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August 2018 Chemo starters

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Hi Cat
Up to press I don’t appear to have had any side effects to herceptin. I generally feel a bit tired around 5pm but then pick up after I’ve watched The Chase! I’ve not had a nap during the day since late November & I do have a broken sleep during the night. Hopefully when I’m back at work & have a consistent routine my sleep will improve.

Jo - I do think we all have a little worry about recurrence, I know I do & it wasn’t even in my lymph. Maybe that improves as the years go on...

Take care all

Jude x
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Hi all,

 

I should mention that although I am back at work, it’s not exactly full on......I get in for about 10.30and leave at 2, I like to think of it as acclimatising to the world of work! I will also be off for all of the school half term and most of the Easter break......slowly does it! 

 

I had Weds off this week as well.....

 

At the end of day you have to do what is right for you and your body. I found sitting home made me contemplate and dwell on the negative things around cancer and the treatment. I was constantly looking on the internet for things that I don’t really want to know.....but for some reason it helps me deal with everything. If I’m at work it takes my mind off things and helps me move on and upwards! 

 

However, I am am really worried about it returning, I think because I had it in 7 nodes and yet the tumour was only 22mm it has freaked me out a bit as to how such a small thing can cause such havoc.

I know I’ve had surgery with good clearance, chemo, radio, hormone therapy, biosulphates and my body no longer feels like my own but I still think there may be stray cells lurking ready to re-emerge. Is it just me or does anyone else have these thoughts?

I suppose I need to look at it that we have been lucky, we found it when we did and we have had treatment to hopefully enable us to enjoy life again and that some people don’t get that chance.  What will be, will be......Positive thought number 1 of the day xx

 

Cat, I will also ask about Tamoxifen/Letrozole - sometimes though I wonder if it just the policy of the hospital you are under as to what you get given. Some people seem to start on Tam and then move to Letrozole after 2years- who knows!

 

Take Care all and enjoy your weekend. 

Jo x 

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Hi Jude,
Sounds like you got your energy levels back very quickly which is great! Do you find the Herceptin makes you tired?
I agree that going back to work is a very individual thing and depends on lots of different factors. I think it’s natural to feel nervous, I’m not planning to go back for a while and already feel a bit anxious when I think about it.
I looked on YouTube at some of the hair growth videos you mentioned, I have to accept that hair growth is going to be slower than I’d originally anticipated. Although in the last few days I’ve sprouted a few ‘normal’ hairs which is progress! 😀

Take care ladies 😘
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Hi Sue

Well done on finishing your rads, it is an emotional moment, I think because it’s the end of active hospital based treatment although in some form or another we will all be having injections or medication for a good few years!
My last rads were Christmas Eve & I was still tired over Christmas & new year but am now feeling tons better & more like myself!
My plan is to go back to work 4th feb but I only work 4 days mon to thurs, I am expecting to be knackered & I feel a bit nervous as to how I’ll cope but am gong to give it a go. Saying that I think you’ve got to listen to your body & see how you feel. Don’t push yourself too hard
Take care

Jude x
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Hello Cat and Jo

Well done on going back Jo - I'm not sure I could even consider going back so soon so I admire you for doing so. I really don't think I'd be ready either physically or emotionally.

I think I'm thinking a bit more along the lines of you Cat and having a few months between finishing radiotherapy and going back. At the moment I'm feeling reasonably ok but I keep having to remind myself that's on the basis of getting up, having a potter getting breakfast then having a sit down before getting a shower and then another sit down before going out to Tesco or wherever and then coming back and having a snooze before getting tea ready for my partner coming home. I'm really not sure I could be up before 7 and ready to leave the house by 8 to head off to work! I had an early radiotherapy this week which meant I did leave the house before 8 and I was so tired that afternoon I slept through two missed calls (I was actually holding the phone in my hand at the time - I nodded off reading the BBC website) and only woke up when he was stood in front of me asking if I was ok! I hadn't really thought about it but what your GP says does make sense esp as they brought someone in on a temp contract to cover my role.

