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A small part of the chemo journey - shaving the hair on your head and dealing with baldness. What cancer takes away - and family gives back. Unconditionally

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    Did anyone else feel like their blood dropped during chemo? I mean I feel weak, short of breath, and like my blood pressure is dropping. Also, my heart rate is real high...on my 5th chemo treatment. 3 more to go...

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 5 years 9 answers
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    • Erin Timlin Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      Anemic is my guess. I was anemic with both my pregnancies and slightly so during chemo. The signs are what you describe. It should reveal itself in the blood work you have prior to treatment. If not, tell your oncologist!

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    • Isabel Souchet Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2010

      You should always always call your oncologist when something different happens, dont second guess with ur health.' sure they have 24 hour coverage, id call.

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  • sylvia clark Profile

    Am having horrible headaches while going through my weekly chemo treatment. Any ideas?

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    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 5 years 8 answers
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    • Marianne R. Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      Drink, drink, hydrating is very important. Talk to your onc. It might be a side effect of your chemo or other meds he has you on. Some steriods give me headaches.

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    • Lisa W Profile
      anonymous
      Patient

      I had horrible headaches and my dr narrowed it down to the zofran. I stopped that, took compazine and did much better. ;)

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  • laura blevins Profile

    My pathology report showed "isolated"cancer cells in 1 of 2 nodes. My surgeon said its nothing to worry about since the node was removed. I can't help but worry! I did chemo, surgery, and now tamoxifen. Anyone else have a similar experience?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 5 years 2 answers
    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Laura,

      I had the same report.... in one of my nodes. My onc. and surgeon said pretty much the same thing. It did not change my treatment, the node was removed. All it did was change my stage from 2A to 2B. Do I worry about it 5 years later.... NO. I am also on a hormone blocker but it is...

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      Laura,

      I had the same report.... in one of my nodes. My onc. and surgeon said pretty much the same thing. It did not change my treatment, the node was removed. All it did was change my stage from 2A to 2B. Do I worry about it 5 years later.... NO. I am also on a hormone blocker but it is Femara. You have done all you can do. You have received all the treatments available. Now Laura, it is your job and duty to LIVE YOUR LIFE. Let the doctor's worry about your health. God's blessings to you. You have been on "high alert" for a long time.... let it go. Take care, Sharon

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    • terri best Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 2B Patient

      I have stage 2b ductal carcinoma. I had a lynpectomy and also involvement in 1 of 3 nodes that were removed. I haven't started treatment. I'm having the Oncotype DX done and had a PET scan done last Fri. I have a follow-up with my oncologist Thurs. to go over the results of both. Ask your...

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      I have stage 2b ductal carcinoma. I had a lynpectomy and also involvement in 1 of 3 nodes that were removed. I haven't started treatment. I'm having the Oncotype DX done and had a PET scan done last Fri. I have a follow-up with my oncologist Thurs. to go over the results of both. Ask your doctor about these tests if it will make you feel better.

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  • Angela R Profile

    I just found out my mom has breast cancer. I want to help her be as comfy as I can.. was wondering if a tote bag of goodies & comfort items would be helpful? I'm just not sure what might come in handy? any input or idea's are greatly appreciated.

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    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 2 years 4 answers
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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      You are a very loving daughter! If you live in her area, most important is to accompany her to her consultation appointments. Ale her up a three ring binder to keep all the copies of her test results. She can tape all the office, and Doctor business cards taped on the inside cover of the...

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      You are a very loving daughter! If you live in her area, most important is to accompany her to her consultation appointments. Ale her up a three ring binder to keep all the copies of her test results. She can tape all the office, and Doctor business cards taped on the inside cover of the binder. You can put in dividers marked test results, notes from consultations, any paperwork she receives during her appointments. If she goes through chemotherapy, she will get PDR info. Sheets telling about the drugs. She will carry that binder with her to everything. If she is taking prescription drugs or supplements, every office wants a copy of that. She can make extra copies of those, store them in the bi dear to hand out. You can decorate this binder with cute stickers, pink survivor ribbons, positive statements, pictures of grandkids, etc. Make this special, and it will also be a conversation piece at the many offices. If she goes through chemo., she will need scarves or hats if she doesn't wear a wig.....she will start to lose her hair two weeks after she begins chemo. The American Cancer Society has a website for great head coverings. As for a. Basket of stuff, get her some lip balm, hand cream, pajama's that button up the front mints, there are lots of things she may needs when and if she goes to have chemo. Treatments.....like a very soft, warm small blanket. You will get more suggestions from other women here. Be sure and Google what to get someone going through breast cancer treatment. Mom will be ok, it's a tough go but doable. You are very sweet to think about Moms comfort. Take care, Sharon

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    • André Roberts Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 1 Patient

      Sounds like great advice here. I know you said your mom is strong willed. That's a good thing. This isn't all gloom and doom, but it does help to have a positive, go get em attitude. She will be ok. Sometimes it's harder on the caregiver. They want to be needed, to do whatever they can. Don't...

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      Sounds like great advice here. I know you said your mom is strong willed. That's a good thing. This isn't all gloom and doom, but it does help to have a positive, go get em attitude. She will be ok. Sometimes it's harder on the caregiver. They want to be needed, to do whatever they can. Don't take it personally if all she says is 'I'm fine, I don't need you to do anything'. It's usually better just to do for her. Bring them dinner, or take them out to eat. Clean the house. Just be normal. Laugh and joke. Keep us updated on how she is doing. We are all here for you both. Prayers to you.

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