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*** NOVEMBER CHEMOTHERAPY CHAT 2019 ***

Dreamthief
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Hello lovely people, and Welcome to the November Chemotherapy Chat! I cant believe how these months are rolling round, I hope November is as easy a month as possible for you all. 

This thread is for all of you good folks going through chemotherapy to take a look at, ask questions, answer questions and be there for one another in a way only you guys know how. 

If you want to find this post quickly, you can hit the 'Save In My Favourites' button. 

For all of those of you going through chemotherapy, you are superstars. You are amazing, and you are fighting each and every day, you are my heroes.

If you need any extra tips, our Chemo Tips Page is something you may find very helpful, and something that you may find you would like to share with others who are also going through chemo. One top tip, ask about parking at the hospital you are being treated at; for some Cancer patients parking is either free or discounted (big discount!) So it's worth asking about. 

If you need to refer back a month here is a link to Octobers Thread which will be being locked to replies soon.

Remember, you're never alone, you have us! And, just try to focus on what your chemotherapy is doing. Its hopefully kicking your cancers butt. 

And I hope all of you are doing as well as you can do while going through this tough part of your journeys.  Don't forget all cancer patients are entitled to a 5 Year Prescription Fee Exemption Card from your GP for meds to help with any side effects

Happy November Everyone, fingers crossed for maximum impact and minimal side effects.

Hope you are ok EDS is tough -  Like a trip down memory lane for us, we and another member started this monthly discussion about 4 years back 

The thought of chemo can seem unnerving but there is light at the end of the tunnel - G n' J

Northerner
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Hi

I'm in for November Day 3 cycle 4 from 6 EC 

Welcome all especially newbies and of course friends from Previous chemo threads .

wishing everyone a good November 

margaret x

love and hugs 
xoxox
Margaret
Londonmumof2
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That's a scary looking tunnel! Wishing everyone a great month with minimal side effects xxx

“Remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. And however difficult life may seem...It matters that you don't just give up.' Stephen Hawking,
Lisa_F
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Hi everyone

Just checking in for November.

I will be having my last chemo on the 5th November having started what seems way back on 18th June.

I hope everyone has a good month and that the side effect fairies are kind.

Lisa
West End Girl
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Afternoon all,

Checking in for November. Currently day 8 after 1st docataxel/Herceptin/perjeta (following 3xEC). Have been a bit under the weather last week with aches & pains, some stomach cramps and generally feeling a bit meh....I read that that is the official medical term!!! However, not complaining as I know it could be worse.

Feeling a bit more back to normal today so I'm hoping that will continue for the next couple of weeks until I'm back again on 15/11.

Good luck to everyone for November treatments and minimal SE.

xx

Blackcat20
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Hi everybody (friends from previous monthly threads, and any newbies!)

I’m just checking in for the November thread, having had my fifth chemo session on Wednesday (I’ve had 2 x EC, followed by 3 x docetaxel, herceptin and perjeta).   I will have my sixth and final chemo session (DHP) on 20 November, so am beginning to glimpse a bit of light at the end of the chemo tunnel, which started for me on 7 August.   So far I am coping quite well with the side effects of DTP - I get steroid-induced red hot cheeks for the first two days, then a bit of bone pain after the filgrastim injections plus some digestive issues and a foul mouth taste, but in general everything is manageable.

A friend who previously had docetaxel chemo sent me a nice present this week which has helped with the mouth taste problem - a tin of jelly beans (Jelly Belly, but other brands are available)!   I was surprised to find that they really make a difference - because they have a variety of vivid tastes, they freshen up the palate and seem to cut through the bitter/slimy feeling in the mouth.  Unfortunately I am finding that family and friends tend to pinch them, so I will have to buy a new bag to fill up the tin.

I hope that November will treat everyone kindly in terms of side effects, and send love to all on the thread.  It is a great place for support, and every day that passes takes us all one step closer to the end of our treatments and to getting better.

Blackcat xx

JoBab
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Hi Blackcat

I'm a newbie on here after only being diagnosed on the 23rd of October with treatment plan on the 6th of November.

I am so confused with all of your "technical" terms (2 x EC, followed by 3 x docetaxel, herceptin and perjeta?????????), but I am guessing that it wont be long before I am familiar with them

Northerner told me to look out for this November thread so I will be popping in and out hoping to get some hot tips on how to cope, (I love jelly bean's).

The symptons sound really horrific and I hope that I will be strong enough to cope with this treatment like you all do.

Jo

xxx

Positive thoughts from JoBab
Holbox123
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Hi all, checking in for the November chat and hopefully my last. I’ve had 3 x EC No 5 of 9 weekly taxol yesterday so I’m due my last on 28/11. 
For any newbies - you will get loads of great advice and experiences from the guys on here - since I started chemo on 1/8 this thread has been a godsend. But you won’t have all of the side effects, we’re all different. I used to find myself waiting to see what SE I might get next. It’s ok and with the guys on here you’ll get through it. 
Here’s to a good month with minimal SEs xxx

Eileen xxxx

It’s going to be a long journey, but I won’t let this beat me, I’m still me xxx
Dreamthief
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Hi

Sorry to see you joining up but you will get all the help and support you need here

Some of the terms can be explained more fully if you use the 'Information & Support' button at the top of the page - You just type the term into the search bar on that page.

EC and Docetaxel are chemotherapy meds and Herceptin / Perjeta are used in conjunction with chemo as they are targeted biological therapies mostly used for HER2+ Positive BC.

What with Fruit Loops in the Awake thread and now Jelly Beans here, this could get messy 

Take care, G n' J

Jess1111
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Hello , sorry that you're having to join this club but wishing you all the best for what's ahead! I was also totally perplexed by all the acronyms and terminology, but you do get used to it surprisingly quickly! It's like the Brexit backstop and prorogation and all those kinds of things - after a few weeks they just enter your regular vocabulary and you forget that you didn't always know them!

Wishing you few SEs - stock up on those jelly beans!

JoBab
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Thank you.

Jelly beans hunt this weekend

Jo

x

Positive thoughts from JoBab
Sall
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Hi I’m in for the November group! 
only 2 more treatments to go before my surgery!

Not doing too bad with SE other than everything I eat or drink feels like it’s burning my lips..... anyone got any tips? 

“What makes us ill, is making us better!”
”I’ve got cancer it doesn’t have me!”
Northerner
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Hi

have you asked at your chemo unit for something for lips  /mouth ? I have been using mouthwash from my unit since start of chemo up til now minimal probs . I also use Vaseline on lips morning and night and any time inbetween lol

well done nearly thru chemo with manageable SE . 

Margaret x

love and hugs 
xoxox
Margaret
Northerner
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Glad you finding your way around

and are feeling more settled 

margaret x

love and hugs 
xoxox
Margaret
Sall
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Hi ,

Ive had mouthwash since beginning and have started using some lip balm today! 
Ive got to go for linecare on Tuesday so will ask the nurses when get there. Struggling to eat anything n even drinking with straw so it doesn’t touch lips isn’t really helping much! 

I have had SE mainly tiredness, when I’m tired I sleep and that’s how I’ve coped with it.

This week has been bad as had severe back pains (guessing side effect from chemo) managed it with pain killers n hot water bottle! 

I’ll be glad when it’s 5th December as that is last planned chemo (as long as everything goes ok with bloods!)

“What makes us ill, is making us better!”
”I’ve got cancer it doesn’t have me!”