Thanks both xx

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Hi Sue,
Congrats on finishing radiotherapy! 🛎 I hope you’re enjoying your well deserved night out. I felt emotional just reading your post!
After radiotherapy finishes I will still be at the hospital for my Herceptin injections every 3 weeks so will still have that connection which may help...time will tell.
Work have been great with me too. I also have a full on job so not making any final decisions about when to return as want to ensure I’m ready.....and this is coming from someone who before this had 5 days off sick in 20 years! My current thoughts are to have a couple more months once radiotherapy finishes.
My GP said something that made sense to me....she said that employer will ultimately not remember whether you took 8, 9, 10 etc months off but if you go back too early and end up going off again because you weren’t ready then that will be worse for everyone.

Hi Jo,
I will ask about the Tamoxifen versus Letrozole in more detail next time I see my Onc. And yes also on on Bishosphonates (Zoldronic Acid).

Take care all 😘
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Sue,

 

Well done on finishing your treatment. I was emotional as well and just about made it outside the hospital before I shed my tears. I had to sit in the car for a while before I could drive home. I wasn’t as jubilant as I thought I would be, I think as you have said, I don’t want to jinx it!

 

i finished radio last week and I must admit I also feel “in limbo”. -it is a weird feeling having had so many hospital appts and now nothing until I see my Oncologist at the end of Feb.  Our security blanket has been taken away......

 

In respect of work, my organisation have been fab with my time off and I have been back in for a few hours this week. I’m basically on a phased return, returning to full time over a 4 week period but I also have loads of annual leave to take before the end of March, so I don’t think I will in work much. 

 

Enjoy your our night out and your days without hospital appointments 

jo x

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Hello All

Finished my radiotherapy today 👏👏. My partner came with me for this last session and he took a few photos as I rang that bell. There were quite a few people around as I did it and they all clapped which was a nice sentiment but I must admit it was enough to push an already emotional me over the edge and I ended up shedding a few tears.

I've got my follow up in approx 6 weeks and I must admit I'm already feeling a bit in limbo land at the moment - it's a bit like 'well - what am I supposed to do now' ??? I've been so used to scheduled appointments and knowing exactly what's gonna happen and when that this gap and being left to my own devices just all feels a bit odd.

Anyone else feeling like this??

I'm still experiencing fatigue - though not sure if this is latent from the chemo or from radiotherapy or a bit of both plus factoring in I've been away from work since May so well outside of my usual 'chasing my tail routine'. I'm not intending to rush back to work (I think) - the company I work for has been brilliant in supporting me through this so there's no pressure there but I don't want to take the mickey. Equally I want to make sure I'm back to full fitness as I'm quite sure when I do go back I'll probably end up putting myself under pressure to pick up where I left off which was pretty much full on. For those of you that have also been able to step back fully from work have you been given any guidance on what's a reasonable time frame before going back? I'm intending to go back on a phased return but don't know yet what that might look like. And again this is typical me. I had my last radiotherapy 5 hours ago and I'm already trying to suss out when i should be back at work 😬😬

Out tonight with my lovely partner and parents to celebrate that this bit is over (I've also found myself consciously defining what's over as I'm reluctant to infer it's totally over just incase that's a jinx and it comes back / hasn't completely gone. And I'm signing off now before I completely go over to the dark side 🤣. I am usually a 'glass half full' type of person - honest.

Happy evening everyone

From the lady who's gone slightly bonkers xx
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Cat, Yes the is it Tamoxifen/Letrozole does seem strange. I was just told that as I was post menopausal that I would be on Letrozole. Reading up Tamoxifen is also used for post menopausal so probably just the decision of the hospital as to which one they give! Are you on biosulphates as well?
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Sue, glad you enjoyed the LGFB course, well worth doing isn’t it. Good advice about bringing moisturiser to radiotherapy appts and Jude also drinking plenty of fluids.

Jo, interesting that although I am now post menopausal I am on Tamoxifen and not Letrozole. I believe the idea is that I will be on Tamixifen for the first few years and will move after that.

Jude, I think many of us are focussed on our hair! I don’t think a day passes where I don’t look in the magnifying mirror to see if if any new hairs have sprouted 😂 Unfortunately I don’t have much at all yet but I will try and be patient!

Keep smiling ladies 😘
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Hi Jude

The LGFB course was great and the lovely goody bag was very much appreciated. I picked up a few makeup tips and I'm now a convert to applying foundation with a damp sponge and have a better idea on how to manage my invisible eyebrows (they've always been very blond so not just invisible since chemo).

