I had 18 cycles herceptn in 2011 and am on Heception (for 2 years in every 3 weeks)
did and am doing so far very well with Herceptin. Neither side effect nor reaction.
ps. (1) I am still not quite outstanding the first time I had muga scan regularly. Ths time no follow up muga scan though my onco said so before starting treatment.
(2) had heart scan before my second time treatment,... strong heart
(3) just to share, in 2011 had heart scan before kicking out cycle 2 and on the morning in the chemo unit for my 2nd cycle, the IV needle was already in, the nurse suddenly received call from my onco saying that ths cycle had to be postponded. Later, my oncol told me my heart function dropped to 46% after cycle 1 (48%,if rememer correctly, is the minimal acceptable % to continue . I was still young (43 years old) . He didn't want to fix me afterwards. He did change one of the chemo drug (not herceptin) but forgot what is it.......Mel Mel
Yes I just took those, they did not prescribe anything for my heart. I took them because I was worried they would stop my Herceptin because they did stop my chemo! I had 4 instead of 6 because my blood counts went too low to continue so they brought the radiation forward and I continued with the Herceptin.
Hello, don't worry because you can take supplements for your heart.
I have cut and pasted this because someone was asking before:
The supplements you want are pycnogenol and CoQ 10.
The combined one they mention is hard to get but you can get them separately from Amazon. I get the Ubiquinol 100mg ebcause that is supposed to be absorbed better.
My first echo scan was 55% and my second was 60% I took the supplements a week after the first one because they said if mine dropped to 50% they would not give me Herceptin. They already stopped my chemo because my blood counts got too low!
I am taking these:
I've had 2 echo cardiograms in the last 6 months and I'm about to book my 3rd. I know there weren't any problems but I don't remember seeing any percerntage figure on my results. What's it likely to come under on the report?
I have been taking Ramipril since the beginning of Herceptin as I was 'borderline' .I have been at 50% since I started but it hasn't gone down at all. I have just had number 12 and my heart is still going strong although I am 75 ! Try not to worry. Your Oncologist has your best interests at heart and you will be having regular echocardiograms.
Hi Bay, I'm sorry you're feeling so scared and I hope I can reassure you that all will be OK. I went through 3 lots of EC, followed by 4 lots of Herceptin, Pertuzamab and Docetaxol throughout 2017. My initial heart scan showed a healthy heart for a 49 year old. Unfortunately after several lots of treatment my heart started to react and at it's lowest reading of 54% I was put on Ramipril.
I had chemo first, followed by a mx and radiotherapy followed by a continued 12 months of Herceptin injections. I was delighted after surgery to discover all the cancer in my breast and lymph node had gone - absolutely no signs of it left at all. This, I believe, was mainly due to the targetted therapy ie Herceptin and Pertzumab.
So here I am today almost coming up to 2 years since initial diagnosis - leading a new "normal" life. I do still have to take 5mg of Ramipril a day as well as Thyroxine every day as my thyroid system was affected by treatment - but I'm here, I'm alive and everyday I thank the medics and research teams who discovered these amazing drugs and have enabled me to continue being here.
The oncologist's know what they're doing - please put your faith in them. You must also tell them of any problems/side effects you are having following each treatment - they can help you. I will add, for me personally the Docetaxol chemo was harder than the EC and if at any time you wish to ask me a question or require some reassurance please contact me. If you go to the May 2017 Chemo Starter group in this forum you will find some fantastic tips on coping with the side effects.
Good luck my lovely and hope I have helped in some small way of reassuring you and hope all goes well for Wednesday - I will warn you, it will be a long day at the hospital - they keep you under survelliance for some time following your first lots of treatment under this new regime. x
Anything over 50% is considered to be normal, I believe.
"The left ventricle is the heart's main pumping chamber that pumps oxygenated blood through the ascending (upward) aorta to the rest of the body, so ejection fraction is usually measured only in the left ventricle (LV). An LV ejection fractionof 55 percent or higher is considered normal."