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Dose any one here afraid of chemo like me? I am stage 2a and need 6 times every 3weeks

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Learning About Breast Cancer almost 6 years
 
  • Sharon Danielson Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2007
    I think we are all afraid of it to some degree. This would pretty normal to have fear of the unknown. We don't know how it will effect us, will we be sick? What are the long term affects? Cancer is a very tough tenacious disease and it has to be fought with very tough medication. I went into it with the attitude, the sooner I get through it, the better. I doubt you will have any nausea, because they give you very good medication for preventing it. We can't predict how you will go through it but, this is going to save your life. You will get through it and live a great life. Be strong darlin'. Take care, Sharon
    almost 6 years Flag
    • Mandana K. Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Thank u

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  • suzanne orosz Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2012
    Of course you're afraid - I think everyone is - this is scary sh@t!! If you can bring someone with you I highly recommend you do. After you get the first one under your belt the next won't be as scary! Try not to overthink things in your head - there are medications that should help with the side effects and everyone reacts differently to chemo. I started with weekly taxol before surgery and found it very manageable. After surgery I had FEC and found it more difficult, but still felt like I handled it alright. Although I felt nauseous at times - I didn't throw up once during chemo! Be honest with your drs/nurses about any side effects and they will find ways to deal with them as best they can. My advice - drink a lot of water, get plenty of rest, go for walks, eat healthy, and stay positive! Personally I make juices and I swear it helped me along the way!
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  • Betti A Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2013
    I worked in healthcare (a Mammography Tech. actually) and yes I was scared about chemo. I was orginally told 4-6 cycles, 1 every 3 weeks was possible. I agreed to have genetic testing done (Oncotype DX test) and it indicated I could get by with hormone surpressing drugs only but in adding chemo. it dropped my recurrence rate way down and I decided to give it everything I had and then some if I had to, the 4-6 ended up only 4. That lead to 28 radiaiton treatments after I completed chemo. and now I'm taking oral meds. for hormone surpression. You will be OK, I'm sure. Take care of yourself, Betti
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  • Stacey McLeish Profile
    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    Hi, im going in for my 2nd cycle of chemo and I also have to do 6 cycles every 3 weeks. I cried during my 1st chemo because it was my confirmation that i really had cancer and prior to chemo i was physically feeling fine and i was afraid and in fear of what the side affects would be and that i would be really sick and not normal anymore. I also lost my hair last week and i cried when i saw it falling out, but something came over me and i was able to shave my own head and i actually began to feel happy because that part was over and i made it through. I'm not afraid of chemo anymore now because i now know that even though it may not be a fun thing to go through but it's something that will save my life. I look forward to getting through my next 5 cyles also, because there is joy and life at the end of the tunnel and CANCER is not going to stop me from reaching there. So just know what your going through your not alone and we all want the same results at the end, which is to be cancer free and you will get there just the same as the rest of us. Take care and God bless you.
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  • T H Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2013
    Yes, I was afraid.. I was stage 2A no lymph nodes. And I choose not to do chemo I did 33 whole breast radiation treatments. It is such a personal choice going through this. So many people go through it and are so strong which I truly admire. Hugs stay strong
    almost 6 years Flag
    • Mimi Carroll Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I would have chosen no chemo too if was not in my nodes!

      almost 6 years Flag
    • Mandana K. Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Well my doctor said tumors can go out of breast by lymphatic pathways and blood.For killing the tumor cells in blood u must have chemo

      almost 6 years Flag
  • Mimi Carroll Profile
    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    I went from knowing I had cancer to chemo in a few days, so not much time to think about it. I did 3 cycles T/H every 21 days 4 cycles A/C every 21 days, and 3 weekly doses of T/H.... I have had my life time dose of those! And then I am having weekly dose of herceptin for a year... If I had to have chemo after surgery I probably would have scared myself silly! Hang in there... Once you do a cycle you get your routines down and get into a rhythm with it.... I didn't work, there was no way I could have.
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    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    I had taxotere/cytoxan 6 infusians every 3 weeks. Very doable I worked through the treatment.
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  • Gillian Ashworth Profile
    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    Yes, I was terrified. There were days where I thought I'd tell my oncologist that I decided against it even tho I had a intuitive feeling that I needed it. I promise you it's very very doable. Don't be scared. I spent days/weeks agonizing over my fear of it...I've completed two cycles. My first cycle was rough, my oncologist reduced my dose a little, now I'm ok through it. You'll feel tired, possibly nauseous, your mind will feel foggy and you'll have aches and pains. Depending on your chemo regime, you may lose your hair. I shaved my head last weekend after losing more than half my hair...and to my HUGE surprise, I'll ok with it. It'll grown back & wasn't nearly as traumatic as I thought it would be. There's nothing now or ideal about going through chemo...but what IS nice and ideal is that it saves loves. It fights and kills cancer cells so they can't take us. To me, it's worth every single day of the hardship to survive. Everyone is very different, every situation is different...but what I see consistently is that chemo doesn't end up being as bad as anticipated...and now I know that's true. Best of luck to you...you can 100% do this!
    almost 6 years Comment Flag
  • leslie adkins Profile
    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    I'm not really a Reilly's person, but I love " god never gives more than we can handle. Not everyone gets sick from chemo. I had crappy taste - grape & lemonade juice helped. Very sore feet - just stayed off them. Tired - begged with comedy DVDs.
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  • Rebecca Hall Profile
    anonymous
    Patient
    Yes very scared and that's normal. I've had 2 treatments now. First one not so great. 2nd one I had no side effects except being tired. Everyone reacts different but that was mine. I am having 8 treatments and they are every 2 weeks.
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  • Jill M. Profile
    anonymous
    stage_2a Patient
    Scared is a weak word! I was freaking terrified! But it had to be done - not quite ready to meet my maker! ;0) it isn't as bad as I thought it would be. I also have the peace of knowing I'm doing everything possible
    almost 6 years Flag
    • Mandana K. Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Jill what a beautiful picture you have!

      over 5 years Flag

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