Any ladies out there who haven't been on one of these courses - get yourself booked on!

Sue xx
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Hi Sue
Good luck with the add-aspirin trial, it must be good to feel that you are giving something back as well as having a chance to improve your own health situation.
Hope you enjoyed your LGFB course & have took home a lovely goody bag

Jude x
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Hi Jo
Thanks for confirming the requirements for bisphosphonates, I thought that might be the case. Hope you are coping with your hot flushes!
I think fear of recurrence hits us once you are through the main treatments, I have to admit to thinking about it occasionally.
I’m sure counselling can help, if only to talk to someone who’s not emotionally attached to you. It’s hard sometimes thinking about other people’s feelings more than your own.
Good luck

Jude x
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Hi Jencat

Your 3 strands made me laugh! I’ve been looking on Pinterest & YouTube for ladies showing the hair growth after chemo so from what you’ve said you sound similar to the ones I’ve seen. There’s not much length on my hair but it is thickening up well.

Sorry to hear that you have struggled a little emotionally, it can’t have helped having to wait 6 months for ned. Well done with getting the counselling & a massage always helps. I’ve heard some ladies says acupuncture has helped them...

I’m doing ok thx, finished chemo 12/11 & rads 24/12 - the only time I’ve felt emotional was ringing the bell after my last rads, but I’m expecting the enormity of it to hit me at some point 

take care

jude x

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Hello all

I've seen a doctor today as part of my radiotherapy review and asked about the bishosphonates. Apparently as I was peri-menopausal pre treatment this will be of no benefit to me so they won't put me on it. I'm also triple negative so other than joining the Add-on Asprin trial there will be no other drugs for me. Not sure if I'm pleased about that or not as I kinda feel I'm not able to do anything proactive to prevent recurrence.

Sunflower - I've just started a course of accupuncture for hot flushes - I had my 2nd weekly session yesterday. I think there had been a slight improvement but as mine weren't hideous to start with and were always quite random in occurrence and intensity it's not so easy to tell. However they are free sessions with the cancer charity attached to my hospital (Weston Park in Sheffield) so I'm going to continue with them in the hope that a few more will increase the effectiveness.

Off to my Feel Good Look Better session shortly so I'm expecting to be all beautified when I meet a friend for lunch 😁.

Happy Tuesday all - have a great day 🤗😘 xx
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Hi,

 

I had a blood test before I started chemo which showed that I was post menopause......I was 49 when diagnosed and hadn’t had a period for ages but I hadn’t any other symptoms so I was pleasantly surprised. To be honest I assumed it was peri menopause but no, the blood test showed different. As I have been through menopause I am on Letrozole rather than Tamoxifen ( I think for the hormone receptor cancer, letrozole is designed for post menopause and tamoxifen pre) . That is also why I was put on biosulphates.

 

Unfortunately the hot flushes are a lot worse than I had previously!! 

 

I must admit though i am struggling somewhat somewhat with the fear of recurrence - don’t know why but I can’t believe it is all ok etc- google is not good sometimes.....I think that because I had 7 lymph nodes positive really scared me as the tumour was only 22mm and couldn’t be felt easily, it was only the weird indentation that I spotted. Just frightening how quickly it can spread. I know I’ve had surgery and I got a good clearance, chemo, radio, hormone therapy and biosulphates.....but thank goodness I did spot it when I did. Think I might look at getting some counselling x

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Hi Jude, that's quite understandable re hair! I used the cold cap for FEC, but it had thinned too much when I started on T. I didn't think I lost all my hair, but my daughter's said that I did! Maybe I was a bit delluded! I think YD felt sorry for me, she said I might have had about 3 strands left!

My hair has grown back really well! I didn't put anything on it to help it's growth and it's so thick I've had to have it thinned at the top twice! I can't say I like it much cause it's got a curl and shorter than I'm used to, but looking at it I don't think anyone would guess that this time last year I didn't have any! (apart from 3 strands! Smiley Happy) Hope your's has started to grow back well.

My eyebrows however seem to have given up half way across!

