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Delay between chemo rounds


Re: Delay between chemo rounds

Hello andyb


Thanks for your post.


It’s understandable that you’re concerned about a delay in your wife’s next chemotherapy treatment, while she waits to have her PICC line fitted.


Occasional delays between chemotherapy treatments can happen for different reasons and are fairly common. A delay in 10-14 days is not likely to alter the overall effectiveness of the chemotherapy treatment. It’s normal to feel concerned about delays in starting treatment. You may find it helpful to talk to your wife’s breast specialist about your concern. You can also speak with your wife’s breast care nurse, or the nursing staff at the chemotherapy clinic about this.


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Delay between chemo rounds

My wife had primary bilateral bc. Largest tumour was 6cm (stage 2c) and scored 55 in the oncotype test, no lymph node involvement luckily. She had a double m/x and diep flap in October. She’s now had 3 rounds of fec and the fourth of six was due today. Unfortunately they couldn’t find a vein so she will be having a PICC line fitted next week sometime. The fourth round of chemo is going to be delayed by about 10-14 days. Is this significant in terms of changing the effectiveness of the chemo? Many thanks....Andy.