I had a meeting last Thursday with my oncologist to discuss my treatment.
So I am having 4 cycles of TC chemo (docetaxel & cyclophosphamide) every three weeks over three months, a Zoledronic acid infusion every six months for the foreseeable future and Anastrozole for about 7 years. I will also be taking Calcichew. I going to have a port put in before I start chemo as my veins aren't great so I don't have a start date for chemo yet. She told me to start taking the Anastrozole while I am waiting for chemo to start. I got a letter from the hospital today to say my vitamin D levels are too low so I have to take vitamin d tablets for 5 weeks so I guess I won't be starting until my levels are what they should be.
I started taking the Anastrozole on Friday and so far I'm not having any side effects from it. Long may that continue.
I had a meeting with my Radiotherapy Oncologist yesterday and he is giving me 20 doses of Radiotherapy on the right hand side, 15 to the breast and five to the scar and he is giving me at least15 doses of Radiotherapy to the left side. As I have had Radiotherapy to the left breast before he may stretch it out a bit at a lower dose.
Best wishes to all
Glad you have your plan in place and I hope all your treatment goes smoothly. I have been on anastrazole for over a year now with no side effects so I hope that will be the same for you.
Take care and love and hugs coming your way.
Hi, Daisy, there's so much information to process isn't there? I had my first oncology appt yesterday and I was so glad my husband and daughter were present because they asked questions I hadn't thought of and picked up information that I missed completely. I am a recently retired nurse, but oncology is so specialised that I felt out of my depth despite my years of experience ( and it's a whole different view from the other side if the blanket!). The oncologist and nurse consultant were so helpful that even though the oncotype result is still pending, it was a worthwhile appt. I too am starting hormone blocker tomorrow and I'm already taking vit D but everything else is on hold. I really hope your treatment goes well and you get through the other side before too long. This wasn't meant to be a War and Peace post but it got away from me, lol. Look after yourself and let us know how you get on. X
Hi Daisy53, Looks like you have everything set and just waiting for your vitamin d levels to improve. It is quite a busy schedule but it is amazing how we get it done. Hoping you don’t get any issues with Anastrazole as that is a plus. I wish you the best moving forward with your treatments and keep us posted. Hugs to you
Hi Daisy53, so good to hear you have a plan in place. I had a port and it has made treatment so much easier. My vit d levels were low but my oncologist was happy for me to start chemo and take vitamin d spray everyday. That’s great they can do radiotherapy to both sides. I was always told you couldn’t have radiotherapy in the same place twice but it’s good to see maybe that has changed ?
Wishing you all the best
Hugs from cuffcake x x x x x
Thanks Barbara. I got a phone call from my oncology liaison nurse yesterday to say that I'll be getting my port in on 20th of November and I will be starting chemo a week later on the 27th. I'm relieved that I don't have to wait for my vitamin levels to improve to start.
Hi Daisy, I am having the same treatment as you. I’ve finished chemo, 20 doses of radiotherapy & started on anastrozole. I’ll have 6 monthly infusion too. I visited my GP to get her support during this after phase. She will monitor my bloods & blood pressure every 6 months too. Best of luck with your journey
Hi Daisy, pleased you have your treatment plan now. I wish you all the very best for the months ahead. Sending hugs xx