I'm ok thanks, but have found the emotional side quite hard at times. Probably not helped by the fact that although I finished rads in June, I wasn't told I was NED until just before Christmas. I'd had (still can't get used to saying that!) a few mm's of cancer in my internal mammary chain and both the chemo and rads oncs were confident that the rads would zap it, but I couldn't have a CT too soon afterwards to check, so it's been hanging over me. I've been having some counselling through Macmillan and some massages through a local charity and they're helping. How are you? x

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That’s good news Jencat - anything that’s helps to prevent recurrence is worth doing.
Hope you are doing well, as you are 10 months in front of us - did you lose your hair & if so how’s it come back? Sorry I’m a bit obsessed with the hair malarkey
Jude x
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Nearly there Sue, I found it was a relief to finish rads more so than the chemo x
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Good luck with the radiotherapy Cat, drink plenty of water & keep moisturised!
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Hi Jude, Sue, Jo and Cat, I'm from the Oct '17 thread and also on bishosphonates. (Zoldronic Acid) I have a 6 monthly infusion. I'm also post menopause. I had cancer in 3 lymph nodes and TN. I was told by my onc that it helps to stop bc spreading into the bones, but recent studies had also shown that it also helps to prevent a recurrance xx

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Good luck with the radiotherapy Cat - I've found it so much easier than chemo.

Remember to moisturise lots - I take some with me to apply after treatment before I get dressed again and then reapply at least twice more during the day.

Sue x
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Thanks for the info Jude.

I'm due to have a follow up appointment with the oncologist once my radiotherapy is over so I guess they'll talk to me about further drugs then if necessary.

I finish rads on Thursday and am so looking forward to this stage being over.

Sue xx
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And Jo good luck with the trial! 👍
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Hi Lovely Ladies,

I started radiotherapy today...1 session down, 19 to go! 😀

Jude/Sue/Jo - I’m also on bisphosphonates, 6 monthly injections for (I think!) 2 years. Similar to Jude I’m 51, post menopause, Her2+ with no spread to lymph nodes. I’m also just starting Tamoxifen.

Keep smiling ladies 😘
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Hi Jo

 

So it’s hormone treatment for you, will that put you into the menopause or have you already had that pleasure? If you have been through it, do you go through it again?

Well done for going with the trial, hopefully you’ll get the product rather than the placebo especially if it’s already had good results with secondary bc

 

Take care

 

jude x

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Hi Sue

Bisphosphanates prevent loss of bone density, I think breast cancer & the treatment of, can cause bone loss. Why some people are put on it & not others I’m not sure - I’m 56 & post menopause so whether that has any relation to it. My cancer was HER2+ & hadn’t spread to my lymph. One of the oncologists has said bisphosphonates can also help mop up any stray cancer cells in the bones but mine hadn’t spread...

To be honest  I’ll take anything they suggest if it may help

 

hope you are ok

 

jude x

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Hi Jude,

I’m on Letrozole (hormone tablet) as mine was hormone positive and I’m also on biosulphates but I’m on a 6monthly infusion. I have to go to the chemo unit to have it administered. Interesting how you are on a daily tablet and I’m a 6monthly infusion. 

I was told the biosulphate was because the Letrozole can cause osteoporosis and it is to counteract that SE and also strengthen the bones for any future invasion! Also on Calcium tablets to help the formation of calcium in bones. I will also be on biosulphates for 3years.

 

Ive also just signed up for a trial so I might be on another drug.....or maybe  it, but whatever I will get additional monitoring so quite pleased about that. The trial is for primary hormone positive cancers with 4-9 lymph nodes involved. 

It’s using a drug that is already been used for advanced cases of bc and can slow down the spread, they are seeing whether it prevents recurrence in primary cases. 

 

Jo

 

 

 

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Hello Jude

If you don't mind me asking - what are the bisphosphonate tablets for? I've never heard of that type of treatment

Sue xx
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Hi Jo

 

I have been using the Nioxin products so whether they have helped...but it is thickening up more than length.

I spoke to my hairdresser on Friday & she will use a dye suited to white/grey hair, she is confident it will take ok

It’s been a tough gig so I think we are entitled to feel a bit emotional at the end of radiotherapy - what additional treatment / medication are you on now?

I’ve got 3 weekly herceptin injections until September & have just started a daily bisphosphonate tablet which I need to take for 3 years

 

Take care all

 

jude x 

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Sunflower18, I was really emotional when I finished rads too. I only made it as far as the reception desk before I burst into tears! You're right, we've been on a very big rollercoaster and I'm not keen on them! xx

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Wow Jude, I can’t believe you are getting your hair coloured in a couple of weeks.....my hair is barely visible,  not much at all. It is literally just starting to show and very fine. 

