sugar, fructose, even artificial sweeteners. You can get a copy by googling Mediterranean Diet, if you need something with a name. We women continually look for the magic bullet, and it all boils down to revving up your metabolism and consuming less carbohydrates, boring and difficult. Take care, Sharon

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  • Sheena Burkett-Weibl Profile

    could anyone tell me what the side affects are for taxol? I am starting this weekly for 8 weeks

    Asked by anonymous

    Family Member or Loved One
    about 7 years 8 answers
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    • terri best Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 2B Patient

      I had the same reactions as the first answerer - anonymous. I was also very weak. I was given Norco for pain and Gabapentin for the neuropathy. Good luck!

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    • Alice Eisele Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2009

      When I did taxol, I did have neuropathy in my feet. Wasn't crazy bad. Felt like I was walking on hot coal. The worst thing was that on my second treatment I had a reaction. So when they tell you if you feel anything wired yell, they really mean it. I was able to continue just on a slower...

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      When I did taxol, I did have neuropathy in my feet. Wasn't crazy bad. Felt like I was walking on hot coal. The worst thing was that on my second treatment I had a reaction. So when they tell you if you feel anything wired yell, they really mean it. I was able to continue just on a slower infusion.

      Hope it goes well.

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  • Jo Thomas Profile

    I am struggling with constipation with each chemo cycle & have been taking coloxyl & movocol, but I'm getting very bloated, is that from the drugs or constipation? It's very painful!

    Asked by anonymous

    Survivor since 2013
    over 7 years 10 answers
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    • cindy stephenson Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I too took miralax and pushed fluids. I also added benefiber and a probiotic.

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    • Erin Timlin Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      Like Blair, I ended up using Prilosec as well. Not for constipation but for acidic grossness deep in my stomach. My oncologist thought it was responsible for much of my nausea. So about 1/2 way through 8 treatments I started that as well and I felt so much better which in turn helped my eating...

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      Like Blair, I ended up using Prilosec as well. Not for constipation but for acidic grossness deep in my stomach. My oncologist thought it was responsible for much of my nausea. So about 1/2 way through 8 treatments I started that as well and I felt so much better which in turn helped my eating and drinking. So I guess it was all related after all for me. The prilosec is pricey but SO worth it!

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