Chemotherapy

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Chemo delayed

harebrained1302
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Hi just wondered if anyone out there has had to delay there chemo a week to ten days?

Just worried cancer will start to grow again! xx

LizzieAnn63
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Hi - I’ve only just joined this group tonight but just wanted to say that I’m having weekly chemo for inflammatory breast cancer and after the first 2 treatments I had a delay of a week because I had an infection in my PICC line. I was extremely worried about the delay but was reassured by the Oncologist, the doctors who treated my infection and the nurses that it would not be a problem and that setbacks often happen. I’ve since had 2 more treatments (number 4 yesterday) and am back on track. I am lucky to be receiving excellent treatment on the NHS so am confident that they know what they are doing. I hope this reassures you. My sister-in-law (who has recently had the 5 years all clear) had her treatment delayed three times for over a week for various reasons and also said that unfortunately delays happen. Please try not to worry too much ( easy to say but harder to do I know) but ask the people who are involved in your care (I constantly ask and they are happy to help) 

Best Wishes xx 

harebrained1302
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Thank you for your reply.... my chemo is every 3 weeks have HER2+ Breast Cancer

Just finished 3 EC Chemo sessions 

Next 4 sessions are Trastuzumab/Pertuzumab/Docetaxel so hopefully not too bad (heard a few scary stories on here though, but I know everyone reacts differently.

Delay of 11 days now due to wisdom tooth extracted(infection) and waiting on app for Contrast Echo

Oh well onwards and upwards xxx

bellabongo
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Hi,

Every chemo I've had this year has been delayed by a week making it a four week cycle instead of three, due to waiting for my white blood cells to recover. Except after cycle number two I had an eight week gap to get my heart checked out. I had chemo number five today

 My onc said they delays wouldn't matter. Confusing, I know, but there you are.

As you say, upwards and onwards!

Love, Alison xxx 

Leolady
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Hi, just wondered how ypu doing? I am her+ and just finished my flec t 3 treatments and now moving on to the same treatments. Like you looking at the side effects is scary. How are you doing? Xx 

Leolady
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Hi, just wondered how ypu doing? I am her+ and just finished my flec t 3 treatments and now moving on to the same treatments. Like you looking at the side effects is scary. How are you doing? Xx 

LizzieAnn63
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Hi

I finished my chemo at the end of November. Had Paclitaxel and Carboplatin weekly for 12 weeks then FEC fortnightly (4 treatments) Looking at side effects is scary but remember that they have to list EVERY possible one and everyone is different. The only side effect I had throughout the whole 5 months was increasing fatigue and some breathlessness  - no sickness at all. I was able to carry on working a couple of days a week until the end. I got an infection after attending a large family Christening and had to spend 3 days in hospital but with hindsight I knew I should have stayed home as with low immunity I was bound to catch something especially with so many snotty children running round!!

I have been really focusing on what I eat throughout which I feel has definitely helped me to stay well (lots of fruit, veg, nuts etc) so it may be worth thinking about? (again everyone is different) I also tried to get out every day for some fresh air even though towards the end I couldn’t really walk very far without getting breathless (I was anaemic) 

I had a mastectomy just before Xmas which is healing really well and just two weeks after the end of the chemo I started to feel SO much better. I now feel completely well again (apart from some discomfort with the wound) and have lots of energy so remember that when/if you’re feeling down - you will feel like yourself again soon. I start radiotherapy in a week or so and have read that it makes you really tired but I’m remaining optimistic.

As I’m triple negative they will not be able to give me anything after the radiotherapy but your treatment may be different. Stay positive - the end of your treatment is not too far away xx

Take Care and Best Wishes xxx

shirley532
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Hi gladto hear that your feeling better, I'm going to be having my chemo weekly and just wondered how you felt last time I had it every 3rd week and it was bad   TIA  shirley 

Leolady
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Hi Harebrained1302

I hope you dont mind me asking but how your last chemos going, i am like you HER + and had my first 3 flec chemos and  about to start 4 T/P/D then they will operate. 

I have not done bad on first three chemos, hair loss (not all) viens in right arm collapsing, have to take loads of anti sickness meds or I throw up. Burning sensations that go all the way through after day 10 or so running to loo to wee every time i drink, then very very sore down below. Take it its burning me as fluids etc exit! Eating is painful fir around 4 days. 

Side effects oncologist went through with me where pretty bad for T/P/D some he warned life long.

How are you doing please if you dont mind me asking? 

Sending healing love xxx