I finished chemo on 12th Nov but I think I will be getting value for money with my wig!,

 

I finished radiotherapy today....I’ve thought I would be so happy to finish but I was really emotional and got very tearful when I got home. 

I suppose though this whole journey has been a rollercoaster xx

 

 

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Tarnia - that’s great news re your surgery - you must feel relieved, radiotherapy is quite straightforward compared to chemo - top tip take antihistamines as they will help with prickly heat rash - unfortunately I was only told at my second to last session 😂
I do wish I’d had my eyebrows microbladed before chemo as I didn’t realise there was a risk of infection once chemo had started. I have found a very good eyebrow pencil which gives hair like strokes - provided that you use it very lightly - Naqier beauty microblading etebrow tattoo pen, I bought colour 01 which is a dark brown, think I got it off amazon
I’m aiming to have my hair coloured in 2 weeks so I’ll update then - fingers crossed
I still need to get on a look good feel better course!

Take care all

Jude x

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Thanks Sue, sounds like everyone is finding radiotherapy ‘a walk in the park’ compared to chemo. A bit of soreness I ca handle 😉 and I think applying cream regularly helps. I went on the look good feel good session a while back, definitely worth going even just for the lovely free goodies! 👍

Congratulations on the results from your surgery Tarnia, great news! I had my eyebrows microbladed before chemo too and agree that it turned out to be a good decision.....it’s bad enough having no eyelashes! 😉

Take care everyone 😘
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Hi Jude 

My last chemo was 6 weeks ago and this week I’ve lost the last few remaining top lashes. 🙁 bottom ones have long gone!! I’m willing them to grow back quickly but no idea how long it will take! I had my eyebrows microbladed before chemo and I’m thankful I did as not much eyebrow hair remains either 🙁.... on a plus note, I last epilated my legs around my 1st chemo (16/8) and haven’t seen a hair since! Now that I don’t mind 😂.

 

Very interested to hear how everyone is finding radiotherapy. I have an appointment with my oncologist tomorrow to discuss it.

 

Had an appointment yesterday with surgeon and was told they found nothing, no cancer or DCIS, with my last surgery (27/12) so been signed off by him until my next mammogram which he said will be December (a year after last surgery date)! 

 

Take me care all.

Tarnia 

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Good luck with the radiotherapy Cat - compared to chemo it's been a bit of a doddle though I am now starting to get a bit pink and sore and I'm going bra less around the house. Plus I got the joyous news yesterday that the pinkness will likely intensify after treatment has finished......

My hair sounds pretty much the same as yours Jude - white with dark bits whereas before I was blond. I've read that this is due to it being 'chemo-stressed' and that the colour should return in time. I'm still wearing my wig when I go out - I want it to be a bit longer before I go 'au naturel' so I'm going to leave it a while before I colour it but I'd be interested to hear how you get on colouring it!

Luckily I managed to hang on to quite a few eyelashes throughout my treatment - they did really thin out esp the bottom ones but I never completely lost them all - masacara was still on option for me. But just as I thought I'd gotten away scott free with that side effect I have thought just this last week or so that they are disappearing again!! Looks like chemo is a gift that continues to give for a while!! Luckily I'm on a Look Good Feel Better course next week so hopefully I'll pick up some tips there on what to do if they do decide to pack their bags and leave town!

Hey ho - wot joy 🤹🤹‍♀️

Take care all XX 😘😘🤗
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Hi Jude,
I lost a few more eyebrows over the last couple of weeks too and lost my very last eyelash at the weekend! 😳 No sign of anything growing back yet so will have to be patient!
Take care everyone 😘
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Hi Cat
Good luck with the radiotherapy, hope it all goes ok - you are nearly there.

Unfortunately my hair has come back mainly white with a few odd darker hairs so I’m thinking a wash-in type semi permanent colour - a warm golden brown, rather than a bleach.
Annoyingly I seem to be losing eyebrows again & eyelashes 😠, I’ve no bottom eyelashes at all & hardly any top eyelashes now. Has anyone else had this happen?

Take care all

Jude x
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Hi Lovely Ladies,

Sue & Jo - thanks for the insurance company details. It will be so lovely to get away and relax!

Great that you are coming to the end of your radiotherapy, another tick ✅. I just found out today that my radiotherapy starts on Monday.

Jude - good news about your hair and great that you can dye it so quickly. Will that involve bleaching?

I’ve also been very positive during treatment and heard the same, that it is common to have a crash at some point post treatment. Some of my friends and family are talking about how great it will be to move on and put it behind me again but it’s not quite as simple as that is it!

Hi Dikat, I was also given a mouthwash that I tended to use only when I needed it and it worked a treat.

Bye for now. Take care everyone 😘
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Thanks Sue. I will definitely give it a go x

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Hi DiKat

I used Difflam 2x a day for the week after chemo and never had any problems. Can't say if this prevented it or if I would have been ok any how but probably worth using it as a preventive measure.

Good luck

Sue x
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Thanks for that Jude1962. Yes I did get that prescribed once I'd started having problems. Maybe I need to use it from the start as a preventative. Will ask tomorrow x
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Hi Dikat

I suffered with a sore mouth & mouth ulcers with first chemo, I told the nurses for the second chemo & they prescribed me difflam which is a mouthwash - it did help although it tastes shocking!

Good luck tomorrow 

Jude x

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DiKat, Feel free to gatecrash!

sorry I can’t help you with the ice chips x

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Hi everyone

I'm from Dec 2018 thread so hope you don't mind me gatecrashing. Just wondered with all of your experience if anyone used ice chips during chemo sessions to prevent mucositis. I had it really bad after my first one and ended up hospitalised with neutropenic sepsis. Have 2nd FEC tomorrow and wondered if I can take any preventative steps. 

Thanks in advance for your wisdom. Sending love xx

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Hi Sue & Jo

 

I’ve been the same during diagnosis & treatment - positive, optimistic & basically just got on with it.

 

I’m now 2 weeks on from finishing radiotherapy & have had my checkup with my oncologist today  - all ok - next checkup in 3 months. I’ve also got my checkup with the surgeon at the end of the month when I’ll be advised of the date of my first mammogram post treatment. 

I’ve not had a downer as yet but am expecting one at some point...although I have had odd thoughts of recurrence 

Have to say though that the chemo is just like a bad dream now, as if it happened to someone else!

 

jude x

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Hello Jo

I've just got my booster sessions to go too. So I'll be finished next week 👏👏👏😁😁.

I remember my GP telling me that often people stay strong through treatment and then crash when it's over. I'm dreading that happening to me - I've been quite strong and philosophical about this whole business that I'm just wondering if it will hit me then or if I will get away relatively mentally unscarred. I think for me the whole treating it means fighting against it and getting rid of it which I've found to be a really positive thing - I guess I'm thinking once the treatment is over you are no longer fighting it proactively - more just willing it not to recur. I'm already dreading the annual mammagrams (or rather the results from the annual mammagrams). I'm hoping to keep busy and occupied for a few months whilst I finish convalescing doing nice stuff ( holiday to Austria with my partner, a spa trip with friends) in the hope it'll keep my mind off it. And then I'll be back to work with no time to think of anything else......

I've been looking at the Nioxin stuff and will be ordering some - my hair is growing back but would be nice if it could be a little thicker - still I guess it's only 6 weeks since my last chemo so I shouldn't expect too look my old self immediately.

Have a nice day all - hope I don't bring you all down with my musings.

Sue xx
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Hi Sue, 

Im hoping I’m on the final hurdle - 3 more days of my radiotherapy booster week. 

 

It is going to seem weird next week- no appts or hospital visits! Strange as well- finish the treatment and then see you again in a month at a check up.....eek scary stuff. I remember reading that some people find the end of treatment a hard thing to deal with- in some ways I will be relieved and really pleased but in other ways.....it is a daunting prospect....or is that just me!

 

Have you finished your treatment yet Sue x

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Hello Jo

Are you still having treatment or have you finished now (I've lost track of who is where 😬).

Sue x
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Hi all,

 

I have booked a summer holiday to France and managed to get insurance with a company called Insurance Choice. I thought it was a reasonable price and they cover my husband for his diabetes as well!

 

I got the name from the  MacMillan website. 

 

Jo x